Ten Aspirational Ports: Shore Excursions From Marseille Reveal The Beauty Of Provence & UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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We began exploring the first of our 10 aspirational ports in Marseille, climbing to the highest point in the city to Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. The views of Marseille, its old port and the sea beyond were stunning from our vantage point, situated more than 500 feet above sea level. If for no other reason, the photographs… [Read More]

Summing Up Silver Discoverer: Memories From Russia’s Far East


Trouble viewing the slideshow? Click here to view on Flickr. How do you recap a trip where every day was comprised of peak experiences, sometimes multiple peak experiences? How do you write about a journey to a place that seems nearly as remote as Mars, a region that for me was on the other side… [Read More]

A New Travel Show: We Travel From Marseille To Istanbul In Search Of Ten Aspirational Ports


During the next six weeks, I’ll be traveling from Marseille to Istanbul (and points between) with Vancouver-based videographer Chris Stanley. We’re on the road to create a new travel show featuring ten “aspirational” ports. By aspirational, I mean that these ports are where you want to drop anchor — if you haven’t already. Cruises frequent these… [Read More]

Killer Whales By The Hundreds, 21 Brown Bear In A Single Day: On Silver Discoverer, An Interview With Expedition Team Member Chris Cutler

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Trouble viewing the video? Click Killer Whales By The Hundreds, 21 Brown Bear In A Single Day: On Silver Discoverer, An Interview With Expedition Team Member Chris Cutler. In this video, I interview Silver Discoverer Team Member Chris Cutler about highlights during our two-week voyage in Russia’s Far East. Chris cites seeing hundreds of killer whales, 21… [Read More]

Silver Discoverer: Our Video Ship Review

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Silver Discoverer: Ship Review from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo. Transcript: This beach in this remote village in Russia’s Far East marks the end of wonderful two-week voyage on Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Discoverer. We witnessed spectacles of nature. We spent time in Zodiacs photographing walruses. We saw whales and hundreds of Orcas and we saw lots… [Read More]

Trip Interrupted: We Now Resume Our Regularly Scheduled Broadcast Featuring Silver Discoverer

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If you’re a regular reader of the Avid Cruiser blog, you may have wondered about the abrupt end in reporting from my August voyage on Silver Discoverer. Certainly, a few readers have written to ask, Was there more? Indeed, there was. My last report was filed on August 14. After that, I went silent. I… [Read More]

Six Frequently Asked Questions: Cruising the Mekong


The Mekong River continues to grow in popularity for river cruisers and the companies that operate along the storied waterway. AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, CroisiEurope, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Viking River Cruises all offer journeys along the Mekong. Accordingly, we get a lot of questions here on River Cruise Advisor about Mekong River cruises. Here are the top… [Read More]