Avid Cruiser Voyages: Greenland & Iceland

Cruising to Ilulissat, Greenland through iceberg-choked Disko Bay.

Two of the most inspiring — and most frequently misunderstood — cruise destinations are without a doubt the northerly islands of Iceland and Greenland. And cruising here is becoming more popular with each passing year. Contrary to what you might have been led to believe, it is Iceland that boasts lush rolling hills and geothermal… [Read More]

Avid Cruiser Voyages: The Transatlantic Crossing

Cunard's Britannia of 1840 transported author Charles Dickens to North America in 1842. Illustration courtesy of Wikipedia.

In 1842, author Charles Dickens famously crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a publicity tour of America. The entire concept of regularly scheduled passenger service from Europe to North America was still in its infancy, and the man who would give us tales like A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist was none too impressed with the… [Read More]

Port Profile: Isafjördur, Iceland

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, Isafjördur, Iceland. Quick Links Overview Isafjördur… [Read More]

Port Profile: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

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, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. Quick Links Overview Hafnarfjörður… [Read More]

Port Profile: Akureyri, Iceland

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, Akureyri, Iceland. Quick Links Overview Akureyri… [Read More]

Exploring Greenland, Iceland & the Faroes with Fred. Olsen

Sailing into Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo courtesy of Aaron Saunders

Sometimes, finding an interesting itinerary can be tough work. But for those with a sense of adventure and a desire to visit destinations off the beaten path, UK-based Fred.Olsen Cruises has an itinerary that delivers in spades. Departing July 28, 2011 from Rosyth, Scotland, guests sail for 17 days aboard the line’s venerable Boudicca to… [Read More]

From Spain To Stockholm: Fred. Olsen’s Summer 2011 Lineup

Europe is, without a doubt, the hottest cruise destination out there. Lines are deploying ships in record numbers to the region, and the variety of itineraries on offer is unprecedented. Cruisers looking for a fully immersive European experience may want to cruise on a Europe-based line, such as UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruises. Whereas mainstream North American lines… [Read More]

Discovering Europe with Fred. Olsen

There’s no denying it: The European cruise market is hot. Even so, North American cruisers remain largely unaware of the niche lines that ply European waters year-round, long after the mainstream North American lines have sailed back to the Caribbean. Fred. Olsen Cruises is one such line. Norwegian in heritage but based out of the… [Read More]