PAST EVENTS

When considering cruising as a viable travel option, there a number of companies to choose from, many of which can take us to the same places.  Deciding which to choose is often a daunting task. On this website, I offer a unique perspective to consider.  I have spent decades selling travel as a travel agent and still service existing customers from time to time.  As a current member of the press, I am able to take a bit different viewpoint than others, that of a person who knows what travelers want and has been successful enabling the dreams of many to come true.  Actually, there’s not a lot of difference between they way I sell travel now and has in the past.  Many decades ago, when I was knocking on the doors of total strangers trying to make a living ‘selling’ a successful person gave me some advice.  “I don’t ‘sell’ anything.  I provide a way for people to make their dreams come true.  When that happens, it’s been a good day”.  I never forgot that and settled in on a life of enabling people to be happy as my mission.  I hope this website is of value to you in that way as well.

On this page, we have references to past events and trips we have shared with our friends, many of which began their cruise history as we did, with small children who are now young adults, starting families of their own.  I hope you find this information of value.  You will not find advertising here, this is not a way I make money; that race has been run and it was a good one.  Now, I align with travel brands I believe are making a difference in our world and hope to add to their success any way possible.

Chris (and Lisa, my very best friend for over 35 years and for whom none of this would have been possible without)

 

 

Viking River Cruises
Grand European Tour

Our Summer 2017 trip to Europe brought us back to Viking River Cruises for a 15-day Grand European Tour.  It had been a while since we sailed with Viking on the river, recently devoting a lot of time to Viking Ocean Cruises, a travel experience that was inspired by, asked for and the logical next step for Viking.  Celebrating 20 years in the river cruising business in 2017, the last decade saw phenomenal growth, fueled in part by the unique design of the massive fleet of new Viking Longships.  Now coming back to Viking River Cruises for a first full sailing since sailing the sparkling new Viking Ocean experience, I wondered how it would compare.  The experience, in a word: flawless.  That’s a descriptive term we rarely use here.  When we do, an explanation is required.

Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

In the world of travel, it’s really all about the experience and memories we carry forward.  At the end of the day, back home sleeping in our own bed, using our own shower, and in our everyday environment, the unasked question is answered:  What are the enduring memories from travel?  One of the reasons we embrace and promote the world of cruise travel is the packaging and choreography of it.  Get it right and great, life-changing moments happen, bringing us back home with an expanded worldview among other personal benefits.  Viking longships transport mostly North American travelers on the waterways of Europe.  Recently-built versions of those Viking Longships sail in Russia, the Ukraine, Asia, and Egypt as well.  As they do, a carefully timed and planned onboard program details just about every part of the experience.

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Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

Example: by the book, when a passenger takes a seat in the dining room of a Viking Longship, the staff has 30 seconds to make a glass of water appear on the table. On that table will be a salt and pepper shaker. Of the two, the salt shaker is always closest to the entry point of that dining room.  And so it goes, with every possible detail of the experience defined.  Impressive? Sure.  Is that what makes for a flawless experience? Not by a long shot.

Also on those Viking Longships are a nimble and experienced crew capable of performing multiple positions. The Program Director is a face most often associated with the experience, and rightfully so: he or she is with passengers every step of the way.  Where Viking earns the flawless designation is with those crew members. It is their efforts that put the experience over the top.  They are entrusted with the well-being of Viking travelers in a unique way few other travel companies have been able to deliver: they are allowed to think on their own and react accordingly to variable situations.

Throughout our journey, we noted situations and events where the human element of the experience made a difference, purposefully not mentioning Viking staff by name for one gigantic reason: It’s not about an individual here or there who might excel at their particular job at any one given time.   The human element of the Viking experience starts at the top and goes all the way down to everyone we come in contact with who is associated in any way with the brand.  Every single person.

Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

 

Example: A selling point of Viking River Cruises is the included tour at every port of call. That part of the deal focuses our attention on what we are there for in the first place: the destinations. The 190 travelers on a Viking Longship are divided up into small groups and assigned a high-quality local guide then off they go on tour. We have had everything from college professors to life-long residents of the area.  All cover the bullet point highlights of the place and include their own personal take on events that may have happened in that area.  Better yet, they pay attention to individual group members, engaging them along the way.  Stop there and we have a win.  But that’s not the end of the story.

Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

The night before that tour took place, the longship’s Program Director briefs Viking travelers on the day ahead and any unexpected nuances in the itinerary that might be coming their way.  Empowered to deliver the best experience, that Program Director might also decide to offer some variations to the plan based on the makeup of that particular mix of traveler onboard.   In addition to the regular tours, an “energetic group” might be offered for those who want to buzz right through the destination highlights.  A “leisurely” group could be offered for those who want to go a bit slower and linger along the way.  On the scene, at one place on our itinerary, a “late bus” was offered for those who wanted more time at a destination requiring the use of a motor coach.

In other words, on a travel experience self-proclaimed as “the thinking man’s cruise”, the crew is also enabled to think themselves.

 

Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

 

Below is everything we have published on this flawless experience and we’re not done yet.  There is one more significant piece of this interesting puzzle for you and I to think through and complete.  After recently sailing both Viking’s ocean and river offerings, we’re seeing some crossover of style, focus, and direction that looks to be the next chapter in this story.  Stay tuned: it might be the most exciting yet.

ChrisCruises- Posted before, during and after sailing

 

Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

Flickr Photo Albums- just photos, no words: all the images we capture, unedited and free to share or use as you wish with attribution.

  1. Budapest On The River Danube– two days in a favorite place to begin a number of river cruise itineraries
  2. Sailing To Vienna- A day of scenic cruising on the way to the Austrian capital
  3. Demel Vienna– An excellent use of free time provided after your included Viking tour
  4. A Full Day In Vienna– Overnight In Austria’s Elegant Capital City
  5. The Viking Daily– The front page of the ship’s daily newsletter, helpful for planning the day
  6. Cafe Breakfast- The first place food is available every day on a Viking Longship and where early risers meet
  7. Budapest Ten Minute Walk- Where we went and what we saw within ten minutes from where our ship was docked- images via iPhone
  8. Viking Longship Ve Ship shots- Various photos of our ship in no apparent order. If they don’t fit anywhere else, they go here
  9. Welcome Toast To Guests- Usually held on the first full day of sailing, the ship’s program director introduces key department heads and everyone meets the Captain. Something that can be done on a ship of 190 passengers.  Also included, the photo of those same people posted in every Viking ship.
  10. Viking Crew- One of my favorite albums to compile as we travel with Viking, this one hopes to capture the spirit of one of the most seriously differentiating factors in the overall Viking experience.
  11. In the Restaurant- As the title would indicate, food photos, tablemates and other scenes captured in the ship’s restaurant
  12. The Library- Titles on hand for the reference and enjoyment of passengers
  13. Aquavit Dinner- An alternative to dining in the Restaurant
  14. In The Lounge- A sampling of onboard events that happen in the ship’s lounge, also the place for nightly briefings before dinner
  15. Labels- Beverages available at the time we sailed onboard as well as any beverages consumed ashore
  16. Going Through Locks- This itinerary has 67 of them, I have a sampling
  17. A Day In Melk– scenic cruising then a tour of Melk Abbey before we get lost on the way back
  18. Other Viking Ships– seen as we sailed, other Viking Longships
  19. Sailing The Wachau Valley- images of our day scenic cruising through the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  20. Bamberg Germany with Viking River Cruises
  21. Sailing to Wurzburg- Scenic Cruising on the Main river
  22. Sailing To Nuremberg- Scenic cruising at sunset
  23. Nuremberg, Germany– Our day at the historic World War II site
  24. Regensburg, Germany– the sausage capital of the world (or so I think)
  25. Aquavit Lunch– a favorite on Viking Longships
  26. Wurzberg Germany with Viking River Cruises
  27. Wertheim Germany- a favorite place to visit any time of the year
  28. Wertheim In Ten Minutes– after docking and before tours, what we can see in ten minutes, round trip
  29. Sailing through Frankfurt At Dawn– The Program Director on our Viking Longship said we would pass by Frankfurt at 3:30 in the morning- it was well worth getting up for.
  30. Sailing To Koblenz- Scenic cruising through one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
  31. Sailing To Cologne- Scenic cruising was a big part of our tour- we loved every minute of it.
  32. Koblenz, Germany- a favorite place any time of the year, Koblenz takes on a unique character of its own in the summer.
  33. Sailing to Braubach- It’s the place where Viking Travelers get off the ship to see one of the stars of the show: Marksburg Castle.
  34. Marksburg Castle– one of the few untouched by bombing of World War II
  35. Castles Lecture– Fun facts about all the castles we have seen along the way.
  36. Taste Of Germany– A themed night in the dining room and on the Aquavit Terrace where Viking travelers have a grand old German time and the ship’s executive chef features fabulous German cuisine.
  37. Cologne– The included tour of Cologne Germany
  38. Top of Cologne- An optional tour that proved to be one of the best ever travel experiences.
  39. River Sunrise- Not as dominant in a day on the river as on an ocean cruise, but a wonderful time of the day nonetheless
  40. Sailing To Kinderdjik– Scenic cruising on the Rhine
  41. Kinderdjik 2017– a favorite place in Holland, revisited

