Crystal’s Voluntourism Program Creates Unique Experiences

A voluntourism group from Crystal Cruises

By WALLACE IMMEN As passengers of Crystal Serenity boarded buses for tours in Dubrovnik, a group of eight guests got into a van for a unique experience. They had volunteered to help for the day at a Croatian retirement village in a 600-year old estate that has such limited funding that there isn’t anyone to… [Read More]

Follow Me and See the New Look of the Crystal Serenity

A stateroom on Crystal Serenity

By WALLACE IMMEN For my next cruise, I have the immense pleasure of returning to one of the most luxurious cruise ships ever built. Crystal Serenity is not only one of my all-time favorites, it’s a perennial favorite of those who appreciate the best. Crystal Cruises’ ships Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony have been voted… [Read More]

Ducking Out of Dubrovnik on a Holland America Tour

View of Dubrovnik harbor

WALLACE IMMEN aboard the Noordam in Croatia. The marble streets of Dubrovnik have been polished to a gleaming smoothness by the millions of feet that have walked over them. And on a typical morning in tourist season, it can seem like all those millions are still here, as a number of cruise ships and uncountable… [Read More]

Join Me on Noordam to the Hot Spots of the Mediterranean

Holland America Line cruise ship Noordam

By WALLACE IMMEN This week, I’m making a long-awaited return to Holland America’s Noordam. It’s a ship I loved the first time I sailed aboard her a few years back. We’ll be sailing from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, and after a day at sea we’ll visit Dubrovnik, and take a drive through rural Croatia. From… [Read More]