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Alaska By Small Ship

When it comes to cruising through the heart of Alaska and British Columbia, there are no shortage of choices. But Alaska, much like the Caribbean, is dominated by big, mainstream cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers apiece. Because of their size, they also tend to call on many of the same ports of call, eschewing... [Read More] The post Alaska By Small Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The Bright Future of Expedition Cruising

Coming Soon: An Armada Of Expedition Ships There was once a time when those looking to take an expedition cruise were left with few choices. Old Soviet-era icebreakers and decommissioned research ships that were pressed into adventure cruise service offered little in the way of creature comforts, and cruisers had to make compromises on everything... [Read More] The post The Bright Future of Expedition Cruising appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Spirit: Recapping Our Mediterranean Cruise

...back to the ship. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Six Days Is All Too Short Aboard This Great Ship Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports This time next year, Silversea will have a brand-new flagship in its luxury fleet. But the 596-guest Silver Muse will owe much of its genesis to the line’s current flagship, the 540-guest Silver Spirit. Since entering service in late 2009,... [Read More] The post Silver Spirit: Recapping Our Mediterranean Cruise appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Spirit Voyage Report – Olbia & One Last Night

Welcome to Olbia, our last port of call on this six-day Silver Spirit voyage. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Silver Spirit Still Sparkles In The Med Sunday, May 1, 2016 Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports It’s my last day here onboard Silversea’s ultra-luxury Silver Spirit. I’m sad about that. The one constant I’ve noticed amongst all my Silversea voyages is that, no matter how many days I spend onboard, it’s never quite enough. Today,... [Read More] The post Silver Spirit Voyage Report – Olbia & One Last Night appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Updated: Our Silver Wind Ship Review

Silversea's Silver Wind, at her berth in Trapani, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
This week, we continue with our ship review updates for ultra-luxury line Silversea with an extended review and deck-by-deck photo tour of Silver Wind. Built in 1995, Silver Wind was the second ship to enter service for Silversea, following close on the heels of her sister, Silver Cloud. But during the intervening decades, Silversea refitted... [Read More] The post Updated: Our Silver Wind Ship Review appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Love Luxury Cruising? We’ve Updated Our Silver Spirit Review

Silver Spirit, Hvar, Croatia
Silversea’s Silver Spirit: An Elegant Way To Cruise Next year, ultra-luxury line Silversea will take delivery of its newest and largest ship to-date, the 596-guest Silver Muse. So we figured this would be an appropriate time to take a better look at the ship that she’s largely based off of: Silversea’s current flagship, the 2009-built Silver... [Read More] The post Love Luxury Cruising? We’ve Updated Our Silver Spirit Review appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update

Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update
Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update & Deck-By-Deck Photo Tour We have updated our profile of Silversea Cruises‘ luxury expedition ship Silver Galapagos with a full deck-by-deck photo tour. Silversea’s second expedition ship, Silver Galapagos sails alternating year-round itineraries to the Western and North Central Galapagos Islands. On our review page, you’ll also find our live voyage report from... [Read More] The post Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part II

Viking Star maneuvers into position at 9:00p.m. on Sunday, May 17 in Bergen, Norway. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
From Vikings to Glaciers, 2015 Offered A World of Cruising Wonder Part II of our favorite cruises of 2015, by Aaron Saunders. Viking Star – London to Bergen Christening Cruise It’s rare that a cruise line gets a new class of ship so right on the first try, and rarer still that a cruise line that’s... [Read More] The post My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part II appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part I

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Sailing The Seven Seas: My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015 Avid Cruiser founder Ralph Grizzle recently wrote about his six favorite river cruises on our sister-site River Cruise Advisor (you can find his favorites here and here.) He asked me to write about a few of my favorite ocean cruises from the past year. These are... [Read More] The post My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part I appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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2016 Small Ship Caribbean Cruising

Crystal Serenity will circumnavigate the glove in the winter and spring of 2015. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
When most of us think of Caribbean cruising, we picture the huge megaships of lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean. But there’s more than one way to explore the Caribbean. Unlike big ships, small luxury cruise ships can call on ports that big ships simply can’t. While megaliners line up three and four abreast to... [Read More] The post 2016 Small Ship Caribbean Cruising appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Opens Silver Muse Bookings