 

Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

Facebook Photo Albums- much like Flickr Photo Albums, the Facebook version features a story and select photos that illustrate the topic, tour or onboard event.

Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

 

 

Instagram Photos– A recap of our daily postings on Instagram

We’re on our way to travel with Viking River Cruises on a 15-day Grand European Tour. From Charlotte we fly across the pond to London then on to Budapest. Significant here, the distinct difference between “traveling” with Viking and “sailing” with someone else. Don’t get me wrong, ‘sailing’, by river or ocean, is a safe, secure way to see much of the world that commonly stacks up nicely compared to land vacations. We get that. This is different. This is travel with a spirit of adventure and exploration ,albeit without the backpack, in comfort. I don’t think we have fully profiled that element of what Viking does yet and it’s about time. As Vikings celebrate their 20th year of exploring the world, this is their time and we’re hoping to bring you more of a feel for what to expect than ever before. In the morning as we are crossing the Atlantic a new post will publish on our website charting a course for our journey. Stick around, this will be best.

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It’s interesting to me, the reasons we do what we do. In any given situation, people react in ways unique to them and only them or go with the flow of the crowd. Filtered by our beliefs, the paths our lives have taken, dreams realized or alignment with the thoughts of others, paths can go in and many directions. How very unique then when like minded travelers come together to experience something perhaps predetermined by the itinerary of their lives. Such was the scene last night when Viking River Cruises showcased the stunningly beautiful splendor of Budapest. The first place visited on a two-week travel event, we’re looking forward to what is yet to come. I hope you’ll come along with us as we share #MyVikingStory

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Arriving in Vienna in the afternoon after a lovely day of scenic cruising along the Danube with Viking River Cruises, the stage was set for a perfect first day in Austria….actually, let me explain: in the afternoon we also sailed through the history of how the European Union was created with a Viking short film. Stop right there and we would have been briefed on how the Euro works, border control and more. But the topic continued throughout the day as we discussed a number of related topics with other passengers of similar backgrounds to ours and crew who are from many of the member nations. I think that I advertised element of the Viking experience is one of our favorite parts. Later the ships program director briefed us on the life of Mozart, appropriately just before most passengers left the ship for a wonderful concert we have enjoyed on previous travels with Viking. That was just before dinner which featured Austrian personal favorite Wiener Schnitzel. End it with a lovely sunset, reflective of our full day in Vienna tomorrow. Man, this is traveling

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After a guided tour of Vienna, we had the rest of the day to spend as we pleased in the Austrian capital city. While I had stopped in at the iconic Demel bakery before, this was a first visit to for Lisa so we hurried there before the crowds. When asked what we would like to have I simply told them “She’s never been here before- dazzle her!”. I don’t imagine they get many requests of that sort. The face of the nice lady who was helping us lit up with child-like excitement on Christmas morning as she proudly shared her favorites from the world-famous menu. I think we need more of that sort of thing to happen in the world and plan on creating as many moments like that as I possibly can with the time I have here. I hope you will too. Many thanks to Viking Cruises for the time to make this small moment happen.

