Preparing To Cross The Drake Passage: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Drake Passage, Robin West

After showing us penguins aplenty in the Falkland Islands — Chick Power, Cute & Woolly, A New Breed Of Penguin? & Perfectly Paired Penguins — Seabourn Quest set a course across the Drake Passage. Our destination: the South Shetland Islands, a group of islands situated about 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula. To get there, we would need to transit nearly 600… [Read More]

Silversea To Include Shore Excursions & WiFi On 2015 Med Sailings

Silver Spirit In Venice

Silversea Cruises is kicking off 2015 with an enticing new program that includes shore excursions and WiFi. This program is available for new bookings made on or after January 15, 2015 on any of the line’s 52 Mediterranean cruises this year. “We’re delighted to enhance the value proposition for our guests with the launch of this… [Read More]

Port of Call: Saint-Malo, An Avid Cruiser Feature Video

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Trouble viewing the video? View on Youtube. One of Northwest France’s most attractive coastal towns, Saint-Malo has something to offer all cruise ship passengers: sublime scenery, bustling bars, trendy restaurants and cafes, cultural attractions, outdoor activities and Brittany’s best beaches. During my visit, I walked the ancient city wall above and around the town of Saint-Malo;… [Read More]

Chick Power: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Gentoo Penguin Chick

We only spent one day in the Falkland Islands on our way to Antarctica, but we saw several days worth of penguins it seemed. Yesterday, I wrote about Cute & Woolly, A New Breed Of Penguin? and the day before I posted Perfectly Paired Penguins. This photo completes my fascination with penguins — in the Falkland Islands. On the… [Read More]

Cute & Woolly, A New Breed Of Penguin? Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Early explorers thought the downy, brown penguins were a new species. The explorers described the odd looking creatures as "woolly" penguins. They are, in fact, King Penguin chicks. © 2014 Avid Travel Media Inc.

Yesterday, I wrote about how you’re not likely to see King Penguins in Antarctica and how many people are surprised to learn that they will not see large penguins at all once they reach the White Continent. What you will see in Antartica are smaller penguins — primarily the Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie. Antarctica does… [Read More]

Perfectly Paired Penguins: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Penguins, Mutual Ecstatic

Yesterday, I wrote about how Seabourn Quest’s captain managed to get us to the Falkland Islands, despite a malfunction that caused a two-day delay in an unscheduled port of call. We were actually quite lucky, arriving in Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, on a sunny and warm day. I wrote about my… [Read More]

An Unexpected Diversion Causes Us To Chart A New Course: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day

Captain Bjarne Larsen

Antarctica is not a place that you jaunt off to unprepared. First, visitors to Antarctica have more demanding packing lists than they would have if they were simply wandering about the south of France or the Caribbean islands. Ships must be prepared too. There is the proper provisioning of supplies, including food and, not of… [Read More]