Silversea's forthcoming flagship, Silver Muse, is now open for bookings. Her maiden season begins in April, 2017. Rendering courtesy of Silversea.
Today is an important day in the history of ultra-luxury line Silversea and its forthcoming new flagship, the 596-guest Silver Muse. Today, bookings opened to the general public for her maiden season that will begin in the Spring of 2017. Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s chairman, remarked that, “We are creating the ultimate boutique ship at... [Read More] The post Silversea Opens Silver Muse Bookings appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Releases New Information, Microsite, on Silver Muse

Silversea has launched a new microsite dedicated to the forthcoming Silver Muse. Don't forget to click-and-drag on this image to see the ship from 360-degrees!
Ultra-luxury line Silversea has launched a new micro-site designed to introduce its forthcoming flagship, the 596-guest Silver Muse, to cruisers around the world. It’s also the first chance that most of us will have to see renderings of the forthcoming ship’s accommodations and select dining venues. “We’re thrilled to announce more detailed features of our new... [Read More] The post Silversea Releases New Information, Microsite, on Silver Muse appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Quebec City and the Silver Whisper – Day 3

Exploring Vieux - or Old - Quebec! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Exploring Vieux Quebec! Saturday, October 17, 2015 When I opened the blinds in my room at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac this morning, I was shocked – shocked! – to see snow softly falling over the historic expanse of Quebec City. It turns out it’s not the only area of the country to see snow... [Read More] The post Quebec City and the Silver Whisper – Day 3 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Quebec City and the Silver Whisper – Day 2

Welcome aboard Silversea's Silver Whisper in Quebec City, Canada! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Touring Silversea’s Silver Whisper Friday, October 16, 2015 It was pouring rain early this morning as I ate my breakfast at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and gazed out at the misty expanse of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City. But not even the chilly weather could dampen my spirits; with a vibrant backdrop... [Read More] The post Quebec City and the Silver Whisper – Day 2 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Quebec City and the Silver Whisper – Day 1

Welcome to Quebec City and the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Bonjour Quebec! Thursday, October 15, 2015 I’m writing this from the cozy confines of the 1608 Bar inside the iconic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. I’m here in Quebec City, Canada to tour, photograph and write about Silversea Cruises’ ultra-luxurious Silver Whisper, which will be pulling alongside at her berth on the St. Lawrence River just... [Read More] The post Quebec City and the Silver Whisper – Day 1 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Live Report Preview: Quebec City and Silversea’s Silver Whisper

Join us as we travel to Quebec City to tour Silversea's elegant Silver Whisper! Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises
Follow us to Vieux Quebec and the Silver Whisper With October slowly giving way to November, it’s prime-time right now for cruises to Canada’s Maritimes and New England. The fall colours are out, and the historic streets of Eastern Canada are filled with leaves and shoppers warming themselves with hot cups of coffee as they... [Read More] The post Live Report Preview: Quebec City and Silversea’s Silver Whisper appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Introduces Early Booking Bonus Promotion

Finally, the sleek lines of Silversea's Silver Wind, as seen in Trapani, Sicily. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
Ultra-luxury line Silversea has a new fall promotion in the works. Between now and December 10, guests who book and pay for select Silversea voyages in full by December 10, 2015 can save 10 percent on new bookings. The promotion, dubbed the Early Booking Bonus, applies for select sailings on the line’s classic luxury ocean... [Read More] The post Silversea Introduces Early Booking Bonus Promotion appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Video: A Father & Son In Greenland On Silver Explorer

Transcript: [standup on balcony] As a travel writer, I’m fortunate to be able to take my kids on a lot of cruises. My son’s been on Disney’s flagships, on Royal Caribbean’s large ships and on Carnival’s Fun Ships, but he seems to prefer the adventure-seeking, thought-provoking expeditions offered by Silversea Cruises. This week we’re in... [Read More] The post Video: A Father & Son In Greenland On Silver Explorer appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea’s Silver Cloud to Join Expedition Fleet in 2017