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It’s official, we have had nothing but great weather for the entire 15 days of our Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. Still, even if it rained every day we would have had a wonderful time. So many new friends on our Viking Longship Ve. Interestingly, we will probably see them again. We’ve seen what it is like to live and work at the places we explored along the way too. As we sailed from Budapest to our last full day of the tour here in Holland, the dining options have changed along the way, Those carefully curated recipes were supported by flexible onboard programming. That focused effort proved to be a nice supplement to the preparation we did in advance. Many thanks to the crew of our Viking Longship for a flawless travel experience.

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It’s one of our favorite parts of river cruising and we got plenty of it on Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour last week. Scenic cruising from one place to another reminds us of what a beautiful part of the world Europe can be. We pass farms and little towns not all that different from where we grew up in the Midwest United States. While other river cruise lines may sail more at night as travelers sleep, Viking mixes it up, staying late or overnight in places of particular interest that have a particularly interesting nightlife. Need to be one place at high Noon for the best experience? That happens. Sundown a stellar time to be at another place? That’s the plan on that particular day as well. Add it al up? a flawless travel experience.

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Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

On Tumblr: TheWorldAsLisaSeesIt– One Post Every Day From Lisa’s Point Of View

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http://theworldaslisaseesit.tumblr.com/post/161805220121/wertheim-is-a-story-book-town-my-favorite-so-far

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Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

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One more

As we sailed, locals turned out or stopped what they were doing to see our elegant Viking Longship pass by.  One could not help but wonder what it would be like to live in these places and what those people who watched us sail thought of us.

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
Pat Conroy

Our Flawless Viking River Cruise Story

Windstar Cruises
Panama Canal And Costa Rica

Sailing for the first time with any cruise line is always an interesting experience. As hard as passengers might try to prepare, actually being there brings the best answers to questions asked in advance. Sailing with Windstar Cruises, I came to define the feel of what they do. Actually, that’s not exactly accurate. I came to define half of what they do. The Windstar fleet is made up of two uniquely different kinds of ship: those with sails and those without. This is about distinct Windstar differences on ships without sails.

Posts Here At ChrisCruises.com

Facebook Photo Albums

 

Viking Ocean Cruises
In The Wake Of Vikings
New York To The West Indies

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Viking Ocean Cruises In The Caribbean

Facebook Photo Albums-

Flickr Photo Galleries

Viking Caribbean: Pre-Cruise Countdown

  1. Coming Up: Viking West Indies Explorer, Epic Invasion
  2. Viking Cruises Caribbean: Island Connected Dining Like Never Before
  3. Viking Cruises Caribbean: Panoramic Island Hopping\
  4. Viking Cruises West Indies Explorer Countdown
  5. Viking Caribbean Shoreside Focus Different, Included
  6. Thinkable World Of Viking To Meet The Caribbean
  7. In The Viking Caribbean, No Smuggling Skills Needed, Door Wide Open
  8. Uniquely Different Viking Ocean Cruises: Specific Features That Caribbean Travel Will Like 
  9. Follow Viking Star In Real Time Satellite View
  10. Flexibility Enables Surprise Viking Exploration, Again
  11. Coming To North America: Our Viking Adventure Begins 
  12. Viking Introduces Previously Ignored Caribbean 
  13. Viking Welcome Home: It Can Happen Anywhere
  14. Viking Caribbean Preview: Your Questions Answered
  15. Viking Caribbean Preview: More Of Your Questions Answered
  16. Reader Question Highlights Viking Attention To Detail 
  17. Slideshow: Favorite Viking Star Features I Can’t Wait To See
  18. Viking World Cruise: I Could Do That
  19. Viking Star Arrives In New York City  

