Upgrade Your Silversea Cruise: Dinner At Le Champagne, Worth The Extra Fee?


Controversial on some of the cruise message boards is Silversea’s Le Champagne specialty restaurant by Relais & Chateaux. The issue that some cruisers have raised has nothing to do with the quality or experience but rather the cover charge: the degustation menu with pairings of fine wines, which goes for $200 per guest; or $30… [Read More]

Confessions Of A World Cruiser


As Silver Spirit’s World Cruise comes to an end, I thought back to one of my favorite travel stories of all time by my friend and Avid Cruiser contributor Geoff Edwards. I’ll be reporting on the final night of Silver Spirit’s World Cruiser later this evening. In the meantime, enjoy Geoff’s story of his world… [Read More]

The Reason Kieren Floats Blue Balloons In Every New Port He Visits


Kieren Parnham is a fitness instructor on Silver Spirit. So what’s with Kieren and his blue balloons? He releases one in each new destination he visits – in memory of his father. Kieran’s father died three years ago, suddenly, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Before passing away, however, Derek Parnham, age 54, told his son that… [Read More]

Sensational Sintra & The Portuguese Riviera On A Silversea Shore Excursion


Can’t view the video? Click here. Saturday, May 14, 2011 – This morning in Lisbon, I joined a Silversea Cruises shore excursion called Romantic Sintra & Portuguese Riviera. The 4.5-hour tour on a modern and uncrowded motorcoach took us to the enchanting fairy-tale town of Sintra, a mountainous and multi-castled town that was once a favorite destination… [Read More]

Silver Spirit Live Voyage Report: Recap from Aaron Saunders’ From The Deck Chair

Read Aaron Saunders’ excellent recap of a week’s sailing on Silver Spirit. Aaron discusses the often-under-considered value of luxury cruising and he takes on criticism about charges for the speciality restaurants that some have said “cheapens” the Silversea experience. I have read some rather harsh criticisms of the line on message boards for offering the Relais &… [Read More]

Libya: What Could – And Should Be, Recollections Of A Visit Not So Long Ago

A triumphal arch is the grand entrance to the remarkably preserved ancient city of Leptis Magna built by the Romans

By WALLACE IMMEN There are two indelible impressions of Libya in most people’s minds. One is the  defiant face of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The other the mass destruction in cities after months of  Libya’s horrific civil war. But those images are not the real Libya, the one I was fortunate enough to see. In the… [Read More]