Silver Cloud as Expedition vessel. Luxury line Silversea has announced a full conversion of Silver Cloud into an ice-class expedition ship in 2017. Rendering courtesy of Silversea
Every now and then, there’s a piece of news that comes along that genuinely surprises and excites us all at the same time – and that’s very much the case this morning as ultra-luxury line Silversea announced that the 296-guest Silver Cloud will be joining the line’s luxury expedition brand, Silversea Expeditions, in November of... [Read More] The post Silversea’s Silver Cloud to Join Expedition Fleet in 2017 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer: Greenland, Day 3, Qeqertarsuaq & A Teen’s Hike To The Waterfalls

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Please note that my “live” voyage reports are slightly behind schedule due to internet connectivity issues and a busy schedule that includes Zodiac landings in remote villages, hikes, local performances, fascinating lectures, scenic cruising through iceberg-choked fjords, gourmet dining, complimentary beverages (yes, including champagne) and conversations with a friendly group of like-minded travelers. Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland,... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer: Greenland, Day 3, Qeqertarsuaq & A Teen’s Hike To The Waterfalls appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer: Luxury Expedition Cruising Pioneer

Silversea's sturdy Silver Explorer on a beautiful, sunny day. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Luxury Expedition Cruises. It’s quickly becoming the river cruising of the deep-ocean cruising world. Much like “glamping” redefined the idea of “camping”, luxury expedition cruises still offer all the adventure and knowledge of their predecessors, but they do it in much better surroundings. Aside from Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – which traditionally catered to a primarily... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer: Luxury Expedition Cruising Pioneer appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Recapping Our Arctic Adventure Aboard Silversea’s Silver Explorer

A truly amazing sight today: not everyone gets to see the edge of the polar ice cap in their lifetimes; a fact not lost on guests today. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Expedition to the Far and Lonely North “As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” – Ernest Hemingway It was nearly at the end of my expedition to Arctic Svalbard aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer when I realized that there were two different mindsets of my fellow guests about the Arctic. While everyone... [Read More] The post Recapping Our Arctic Adventure Aboard Silversea’s Silver Explorer appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 12: The Upside of Delays

Silversea's Silver Explorer in heavy fog at her anchorage off Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Our unexpected delay when fog closed the airport is actually a gift. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
If You Have to Be Stranded Somewhere…Be Stranded On Silversea Monday, July 13, 2015 Longyearbyen! It’s becoming the buzzword of the day aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as we enter our second full unscheduled day onboard after fog shutdown Longyearbyen Airport and SAS cancelled our charter flight to Oslo for two days. Any time something... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 12: The Upside of Delays appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 11: Stuck in Longyearbyen

Stuck in the fog aboard Silver Explorer tonight. The fog has almost become an entity in its own right. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Fog Shuts Down Svalbard…And Silversea Rises to the Challenge Sunday, July 12, 2015 This morning, guests aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer disembarked our adventuresome expedition ship in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. We bid the crew – our friends – farewell. We shook hands. We descended the gangway. We left Silver Explorer, and our voyage, behind us –... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 11: Stuck in Longyearbyen appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 10: Ny London

Today, we got a look at the ghosts of the Arctic at the small (abandoned) outpost of Ny London. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
The Ghosts of the Arctic Saturday, July 11, 2015 It’s difficult to believe, but today is to be our last full day of adventure aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as our 10-night Arctic Svalbard cruise sadly comes to a close. Fortunately, the Expedition Team has developed one last, active day for us to go out... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 10: Ny London appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 9: Polar Bear Hunting

Polar bear! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Nanook of the North Friday, July 10, 2015 This morning, I awoke at 6:45 a.m. to discover Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer was stopped in the middle of the ocean. Surrounded by fog with a visibility of maybe half a kilometre on either side of the ship, I figured this morning’s scenic cruising was scratched. At... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 9: Polar Bear Hunting appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 8: Fakesvagen, Svalbard

