Tauck’s ms Savor: Danube Reflections, Day Seven, Wachau Valley, A Guest Pedals Along With Me


“There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more suprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changing … They are fluid. They… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 11: Stuck in Longyearbyen

Silversea gives disembarking guests a full tour of Longyearbyen before their transfer to the airport for their onward charter flight to Oslo. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Fog Shuts Down Svalbard…And Silversea Rises to the Challenge Sunday, July 12, 2015 This morning, guests aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer disembarked our adventuresome expedition ship in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. We bid the crew – our friends – farewell. We shook hands. We descended the gangway. We left Silver Explorer, and our voyage, behind us –… [Read More]

Crystal Cruises: 3 New Ships, Plus, New River Cruisers, Entering Expedition Market

Crystal Cruises is charting a new course, adding a luxury yacht in November this year, river cruise vessels in 2017, world trips on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and three 1,000-passenger expedition vessels from Lloyd Werft, starting in 2018. The first Crystal Exclusive Class ocean vessel is to arrive in late 2018. Genting HK has signed… [Read More]

Tauck’s ms Savor: Danube Reflections, Day Three, Prague & A Diversion, Plus, My Loft Stateroom In Video


In progress: Two Live Voyage Reports, one from Ralph Grizzle traveling from Prague to Vienna, with seven days on Tauck’s ms Savor and the other from Aaron Saunders on a 15-day journey from Amsterdam to Budapest on Viking’s Vidar (with interruptions and changes along the way).  Some news today. We would not be going to… [Read More]

Barging In The South Of France: CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie, Day 10, Our Trip Comes To An End, Wrapping Up


My barge trip from Arles to Sete took place on CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie June 17 through June 26, with pre- and post-trip overnights and activities. This post picks up on day 10, the last day of our adventure, June 26 Often I find that good trips become better in retrospect. I reflect on one particular moment, and I… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 10: Ny London

This afternoon, Silversea's Silver Explorer arrived off the 14th of July Glaicer, Svalbard. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The Ghosts of the Arctic Saturday, July 11, 2015 It’s difficult to believe, but today is to be our last full day of adventure aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as our 10-night Arctic Svalbard cruise sadly comes to a close. Fortunately, the Expedition Team has developed one last, active day for us to go out… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 9: Polar Bear Hunting

At last: our first Polar Bear in the Arctic! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Nanook of the North Friday, July 10, 2015 This morning, I awoke at 6:45 a.m. to discover Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer was stopped in the middle of the ocean. Surrounded by fog with a visibility of maybe half a kilometre on either side of the ship, I figured this morning’s scenic cruising was scratched. At… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 8: Fakesvagen, Svalbard

...I know they'd need more bear guards. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Arctic Wanderlust Thursday, July 9, 2015 On our third-last day aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer, we were treated to several adventures – as we have been for the past week. In fact, embarkation in Tromso, Norway seems like a dream. It’s hard to reconcile with the fact that we’ve been onboard for a full week;… [Read More]