Coming Home To Silver Wind

Grilling tofu © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Walking into Silver Wind’s reception area late Tuesday afternoon felt a lot like coming home. There were familiar faces, the first of which belonged to Flavio, the affable hotel director who hails from picturesque Positano. Flavio is a genuine reflection of Silversea’s Italian heritage. I had sailed with him in Australia and New Zealand on Silver… [Read More]

Ten Aspirational Ports: Shore Excursions In Istanbul

Hagia Sophia

Even experienced cruise travelers can find touring Istanbul to be challenging. First, there is the traffic. The streets and highways are clogged, at all times of day. Getting between the airport and the cruise ship — or between the cruise ship and the major attractions — takes a vigilant, patient driver, and that’s best left in the hands of someone else,… [Read More]

Ten Aspirational Ports: Shore Excursions From Kusadasi, Much More Than Ephesus


A lot of cruise passengers depart the dock in Kusadasi, visit the ancient historic site of Ephesus, and think they’re done. Having padded the fabled Marble Road (which connects the Celsus Library and the Great Theater in Ephesus), they check Kusadasi off their lists. Been there, done that. I confess to being among that group…. [Read More]

Silver Galapagos Live Voyage Report – Day 7


Exploring Isla Santa Cruz Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Today marks our last full day of cruising the Galapagos Islands aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos. However, just because it’s our last day doesn’t mean the talented Expedition Team has let up on the throttle; instead, today presented guests with a number of different options to enjoy… [Read More]

Day 2 – Exploring Naples, Italy on Noordam


Gail Jessen, Live Voyage Reports I stepped onto my veranda as a purple sunrise crawled up Mount Vesuvius. The Noordam floated slowly toward her dock in Naples. A single fishing boat labored in still water, clear as glass. It was a scene whose calm betrayed the gritty hustle that would soon roar to life. Naples… [Read More]

Silver Galapagos Live Voyage Report – Day 6


San Cristobal, Part Two Gusts onboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos had a bit of a Groundhog Day moment this morning as we dropped anchor off Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the eastern Galapagos island of San Cristobal. It’s also the same place we embarked Silver Galapagos at last Saturday, which felt like a bit of an odd… [Read More]