Shore Excursions From Marseille: A Photo A Day Series


Marseille a gateway port to a lot of wonderful experiences, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Avignon, the world-class wines of Chateaunuef du Pape and the charm of Aix-en-Provence. There’s a lot more but there is also Marseille itself, and that’s where our photo-a-day series begins. Marseille is France’s second largest city and the country’s oldest… [Read More]

Silversea’s New Collection Of Specialty Expedition Cruises


I’ve done a handful of Silversea’s expedition voyages, and I have loved them all. A little more than a year ago, I explored Antarctica on Silver Explorer, a life-changing experience that showed me the White Continent for the first time. This past August, Silver Discoverer took me across the Bering Sea to Russia’s Far East. And… [Read More]

Crystal Cruises’ New Owner Major Shareholder In Regent & Oceania, Implications?


The news caught me by surprise: Crystal Cruises To Get New Owners, New Ship Not the new ship promise (since taking the helm as Crystal Cruises’ president and COO in 2013, Edie Rodriguez has been promising a new ship). It was the change of owners that surprised me. Japan’s NYK has owned Crystal since 1988, and… [Read More]

Breaking News: Crystal Cruises To Get New Owners, New Ship

Crystal Symphony anchored off Sicily. © 2010 Ralph Grizzle

Today, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Crystal Cruises’ parent company since its inception in 1988, announced it has entered into an agreement with Genting Hong Kong (GHK), under which Crystal Cruises will be acquired by GHK. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015. With the support of GHK’s financial strength and expertise… [Read More]

Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa: How Will She Differ From S.S. Catherine?


When she launches on March 26, 2015, S.S Maria Theresa will be the third ship to be based upon the same general design as Uniworld’s highly successful S.S. Antoinette, which was launched in 2011. Last spring, Uniworld took delivery of the S.S Antoinette’s first sister ship, the gorgeous S.S Catherine. The two newest vessels are similar but have several… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Livorno: Summing Up

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There’s no question that Tuscany is as beautiful as it gets. Typically, however, cruise ships dock for only one day in Livorno, limiting the options available to cruise passengers. With a half dozen or more shore excursions from which to choose, the cruise passenger visiting Livorno will need to choose a single shore excursion — often at… [Read More]