Gingerbread house on A-ROSA Silva today in Strasbourg. #arosa  (at Kehl)

Gingerbread house on A-ROSA Silva today in Strasbourg. #arosa (at Kehl)

What a beautiful day in Seattle. In the distance, snow-coned Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet above sea level and bathed by the amber early-evening sun. (at Pike Place Market)

What a beautiful day in Seattle. In the distance, snow-coned Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet above sea level and bathed by the amber early-evening sun. (at Pike Place Market)

Our new Instagram-sized trailer featuring @seabourncruise. Many more episodes to follow.

Covering Hamburg’s Seatrade Europe Via Instagram #cool #fun #visual
This week, I am attending Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, Germany. I thought it would be much more timely, fun and visually rewarding to cover the event via Instagram rather than posting on Avid Cruiser.
Don’t have Instagram installed on your mobile device? You should. It is a free fast-growing social-sharing platform that allows users to share events and experiences through a series of photos and videos. 
Download Instagram for free from the Apple Store using this link or on Google Play using this link.
The reason I like Instagram so much is that it easily cross-posts to Twitter and Facebook as well as other social media platforms such as Tumblr. In fact, if you prefer you can follow my Seatrade Europe coverage on Avid Cruiser’s Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr accounts. Click those hyperlinks to follow on the social media platform of your choice.
How do you follow me on Instagram? Simply search for “avidcruiser” via the Explore tab once the Instagram app is installed. You can find me using your web browser at http://instagram.com/avidcruiser
Stumped? Here is a tutorial on how to follow friends and other Instagram users.
In the photo: Cruising the Sud de France: It’s all about food & wine, right? Trying a local specialty from Sete, de Tielle (squid with tomato in puff pastry) and white wine. Verdict? Delicious! #seatradeeurope

Covering Hamburg’s Seatrade Europe Via Instagram #cool #fun #visual

This week, I am attending Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, Germany. I thought it would be much more timely, fun and visually rewarding to cover the event via Instagram rather than posting on Avid Cruiser.

Don’t have Instagram installed on your mobile device? You should. It is a free fast-growing social-sharing platform that allows users to share events and experiences through a series of photos and videos. 

Download Instagram for free from the Apple Store using this link or on Google Play using this link.

The reason I like Instagram so much is that it easily cross-posts to Twitter and Facebook as well as other social media platforms such as TumblrIn fact, if you prefer you can follow my Seatrade Europe coverage on Avid Cruiser’s TwitterFacebook, Flickr and Tumblr accounts. Click those hyperlinks to follow on the social media platform of your choice.

How do you follow me on Instagram? Simply search for “avidcruiser” via the Explore tab once the Instagram app is installed. You can find me using your web browser at http://instagram.com/avidcruiser

Stumped? Here is a tutorial on how to follow friends and other Instagram users.

In the photo: Cruising the Sud de France: It’s all about food & wine, right? Trying a local specialty from Sete, de Tielle (squid with tomato in puff pastry) and white wine. Verdict? Delicious! #seatradeeurope

The fall foliage is spectacular, says Rene Trepanier. Come Cruise Canada New England. @accacruise (at Messehallen)

The fall foliage is spectacular, says Rene Trepanier. Come Cruise Canada New England. @accacruise (at Messehallen)

Celebrating 25 years of welcoming cruise ships, Saint John, New Brunswick. @accacruise

Celebrating 25 years of welcoming cruise ships, Saint John, New Brunswick. @accacruise

Cruising the Sud de France: It’s all about food & wine, right? Trying a local specialty from Sete, de Tielle (squid with tomato in puff pastry) and white wine. Verdict? Delicious! #seatradeeurope  (at Messehallen)

Cruising the Sud de France: It’s all about food & wine, right? Trying a local specialty from Sete, de Tielle (squid with tomato in puff pastry) and white wine. Verdict? Delicious! #seatradeeurope (at Messehallen)

Headed To Hamburg, Plus My Best Cruises & Favorite Cruise Destinations
I have been in motion all of my life, or at least ever since my dad brought home a blue bicycle with a banana seat, and get this, a blue acrylic steering wheel in place of the handlebars.
It was on that bike that I began my travels: pedaling to the end of the street, then to the edge of town — and eventually across the United States — and back, and then around the world.
I turned my love of travel into a career, obtaining a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and writing for travel magazines. I spent a dozen years, for example, writing about travel for United Airlines’ Hemispheres.
For more than two decades, I’ve spent much of my life exploring the world by ships — and writing about those experiences with the goal of helping others make informed cruise vacation decisions. 
I’m often asked about my favorite cruises and to answer that, I’ve compiled a broad list of some of my favorite cruise experiences. Head over to the Avid Cruiser blog by clicking My Best Cruises & Favorite Cruise Destinations.
Monday morning, I head to Hamburg, Germany, for Seatrade Europe. With any luck, I’ll discover new cruises and new destinations to add to my list of favorites. If you’re in the neighborhood, come on by to say hello. — Ralph Grizzle

Headed To Hamburg, Plus My Best Cruises & Favorite Cruise Destinations

I have been in motion all of my life, or at least ever since my dad brought home a blue bicycle with a banana seat, and get this, a blue acrylic steering wheel in place of the handlebars.

