On Silver Wind: Silhouettes Of Stromboli & A Video Tour Of Royal Suite 601

Stromboli as lightning strikes. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Last night, I had the most remarkable experience. At around 3 a.m., drumrolls of thunder woke me from my sleep. I wrapped my bathrobe around me, walked into the living room and pulled back the curtains. What a spectacle! Flashes of lightning streaked the sky, violent yet beautiful. As I watched, the sky brightened and… [Read More]

Ten Aspirational Ports: Shore Excursions In Istanbul

Hagia Sophia

Even experienced cruise travelers can find touring Istanbul to be challenging. First, there is the traffic. The streets and highways are clogged, at all times of day. Getting between the airport and the cruise ship — or between the cruise ship and the major attractions — takes a vigilant, patient driver, and that’s best left in the hands of someone else,… [Read More]

Ten Aspirational Ports: Shore Excursions From Kusadasi, Much More Than Ephesus


A lot of cruise passengers depart the dock in Kusadasi, visit the ancient historic site of Ephesus, and think they’re done. Having padded the fabled Marble Road (which connects the Celsus Library and the Great Theater in Ephesus), they check Kusadasi off their lists. Been there, done that. I confess to being among that group…. [Read More]

Silver Galapagos Live Voyage Report – Day 7


Exploring Isla Santa Cruz Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Today marks our last full day of cruising the Galapagos Islands aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos. However, just because it’s our last day doesn’t mean the talented Expedition Team has let up on the throttle; instead, today presented guests with a number of different options to enjoy… [Read More]