‘Surviving’ Pirates: Silver Spirit Arrives In Piraeus

Last week’s post, Silver Spirit’s Transit Of The Gulf Of Aden: Uneventful? Not Entirely, reported that two ships had been attacked, and one hijacked, at the outset of our five-day sailing on Silver Spirit from Muscat, Oman to Safaga, Egypt. I am writing this post in Piraeus, Greece, which suggests that we made it across “Pirate… [Read More]

From Pirates To Piraeus, Transiting The Gulf Of Aden: How Risky Was It?

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Last week’s post, Silver Spirit’s Transit Of The Gulf Of Aden: Uneventful? Not Entirely, reported that two ships had been attacked, and one hijacked, at the outset of our five-day sailing on Silver Spirit from Muscat, Oman to Safaga, Egypt. I am writing this post in Piraeus, Greece, which suggests that we made it across “Pirate… [Read More]

Weekly Roundup: Cruising The Red Sea On Silver Spirit

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The Middle East may not be on the top of everyone’s list of cruise destinations, and for those who want to loll about and sip drinks on a sandy beach, the Middle East would be a poor choice. It may have sand, and it’s certainly got plenty of sun, but this is not the place… [Read More]

On A Silversea Shore Excursion: Petra, The Jewel Of Jordan

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  Petra, Jordan, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. Today, Silver Spirit docked in Aqaba, Jordan. If you are familiar with the classic film Lawrence of Arabia, you may remember Aqaba as the destination of Lawrence’s first campaign across the desert. But for modern travelers, Aqaba is probably best known as a diving and beach resort,… [Read More]

Living Lagom, Not Large & Learning To Love Silver Spirit’s Wellness Menu, One Calorie At A Time

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I’ve received a lot of encouragement in my quest to quash a few kilos. Thanks to all who responded to yesterday’s post Walking On The Red Sea & Slow Food On Silversea: A Transformation Of Self Begins. I am sticking with my regimen 10 days into my cruise, exercising daily and consuming in moderation. Reader… [Read More]

Fred. Olsen Reveals 2013 Grand Voyages

Fred.Olsen to Release 2013 Grand Voyages On April 28, UK-based Fred.Olsen Cruises will release its 2013 Grand Voyages to the public for booking. For passengers who like their itineraries long and varied, these two departures aboard Black Watch and Balmoral are sure to please even the most well-traveled cruiser. Black Watch departs Southampton, England on… [Read More]