Shore Excursions From Marseille: French Cuisine At Auberge de la Treille

Auberge de la Treille

You wouldn’t want to visit Provence without enjoying some of the best culinary experiences that the region has to offer. There are lots of places to do that in and around Avignon, but we found a special place not far from the Pope’s Palace and Avignon’s other attractions. The Auberge de la Treille was like… [Read More]

Crystal’s Edie Rodriguez Talks New Ships, World Cruises & Short-Term Cruise Opportunities

Edie Rodriquez, president of Crystal Cruises. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

I last interviewed Edie Rodriguez, president of Crystal Cruises, during my April 2014 voyage on Crystal Serenity. On that sailing, I discovered Crystal Serenity’s Modern Cuisine as well as Crystal Serenity’s Tastes, which Edie talks about in this podcast. A lot has changed since then. Crystal will soon have new owners, and a new ship (see Breaking News: Crystal Cruises… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Podcast: An Interview With Viking Star’s Godmother, Mayor of Bergen, Trude Drevland

Trude Drevland

Today at Cruise Shipping Miami, I ran into Trude Drevland, the mayor of Bergen, Norway, and godmother of Viking’s first ocean-going vessel, the Viking Star. I’ll be on the new ship for a media preview from May 2 through May 8, sailing from Barcelona to Lisbon. If you’re curious about this new ship, as we all… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Marseille: Avignon, Once The Seat Of Catholicism, The Pope’s Palace

Pope's Palace Avignon

At the beginning of the 12th century the seat of Catholicism was not in Rome but in Avignon. During the 14th century, Avignon’s papal residence was home to a succession of nine popes. The Pope’s Palace is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in all of Europe. It was once a… [Read More]

OMG! Euro-Dollar Parity By Friday?

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Forget traveling in Europe because of the dollar’s strength against the euro. I’m buying a castle! Notice the headline in the screenshot above? “This is historic: The dollar will soon be worth more than the euro.” That’s the Washington Post. Amazing. I’ve said it more than once in the past few weeks, but it is worth… [Read More]