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Five Reasons To Cruise Antarctica On Silver Explorer

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Silver Explorer: 10-Day Voyage To Antarctica

Silver Explorer is the smallest luxury cruise ship operating in Antarctica. Want the most from your experience in Antarctica? Go small, go luxury. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Comments and emails like the one below are not uncommon since my voyage to Antarctica on Silver Explorer last month:

I normally hate the cold but have a yen to go to Antarctica  My husband doesn’t want to go; says the journey would be horrendous. He an ex-747 captain; me, an ex-stewardess, so we have traveled extensively. We will both be 70 next year, although still fairly active. Do you think we would cope, and should I twist his arm! — Sara

Recap Of An Antarctic Adventure & Four Reasons To Consider An Antarctic Cruise

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I have now stepped on all seven continents, proof of purchase confirmed by this stamp in my passport.  © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

I have now stepped on all seven continents, proof of purchase confirmed by this stamp in my passport from a Ukrainian research station that we visited during our voyage. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Day 6 – The Polar Plunge & Vodka At A Remote Outpost: On Silver Explorer In Antarctica

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Polar Plungers. © 2013 Ray

Polar Plungers jumping into  30°F (-1°C) seas. These two, and nearly 50 others who plunged, received a certificate afterward.

An Antarctic cruise on Silver Explorer is no place for naps — or even sleep. Sure, you can rest if you want to, but there are two things that may keep you from slipping into slumber.

Featherweights: Best Small Ships Carrying 600 Or Fewer Passengers

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Seabourn Quest, left, and Silver Wind, right, anchored in Saint-Tropez. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Seabourn Quest, left, and Silver Wind, right, anchored in Saint-Tropez. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

I typically characterize small ships as those carrying 1,000 or fewer passengers, or guests, as the cruise lines like to refer to the warm bodies that inhabit their vessels. However, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the best luxury cruise ships carrying fewer than 600 passengers.

On Silver Spirit, Assessing The Cost Of Luxury Cruises: Ten Value-Added Extras; What’s The Real Cost?

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When Silver Spirit docked in Dubrovnik, we took advantage of Silversea’s free shuttle service between the ship and the Old Town, saving us more than $25 when compared to the cost of shuttle service for at least one other ship in port yesterday. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

It’s no secret that the cost of luxury cruises can induce “sticker shock” for the uninitiated. Per diems typically range from $300 per person to $800 per person on many luxury cruises. But when all of the value-added extras are factored in, the cost of luxury cruising is actually much less than the sticker price.

Silversea, Crystal Now Booking 2015 Luxury World Cruises — With Perks For Those Who Go ‘All The Way’

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One of my all-time favorite lines about world cruises comes from none other than Geoff Edwards. Wikipedia describes Geoff as an American television actor, game show host and radio personality. I describe him as one of the funniest people I’ve ever known. In his book, Going All The Way, Geoff wrote:

Today’s world cruises are organized in segments, and the most asked question on board is “How far are you going?” Some will say Hong Kong, some Sydney, some Mombasa, but members of a select group respond with a slightly condescending, “I’m going all the way!” — a phrase I hadn’t heard since high school.

New Cruise Ships Focus On Fitness

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Royal Princess’ fitness facilities will include Princess Sports Central, featuring venues for a variety of sporting activities, including a game of basketball in the Center Court. Photo courtesy Princess Cruises

Some of the world’s best fitness facilities are now being found in an unlikely place: at sea. As cruise lines invest heavily in facilities to get the heart pounding, cruise passengers who are disciplined need no longer worry about breaking their back-home regimens or putting on pounds while on cruise vacations. They can shed instead.

Top Five Highlights of 2013 Silversea World Cruise

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Our Cruise Specialists group of travelers on the 2013 Silversea world cruise just returned from their four month journey.  The group sailed on the Silver Whisper and visited a large number of destinations in the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, and West Africa.    

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Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand

Our friendly and personable hosts Kay and Alan gave us the scoop on their top five highlights of the trip:

Avid Cruiser Voyages: Expedition Galapagos

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One cruise destination that escapes the recognition of many travelers is undoubtedly the Galapagos. Situated some 500 miles off the western coast of Ecuador, the islands first appeared on maps toward the end of the 16th century.

By 1793, the Galapagos Islands could be used as a suitable base for the numerous whaling operations that were in operation. Fast forward more than a century and a half later: In 1960, tourism began to develop in the area. Cruising, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer to the Galapagos.  

Silver Cloud Gets A Makeover: What’s New?

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Welcome Aboard The ‘New’ Silver Cloud. Making a warm first impression, The Reception area features a new color palette of earth tones, new carpets, wall treatments and artwork in the corridors, staircases and public spaces. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Following a three-week dry dock in Palermo, Italy, Silver Cloud is making her way across the Atlantic with a completely new look — and I am on board with lots of photos to share with you.