On Our Sister Site: The Ongoing Evolution of River Cruising

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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]

Day 8 On Silver Shadow: Jumping Off In Jakarkta & A Special Air Offer On The New Silver Discoverer

Silver Shadow, Bali To Singapore

I’ve spoken to several people on my Silver Shadow voyage from Bali to Singapore who share a common sentiment: After getting a taste of Indonesia, they would not want to travel here on land-based vacations. Indeed, having done Indonesia both by land and sea, I am in consensus with those who I have spoken with. Perhaps it… [Read More]

Day 6 On Silver Shadow: The Buddha & Me, 30 Years Later In Borobudur

Budi, our guide

Today’s shore excursion to Borobudur featured two attractions: the UNESCO World Heritage Buddhist temple compounds known as Borobudur; and traveling to and from Silver Shadow. The travel component took us about 60 miles in each direction between Silver Shadow and Borobudor. It’s journey that would take less than an hour on America’s interstate highway system… [Read More]

Day 5 On Silver Shadow: Exploring Surabaya

Hotel Majapahit

This morning, Silver Shadow docked in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city. I was booked on the four-hour Surabaya City Sights tour and passed through the cruise terminal, where Silversea guests were warmly welcomed by smiling people, some in costumes; smiling security guards; and a musical performance. As I have noted previously, I’ve rarely seen as… [Read More]

Day 4 On Silver Shadow: Dining Mindfully & The Virtues Of Champagne

Dinner began with a complimentary glass of Monopole champagne. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

I dined alone tonight in a venue where couples might be more comfortable. It didn’t bother me. Before making reservations at Le Champagne (or to clarify that, before my butler made reservations for me), I had decided to focus on the dining experience and to enjoy the food, the wine and the service at the… [Read More]