It was on that bike that I began my travels: pedaling to the end of the street, then to the edge of town — and eventually across the United States — and back, and then around the world.

I turned my love of travel into a career, obtaining a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and writing for travel magazines. I spent a dozen years, for example, writing about travel for United Airlines’ Hemispheres.

For more than two decades, I’ve spent much of my life exploring the world by ships — and writing about those experiences with the goal of helping others make informed cruise vacation decisions. 

I’m often asked about my favorite cruises and to answer that, I’ve compiled a broad list of some of my favorite cruise experiences. Head over to the Avid Cruiser blog by clicking My Best Cruises & Favorite Cruise Destinations.

Monday morning, I head to Hamburg, Germany, for Seatrade Europe. With any luck, I’ll discover new cruises and new destinations to add to my list of favorites. If you’re in the neighborhood, come on by to say hello. — Ralph Grizzle

Filming In The South Of Sweden: Your Next Cruise Could (Should) Call Here
Last week, I stepped off of Seabourn Quest in Athens, Greece, after ending a beautiful 10-day Mediterranean voyage. Next May, Seabourn Quest visits Helsingborg, Sweden, on a 12, 19 or 26-day itinerary. I’m here already working on an extended film to show cruise passengers all that there is to do in this fascinating region in the south of Sweden.
I wrote about some of those things in this post: Northwest Skåne: 36 Hours In Helsingborg, Sweden & Beyond.
Northwest Skåne (pronounced skohna) is one of the most varied regions for quality experiences that I’ve ever visited. Soft adventure activities are abundant, ranging from bicycling to rock climbing, golf to porpoise safaris, scuba and snorkeling to sailing. No polar bears in the streets here. Skåne is to the Swedes what the French Riviera is to the French.
What cannot be overstated, however, is the emphasis on quality. The photo of the dish above, for example, is not of some perfectly prepared plate for photography. That was our lunch at a former royal palace known as Sofiero (snapped with my iPhone). The restaurant has won many awards, as has the palace and its gardens, which were named Europe’s most beautiful.
I love this part of Europe, and cruise passengers who I have interviewed do too. They say it is “the real Sweden.” Look for our videos in the coming weeks. I will be posting them on avidcruiser.com. You can follow along right now on Instagram.

Better yet, look for itineraries on the handful of ships that call here next year. If I am around when your ship calls, I will be happy to show you around.

See Helsingborg, ‘The Real Sweden,’ Say Grand Princess Passengers.

Filming In The South Of Sweden: Your Next Cruise Could (Should) Call Here

Last week, I stepped off of Seabourn Quest in Athens, Greece, after ending a beautiful 10-day Mediterranean voyage. Next May, Seabourn Quest visits Helsingborg, Sweden, on a 12, 19 or 26-day itinerary. I’m here already working on an extended film to show cruise passengers all that there is to do in this fascinating region in the south of Sweden.

I wrote about some of those things in this post: Northwest Skåne: 36 Hours In Helsingborg, Sweden & Beyond.

Northwest Skåne (pronounced skohna) is one of the most varied regions for quality experiences that I’ve ever visited. Soft adventure activities are abundant, ranging from bicycling to rock climbing, golf to porpoise safaris, scuba and snorkeling to sailing. No polar bears in the streets here. Skåne is to the Swedes what the French Riviera is to the French.

What cannot be overstated, however, is the emphasis on quality. The photo of the dish above, for example, is not of some perfectly prepared plate for photography. That was our lunch at a former royal palace known as Sofiero (snapped with my iPhone). The restaurant has won many awards, as has the palace and its gardens, which were named Europe’s most beautiful.

I love this part of Europe, and cruise passengers who I have interviewed do too. They say it is “the real Sweden.” Look for our videos in the coming weeks. I will be posting them on avidcruiser.com. You can follow along right now on Instagram.

Better yet, look for itineraries on the handful of ships that call here next year. If I am around when your ship calls, I will be happy to show you around.

See Helsingborg, ‘The Real Sweden,’ Say Grand Princess Passengers.
Sunset, Skåne. (at Torekov Hamn)

Sunset, Skåne. (at Torekov Hamn)