This week’s Photo Friday is a picture of a Christmas tree inside Heidelberg Castle in Germany, one of the stops on my recent Viking cruise down the Rhine
Christmas Tree at Heidelberg Castle

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is FESTIVE. I’ve recently returned from a Christmas Market cruise on the Rhine, traveling on the Viking Aegir. I’ll be writing a review of the ship for the website Onboard – one of my […]


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 […]


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 […]


First look at our Alaska small ship cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer from InnerSea Discoveries
Alaska small ship cruises, Wilderness Discoverer, InnerSea Discoveries

  I’ll be continuing coverage this week of my Alaska small ship cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer, an expedition cruise run by InnerSea Discoveries. The company bills itself as “the Uncruise,” with the ability to adjust its itinerary depending on the weather and wildlife. I found that we enjoyed this flexibility, particularly when the captain took extra […]