In The Wake Of Vikings

  1. Exploring Iceland Like Vikings: Thoughtfully
  2. Vikings Explore Prince Christian Sound, Very Carefully
  3. Spectacular Travel Moments With Viking Ocean Cruises
  4. Interesting Viking Tour Brings Global View In Very Simple Terms 
  5. Viking Star Passes Ultimate Cruise Traveler Test
  6. Viking Caribbean: Something New For Someone New
  7. Aggressive Repositioning Itinerary Highlights Viking Commitment To Travelers
  8. Thoughtful Canadian Port Choice Typical Of Viking Destination Focus 
  9. Features Not Part Of The Viking Caribbean Experience
  10. Viking Star Caribbean Dining: New Cuisine For Cruise Travelers
  11. Actually, Viking Star Is Designed For Caribbean Cruising
  12. Incomparable Viking Star
  13. Viking Star Base Features To Elevate Caribbean Cruise Experience
  14. In The Wake Of Vikings [PHOTOS] 

Flickr photo albums

  1. A Day In Reykjavik, Iceland
  2. Icelandic Air
  3. In The Steps Of Vikings: Cruising Prince Christian Sound
  4. Nanortalik, Greenland
  5. Qaqortoq, Greenland
  6. Viking Star Penthouse Verandah Staterooms
  7. Viking Star Ship Shots
  8. Viking Star At Sea
  9. Northern Lights
  10. Viking Star Culinary: Mamsens
  11. Viking Star Nordic Spa
  12. Viking Star Living Room Bar
  13. Viking Star Culinary Sampling
  14. Viking Star Explorer’s Lounge
  15. Viking Star Pool Grill
  16. Viking Star Past Guest Party
  17. Viking Star Living Room
  18. Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
  19. Viking Star Infinity Pool
  20. Sailing To Canada On Viking Star
  21. Viking Star Top Deck Spaces
  22. Viking Star Aquavit Bar
  23. Viking Star Crew
  24. Viking Star Main Pool Area
  25. Greenland From The Deck Of Viking Star
  26. Viking Documentation
  27. Al Fresco Seating Areas

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Holland America Line
Norse Legends Baltics Sailing
new ms Koningsdam

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 While on board Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam, we covered a lot of ground and have more information on the way, describing much of what it is like to sail the new 99,836-ton ship.  Below is a full account of information and images, gathered first-hand, on our sold out summer sailing of the a ship that is the epitome of all the Holland America Line of today has to offer.  I think you will like what you see.

Posted Live as we sailed the North Sea from Amsterdam to Norway and back.

Facebook Photo Albums

Flickr Photo Collections– check back later too- more photos loading all the time

Cunard Line
New York City
Queen Mary 2 – Remastered

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Sporting a whole new look and contemporary focus while simultaneously honoring their long and illustrious history, Cunard Line is on the move. We’ll be on hand to see the result of a massive remastering of the Cunard Line flagship Queen Mary 2.  It’s been more than a decade since we last sailed with Cunard Line, then enjoying a 6-day transatlantic sailing from New York to Southampton.
Published During This One-Day Event
Sailing Away From New York – an Exposure photo storybook

Holland America Line
Exploring The Canadian Yukon

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Holland America Line
Denali Square Grand Opening
Alaska
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Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Sea

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Whitney and I sailed new Viking Sea on the first revenue cruise while the paint was still wet.  Doing their exciting Empires of the Mediterranean itinerary, we sailed from Istanbul to Venice for ten days that went a little bit like this:

DAY 1 Istanbul, Turkey
DAY 2 Troy (Çanakkale), Turkey
DAY 3 Ephesus (Kuşadası), Turkey
DAY 4 Athens (Piraeus), Greece
DAY 5 Santorini (Thíra), Greece
DAY 6 At Sea
DAY 7 Kotor, Montenegro
DAY 8 Dubrovnik, Croatia
DAY 9 Pula, Croatia
DAY 10 Venice, Italy
Below is a list of all we experienced, wrote about and captured images of along the way.

Facebook Photo Albums created along the way

Flickr Photo Albums You’ll need a free account at Flickr to view which is a good idea anyway because they let us upload a ton of photos to share for free. Check back from time to time, these albums are updated as we sail.

