The Key To Good Memories From Your Cruises

On Peter Deilmann's Heidelberg, brass keys were used for staterooms. © 2006 Ralph Grizzle

“What is the one thing you wish you had known before embarking on your first cruise holiday?” That was the question posed to more than a dozen cruise bloggers/experts by Danielle Fear, known on Twitter as @CruiseMiss. Certainly, the question was thought-provoking, and it caused me to think back more than 20 years ago. I started my sea… [Read More]

Cruising From The Heart Of Paris On CroisiEurope

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On June 20, I step aboard CroisiEurope’s Botticelli for a cruise from the heart of Paris to the heart of Honfleur. Not many river cruise vessels can make it into Honfleur. Most stop short in Rouen or they make it to Le Havre and bus guests to the picturesque port of Honfleur. The fact that CroisiEurope’s… [Read More]

My D-Day Story: A Startling Discovery At The American Cemetery


In the summer of 2012, while cruising on Avalon Creativity, I visited the D-Day Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery with my son Alex. Seeing how — and where — the invasions took place was both poignant and fascinating, but it was at the cemetery where we discovered something that took us by surprise: the grave… [Read More]

A Love Letter To Alaska: Wrapping Up A Live Voyage Report Aboard Star Princess


Like many of you who have commented, I’ve enjoyed reading Gail Jessen’s Live Voyage Reports from Alaska. A newly minted travel writer, Gail shared fresh perspectives about what it’s like to explore the Great Land aboard Princess Cruises’ Star Princess. I particularly enjoyed Gail’s report from her next-to-final day on board when she discovered that Alaska had successfully seduced… [Read More]

Throwback Thursday: On An Excursion From Oulu, Finland: The Kierikki Stone Age Center

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In 2010, I spent some time exploring ports in the Gulf of Bothnia, a body of water that hugs the banks of the far north in Sweden and Finland. I particularly enjoyed my visit to Oulu, and the Kierikki Stone Age Center portrayed in the video accompanying this post. You can read more about the Gulf of… [Read More]

Dispatches From Abroad: Sublime Sweden, An Expedition In Australasia & Pondering Alaska Through Poetry

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I am writing these words on a Tuesday evening in the south of Sweden. It is 9 p.m., about 30 minutes before sunset and a few hours before the sky gets pitch dark. It is achingly beautiful here, and I find it fulfilling to live in a region where the beauty rewards me with a… [Read More]

Exploring Australia’s The Kimberley Aboard Silver Discoverer


From sharks to crocodiles to luxury, this trip had it all On Saturday, May 24, I disembarked Silversea’s Silver Discoverer in the port of Bali after a 12-day journey through Australia’s Kimberley Coast and the remote islands of Indonesia. A One-Of-A-Kind Adventure – In Style The two weeks prior gave me a once-in-a-lifetime journey through an… [Read More]