Hue: The Many Hues of a Royal City

Mandarins of the ancient imperial palace in Hue

By WALLACE IMMEN There’s something I always ponder when I visit royal fortresses. Were their high walls, moats and drawbridges mainly to keep marauding invaders out, or were they craftily built to keep the politicians in, so the people could get on with their lives? The historic photos of life in Vietnam’s venerable imperial palace in… [Read More]

Still Sailing On Wind Spirit: Live Voyage Report – The Last Day

As Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit sailed into the Swedish port of Gothenburg this morning, the dreary weather was tempered with the sad knowledge that this would be the last day onboard for 119 of us, including yours truly. Ten lucky guests will be continuing on to Le Havre, France aboard the next voyage as Wind… [Read More]

Port Profile: Gothenburg, Sweden

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, Sweden’s Gothenburg. Quick Links Overview Gothenburg… [Read More]

Celebrity Silhouette Penthouse Suite: Video Panorama

AquaClass Room 1642

Celebrity Silhouette’s 1,291-square-foot Penthouse Suites each feature an enormous living room, wrap-around balcony with whirlpool tub, and palatial marble bathroom. Overview Of Celebrity Silhouette’s Staterooms & Suites Read the full Celebrity Silhouette review, continually updated. Celebrity Silhouette’s staterooms are an evolution of the standard cruise cabin, from their shape and ergonomic design to their thoughtful details… [Read More]

Wind Spirit From Stockholm: Aaron Saunders’ Live Voyage Report – Day 2

My journey to Windstar Cruises’ elegant Wind Spirit in the port of Stockholm, Sweden took a whopping 17 hours; time that saw me change planes in both Toronto and Dusseldorf, Germany on my way to the Swedish capital. And after countless problem-free cruises and flights, my luck finally ran out. Lufthansa lost my baggage. Well,… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Far & Wide: Ralph Grizzle Reports From Canada While Aaron Saunders Sails From Stockholm


The Avid Cruiser Takes On Atlantic Canada This week, we are filming in five destinations that work collectively under Cruise Atlantic Canada. We’re only a week into the filming, and already, we are smitten with the stunning beauty and exceptionally friendly people of this remarkable region. Canada has a reputation for warm, hospitable people, and… [Read More]

More Than Fall Foliage: Let Us Inspire You To Cruise Atlantic Canada

We’ll soon have video featuring Atlantic Canada destinations. Until then, take a virtual trip via our Cruise Atlantic Canada Flickr Slideshow. So far, our trip has been mostly under sunny skies, with lots of activities and cultural experiences, debunking the myth that Canada is only for fall foliage cruises. In many ways, cruising Atlantic Canada during… [Read More]