Two Unbelievable Nights At The Gritti Palace In Venice, Italy

The Redentore Terrazza Suite overlooks Santa Maria della Salute Basilica, with views to the Giudecca island and Palladio's masterpiece, the Church of the Redentore. The terrace has a mini pool as well as chaise lounges and furniture for outdoor comfort and entertaining. photo courtesy The Gritti Palace

Monday and Tuesday nights, a dozen or so journalists along with reps from Princess Cruises will be laying their heads on pillows at Venice’s legendary Gritti Palace. We’re in Venice to tour the new Royal Princess, entering the final phases of construction in nearby Monfalcone. After a night’s rest at the Gritti Palace, I’ll be reporting on… [Read More]

Happy To Be Of Service: Twitter Journalism, But Is It Real?


Work is grueling. During the past three days here in Amsterdam, I produced 15 tweets highlighting the Viking River Cruises #vikinglongships christening. Thanks to generous retweeting, my 15 tweets reached more than 140,000 Twitter accounts and made more than 200,000 impressions. No wonder I’m thoroughly exhausted. Twitter journalism. Puh! I’m not alone. My colleagues tweeted,… [Read More]

APT MS Caledonian Sky – Transportation to Van Diemens Land

MS Caledonian Sky at anchor in Coles Bay, Tasmania

By guest contributor, Roderick Eime, editor of Adventure Cruise Guide “Sit down now!” “Don’t step onto the boat until you are told to do so!” “Give me both hands first!” Such are our stern orders as we prepare to go ashore at Maria Island, one of Tasmania’s gruesome penal sites off the east coast of… [Read More]

Winter Cruises Warming Up, Cruising Norway, Christmas Markets River Cruises & More

Arctic Sunset: Hurtigruten’s 11 ships ply coastal Norway year-round, but is is winter cruising that is seeing the greatest growth. Ships that once sailed at half capacity are now sailing full as travelers set sail in search of the Northern Lights and other spectacular winter phenomena. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

For close to a decade cruise lines have been trying to market winter cruises in Europe, with varying degrees of success. After a few false starts, it’s now safe to say that the notion of cruising Europe during its chilliest months is finally gaining traction in the minds of the traveling public. Hurtigruten executives say… [Read More]

Planning Ahead: Sampling Of Europe Cruises 2014, Celebrity, Cunard, Royal Caribbean & Princess

Churchill Cigar Lounge, Queen Elizabeth

Though you may be excitedly packing for your cruise in Europe this year, the cruise lines have been looking ahead and rolling out itineraries for Europe Cruises 2014. Here’s a sampling of what to look forward to next year as an armada of ships plies the oceans (and seas) of Europe. Stay tuned: In the… [Read More]

The Joys Of Cruising At 55 Plus: Baby Boomer Travel

No signs of slowing down at age 70, Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking River Cruises, with daughter Karine and his wife in the background. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

As we reported yesterday, in Amsterdam this week Viking River Cruises christened 10 new river cruise vessels. It was a remarkable achievement for a man who lost everything in 1997 and aspires to have 100 river cruise vessels operating on the waterways of Europe by 2020. What’s driving the growth? We are. By we, I mean, me… [Read More]

100 Viking Longships by 2020? That’s Tor’s Vision. Today, 10 Ships Christened In Amsterdam, A World Record

A new world's record: 10 Viking Longships christened today in Amsterdam.

A representative from Guinness World Records was at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam today to certify that Torstein Hagen and his Viking River Cruises had staked a new claim in the record books: 10 ships christened at once, a remarkable achievement for a man who told a standing-room-only audience of around 700 that he had lost… [Read More]