Bicycles & Beer, Wine & Chocolate, Myanmar & Much More On AmaWaterways: An Interview With The Founding Couple

AmaPrima Christening

In this Avid Cruiser Audio Podcast, I talk with two people who over the past 10 years have become good friends. We’ve cruised together many times, and I love their product. I’m talking about river cruising on AmaWaterways. At a cruise convention in Miami this past March, I sat down with Kristin Karst and Rudi… [Read More]

Day 5 On Tauck’s ms Inspire: An Inspiring Morning in Rotterdam


Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands but, unlike Amsterdam, it didn’t escape the Second World War unscathed. The Rotterdam Blitz occurred nearly 74 years ago, on May 14, 1940, when Adolf Hitler ordered the city bombed as part of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands. Nearly the entire city centre – save for… [Read More]

Dondra Ritzenthaler Talks About Celebrity Suite Class In Our Avid Cruiser Audio Podcast

Celebrity Suite Class, Reflection Suite

Celebrity Suite Class We learn more about this new class of service in our interview with Dondra Ritzenthaler Celebrity Cruises recently announced a brand-new class of service, and it’s aimed at cruisers who would normally sail with traditional luxury brands. Dubbed “Celebrity Suite Class,” the line’s newest class of service is designed deliver an all-new… [Read More]

Day 4 on Tauck’s ms Inspire: The Battle of Arnhem and an evening in Nijmegen with Tauck


The Battle of Arnhem and an evening in Nijmegen with Tauck Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports This morning, those of us aboard Tauck’s new ms Inspire were able to kick back and enjoy an unexpected second cup of coffee. Owing to heavy congestion at the locks in our path, our arrival into the Dutch city of Arnhem was delayed… [Read More]

Day 3 On Tauck’s ms Inspire: Cheese, Windmills and Cycling the Dutch Countryside


Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports A beautiful morning filled with brilliant sun and blue skies greeted Tauck’s new ms Inspire this morning in Hoorn, Netherlands, and the options available to guests today were as excellent as the weather. Today, guests could choose to take part in tours of a cheese factory and one of the… [Read More]

Day 2 – Amsterdam on Tauck’s ms Inspire: Rembrandt, Tulips and a Warm Welcome Aboard


Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports It was an early wake-up call for many aboard Tauck’s new ms Inspire this morning, with an impromptu excursion to the Tulip Auction here in the port of Amsterdam. A last-minute addition to the itinerary, guests were notified last night that they could take part in this unique experience to… [Read More]

An Explorer At Heart, That’s Me: A New Venture & A New Voyage

Ralph Grizzle in Kullaberg

I began my journalistic career at the age of 32, following the conclusion of my “sabbatical decade.” From 1980 through 1990, I bicycled across America, pedaled through Europe and island-hopped the South Pacific. After backpacking through Bali, bussing through Java, hopping a boat to Singapore and crossing Malaysia to Thailand, I flew into Burma (your… [Read More]