While in St. Petersburg Russia, The Avid Cruiser stopped in at the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel. This beautiful five-star hotel is currently undergoing a Euro $75 million renovation and expansion. But it’s still open for business and when we were there, the work was not intrusive. We spoke with Timophey Beliaev, one of the executives […]
In September of 2006, I signed on for Cruise West’s 15-day Gold Rush Inside Passage Cruisetour. What’s a cruisetour? It’s a combination of a cruise and a tour. And it allows you to see and experience the best of Alaska. The cruise itself sails between Seattle and Juneau, and takes in cities and towns featured […]
Ship: Crown Princess When We Cruised: June 23, 2006 Itinerary: Nine-day Eastern Caribbean from New York’s Brooklyn terminal. Ports of call on the roundtrip voyage include Bermuda (West End), San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.
Holland America Line spent millions of dollars upgrading its 14-year-old Maasdam. Is the old ship now like new? She was once young and beautiful, a maiden who dazzled all with her good looks. But time passed, and though the years had been kind to her, she began to show signs of wear. She no longer […]
This review could have been titled “Touring Italy On A Cruise Ship — Without Ever Stepping Ashore.” That’s because Costa Cruises’ 85,700-ton, 2,680-passenger Costa Mediterranea presents what many have come to love most, aesthetically at least, about Italy — a rich artistic heritage coupled with abundant architectural charm. Costa Mediterranea’s public rooms, and indeed its […]