Avid Cruiser Voyages: Baltic Cruises

The best reason to visit Silkeborg, Denmark, near the town of Aarhus: the well-preserved visage of the Tollund Man. Photo ©  Aaron Saunders

Baltic cruises are among my favorite. From the opulent palaces of the Tsars in St. Petersburg to Stockholm’s breathtaking harbor and Copenhagen’s spectacular Tivoli Gardens, few cruising regions offer such diverse treasures as the Baltic. Best of all, most ships dock in the center of the cities and towns, allowing you to hop off and explore on your own. In many ways,… [Read More]

Port Profile: Turku, Finland

Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Turku, Finland’s first capital. Quick Links… [Read More]

A Year Of Living Lavishly


2010 was an event-filled year for the ever-so-grateful-for-his-career Avid Cruiser. Here are some of the travel highlights with links to relevant photos, videos and posts: February. Flew to Italy – twice. Once was to cruise on Costa Delizioso, which I thought sounded like an Olive Garden entree. On that cruise, from Venice to Genoa, I… [Read More]

New Avid Cruiser Video: When In Helsinki, Finland

Situated on the southern coast of Finland, Helsinki is a gate between East and West. Finland’s capital city embodies much of the Finnish spirit and its progressive hi-tech push but also is unlike any other Finnish city, due in part to the combination of Swedish and Russianinfluences (see Helsinki, Where East Meets West). Popular tours and excursions visit Sibelius’… [Read More]

This Week On Avid Cruiser: New Posts & Videos

Video: A ‘Flam’Tastic Day In Flam, Norway: Straddle a Saddle For A Bucolic Bike Ride http://bit.ly/9i6237 Seabourn Sojourn On 300 Calories Per Day – Or Less http://bit.ly/a8XX3S Update: Our Ship, Your Office: Cruise lines keep cruisers connected http://bit.ly/9xNxSO Seabourn’s Sensible Internet Package: Always Connected, No Need To Type http://bit.ly/9RMxKM Dinner & A Movie From The Comfort Of Seabourn… [Read More]

Feature Videos: Three New Cruise Destinations In Finland Roll Out The Welcome Mat

Waiting to welcome cruise passengers in Finland. Picture is from the Kirsti Museum, illustrating how people lived in Old Rauma from the end of the 19th century until the 1970s.

Beyond The Baltic: Cruising Finland’s Gulf Of Bothnia New cruise destinations along the Gulf of Bothnia allow cruise passengers to explore beyond the marquee ports that typically characterize Baltic cruises. Earlier this summer, I visited three aspiring cruise destinations in Finland. All are members of the Bothnia Cruise Ports, along with four other destinations in Sweden,… [Read More]