For optimal viewing, click the full screen icon. Back in September, videographer Chris Stanley and I spent seven days traveling in the south of France with cruise itinerary planners from Seabourn, SeaDream, Voyages of Discovery, MSC and NCL. The cruise line reps were there, as were we, to familiarize themselves with all that this fabulous region has… [Read More]
Certainly, Provence’s exquisite rosé wines, so soft on the palate and as refreshing as a sweet summer grape, are one reason that I love exploring the south of France. The French rosés, as many of you know, are nothing like the American rosés, which tend to be sticky and sweet. Provencal rosés, however, are about much… [Read More]
I was extremely fortunate to spend this past September in the south of France. Along with Vancouver-based videographer Chris Stanley, I visited a mix of destinations, some that are already on cruise itineraries — and some that deserve to be. Probably the best example of a shore excursion that should be on cruise line radar… [Read More]
The most popular shore excursion for cruise passengers visiting Var Provence’s Toulon and Le Seyne Sur Mer, Le Castellet is a small feudal village perched on a cliff’s edge. It oozes charm, and we were lucky to spend a half-day exploring this historically interesting and beautiful town. Sit back and take a virtual tour in… [Read More]
This week, the Avid Cruiser is in Marseille, France attending Seatrade Med, a cruise industry event where destinations, ports, cruise lines — and virtually any company with an interest in cruising — get together to showcase their products and explore ways to continue innovating cruise vacations. I’m there, in part, to help launch two new… [Read More]
This week, I joined representatives from Seabourn, SeaDream and Voyages of Discovery, along with other colleagues, for a familiarization trip in Var Provence. See this post if you’re scratching your head and asking, Where? In My Viewfinder: Beautiful & Varied Var Provence. Where? Let Us Show You One of the highlights of our trip was… [Read More]
We spent the past week filming in 14 locations in Var Provence. I’ve seldom visited a cruise destination with such a diverse range of memorable experiences. First, however, I should tell you that there is no such place as Var Provence. The official name of the region I am speaking of, and where I am sitting as I type these words, is Var, a department (roughly equivalent to a county) situated in the south of France — in Provence.
Shh! Recording Somebody’s got to do it, so it may as well be me — along with talented videographer Chris Stanley. We’re filming in the South of France until September 22. Expect return phone calls and responses to emails to be delayed. We’re working! And to be honest, those refreshing glasses of rosé from Provence… [Read More]