 

 

Seabourn Cruises
Seabourn Sojourn
Seabourn Taste of Asia Food And Wine Cruise

Hitting the ground running in 2016, Chris sailed aboard Seabourn Sojourn for 14 nights from Hong Kong to Singapore on the 3rd annual Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise .  Along the way, Chris delivered details of over 90 onboard culinary events, as they happened.  Through daily posts right here at ChrisCruises.com and a variety of engaging social ways outlined below, readers were invited to follow along on the 2016 journey as they have the last two events of the same name.

ChrisCruises Daily Posts – 

 

Facebook Photo Albums

 

Flickr Event Photos-

  1. Hong Kong– a brief look from what we could see on the way to Seabourn Sojourn and from her decks.
  2. Hong Kong Local Performers– A nice detail, for those of us flying in the day of the cruise without time to explore Hong Kong, Seabourn brought aboard local performers to kick off the Taste of Asia Food and Wine Cruise
  3. Dim Sum Lunch
  4. Tai Tak Cruise Terminal– Once an airport, this new cavernous facility can take two Oasis-class size ships.  Interestingly, the new port is a place I first wrote about in a Gadling article.   See: Recycled Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal for more
  5. Wines Of Asia Lecture
  6. Cruising The South China Sea– shots from the balcony of my suite on Seabourn Sojourn
  7. Seabourn Sojourn Ship Shots– random shots from around the ship at the features of Seabourn Sojourn
  8. Dr Richard Turnbull – guest lecturer
  9. Colonade Dining– Seabourn Sojourn’s indoor/outdoor dining venue and a personal favorite
  10. Molecular Cocktail Demonstration– a fun time in the Observation lounge with sommelier Sebastian
  11. Seabourn Patio Grill– Dining on deck for lunch or dinner most nights.
  12. Seabourn Guests– random photos of our fellow travelers
  13. Captain’s Welcome Event– Captain
  14. Chef Bernd Seiner brought Michelin star quality to street level
  15. Behind The Scenes- Random shots of what happens before and after passengers attend Food and Wine cruise events.
  16. Seabourn Crew– The ladies and gentlemen that work on Seabourn Sojourn.
  17. Tea Time With Chinese Pastries- 
  18. Sailing To Halong Bay, Vietnam-  a lovely day of cruising at sea
  19. Halong Bay, Vietnam– Perhaps my favorite port on the entire itinerary
  20. Champagne Afternoons – a series of presentations by sommelier Sebastian Pacheco
  21. Asian Hot Pot Dinner served in Seabourn Sojourn’s indoor/outdoor Colonnade Restaurant
  22. Dim Sum Cooking Demonstration featuring chefs from the Peninsula Hong Kong (@PeninsulaHongKong)
  23. Dim Sum Lunch– prepared by chefs from the Peninsula Hong Kong  (@PeninsulaHongKong)
  24. Shopping With The Chefs In Vietnam
  25. DaNang Port– Overlooking the port from the balcony of my suite, I capture some interesting moments on the dock below.
  26. Bordeaux Wine Seminar– on of a number of wine-oriented informational talks
  27. Seabourn Room Service– an afterthought, I enjoyed Seabourn room service every morning with coffee at 3AM
  28. Touring DaNang, Vietnam– I hired a driver for an efficient “just take me to the places, s
  29. Food And Wine Pairing Seminar- new to the third edition of the Seabourn Food And Wine Cruise
  30. Officers On Deck– a pre-dinner event on deck chatting with officers
  31. The South China Sea
  32. The Saigon River– Going where big ships can’t we drive Seabourn Sojourn up the Saigon River
  33. Sihanoukville, Cambodia– a private tour of a lovely place
  34. Sailing to Cambodia– scenes from a day at sea
  35. Chef Muro Cooking Demonstration
  36. Saigon Shopping With The Chefs
  37. A Tour Of Saigon
  38. Saigon Cruise Port– scenes from our first call at a Communist port of call
  39. Duriya Preneet Band
  40. Laem Chabang, Thailand
  41. Chef Gypsy Gifford cooking demonstration
  42. Sailing In The Gulf Of Taiwan
  43. A Culinary Conversation With Gypsy Gifford

 

NEW: YouTube Video- (my first attempt with video, be kind please)

Also see

  • Instagram lovers will see one post a day that summarizes much of what we saw and did in the last 24 hours.
  • Pinterest – One board for each port of call on our Taste of Asia itinerary
  • Twitter has been populated with prescheduled tweets throughout the day that will be updated with events and happenings around the ship and ashore as the occur.  Follow @ChrisCruises @SeabournCruise and the tag #SeabournFoodAndWineCruise.
  • Tumblr will be all about food and wine with multiple posts throughout each day.
  • Google+ posts will recap the day at its end
  • Exposure Photo Storybooks coming soon.