Today, we were treated to two very unique experiences in Svalbards' High Arctic. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Arctic Wanderlust Thursday, July 9, 2015 On our third-last day aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer, we were treated to several adventures – as we have been for the past week. In fact, embarkation in Tromso, Norway seems like a dream. It’s hard to reconcile with the fact that we’ve been onboard for a full week;... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 8: Fakesvagen, Svalbard appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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In Progress, Live Voyage Report: Exploring Svalbard On Silver Explorer

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This week, Aaron Saunders is on a fascinating voyage to the Arctic. I talked with Aaron yesterday via email. He’s dawdling about the Svalbard archipelago on Silver Explorer, island-hopping more or less. I asked if he had seen polar bears yet. “No bears yet – lots of pack ice though,” he responded. Then in what I... [Read More] The post In Progress, Live Voyage Report: Exploring Svalbard On Silver Explorer appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 7: Torellneset, Svalbard

Today, we got a real taste of the moody, ethereal character of Arctic Svalbard. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Ice Blink Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Today was all about mood and atmosphere here onboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as we continued to hunt the elusive Polar Bear in Arctic Svalbard. To kick things off, we started the day with a two-hour overland “hike” (more of a stroll, really) along the gravely shoreline of Torellneset,... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 7: Torellneset, Svalbard appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 6: The Polar Ice Cap

Cruising the Polar Ice Cap aboard Silversea Expedition's Silver Explorer! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Exploring the Polar Ice Cap Tuesday, July 7, 2015 I was brushing my teeth when I felt Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer shudder. It wasn’t much – just enough to rattle a few ceiling tiles and create an obvious disturbance beneath my feet. I could feel the ship bounce in place a few times, then return... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 6: The Polar Ice Cap appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 5: Magdalenafjorden

A taste of Arctic wildlife in Smeerenburg, Svalbard. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Adventures in the Land of Blubber and Ice Monday, July 6, 2015 Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer quietly made her way along the smooth-as-glass expanse of the Barents Sea this morning, as we sailed en-route to Magdalenafjorden in arctic Svalbard. With the exception of the temperature, which hovers around 1°C (34°F) and the slate-grey colour of... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 5: Magdalenafjorden appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 4: Bugerbukta, Svalbard

This disappearing world: exploring Gnalodden, Svalbard, this afternoon with Silversea Expeditions.
This Disappearing World Sunday, July 5, 2015 My alarm woke me just after 7:00 a.m. this morning. Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer was rumbling quietly beneath my feet – a sign I took to be the anchor letting loose. I opened the curtains and let an uncensored stream of expletives escape my mouth. I ran over... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 4: Bugerbukta, Svalbard appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 3: Bear Island

Why should you take an expedition cruise with Silversea? Moments like this. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Alone On Bear Island Saturday, July 4, 2015 We’re alone at the ends of the earth. Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer dropped anchor off Sorhamna, Bear Island this morning shortly before 7 a.m., resting in the shadow of the island’s towering cliff faces that have remained unchanged for centuries. Technically part of Norway and the Svalbard... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 3: Bear Island appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 2: Sailing the Norwegian Sea

Silver Explorer sails across the Norwegian Sea for Bear Island today! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Sailing to Bear Island aboard Silver Explorer Friday, July 3, 2015 Today is an entire day at sea here onboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as we make our way to Bear Island, our first “port” of call on this 10-night voyage to the Far Arctic and the Svalbard Archipelago. I love sea days, particularly on... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 2: Sailing the Norwegian Sea appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 1: Tromso, Norway

Silversea's Silver Explorer, alongside in Tromso, Norway on July 2, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
To Tromso And Beyond With Silversea Thursday, July 2, 2015 Jetlag woke me up at 3:30a.m. this morning. At least, I think it did. It could be excitement, too: today is the day that I fly to Tromso, Norway to board Silversea Expeditions’ intimate Silver Explorer for a 10-night adventure into the heart of Arctic... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 1: Tromso, Norway appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 0: Oslo, Norway

