Off To Barge In The South Of France, Mon’Ami Lou & Alex, The Graduate


On Monday, I’ll begin a journey from Asheville to Arles, where I’ll play host to a small group as we explore the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France — on a luxury barge. Wish you where there? Well, you had your chance didn’t you? Our trip begins in Arles, where we’ll spend two nights in a luxury… [Read More]

From Central Park, Seabourn Announces That It Will Bring Three Michelin Stars To Sea

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle

From its perch on Columbus Circle, Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant Per Se offers an outstanding view of New York’s Central Park. I was admiring that view last night along with the big brass from Carnival Corporation, parent company of luxury line Seabourn. There with the likes of Micky Arison, Arnold Donald, Stein Kruse and Rick… [Read More]

Sitka – Alaska’s Gem

Baranof Island is home to Sitka

When cruising the Alaska Panhandle, you will find that the major ports of call are becoming quite commercial with a plethora of gift shops and jewelry stores. The main streets of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway are starting to resemble St. Martin or Barbados with the same familiar retail establishments selling diamonds, gemstones and gold watches… [Read More]

‘Gearing’ Up: Off To See What Seabourn Has ‘Cooking’ In New York, Biking With Friends & My Return To Europe

My biking buddies. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Thank you for all of the nice emails commenting on last week’s story about Asheville, North Carolina, and my kids. Your remarks reminded me of all of the friends I have made during years of travel and reporting. I’m grateful that I have met many of you personally – on ships, at conventions and in ports of… [Read More]

Carnival Miracle Day 5: Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallartaaaaaa! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Walking Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle came alongside in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this morning, greeted by blue skies, warm temperatures, and chirping birds. The cruise terminal looks very much as I remember it: an attractive facility blanketed by green grass and local vendors…. [Read More]

You Can’t Go Home Again? I Did. Next Adventures? Barging In France & Off To NYC For A Big Seabourn Announcement

me and kids

This week, Aaron Saunders is sailing on Carnival Miracle along the Mexican Riviera. Me? I’m spending time far from the sea in Asheville, North Carolina. Did you know that Frommer’s named Asheville one of the top 15 places to visit in 2015? Nestled in the Appalachian mountains, our city ranked with entire countries – Argentina and… [Read More]