Prelude To A Viking Christening

Look Closer: Viking Star (left) docked in Bergen on Saturday, May 17, 2015. On the far right is Fred. Olsen's Black Watch - the former Royal Viking Star.  As seen from Mt. Floyen. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Prelude to a Viking Christening Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Saturday, May 17, 2015 The excitement in the air is almost overwhelming here in Bergen, Norway, and it was noticeable even before I stepped out of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bergen this morning. Not only is it Norwegian Constitution Day here in Norway, but… [Read More]

Join Me For A Special Cruise To Antarctica, February 3, 2016

Seabourn Quest in Antarctica. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

When people ask me about my favorite cruise destination, the answer is nearly always Antarctica. During the past three years, I’ve made two trips to the White Continent, one on Silver Explorer and the other on Seabourn Quest. Though they differ, what each ship showed me and my fellow passengers was essentially the same: the… [Read More]

Viking Star Christening Voyage, Day 5: Christening A Star

Viking Star maneuvers into position at 9:00p.m. on Sunday, May 17 in Bergen, Norway. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking Star is Christened in Bergen, Norway Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Sunday, May 17, 2015 I’m time-jumping a bit in this report. If you’re wondering what happened to Saturday, May 16th, here’s the lowdown: the small press group I was a part of disembarked the ship. We then spent the day exploring Norway and… [Read More]

Viking Star Christening Voyage, Day 1: Embarkation in London

...the spectacular pool area and Wintergarden on Viking Star. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking Star Will Change The Way You Think Of Cruises Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Tuesday, May 12, 2105 Viking Cruises first-ever oceangoing cruise ship, the 930-guest Viking Star, is a stunning antidote to the homogeneity that seems to infect a certain portion of the industry. In an age where most mainstream cruise ships look… [Read More]

Uniworld’s Maria Theresa: Day 4, Open-Air Balconies Make All The Difference

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During my tour of S.S. Maria Theresa’s stateroom 425 yesterday, I promised to show you a video of my favorite stateroom feature, the open-air balcony. I’ve seen similar balconies on river cruise vessels, but Uniworld did an exceptional job with the concept on S.S. Maria Theresa. Catch up with on my journey on Uniworld’s S.S…. [Read More]