Golden Sunset In Greece On Europa 2

Europa 2

As Europa 2 approached the Peloponnese peninsula, I woke up with sunrise, which according to the daily program delivered each evening to my suite, was at 6:19 this morning. Sunlight filtered into the room through the sheer curtains pulled across the sliding glass door that leads out onto the spacious veranda. There are heavier curtains… [Read More]

On ms Europa 2: Day 1, After A Great Night In Athens, We Set Sail From Piraeus

Europa 2

Monday, May 12, 2014 — Our Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt touched down at Athens International Airport on schedule, and at around 6 p.m. videographer Chris Stanley and I were wheeling our luggage into the arrivals hall. We sought out our driver, who we found holding a placard with our names inscribed on it. A quick introduction,… [Read More]

Crystal Cruises Ashore: An Interview With Crystal’s Vice President of Land Programs, John Stoll

Bicycling in Lyon

I recently cruised on Crystal Serenity to experience and write about a few new innovations on board the vessel, which was recently renovated to the tune of $17 million. Two big changes were to the dining program, and I wrote about those in these posts: Crystal Serenity’s Modern Cuisine & Charges At The Sushi Bar and Crystal Serenity’s New Dining… [Read More]

Crossing The Atlantic For $60 Per Day; Plus, Norwegian Epic Returns To Southampton

Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

If you have a month to spare, you can sail aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star for 28 days as she sails from Copenhagen, Denmark to Los Angeles, California on October 6, 2014 — at a bargain price. As of this writing, Norwegian Cruise Line has this sailing priced from US$1,699 per person for an inside cabin. Yes, that’s about $60 per day… [Read More]

An Action-Packed Week: New ms Europa 2 Video, Live Voyage Reports From Silver Discoverer Down Under & A New Podcast

ms europa 2 video

Tomorrow morning, I walk five minutes from my apartment in Helsingborg, Sweden, to the catch the local bus, which will take me to the central train station, where I’ll pay about $25 to get to Copenhagen International Airport, about an hour away. The train stops directly underneath the airport so that all I need to do is… [Read More]

Catching Up With Silversea’s Kristian C. Anderson: 20 Years Of Luxury, Success With Expeditions, Special Savings & More

Kristian Anderson

Trouble listening to the podcast? Listen to this interview and all Avid Cruiser Audio Podcasts on SoundCloud. In this Avid Cruiser Audio Podcast, I talk with Kristian C. Anderson. Kristian is Silversea Cruises senior vice president and general manager of the Americas. That’s a big title, but it implies that Kristian is a guy in the know when… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

The Sultan's Palace in Muscat

Our next installment of Avid Cruiser Voyages focuses on a destination that is unique in its own right, yet frequently lumped into a much broader geographical term that can describe cruises to nearly a dozen different countries. Typically marketed as a Middle East cruise, voyages departing roundtrip from Dubai, United Arab Emirates are the focus… [Read More]