Caribbean Cruising, Winter 2013/14, A Sampler Of Offerings

SeaDream Yacht Club

As we make our way through summer, many of us are already looking to prolong the blue skies and sunshine by planning to head south for the winter to the Caribbean. For the Winter 2013/14 season, there are lots of choices for those looking to get away to the sun and sand. Big Ship Caribbean… [Read More]

Introducing The New AmaPrima, Reporting From Vienna

AmaPrima Vienna

As part of our continuing series of AmaWaterways reviews for sister site River Cruise Advisor, I’m in Vienna, Austria, to experience innovations on the new AmaPrima — including a heated swimming pool with swim-up bar and an aft-facing specialty restaurant. The views should be spectacular as we cruise along the Danube river through the middle… [Read More]

Four WOW! Factors On Six Ships Offering Family Friendly Cruises

NCL Breakaway AquaPark. - courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

A decade ago, activities for children on cruise ships were limited. Concessions to kids typically involved strapping a waterslide to the pool deck. Today, however, the major family friendly lines are vying to outdo one other with the greatest WOW! factors, thus establishing their ships as the best for family friendly cruises. Waterslides still reign supreme… [Read More]

Fall Foliage, Canada-New England Cruises

A warm welcome in Charlottetown, where we visited Anne of Green Gables on a shore excursion. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

If you’re in the market for a fall cruise, few destinations match the beauty of New England and the Canadian Maritimes. Collectively, this region — marketed as Canada/New England — boasts some of the oldest settlements in North America, along with some of its most picturesque. From the hustle-and-bustle of New York City to the… [Read More]

My Perspective: Silver Shadow, Ship Shape?

© 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Last year, when cruising on Silver Shadow from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand, I did something unusual: I remained on board. To add some sparkle to the so-called turnaround, Silver Shadow Hotel Director Flavio Gioia invited more than a dozen back-to-back passengers, me included, to a special cocktail reception in the ship’s “Provisions Area.”… [Read More]

8 Tips For Creating Your Best Ever Summer Vacation

© 2013 Ralph Grizzle

If you are in your fifties or beyond, no one could blame you for thinking that your best summers are behind you. That’s what I thought — until this summer. At age 55, I am having what just may be the best summer of my life. It did not come easy. I spent hours/days planning… [Read More]

Silver Spirit, Athens To Venice In 60 Photos

Silver Spirit, Hvar, Croatia

If, as it is said, a picture is worth 1,000 words, then we have 60,000 words, enough for a book, contained within this post. After culling hundreds of photos that we snapped last week and the week before, we chose 60 to portray a memorable voyage on Silver Spirit from Athens to Venice. The slideshow… [Read More]