Simply Presented: Royal Princess In 15 Slides

Royal Princess Slidedeck

One of our most popular cruise reviews features Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess. It’s easy to understand why: The new Royal Princess is everything that Princess Cruises represents, but on an enhanced and larger scale. We thought it would be fun to present the new vessel in a slidedeck. The deck was produced by Gail Jessen,… [Read More]

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Hopefully, you’ve already downloaded The Avid Cruiser’s Six Tips For Smooth Cruising. Your next step to becoming a smarter cruiser is to sign up for the Avid Cruiser newsletter, what one reader calls the “most informational and interesting travel newsletter of its kind.” You’ll find lots of value in the Avid Cruiser newsletter, hand-crafted twice weekly… [Read More]

‘Now For Something Completely Different,’ Five Aspirational Cruises From Berlitz Guide Author Douglas Ward

Scottish style service on the Hebridean Princess. © 2014 Hebridean Islands Cruises

I recently asked one of the world’s leading authorities on cruise ships if he would recommend a few aspirational ships for avid cruisers who have “been there, done that.” Douglas Ward is the author of Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships. With more than 45 years of experience and spending some 200 days a year aboard cruise… [Read More]

Sailing East: A Look at Cruising in Asia in 2014


By Ralph Grizzle & Aaron Saunders Last month, we sailed on Silver Shadow from Bali to Singapore. That was a wonderful voyage that you can read more about in Top 10 Highlights From Silversea Voyage 3403: Should You Cruise Indonesia? But maybe it’s time you started thinking about your own cruises to Asia. The continent’s vast array… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Feature Video: Sampling Local Wines With Seabourn’s Sommelier

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Video Transcript One of the fun things to do on Seabourn is to try the complimentary local wines. And to do that, I’m with Philippe, the head sommelier on Seabourn Quest, and we’re going to head out into Mykonos and find some wines, right? Philippe: I’m sure we’re going to find some very local wines,… [Read More]

Top 10 Highlights From Silversea Voyage 3403: Should You Cruise Indonesia?

Silver Shadow, Bali To Singapore

It was a great trip, cruising from Bali to Singapore on the luxury vessel Silver Shadow. No matter how hard the day — hot and humid weather, bumpy roads, heavy traffic in under-developed Indonesia — those of us traveling with Silversea were well taken care of ashore. We returned afternoons and evenings to our luxury boutique… [Read More]

On Our Sister Site: The Ongoing Evolution of River Cruising


Since it has been the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry for a few years now, there’s a tendency among many travelers to think of river cruising as something new. But as we’ve written in the past, river cruises throughout Europe have been around for decades. Indeed, lines like Uniworld Boutique Cruise Collection and Viking… [Read More]