Have you been keeping track of our cruise reporter Ralph Grizzle’s latest adventures at sea? If you love to cruise, you will want to follow in his footsteps as he makes his way around the world on a variety of cruise lines, ships, and itineraries. Recently Ralph ventured onboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta to tour the French coast.
Read an excerpt from his journey:
“Today Regatta is anchored behind the breakwater in St. Jean de Luz. Situated in Basque country, near France’s border with Spain, St. Jean de Luz is an exquisitely lovely town that relatively few cruise passengers get to see. Certainly, part of the appeal of small-ship cruising is the ability to visit destinations that the big ships can’t reach, beyond the breakwater and far from the crowds.”
Prior to his European adventure on Oceania, Ralph had a unique opportunity to check out the new Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit ship during its sea trials in Italy. “Clearly, both Odyssey and Spirit are top contenders in a segment where the differences between ships and service is as thin as a razor’s edge. Spirit’s six restaurants, slightly larger staterooms, larger televisions, and additional pampering (i.e., luggage freshening) can indeed make a difference to discerning clients. The innovation and improvements taking place on both ships, however, are ratcheting up the proverbial bar, and for connoisseurs of luxury, ’spirited’ competition can only be a good thing.”
Ralph continues to report on all the new innovations in cruising, whether it’s on Royal Caribbean’s two dozen dining options onboard their newest giant ship Oasis of the Seas, or simply a new concept of bringing German draught beer onboard a cruise ship called Beer-in-Box. Whatever the story is, we can be sure that Ralph will give us an inside look at the latest and greatest in cruising.