River Cruising 2012: Bigger & Better Ships, New Destinations

River Cruises can be one of the best ways to explore inland Europe. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Few industries have experienced the kind of growth that has characterized river cruising. There’s good reason: River cruising is a great way to see interior Europe. In 2012, Viking River Cruises will launch six brand- new ships, while companies like AmaWaterways, Avalon and Uniworld are hot on Viking’s heels with their own newbuilds. Part of… [Read More]

Port Profile: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. Quick Links Overview Hafnarfjörður… [Read More]

Big Ship? Small Ship? Which Is Better For Your Caribbean Cruise?

The idyllic paradise that is Bequia. Photo © Aaron Saunders

For many of us, the Caribbean remains the de-facto cruise destination. Warm weather, crystal-clear seas and brilliant sandy beaches have brought visitors to these idyllic islands since the days when explorers and pirates alike sailed these waters. But the Caribbean can also offer two distinct experiences for cruise passengers, and the one you experience all… [Read More]

Shipshape Means State of the Art in Cruise Line Refits

Ice bar on Celebrity Eclipse at cocktail time

WALLACE IMMEN takes a look at ship refurbs that are adding some firsts. Here’s the lowdown on what’s coming to many well-loved ships in 2012 and beyond. Ice bars, spa staterooms, multiple alternative restaurants, gastro pubs and wi-fi access everywhere are among the “wow” factors on new cruise ships. Designers and techies have been so inventive… [Read More]

Magic Happens

The Carnival Magic is full. A bit over 3,700 passengers fill this ship. Think about this; if only half the passengers bring two bags, that is 5550 hunks of luggage. It seems the new Carnival Magic has an eatery every ten feet. There’s pizza, Mongolian Wok, a deli, and on and on. The Southern Lights… [Read More]

Two Perfect Days Stockholm: An Avid Cruiser Feature Video

I am in Stockholm this week, hosting a series of webinars to help educate agents about this beautiful city that I am increasingly calling home. You can still register for tomorrow night’s event by following this link, but don’t forget to return to the video. How do you spend two perfect days in Stockholm before… [Read More]