Ten Aspirational Ports: Medieval Villages, Flower Markets, Beautiful Villas & Monte Carlo Chic On Shore Excursions From Monaco

@ 2014 Ralph Grizzle

On shore excursions from Monaco, you can choose to visit the hilltop villages of Saint Paul de Vence or Eze, tour Vieux (Old) Nice and its famed flower market, visit Villa Rothschild and its gardens in Cap Ferrat, or spend time absorbing the sights and sounds of Monte Carlo. And that’s just for starters. In… [Read More]

Silver Galapagos Live Voyage Report – Day 1


From Quito to San Cristobal to Silver Galapagos Aaron Saunders is on a Galapagos Islands cruise with luxury expedition operator Silversea Expeditions. His report follows. Today, I finally embarked Silversea’s adventurous Silver Galapagos on San Cristobal, Ecuador – the most easterly of the Galapagos Islands. It’s been a long but rewarding journey filled with interesting… [Read More]

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]