Seabourn’s Smaller Ports: Avid Cruiser Feature Video

marquee ports

Transcript: One of the things that I like about ships of the size that Seabourn operates is that they’re large enough to have all the activities you could ever want, and yet they’re small enough to visit both marquee destinations and small ports of call that larger ships often can’t visit. Today, for example, we’re… [Read More]

A Photo Tour Of Silversea Cruises’ New Silver Discoverer

Introducing, Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer, Silversea’s latest addition to its award-winning expedition fleet, welcomes her first guests today, exactly 20 years to the day since the company launched its first ultra-luxury cruise ship. Here’s a look inside Silversea Expeditions’ newest vessel, which recently completed a multi-million-dollar refurbishment. If you have trouble viewing the slideshow, view on Flickr instead…. [Read More]

Day 2 On Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine: Ship Of Elegance

Christening Uniworld's Catherine

I thought I had cruised Uniworld before. I had not. It is true that I had been on a vessel with the Uniworld name emblazoned on it, the River Empress. But that was in 2008. That Uniworld and the Uniworld I am experiencing this week are, well, Uniworlds apart. Embodying the new Uniworld to its… [Read More]

Christening S.S. Catherine


Lyon, France — After 18 hours of sitting on two Emirates 777s from Singapore to Dubai to Lyon, I arrived in this sprawling city situated in France’s Rhône-Alpes, cleared immigration and customs and proceeded into the Arrivals Hall. My new favorite airline, Emirates, included complimentary chauffeur-drive service, and my driver was waiting for me with a… [Read More]

In Singapore, A Ship Designed For Enriching Your Travel & My Journey Continues Back To Lyon For Uniworld’s SS Catherine Christening, Plus, Why Smaller Is Better

Ready for bed on Uniworld's S.S. Catherine. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Lyon, March 26, 2014 — Earlier today, I boarded an Emirates 777 in Singapore bound for Lyon, France. The journey took nearly 18 hours, including the two-hour layover in Dubai. I am returning to Lyon for christening ceremonies celebrating the launch of the SS Catherine, operated by Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, certainly an aspirational… [Read More]

Silver Discoverer Is Christened In Singapore As Silversea Cruises Celebrates 20 Years

Another way to christen with bubbly. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

This morning shortly after sunrise, I trundled down the gangway of Silversea Expeditions’ third vessel, Silver Discoverer. The day before, I had been privileged to be part of a naming ceremony that took place pierside at Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore. The ceremony was entertaining and, at times, moving, and as is often the case… [Read More]