Along with a dozen or so other travel writers, I am in Venice, Italy, at the gorgeous The Gritti Palace. We’re here to visit the shipyard where Royal Princess is in the final stages of construction, but this evening is far from a shipyard visit, thanks to the fine folks at Princess Cruises. Tomorrow we’ll see a… [Read More]
By WALLACE IMMEN In Venice, Ahi Kawai walked an hour from the ship to the fishing docks in search of the freshest seafood for the Nobu Sushi Bar and Silk Road Restaurant aboard Crystal Serenity. “Japan is my favorite place to buy fish, but Venice is very nice,” he said, examining displays of octopus,… [Read More]
By WALLACE IMMEN The problem with being a tourist in Venice these days is that there are a lot of other tourists in Venice these days. Crossing the lagoon-side bridge that parallels the Bridge of Sighs by day is a lesson in fluid dynamics. If even one person stops at the top of the arch… [Read More]
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 For my next cruise, I have the immense pleasure of returning to one of the most luxurious cruise ships ever built. Crystal Serenity is not only one of my all-time favorites, it’s a perennial favorite of those who appreciate the best. Crystal Cruises’ ships Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony have been voted… [Read More]
On your own in Venice, you will get lost — no matter how good your map or how finely attuned your sense of direction. But go ahead and lose yourself. That is part of the joy of being in Venice. Just make sure to carry a few Euros (the currency used in Venice). No doubt,… [Read More]
Pre- and post-cruise stays should include not only Venice but also the surrounding region in northeastern Italy known as Veneto. Exceptionally varied, Veneto offers cruise passengers more than 200 excursions — ranging from visits to vineyards, Veneto villas and historic cities to mountain bike adventures and alpine hikes.