Shore Excursions From Livorno: Siena

© 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Siena’s age-old buildings mix with open-air cafes and narrow winding streets. The ancient city sits on a hill and its entire historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of Siena’s well-preserved medieval buildings were homes for the city’s aristocratic families. The shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, home to Siena’s famous medieval horse race, Il Palio,… [Read More]

In Video, Antarctica: Exploring The White Continent On Seabourn Quest

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Antarctica: Exploring The White Continent On Seabourn Quest from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo. You may also view this video on Youtube. With snow-covered mountains framing its vast and beautiful landscape, with towering glaciers soaring above the continent’s cold but serene sea, and with those funny Charlie Chaplinesque creatures that appear to be clad in tuxedoes,… [Read More]

Should I Visit Russia in 2015?


Many people who had planned a Baltic Sea cruise for this summer are now reconsidering and asking, “Is it right to spend some of my money in Russia?” The question is in response to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russian rebel forces that are believed to have the military backing of the Russian government…. [Read More]

Big Ship Cruising: Carnival Freedom Live Voyage Report – The End


The Old Man And The Sea Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Friday, February 20, 2015 After nearly a week of sailing the Western Caribbean on the inaugural sailing of Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom from her new homeport of Galveston, Texas, we’re nearing the end of our journey. At this time tomorrow, thousands of guests… [Read More]

Big Ship Cruising: Carnival Freedom Live Voyage Report – Day 6


Progreso, Mayans and Chichen Itza Thursday, February 19, 2015 Once again, another blustery morning greeted Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom as we sailed into Progreso, Mexico. Unlike our evening departure from Cozumel, our arrival into the port at the northern tip of the Yucatan was bathed in brilliant sunshine that illuminated the water that glistened… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Livorno: Chianti & Castello Vicchiomaggio

© 2014 Chris Stanley

The rolling hills of Chianti are adorned by leafy vineyards and stately cypresses, all breath-taking to admire. Equally as stunning are the stone castles that watch over many of the vineyards. This is a region that produces some of the world’s most famous wines. You don’t need to love wine to appreciate the beautiful countryside, however…. [Read More]