Just before Christmas luxury French expedition cruise company Ponant surprised us by announcing the order for probably the most stunning expedition ship ever, a genuine icebreaker. Most expedition ships have special hulls to withstand a moderate thickness of ice. An icebreaker is different. Icebreakers are the most powerful ships in the world, with massive engines… [Read More]
I’ve been on board Viking Star for five days now, and it took me that long to assess Viking Ocean Cruises’ newest vessel and figure her out. I’m not alone. She’s a small ship, but as Viking Ocean Cruises’ Chairman Torstein Hagen points out, space was well-utilized, and that means there is a lot to… [Read More]
Our newest video provides a brief, inspirational overview of one of my favorite cruising destinations. Many people assume that Canada/New England cruises are only for the fall foliage. While they are great for seeing the colors, the region is also appealing for spring and summer cruises. You’ll meet some of the world’s friendliest people, sink… [Read More]
This weekend, Vancouver-based videographer Chris Stanley and I put the finishing touches on our Europa 2 cruise review. The video provides a quick look (5:41 minutes) at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ newest luxury vessel. If you have trouble viewing the embedded video, click here to view on Youtube. Transcript of The Avid Cruiser’s Europa 2 Video Review VOICEOVER: Embark… [Read More]
In 2010, I spent some time exploring ports in the Gulf of Bothnia, a body of water that hugs the banks of the far north in Sweden and Finland. I particularly enjoyed my visit to Oulu, and the Kierikki Stone Age Center portrayed in the video accompanying this post. You can read more about the Gulf of… [Read More]
Post by Seabourn. Seabourn’s suites are absolutely gorgeous. All are ocean view with more than 90 percent featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that open onto expansive verandas. I want to show you some of the suite amenities so you’ll get an idea of what it’s like when you cruise on Seabourn, but first I thought… [Read More]
Dare you drop €600 per day, per person to cruise on Hapag-Lloyd’s newest ship ? Our Europa 2 video gives 5 reasons why it may be worth it.
Excerpt from An ‘Unforgettable’ Evening At Ephesus, As Silver Spirit Docks In Kusadasi Silversea offered a wide selection of shore excursions in Kusadasi. We talked to one couple who went tandem sky-diving (their first time), a shore excursion offered on Silver Spirit. Others visited Ephesus and the Home of the Virgin Mary in the morning, and… [Read More]