 

 

Abercrombie & Kent
Egypt And A Nile River Cruise With Jordan Extension

Arguably one of our best ever travel experiences, the river cruise element was just one part of this amazing 16-day adventure.

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At ChrisCruises.com via these previous posts:

  1. Social Egypt And Jordan, A&K Style: Your Guide To Our Journey
  2. Our Luxury Small Group Journey: Detailed Itinerary
  3. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Arriving In Egypt
  4. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: They Do Your Homework
  5. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: They Can Turn On A Dime
  6. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Speaking Of Kings And Queens
  7. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: And Then He Paused
  8. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Chris Wears A Dress
  9. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Interesting, Unique, Beautiful
  10. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: The Right Tool For The Job
  11. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Exceeding Expectations
  12. Tips And Tricks For Travel In Egypt
  13. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: It’s Yours
  14. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Front Row Seats To Amazing Places
  15. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: A Travel Mosaic
  16. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Your Guide To Our Journey
  17. Abercrombie & Kent Advantages: Noted And New
  18. A&K’s Egypt: More That We Thought It Would Be

Facebook Photo Albums:

  1. Photo Album: A Day In Egypt With Abercrombie & Kent
  2. Photo Album: The Temple Of Luxor
  3. Photo Album: Favorite Images From Egypt
  4. Photo Album: The Temples Of Abu Simbel
  5. Photo Album: The Cairo Bazaar
  6. Photo Album: The Citadel, Amman Jordan
  7. Photo Album: Little Petra
  8. Photo Album: The Lost City Of Petra

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  1. Mena House Hotel Cairo
  2. On The Streets Of Cairo
  3. Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities
  4. Lunch On The Nile
  5. Karnak Bazar
  6. Cairo Street Scenes
  7. Mit Rahina Museum
  8. Step Pyramid
  9. Tomb of Ka Gimni
  10. Carpet School
  11. Aboushakra Egyptian Lunch
  12. Giza Pyramids
  13. The Solar Boat
  14. A Camel Ride In Egypt
  15. The Iconic Sphinx
  16. Valley of the Kings
  17. Mena House Dinner
  18. Luxor
  19. Temple Of Karnak
  20. Sanctuary Resorts Sun Boat IV
  21. Seen On The Nile
  22. Sun Boat IV Culinary 
  23. Egyptian Night
  24. Sunrise On The Nile
  25. Scenic Cruising On The Nile
  26. Luxor By Day
  27. Temple Of Goddess Hathor At Denderah
  28. Nile Dining On Deck
  29. Sundown On The Nile
  30. Luxor At Night
  31. Going Through Locks On The Nile
  32. Edfu Temple
  33. Egyptian Cooking Lesson
  34. Ptolemaic Temple At Kom Ombo
  35. Egyptian Night On Sun Boat IV
  36. Philae Temple
  37. Beautiful Flowers Of Egypt
  38. The Unfinished Obelisk
  39. A Felucca Sailboat Ride On The Nile
  40. Abu Simbel Temples
  41. Egypt Air
  42. Cairo Revisited- the pretty side of town
  43. The Four Seasons Cairo
  44. Cairo Mosques
  45. Cairo Bazzar
  46. Royal Jordanian Airlines
  47. Amman Jordan
  48. The Jordan Museum
  49. Amman Bazaars
  50. Amman Roman Theatre
  51. Lebanese House Lunch
  52. The Citadel
  53. Grand Hyatt Amman
  54. Mount Nebo
  55. Jordan Mosaic Workshop
  56. St George Church, Madaba
  57. Hitayet Siti Restaurant- Madaba
  58. Crusader Castle
  59. Little Petra
  60. Jordan sun
  61. Movenpick Petra Hotel
  62. Petra (Hi Res Large)
  63. Petra (iPhone unfiltered)
  64. Wadi Rum
  65. Driving To The Dead Sea
  66. Movenpick Dead Sea Hotel

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Check These Other Social Sources From Us As Well

  • On Twitter – @ChrisCruises –  Search for #AKEgypt and #AKJordan and other tags noted below
  • On Instagram- ChrisCruises as well

Want To Go Deeper Socially?  

