Antarctica On Silver Explorer


This coming Friday, I was supposed to be boarding a jet bound for Ecuador, where I would board the new Silver Galapagos. However, about two weeks ago, Silversea Cruises presented me with an offer that I could not refuse: Would I consider cruising instead to Antarctica on Silver Explorer? I’d look forward to an opportunity… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Video: On Seabourn, The Observation Bar

Observation Bar Seabourn

On Seabourn Quest, the Observation Bar is a beautiful space to appreciate the views, with floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of exterior desk space to watch the early-morning approach into a new port or to ponder the vastness of sea and sky on those glorious and relaxed days at sea. Read more about The Observation Bar… [Read More]

Six Years Later, Azamara Club Cruises, Redefined & Refined

Azamara Quest in Sorrento, italy. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle

On Friday, I’ll be posting an interview with Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, about how Azamara is defining its niche. The following post describes Azamara’s journey, after being launched  in 2007. To know the history of Azamara Club Cruises it helps to know the history of Renaissance Cruises. Originally founded in 1989 by a concern… [Read More]

Limited-Time Offer: Azamara Club Cruises Offers Free Shore Excursions


Through December 15, Azamara Club Cruises is offering travelers who book select 2014 Mediterranean voyages complimentary Land Discoveries shore excursions. The program allows guests to choose from three excursions per port, which adds considerable value to a product that is becoming increasingly inclusive. On all of its cruises, Azamara now includes gratuities; complimentary bottled water,… [Read More]

What To Expect On Board: Fine Dining On Seabourn


Seabourn’s modern fleet features four dining venues, ranging from al fresco dining to the gorgeous main dining room, called simply, The Restaurant. From local specialities to international dishes, Seabourn serves up fine dining at its best, rivaling what you might expect to find in the world’s best restaurants. The Restaurant offers open-seating dining, meaning that… [Read More]

Getting To Your Next Cruise: Business Class Air To Europe: $2,000, Including Intra-Europe Flights


Today marks 56 years that I’ve inhabited this wobbling blue planet (yes, the earth wobbles, something I learned years ago in astronomy class). To put it another way, I’ve been in various stages of a carbon lifeform for 20,440 days or 490,560 hours or 29,433,600 minutes or, drum roll, 1,766,016,000 seconds. When looked at that… [Read More]