On ms Europa 2: Day 1, After A Great Night In Athens, We Set Sail From Piraeus

Europa 2

Monday, May 12, 2014 — Our Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt touched down at Athens International Airport on schedule, and at around 6 p.m. videographer Chris Stanley and I were wheeling our luggage into the arrivals hall. We sought out our driver, who we found holding a placard with our names inscribed on it. A quick introduction,… [Read More]

Crystal Cruises Ashore: An Interview With Crystal’s Vice President of Land Programs, John Stoll

Bicycling in Lyon

I recently cruised on Crystal Serenity to experience and write about a few new innovations on board the vessel, which was recently renovated to the tune of $17 million. Two big changes were to the dining program, and I wrote about those in these posts: Crystal Serenity’s Modern Cuisine & Charges At The Sushi Bar and Crystal Serenity’s New Dining… [Read More]

Crossing The Atlantic For $60 Per Day; Plus, Norwegian Epic Returns To Southampton

Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

If you have a month to spare, you can sail aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star for 28 days as she sails from Copenhagen, Denmark to Los Angeles, California on October 6, 2014 — at a bargain price. As of this writing, Norwegian Cruise Line has this sailing priced from US$1,699 per person for an inside cabin. Yes, that’s about $60 per day… [Read More]

An Action-Packed Week: New ms Europa 2 Video, Live Voyage Reports From Silver Discoverer Down Under & A New Podcast

ms europa 2 video

Tomorrow morning, I walk five minutes from my apartment in Helsingborg, Sweden, to the catch the local bus, which will take me to the central train station, where I’ll pay about $25 to get to Copenhagen International Airport, about an hour away. The train stops directly underneath the airport so that all I need to do is… [Read More]

Catching Up With Silversea’s Kristian C. Anderson: 20 Years Of Luxury, Success With Expeditions, Special Savings & More

Kristian Anderson

Trouble listening to the podcast? Listen to this interview and all Avid Cruiser Audio Podcasts on SoundCloud. In this Avid Cruiser Audio Podcast, I talk with Kristian C. Anderson. Kristian is Silversea Cruises senior vice president and general manager of the Americas. That’s a big title, but it implies that Kristian is a guy in the know when… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

The Sultan's Palace in Muscat

Our next installment of Avid Cruiser Voyages focuses on a destination that is unique in its own right, yet frequently lumped into a much broader geographical term that can describe cruises to nearly a dozen different countries. Typically marketed as a Middle East cruise, voyages departing roundtrip from Dubai, United Arab Emirates are the focus… [Read More]

Differences Between Viking River Cruises & Uniworld River Cruises & AmaWaterways & Tauck & CroisiEurope & A-ROSA

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With so many river cruise lines in operation along the waterways of Europe and elsewhere throughout the world, it’s never easy to answer one of the most basic questions travelers are likely to have: How are each of these river cruise companies different from one another? Aaron Saunders and I (Ralph Grizzle) have been fortunate… [Read More]

The Panama Canal, 100 Years On

Sea Princess transiting the Panama Canal. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

For centuries, it was a pipe dream: the idea of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via Panama. As early as 1534, people had tried – in various ways – to improve trade without the need for lengthy and dangerous sailings around the horn of South America. But sufficient technology did not yet… [Read More]