A Tearful Farewell: ms Rotterdam Departs Her Namesake City Following 100th Call

Holland America Line's Rotterdam departing its namesake city following its 100th call. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

What becomes quickly apparent after spending only a few minutes at Cruise Terminal Rotterdam is just how much of an institution Holland America Line has become here in this beautiful city on the banks of Nieuwe Mass channel. Across from the cruise terminal is Hotel New York, where Holland America Line set up shop when it began operations in 1873…. [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 3: Bear Island


Alone On Bear Island Saturday, July 4, 2015 We’re alone at the ends of the earth. Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer dropped anchor off Sorhamna, Bear Island this morning shortly before 7 a.m., resting in the shadow of the island’s towering cliff faces that have remained unchanged for centuries. Technically part of Norway and the Svalbard… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 2: Sailing the Norwegian Sea

We interrupt this morning's Zodiac briefing to bring you...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sailing to Bear Island aboard Silver Explorer Friday, July 3, 2015 Today is an entire day at sea here onboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as we make our way to Bear Island, our first “port” of call on this 10-night voyage to the Far Arctic and the Svalbard Archipelago. I love sea days, particularly on… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 1: Tromso, Norway

Silversea's Silver Explorer, alongside in Tromso, Norway on July 2, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

To Tromso And Beyond With Silversea Thursday, July 2, 2015 Jetlag woke me up at 3:30a.m. this morning. At least, I think it did. It could be excitement, too: today is the day that I fly to Tromso, Norway to board Silversea Expeditions’ intimate Silver Explorer for a 10-night adventure into the heart of Arctic… [Read More]

A Surprise: Silversea Cruises Announces Silver Muse

Silver Muse, Silversea's newest ship. courtesy Silversea

Silversea Cruises will launch a new flagship, the Silver Muse, to be delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship is being built by Fincantieri and at 40,000 gross tons, will accommodate 596 guests. The new vessel represent an evolution of the Silver Spirit, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the… [Read More]

No Excuse To Stay Home: Silversea To Roll Out Free Wi-Fi, Plus Extra Amenities For Asia Cruises

Now you can enjoy free internet from the comfort of your suite on Silversea. © Ralph Grizzle

Follow Aaron Saunders and Ralph Grizzle as they cruise the Arctic and Greenland on two voyages on Silver Explorer. From July 2 through July 12, Aaron will be on an “Expedition Svalbard: Tromso to Longyearbyen” on Silver Explorer. Beginning August 27, Ralph reports from Greenland as Silver Explorer sails on a seven-day voyage roundtrip from… [Read More]

Join Me On A Silversea Voyage To Greenland On Silver Explorer


Wanna meet up? Why not Greenland? I’m headed there August 27, 2015, for a seven-day expedition on Silver Explorer. This is the perfect trip to couple with a longer Baltic itinerary roundtrip Copenhagen. That’s because flying from the Danish capital is the easiest way to get to and from Greenland. Of course, you’ll need to check with your… [Read More]