Getting To Your Next Cruise: Business Class Air To Europe: $2,000, Including Intra-Europe Flights


Today marks 56 years that I’ve inhabited this wobbling blue planet (yes, the earth wobbles, something I learned years ago in astronomy class). To put it another way, I’ve been in various stages of a carbon lifeform for 20,440 days or 490,560 hours or 29,433,600 minutes or, drum roll, 1,766,016,000 seconds. When looked at that… [Read More]

New Seabourn Video Series: Check Out Our Trailer


For more than two decades, I’ve cruised the Seven Seas on some of the world’s most luxurious ships. I write about my experiences here on My goal is to help people like you make informed decisions about your cruise vacations. Join me over the coming weeks as I explore some of the world’s finest… [Read More]

Come Christmas Cruising With Me & See Europe’s Famed Christmas Markets

A-ROSA RhineChristmas

This past summer, I enjoyed a wonderful week on the Rhône and Saône rivers cruising on A-ROSA, a relatively new player in the North American river cruise market. On December 3, I am returning to cruise on A-ROSA again, this time on an 8-night Christmas Markets river cruise, roundtrip Frankfurt, Germany, with three overnights in three… [Read More]

SeaDream Yacht Club, Born Out Of Seabourn


The glossy brochure cover featuring one of SeaDream Yacht Club’s two vessels, anchored idyllically in the Caribbean, hints that a unique experience is in store. Indeed, that expectation is confirmed on the next page, which shows a uniformed waiter serving champagne to a couple on a beach with SeaDream I anchored in the background. Unlike many… [Read More]

Seabourn Orders A New Ship & Other News From The ‘I’m Not Surprised’ Department

Seabourn Quest anchored in Golfo Aranci (Sardinia), Italy. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Our friends over at Seatrade Insider report that Seabourn has just signed a letter of intent for a newbuild to be delivered in the second half of 2016. Italy’s Fincantieri will build the new vessel. I’m not surprised. Are you? Seabourn has been highly successful with Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest. And now that it is… [Read More]

Introducing CroisiEurope Reviews On Our Sister Site, River Cruise Advisor


In the last week we’ve been hard at work creating new profiles for one of the largest — and longest-running — river cruise operators in Europe, CroisiEurope River Cruises. Founded by Gérard Schmitter in 1976, CroisiEurope River Cruises is still a family run business, responsible for the construction, ownership and day-to-day operations of 30 river cruise… [Read More]

Three Key Players Offering Upper Premium Cruises

Viking Star rendering. Photo courtesy Viking Ocean Cruises

For the sophisticated and experienced traveler who has been there and done that, Upper Premium cruise lines offer vacation opportunities that allow guests to delve deeper into the destinations that interest them most. Soon, cruisers will have three lines from which to choose. You may never have heard the term Upper Premium used to describe cruise… [Read More]

Saguenay Celebrates: Eurodam Marks 100th Cruise Ship Call


Seems to have been a “nice day yesterday in Saguenay,” which celebrated its 100th cruise ship call. Holland America Line’s Eurodam brought 2,904 passengers to this lovely region in Quebec. The event was highlighted by the mayor of Saguenay greeting Jean Tremblay, Eurodam’s Captain, Hendrik Jan Keifer — and the many local residents who turned… [Read More]