One Day In Oslo: a short stopover en-route to Tromso, Norway and the waiting Silver Explorer tomorrow. Shown here is Oslo's Royal Palace, at the foot of Karl Johans Gate. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Hallo, Oslo! Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Wednesday, July 1, 2015 There’s nothing like the realization that you’ve just paid $12.87 for a pint of beer to remind you that you’re in Norway. In fact, local legend has it that if you listen closely, you can hear the sound of a troll giggling madly as... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 0: Oslo, Norway appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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A Surprise: Silversea Cruises Announces Silver Muse

Silver Muse, Silversea's newest ship. courtesy Silversea
Silversea Cruises will launch a new flagship, the Silver Muse, to be delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship is being built by Fincantieri and at 40,000 gross tons, will accommodate 596 guests. The new vessel represent an evolution of the Silver Spirit, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the... [Read More] The post A Surprise: Silversea Cruises Announces Silver Muse appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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No Excuse To Stay Home: Silversea To Roll Out Free Wi-Fi, Plus Extra Amenities For Asia Cruises

Now you can enjoy free internet from the comfort of your suite on Silversea. © Ralph Grizzle
Follow Aaron Saunders and Ralph Grizzle as they cruise the Arctic and Greenland on two voyages on Silver Explorer. From July 2 through July 12, Aaron will be on an “Expedition Svalbard: Tromso to Longyearbyen” on Silver Explorer. Beginning August 27, Ralph reports from Greenland as Silver Explorer sails on a seven-day voyage roundtrip from... [Read More] The post No Excuse To Stay Home: Silversea To Roll Out Free Wi-Fi, Plus Extra Amenities For Asia Cruises appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Join Me On A Silversea Voyage To Greenland On Silver Explorer

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Wanna meet up? Why not Greenland? I’m headed there August 27, 2015, for a seven-day expedition on Silver Explorer. This is the perfect trip to couple with a longer Baltic itinerary roundtrip Copenhagen. That’s because flying from the Danish capital is the easiest way to get to and from Greenland. Of course, you’ll need to check with your... [Read More] The post Join Me On A Silversea Voyage To Greenland On Silver Explorer appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Launches New Silver Select Program

Silversea's Silver Spirit off the coast of Sorrento. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders
There’s good reason to book a cruise with ultra-luxury line Silversea: from now until June 30, 2015, new bookings made with the line on select itineraries can benefit from Silversea’s latest Silver Select promotion. Spanning the line’s classic and luxury expedition voyages, these new Silver Select perks include a two category suite upgrade, a $1,000... [Read More] The post Silversea Launches New Silver Select Program appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Antarctica On Silver Explorer

Join us on a journey to one of the world's most spectacular regions.
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An Evening At Ephesus On Silversea Cruises

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 some even returned for the evening concert. Golf excursions were offered as were wine tasting excursions. We chose to visit Ephesus in the evening for several reasons: 1) With temperatures in the 90s, we figured we could avoid touring Ephesus during the hottest parts of the day; 2) There would be no crowds, as Ephesus was open only to our group from Silver Spirit; and 3) We would get to experience Ephesus at sunset, something few people in life ever experience. When our tour concluded, we were happy with our choices. It was an evening that we’ll never forget. Read the rest at http://www.avidcruiser.com/2013/07/11/silver-spirit-evening-in-ephesus/
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A 15-Second Break From Real Life: At Sea On Silversea

Step out on my balcony to enjoy the sun and the sounds of the sea as Silver Cloud crosses the Atlantic Ocean. For move videos and photos featuring Silversea, visit avidcruiser.com
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Terry Waite, hostage negotiator, presenting on Silversea Cruises

In 1987, while negotiating the release of hostages in Beirut, Terry Waite was taken hostage himself and held in captivity for 1,763 days. As one of the many distinguished guest lecturerers on Silversea Cruises, Waite reveals how he survived solitary confinement for nearly five years.
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Silver Whisper Leaving Lisbon

Watching our ship depart Lisbon after a 9-day cruise.
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Silver Whisper: A Shore Excursion to Saint-Emilion

My daughter Britton and I had signed up for a half-day half-day sightseeing excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Saint-Emilion. If you appreciate wine, you may know of Saint-Emilion’s celebrated vineyards and its delicious wines. In fact, the vineyards reach all the way up to Saint-Emilion’s ancient town walls.
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The Butler Did It, All — On Silver Whisper

