Summer Of Fun: Running Through Airports, The London Olympics, River Cruising In France, Traveling With Teens

The traditional Baked Alaska, marking the last day of our cruise on Avalon Creativity and time for Alex to return home. He crossed the Atlantic in one direction as his sister flew in the other direction (two siblings passing in the night) to join me in London for a cruise on Silver Whisper. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Have you ever had to run through an airport? I did yesterday at Charles de Gaulle. My 15-year-old son was flying home after our nearly monthlong vacation on two cruises. I stayed with him until his flight departed. That was in Terminal 1. My flight was in Terminal 2a, as far away from Terminal 1 as you can get at CDG, like walking to Belgium or Luxembourg. And I still had to check in – with only 60 minutes to make my flight.

Alex’s flight departed, and the race was on. The CDGVAL train between terminals took 10 minutes to deliver me to Terminal 2. It took another 10 minutes to walk to the Terminal 2a check-in counter for my British Airways flight to London.

I had only 40 minutes remaining to check in, clear passport control, go through security and board. Would I make it?

Fortunately, no line at check-in. It took seven minutes to process the tickets and check in baggage, and five minutes to get to passport control. 28 minutes before the flight departs! Again, no line. Lucky me. Security? A breeze. Only one person in front of me. Only 10 minutes had passed. 18 minutes remaining. Final call. A long walk to the gate, where I breathlessly handed my ticket over. The check-in agent scanned it, looked up and said, “You’re an hour early. Next flight.” Duh, I had been reading the wrong flight on the boards the whole time.

Speaking of running, I’d like to ask that you stop what you’re doing for a moment and click this link to share with us the most exciting thing you experienced or will experience this summer – related to cruising or harrowing airport experiences.

Did you cruise as a family? Travel with a friend? Do you work in the cruise industry and have new product announcements? Do you represent a destination that had a ship call for the first time? Please take a moment to tell us about one thing that has excited you so far this summer. Or perhaps you’re looking forward to excitement ahead. There’s still sufficient summer left. Share some good news or a funny story with us. We want to know.

Is your holiday behind you or ahead of you? Share with us your most exciting memory — or what you are looking forward to. Click here to share.

I can tell you that summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for us here at Avid Cruiser. As the founder, caretaker and editor of the site, I’ve been fortunate to travel with my kids on several different trips this summer. I’ll be writing more about that tomorrow.

We also have a new guest contributor with an impressive writing background. Traveling with her 12-year-old son, Andrea Guthmann will be filing reports from Holland America Line’s Oosterdam beginning July 29. Introduce yourself to Andrea by checking out her preview post: Where the Wild Things Are: Alaska-Bound Aboard Holland America’s Oosterdam. That’s her in the photo above, by the way, in a place that certainly is not Alaska.

Wallace Immen just returned home from the North Cape on Seabourn Sojourn and has filed an entertaining series of stories. A good place to begin: Seabourn Sojourn Passengers Hang on, Grab a Crab and Chow Down. Yes, that’s Wallace in the photo, looking somewhat surprised at his catch.

King crab in Norway held by Wallace Immen

We’ve also been working hard to redesign both Avid Cruiser and its sister site, River Cruise Advisor, to provide more of what you want — and to make it easy for you to find what you want. Please tell us what you think and how we can continue to improve our sites.

 The new Avid Cruiser website focuses on reviews and cruise experiences. We want to make it easy for you to click, view and cruise. To remain as impartial and unbiased as possible, we do not sell cruises but we’re happy to give you advice and recommendations.

The new River Cruise Advisor design focuses on reviews, city guides and, as avid river cruisers, expert advice. Again, we don’t sell. Only recommend and advise.

And Now I’m Off Again

After a month of cruising with my son on Crystal Serenity and Avalon Creativity, I will board Silver Whisper Thursday for a cruise with my 17-year-old daughter. We travel from Southampton to Lisbon, after spending one night in London and the Olympics excitement. I look forward to boarding Silver Whisper and reporting from beautiful Bordeaux, St. Jean de Luz, BilbaoGijon, La Coruna, Vigo and Lisbon, all places that I enjoy.

We’re excited about our shore excursions: The UNESCO Village of St. Emilion, when we’re in Bordeaux; touring Bilbao & visiting the Guggenheim Museum; and discovering Hemingway’s Pamplona from St. Jean de Luz.

We’ll have one special dinner at Silver Whisper’s Le Champagne by Relais & Châteaux specialty restaurant. I want to experience Le Champagne’s new à la carte dining experience.

And of course, I’m excited to  step aboard Silver Whisper to experience its gracious service and spacious accommodations. I hope you’ll click, view and cruise along with us.

Join the Conversation

Nina Krauthamer says:

We are looking forward to our Silversea Expedition in August – Tromso to Dublin – with out 15 year old daughter. She is a great traveler, although would have preferred her own cabin – we are sharing a triple this time.

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