Luxury Cruises: What Silversea Cruises Does Differently

Silversea Cruises is the only cruise line that provides butler service for all staterooms and suites.

Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not all that lonely at the top. At the pinnacle of luxury cruise sector are a handful of cruise lines fiercely competing for the vacation dollars of the well-heeled. Which fleet of ships offers the best luxury cruise experiences? Hard for anyone to say with clear conviction. There are as… [Read More]

Cruising Down Under On Silver Shadow: A Day In Sydney

Gorgeous trees. Photo © Chris Stanley, Amber Pacific Studios

After three days crossing the gentle Tasman Sea, Silver Shadow docked in Sydney, Australia, under gorgeous skies this morning. Together with Chris Stanley, a videographer from Vancouver, Canada, who films the Avid Cruiser Travel Show, I headed for the city center and the Sydney Opera House. Along the way, we saw a lot of interesting… [Read More]

Just For Fun On A Silversea Cruise: Mountain Bike Ride In Picton, New Zealand

When Silver Shadow called in Picton, New Zealand a few days ago, I got off the ship to stretch my legs on a mountain bike ride with Chris Stanley, a videographer from Vancouver who films the new Avid Cruiser Travel Show, and Jennifer, from Silver Shadow’s shore concierge. Good fun and proof that you can… [Read More]

On Carnival Liberty: Chilling Out From a Fun Day

Serenity area on Carnival Liberty

By WALLACE IMMEN Every day and night on a Carnival Cruise Lines “Fun Ship” can be a non-stop party. On my final day at sea on Carnival Liberty, I swished baskets in spirited game of Horse on the basketball court, tried somewhat unsuccessfully to stay synchronized in a swim competition in the pool, murdered a… [Read More]

A Lot Going On While Crossing The Tasman Sea: Silver Shadow Sights Sydney

On the Tasman Sea

Yes, that’s me, a much younger me, 28 years ago at the northern tip of New Zealand, where the fierce Tasman Sea meets the gentle Pacific Ocean. I still have a letter to my father written on the day the picture was snapped. The letter tells him that I pedaled with a Dutch friend 100… [Read More]

Silver Shadow Sets Sail: Goodbye New Zealand, G’Day Australia

Goodbye beautiful New Zealand.

I’ll have a wrap up tomorrow about my experience in New Zealand. For now, however, sit back and enjoy the view. A beautiful day graced Silver Shadow in Picton, New Zealand. Our sail-away was spectacular as we made our way toward Queen Charlotte Sound and the open Tasman Sea. Next stop, after three sea days,… [Read More]

Beautiful Night For Cruising: Silver Shadow Sails Away From Wellington

Sailaway from Wellington.

After a full day docked in Wellington, Silver Shadow sailed from New Zealand’s capital at 11 p.m. tonight (yes, that is Tuesday night, perplexing, I know, to those of you not in my time zone). The sail-away was absolutely gorgeous. My limited technical skills as they relate to my Canon 7D are inadequate to convey… [Read More]

Silver Shadow Docks In Wellington, New Zealand: Scouting Seals On A Coastal Safari

One of the many seals we saw today.

Today, Silver Shadow docked in Wellington, New Zealand. About a dozen of us joined a 3.5-hour excursion called “Seal Coast Safari.” Two Land Cruisers were waiting dockside to pick us up and take us up to an overlook for a stunning view of New Zealand’s capital and Silver Shadow docked far below (we would eventually… [Read More]