Silversea Cruises had democratized butlering. Everyone who cruises on the luxury line can enjoy the services of their butlers. There’s no class division here. No matter what category you’re booked in, you’ll have a butler waiting on you.
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Hemingway's Pamplona, Silversea Cruises Shore Excursion

My daughter Britton and I awoke early for our 8:30 a.m., eight-hour tour to experience Hemingway's Pamplona on a so-called Silver Shore Collection excursion from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, where Silver Whisper was anchored. Ernest Hemingway first visited Pamplona in July 1923 during the San Fermin Festival. The city's atmosphere and the Running of the Bulls made such an impression on Hemingway that he chose the fiesta as the backdrop for his first successful novel, The Sun Also Rises.
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On Silver Whisper: Amazed By The Cider Pouring In Gijon, Spain

Today, Silver Whisper called on Gijon, in northern Spain. We took Silversea's free shuttle service between the ship and city center, about 20 minutes. On larger ships, I've had to pay for shuttle service, as much as 8 euros per person (about US$10). We were impressed by the city itself, but we were blown away by the tradition of cider pouring. My understanding is that you only buy cider by the bottle in so-called siderias, or cider houses. That's when the show begins. The bartender uncorks the bottle, lifts it above his head and pours the cider into a glass below his waist, both arms fully extended. Missing the glass: remarkably little.
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On Silver Whisper: A Special Shore Excursion To Bilbao & The Guggenheim

This morning, Silver Whisper docked at the Port of Bilbao, about 20 minutes from the city center of Bilbao and its famed Guggenheim Museum. Here are the highlights from our day.
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Silver Whisper City Tour Of A Coruna, Spain

We've been on a port-intensive cruise since departing Southampton last week on Silver Whisper. Each day, we've enjoyed some memorable tours, with only one sea day to rest, and that was on the first full day of the cruise. So when Silver Whisper docked in the city center of A Coruña on Thursday, we chose a tour that allowed us to sleep in and get a good overview of the city.
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Luxury Cruises: What Silversea Does Differently

What Silversea Cruises does differently
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Silver Shadow Shorex: Mission Estate Winery

Founded in 1851, the Mission Estate Winery in Napier is New Zealand's oldest and the birthplace of New Zealand wines. Our half-day excursion included a tour, wine tasting and gourmet lunch.
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Silver Shadow Shorex: Taieri Train Gorge Railway

This half-day excursion began pierside in Dunedin, New Zealand, past some of the country's best scenery.
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Silver Shadow Cruises New Zealand's Milford Sound

It was raining when Silver Shadow cruised New Zealand's stunning Milford Sound, but the rain created an extraordinary spectacle, waterfalls.
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Cute, Cuddly, Koala Bears: Silversea Cruises Tour

This morning, Silver Shadow docked in Melbourne, Australia. I opted for a full-day tour called “Puffing Billy, Wildlife & Dandendnongs.” See the full story at http://j.mp/AlTHms
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Silversea's Sydney

In Sydney, Silver Shadow was docked in the best possible position, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. There's not a better place in Sydney to board a ship — and definitely no better place to overnight.
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Silver Explorer Ship Tour

For the full review, visit http://www.avidcruiser.com/cruise-line-profiles/luxury-cruises/silversea-cruises/prince-albert-ii/
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Silversea's Splendors Of Luxor

“Tourists have been coming back to Egypt since early March,” our tour guide told Silver Spirit guests as we began the “Splendors of Luxor” tour from Safaga. “We appreciate you and those of you who are coming back. We really need visitors to return.”Our fist stop: The Temple of Dandara, a well-preserved temple complex, about two hours from Safaga, Egypt, where Silver Spirit is docked. Building began by Ptolemy XII and was dedicated to the goddess Hathor, commonly depicted as a cow goddess with headdress of horns and a sun disk. The 13.5-hour shore excursion was provided free of charge for Silversea passengers.
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A Silversea Fine Dining Experience In St. Paul de Vence

