As RALPH GRIZZLE disembarks Silver Shadow in Hong Kong, WALLACE IMMEN boards Crystal Serenity in Venice. Stay tuned to his reports on Avid Cruiser for the next couple of weeks. Meantime, Ralph joins Silver Explorer in the Caribbean next week, so look for dual voyage reports on two very different luxury cruises. By WALLACE IMMEN… [Read More]
By WALLACE IMMEN This week, I’m making a long-awaited return to Holland America’s Noordam. It’s a ship I loved the first time I sailed aboard her a few years back. We’ll be sailing from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, and after a day at sea we’ll visit Dubrovnik, and take a drive through rural Croatia. From… [Read More]
Crystal Symphony anchored off the coast of Taormina, on the island of Sicily, Italy.
The way to Taormina, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. Situated in the shadow of Europe’s highest active volcano, Taormina’s charms erupt on its oft-shuffled streets and serpentine alleys. Cruise passengers need do nothing more than stroll to absorb the ambience of this delightful town, venturing now and then on its serendipitous side streets, stopping for… [Read More]