Check these tags and accounts from the sources used during our Abercrombie & Kent Egypt and Jordan Small Group Travel Experience

 

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Abercrombie & Kent

  • Twitter: @AKTravel_USA
  • Instagram: aktravel_usa
  • Facebook: facebook.com/abercrombiekent
  • Hashtags: #AKEgypt and #AKJordan and for Instagram: #abercrombiekent

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Egypt Tourism

  • Twitter: @ExperienceEgypt
  • Instagram: experienceegypt
  • Facebook: facebook.com/experienceegypt

 

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Jordan Tourism

  • North America Twitter – @JordanNorthAm
  • World Twitter – @VisitJordan
  • Instagram – visitjordan
  • North America Facebook –facebook.com/MyJordanJourney
  • Worldwide Facebook –facebook.com/VisitJordan
  • Hashtags: #GoJordan and #MyJordanJourney and for Instagram: #ShareYourJordan 

 

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Royal Jordanian

  • Twitter: @RoyalJordanian
  • Instagram: royaljordanianairlines

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Mena House Hotel

  • Facebook: facebook.com/menahousehotel
  • Twitter: @MenaHouseHotel
  • Instagram: menahousehotel

 

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Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’

  • Twitter: @SanctuaryRet
  • Instagram: menahousehotel
  • Facebook: facebook.com/SanctuaryRetreats

 

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Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza

  • Twitter: @FSCairoNP
  • Instagram: fscaironp
  • Facebook: facebook.com/FourSeasonsHotelCairoNilePlaza

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Grand Hyatt Amman

  • Twitter: @randhyattamm
  • Instagram: grandhyattamman
  • Facebook: facebook.com/GrandHyattAmman

 

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Mövenpick Resort Petra & Mövenpick Resort Dead Sea

  • Twitter:@ movenpickjo
  • Instagram: movenpickjo
  • Facebook: facebook.com/moevenpickhotel

 

 

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Europa 2

Europa 2 Exterior - 001A new cruise line (for us) and a new ship, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises new Europa 2 was the scene for an interesting September 2015 sailing.

The new EUROPA 2 is a modern and casual luxury ship, which does away with cruise traditions such as the captain’s dinner. A first for any ship, the EUROPA 2 has received the highest distinction, a 5-stars-plus ranking from the 2014 “Berlitz Cruise Guide.” Holding up to 500 guests, the EUROPA 2 provides the greatest space per passenger ratio in the industry. The ship features exclusively suites with verandas and a minimum area of 28 square meters (301 square feet). Seven restaurants and six bars are dedicated to serving up culinary diversity and a large spa and fitness area accommodates the wellness and exercise trend on cruises. Its concept appeals to professionals and families in the luxury sector in particular. All cruises are fully bilingual and cater to English speaking passengers.

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Production During This Event-

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Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Quest
Summer Russia And The Baltics Sailing

See more of our Azamara Club Cruises sailing to Russia, Estonia, Denmark, The Netherlands and more via these links

Complete Journal– From pre-cruise planning to after sailing reflection and every step in between, right here, updated daily as we sail in our Engaging Azamara Summer Baltics Cruise Journal

Amsterdam - 254Individual Day Posts During Sailing– day by day, in the order written

White Night Album - 28Pinterest Photo Boards – one for each port and more

Tallinn, Estonia - 037Flickr Photo Albums- all our photos for each place, free to use- check back frequently; we are adding more photos throughout the journey.

St Petersburg - 335Facebook Photo Albums

Stockholm - 077Check These Social Sources Too

 

 

 

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