On a Silversea shore excursion, many of went to St. Paul de Vence, where we stepped inside the Relais & Châteaux property ;Hotel Le Saint Paul
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Silversea Enrichment Lecturer Nigel West

An expert on intelligence and espionage, Nigel West packs the room when he lectures on Silversea Cruises. What's he saying that intrigues us so much? Watch our interview with West.
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Silversea's Sintra, Portuguese Charm On A Shore Excursion

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - This morning in Lisbon, I joined a Silversea shore excursion called Romantic Sintra & Portuguese Riviera. The 4.5-hour tour on a modern and uncrowded motorcoach took us to the enchanting fairy-tale town of Sintra, a mountainous and multi-castled town that was once a favorite destination of 19th-century aristocrats. We had about 90 minutes to tour the town with a guide or on our own. We then went to Cascais, a fishing village turned resort on the Portuguese Riviera, where we spent about an hour before heading back to Lisbon. The tour also gave us time to explore Lisbon (our guide gave us an overview and pointed out some of the key attractions on the way out of - and into - the city), and fortunately, Silver Spirit was docked within walking distance of the city center. And as in most destinations where Silver Spirit calls, complimentary shuttles also operated between the ship and city center for those who preferred not to walk. For more information, visit avidcruiser.com
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Quintessential Capri

On a beautiful morning in the ;Mediterranean, Silver Spirit is making her way toward Sorrento and the enchanted island of Capri. Exceptionally beautiful and peaceful from a distance, Capri can be extremely crowded and chaotic up close. To beat the crowds and make the most of your day in Capri, choose an exclusive tour. "If we have a line of 1,000 people, the passengers of Silversea will not wait a minute," says Monica Greico, a guide for Silversea Cruises.
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The Spa At Silversea

As if you weren't already pampered enough on Silver Spirit, welcome to The Spa at Silversea. The largest spa in Silversea's fleet, the spa on Silver Spirit is an extremely attractive addition to Silversea's newest vessel. ; The Spa at Silversea is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. You'll find a wide range of relaxing spa treatments, including the Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy and the popular Bamboo Massage. Afterward, you may want to relax in the ceramic-tiled Thermal Suite, an exclusive spa area furnished with heated lounge chairs. You'll also find a sauna and steamroom and an attractive outdoor relaxation area that offers bar service, so go ahead and order up that complimentary bottle of champagne before or after taking a soak in the expansive whirlpool. For those who want to keep up their fitness routines while at sea, the spa also features an exercise facility with state-of-the-art training equipment. Your spa experience doesn't have to end at the spa, by the way. Silver Spirit serves up a spa menu, not only delicious but healthy, and a great way to start the day with breakfast at the Pool Grill.
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Silversea's Lower Old Town & Medieval Monastery Tour

A Silversea shore excursion that takes visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Lower Old Town, then to a Medieval Monastery, where they will hear Gregorian chants. ;
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Laura Shulz

Silversea Guest Interview
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Don Cox

Silversea Guest Interview
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Ann Lee Gibson

Silversea Guest Interview
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Silversea Staff Video

Silversea staff interviews
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Sampling Silver Spirit's Dining Venues

Silversea Cruises' new Silver Spirit features six restaurants, including Seishin, an Asian fusion restaurant, where the signature item will be Kobe beef, served with sushi, sashimi, exotic sakes (the rice wine), and more.
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Silversea Cruises: Silver Spirit Sea Trials And Walk-Through

Join Avid Cruiser Ralph Grizzle in Ancona, Italy, for Silver Spirit's sea trials and a walk-through of Silversea's newest ship with Christian Sauleau, executive vice president, fleet operations; Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's culinary director; and Silver Spirit's two captains.
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Silver Spirit: Seishin Restaurant

Taking its name from the Japanese word for "spirit," Silver Spirit's Seishin restaurant features a large, round chef's table as its centerpiece. Guests can watch the chef at work sculpting fresh sushi and sashimi. The varied menu ranges from bento lunches and a la carte specialties of seafood salad, lobster and Kobe beef to a nine-course degustation dinner.
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