Blurry Memories of Carnival Liberty’s Sailaway Party

Waiter offers drinks on Carnival Liberty

By WALLACE IMMEN The party hearties had already been bellying up to the Red Frog Rum Bar and its twin, the BlueIguana Tequila Bar on deck for a while by the time I joined them as Carnival Liberty prepared to sail away from Miami for a week in the western Caribbean. The DJ on deck fired… [Read More]

Seeking Summer: 20 Hours ‘Up In The Air’ To Cruise On Silver Shadow


It was 24F when I woke up this morning in Asheville, North Carolina. Yes, there are colder places in the Northern Hemisphere, but waking up to 24 made me glad that today I am boarding a Delta Airlines flight for Sydney, Australia. It is quite an effort to get to Sydney from the East Coast… [Read More]

Tragedy Strikes And A Question Is Posed: What Is Your Tolerance For Travel Risks?

Costa Concordia Capsized

Details of the now widely reported Costa Concordia tragedy are still being revealed. What is known is that the vessel hit a submerged rock and began taking on water. Five are known to be dead. Many others were injured. Less clear is who was at fault. Costa Concordia’s captain maintains that the rock was not… [Read More]

What’s Cooking At Silversea? Slow Food: Land Options For A New ‘Slow Food Adventure In Tuscany’

In collaboration with Slow Food Italy, Silversea Cruises has designed an exclusive three-night program that will highlight the culinary and cultural traditions of Tuscany and introduce participants to local wine producers and products that adhere to the Slow Food philosophy of preserving biodiversity and gastronomic traditions. The program will be conducted with one or more… [Read More]

Follow Me on the New Look Carnival Liberty

New bar on Carnival Liberty

By WALLACE IMMEN You think renovating a home is expensive? By the time Carnival Cruise Lines finishes upgrading its fleet, the bill will come to a whopping $500 million. Of course, they’re getting a lot in return. Every deck, seems to sport a new place to meet and eat or drink and more ways to… [Read More]

Join Me On A ‘Cruiseabout’ To Australia & New Zealand

I love Australia & New Zealand, and I will be headed back to both on January 18. My first trip Down Under was in the 1980s, when I backpacked and bicycled around the world. I spent six months in New Zealand, working for three months in Auckland and cycling for three months on the north… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser On Vacation, But Where?

I flew over the Alps to get to my vacation . . . where am I?

I know, or have met, many of you who read the Avid Cruiser blog and who receive the weekly email newsletter, so let me begin by wishing you all a happy, healthy and successful 2012. This year, I’ll undertake several new initiatives to improve Avid Cruiser and make the site even more relevant to those… [Read More]

Silversea Opens The Books On 2013 & Offers Savings For 2012 Sailings

Silver Explorer seeks adventure at the poles and in between. © Ralph Grizzle

It often pays to plan ahead, and for those who heed such advice, now may be a good time to begin planning for 2013. One compelling reason is a new offer by Silversea Cruises. Make a deposit on a 2013 sailing by February 15, 2012, and save an additional 10 percent on a selection of… [Read More]