All about my next adventure: A position as Destinations Editor at Cruise Critic.
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As we sat on our ship’s outside veranda, passing the wooden homes and onion-domed churches of the Russian countryside along the Volga River, my husband let out a happy sigh. “I LIKE cruising,” he declared, taking another sip from his wine. Well, that’s a good thing.  Because I’m thrilled to announce that as of July […]


Ahoy! I’ll be hitting the waterways of Europe and Russia several times within the next six months. An update on my itineraries.
River ships on the Lower Danube

If you’ve taken a look at this blog before, you’ve seen that I’ve done more than my share of small ship cruising in the past few years. My voyages have ranged from sailing adventures in the Grenadines and the Spanish Virgin Islands to a nature- and kayaking-intensive trip to Alaska’s Inside Passage to a luxury […]


Life lessons I learned on my Grand Circle river cruise, where the average age of the passengers was 70.
Fellow passengers on River Adagio

On my most recent assignment, I took a river cruise down the Danube on the River Adagio, a ship run by Grand Circle Travel. Founded by the same woman who created the AARP, the line caters to retirees and mature travelers. My husband Don and I were the youngest passengers on board, by several decades […]


Photo Friday: River Ships on the Danube

by Chris on October 12, 2012

Photo Friday: Two river ships, the River Adagio from Grand Circle Travel and the River Countess from Uniworld, docked near each other on the lower Danube River.
River ships on the Lower Danube

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is TWO (in honor of the hashtag’s second anniversary). At the beginning of this month, I spent 12 days on the River Adagio, a river ship operated by Grand Circle Travel that plies the Lower […]

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Alaska’s Inside Passage: A Day in Ketchikan

by Chris on September 23, 2011

Our Alaska cruise ended in Ketchikan, a town that’s downright charming (when the big ships aren’t in port).
Ketchikan, Alaska things to do

We disembarked from our Wilderness Discoverer cruise in Ketchikan. While some people on the ship were flying back home that day, we decided to stay an extra night to check out the city. Ketchikan is a mega ship Mecca. We witnessed four huge cruise ships go in and out of port in a single day. […]


Getting my kayak on in Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska
Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska

I had only kayaked once before my expedition cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer – and I hadn’t particularly cared for it. My husband and I had gone sea kayaking on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast – and I felt that we were going to be flipped into the water at every second. Not what I’d call […]


My first time fishing! Looking for coho salmon in Wrangell, Alaska
Wrangell Alaska fishing

Our InnerSea Discoveries cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer was more about outdoor activities than port stops. The ship’s Eastern Coves itinerary does stop in one town along the Inside Passage, the outdoor activity haven of Wrangell. Unfortunately, InnerSea Discoveries told us that there weren’t any more spots on the Wrangell daytrip that we really wanted […]


In which I try – and fail – to digital detox for a week.
Alaska, digital detox for a week

 My biggest challenge on my InnerSea Discoveries expedition cruise in Alaska wasn’t the extensive kayaking or glacier hiking or even fishing (which I did for the first time in Wrangell). No, I knew I’d have the most trouble with unplugging, in what was about to become a weeklong digital detox.  The InnerSea Discoveries website makes […]


Ever seen a glacier up close? A first-hand view of glacier trekking after a muddy hike to Baird Glacier in Alaska.
Wilderness Discoverer, InnerSea Discoveries, Alaska small ship cruise

The day after we viewed Sawyer Glacier from a respectable distance, the expedition leaders on the Wilderness Discoverer told us that we’d get a chance to get up close and personal with our next glacier, called Baird, on a glacier trek. I signed up for the slow hike so I’d have time to take plenty […]


Visiting Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm fjord, one of the amazing glaciers in Alaska.
Sawyer Glacier at Tracy Arm

My InnerSea Discoveries expedition cruise on the Wilderness Explorer embarked in Juneau and went south toward Ketchikan. Which meant that we’d be missing Glacier Bay in the northern section of the Inside Passage. But that’s OK, as the ship’s itinerary took us to Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm fjord. As our ship came around […]