I Am In Europe, And It’s Cheap(er)

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I just landed at Munich’s efficient international airport. My first order of business was to purchase a few items from the drugstore here at the airport. No need to get personal and detail my list to you. It wasn’t pregnancy tester, I can tell you that. That’s not why I am writing anyway. I wanted to let you know… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Podcast: Elisabeth Gouzien Talks Saint-Malo

Elisabeth Gouzien, representing Saint-Malo. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

One of Northwest France’s most attractive coastal towns, Saint-Malo has something to offer all cruise ship passengers: sublime scenery, bustling bars, trendy restaurants and cafes, cultural attractions, outdoor activities and Brittany’s best beaches. I interviewed Elisabeth Gouzien, who represents Saint-Malo, while at Cruise Shipping Miami during mid-March. I met Elisabeth in Saint-Malo a few years… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Marseille: The One Religious Monument To Visit In Aix-en-Provence

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If you only plan to visit one church in Aix-en-Provence, I know just the one. It’s located on the route of the Roman Road, and it has fragments of an old Roman wall. Step inside an impressive Roman Catholic Cathedral that was built on the site of a 1st century Roman forum. The impressive structure… [Read More]

Viking Longships 2015 Christening: Day 2

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Viking River Cruises Christens 12 New Ships in Amsterdam Tuesday, March 24, 2015 After a morning of touring the beautiful Dutch city of Haarlem, guests returned to Viking River Cruises Viking Skirnir, where the red carpet had been rolled out at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam for the big event: the christening of 12 brand-new vessels… [Read More]

In Pictures: Christening Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa

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A Firsthand Look at Uniworld’s New S.S. Maria Theresa Thursday, March 26, 2015 It’s been a busy week of river cruising here in Amsterdam, and we’re still very much playing catch-up. But even as I write this at 2:44 a.m. in the morning, I have to skip ahead a bit to show you one of… [Read More]

Visiting Barbados

My latest book on the Eastern Caribbean

I love Barbados. It is one of the most enjoyable of the eastern Caribbean islands. It is quite different from the majority of the islands of the Lesser Antilles, that long arc of small islands that stretches southeast from Puerto Rico to Trinidad. Barbados is not a volcanic island like the majority of the Lesser… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Marseille: Aix-en-Provence, Fountain Of Four Dolphins

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You could spend hours pointing your camera to frame beautiful snapshots in Aix-en-Provence. The elegant façades of the gracious 17th- and 18th-century mansions are simply stunning. Aix en Provence is often referred to as the city of 1,000 fountains. One fountain not to miss is the Fountain of the Four Dolphins, carved in baroque style… [Read More]