On Your Own or With A Guide

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 […]

  • November 9, 2006

Cruise West: On An Alaska Cruisetour

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 […]

  • October 9, 2006

Ship Short: Crown Princess

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.

  • June 23, 2006

She Wears It Well — Maasdam Gets a Makeover

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 […]

  • May 14, 2006

Floating Palaces: Costa Mediterranea, A Tour of Italy

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 […]

  • September 8, 2004