Next Up, On Crystal Symphony With The President & Exploring Greenland With Silversea


It’s beautiful in the Baltic Sea region. Just a few days ago, newspapers in Stockholm proclaimed that summer had finally arrived. That’s a bit late, and of course, summer will be short-lived way up here in the high north. As I write these words, however, the sun casts its golden glimmer on the glittering body… [Read More]

Throwback Thursday: On An Excursion From Oulu, Finland: The Kierikki Stone Age Center

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In 2010, I spent some time exploring ports in the Gulf of Bothnia, a body of water that hugs the banks of the far north in Sweden and Finland. I particularly enjoyed my visit to Oulu, and the Kierikki Stone Age Center portrayed in the video accompanying this post. You can read more about the Gulf of… [Read More]

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]