Port Buzz: Glasgow, Scotland via Greenock

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Photo Tour from shore leave in Glasgow, Scotland. Port Buzz: Glasgow, Scotland via Greenock. Photo tour from a full-day in port via Azamara Quest. Today Azamara Quest called on Greenock, which is located in Inverclyde a short 45-minute train ride to the Glasgow Central train station in the city center. Scotland’s largest city offers cruise passengers a lot of options, […]

Azamara Quest – St. Peter Port, Guernsey

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Day 2 – Azamara Quest calls on Guernsey We are moving right along since leaving the Port of Southampton yesterday (click here to read recap). This morning Azamara Quest called on St. Peter Port, which is the capital of Guernsey as well as the main port.     The weather was glorious for our brief visit. Guests could go on […]

Azamara Quest – Southampton, England

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The Journey: 14 Night British Open Golf Voyage London Layover I am so glad that I overnighted in London prior to heading to Southampton to embark on Azamara Quest. To miss the iconic capital city would be a real shame: the people, history, culture, food, and activities should not be missed. Although I get that most people don’t have enough […]

(video) Voyage Recap Silversea Longyearbyen to Tromso

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Silversea Expeditions – Silversea Longyearbyen to Tromso Voyage at-a-glance video documenting what we saw along the way during Silver Explorer’s 10-day expedition from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Trompso, Norway. Exploring the high Arctic 7 days of expedition cruising around Svalbard and Bear Island enroute to Tromso, Norway. Day 1- Arrival from Oslo via chartered flight to Svalbard Day 2 – 8 Expedition cruising and exploration […]

Silver Explorer: Glacier hike at 14th of July Glacier

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Birthday Bonanza at the Glacier Day 8 – June 28, 2015 Visit to The 14th of July Glacier, Krossfjord, West Coast, Spitsbergen, Svalbard.  Technically we are just outside the settlement of Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of the Svalbard archipelago in one of the little fjords in the area. Located on the west coast of Spitsbergen at the entrance Krossfjord, Silver Explorer […]

Silver Explorer Arctic Cruise – searching for animals

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Discover Andoyane and Monacobreen Day 7 – June 27, 2015 During the morning Silver Explorer anchored in Andoyane, Svalbard. The small islands of the area are home to numerous sea and land birds. During the morning we took Zodiac boats out to explore the little islands. It was rainy but that did not deter eager passengers from setting out on the […]

Silver Explorer: Ice Cruising Along the Edge of the Polar Ice Cap

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Northern Latitudes – ice cruising at 80 degrees north The Quest for the Ice: The entire success of a Silver Explorer expedition centers around wildlife encounters. Finding Svalbard’s rich wildlife that includes Polar Bears, walruses, whales, Svalbard reindeer, seals, and birds depends on many factors. Perhaps the most sought after encounter is with a Polar Bear. Polar Bears, who roam […]

Silver Explorer: Svalbard: Raudfjorden, Virgohamna, and Amsterdamoya

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Day 2 – June 23, 2015 Days 2-8 will be spent in search of wildlife encounters. We have a flexible itinerary and a lot of what we are able to discover is contingent upon ice conditions. We head north to where there is fast ice, which is where polar bears hangout eating seals (if they are lucky). Also, ice around […]

Silver Explorer: Oslo, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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Day 1 Embarkation: June 22, 2015 Northern latitudes: Reporting from Silversea Expeditions in the Arctic.   Getting to Silver Explorer I took a United flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway where I would overnight at one of the hotel options available from Silversea. My transfer to the hotel was pre-arranged by the cruise line, […]