Tag Archives: Grand Circle Cruises

Frugal travel – recommendations for saving cash “on the road”

The Elk River in Canadian Rockies, not far from our ATC hosts in Baynes Lake, BC.

Frugal travel – recommendations for saving cash “on the road”; use “cheap travel” to extend your vacation time! Let’s assume you have plenty of vacation time, or, are retired with lots of time – and desire to travel extensively. Here are suggestions for cheap travel allowing maximization of your travel explorations. First suggestion: Focus first [...]

Posted in Alaska, Canada, Eastern, Canada, Western, Central California, East Coast US, Europe, Hawaii, Midwest US, Mountain West (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado), Northern California, Pacific Northwest USA (Oregon, Washington, Idaho), Sacramento/Capitol region, San Francisco Bay Area, Sierra Nevada, Southeast US, Southern California, Southwest USA (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), Stockton/San Joaquin County, Teardrop and tiny travel trailers, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Comfortable yet light travel in the New Year!

Susan and Tim Viall in ship's lounge; "upscale casual" is rule, no need to pack sports coat or fancy clothes!

This article is for those who have the time and energy to travel extensively in the United States and beyond.  Spouse Susan and I have been retired three years and have toured about 65,000 miles through the US and Canada.  We have also been privileged to make two European small ship cruises (Grand Circle Cruise [...]

Posted in Alaska, Canada, Eastern, Canada, Western, Central California, East Coast US, Europe, Hawaii, Midwest US, Mountain West (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado), Northern California, Pacific Northwest USA (Oregon, Washington, Idaho), Sacramento/Capitol region, San Francisco Bay Area, Sierra Nevada, Southeast US, Southern California, Southwest USA (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), Stockton/San Joaquin County, Teardrop and tiny travel trailers, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Freshen your bucket list for US travel in 2016

Couple sits on edge of Canyonlands National Park, gazing at the Colorado and Green Rivers that intersect here.

While we central Californians are blessed by close proximity to the American West’s incredible spaces, there is a whole world just outside our door. With a New Year, take the time to update your bucket list of US and worldly travel destinations.  Here are our favorites to whet your appetite. With 2016 marking the 100th [...]

Posted in East Coast US, Hawaii, Midwest US, Mountain West (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado), Northern California, Pacific Northwest USA (Oregon, Washington, Idaho), Sacramento/Capitol region, San Francisco Bay Area, Sierra Nevada, Southeast US, Southern California, Southwest USA (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), Stockton/San Joaquin County, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina; an Adriatic Sea cruise (part 2 of 2 parts)

Our Lady of the Rocks Roman Catholic Church rises on the only man-made island on the Adriatic Sea.

Last week we shared initial detail of our “last-minute deal” on a small-ship cruise along the Adriatic Sea coast. The price was attractive (about 1/3 off), the four countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro) and dozen cities we would visit would be decked out in their Christmas finest and we expected the Adriatic [...]

Posted in Europe, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dubrovnik, Croatia and visiting a Croatian family

Susan and I at the "hole in the wall" wine bar on Dubrovnic's western sea and fortification wall.

On December 12 our ship the Athena (we were on a Grand Circle Cruise of the Adriatic Sea) departed Hvar, Croatia, after a late dinner to Dubrovnik, anticipating a long, eight hour sail. Almost immediately we were into rough, then rocky seas. Turned in about 10:30, fearing seasickness, managed to avoid that malady, but we were still [...]

Posted in Europe, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Slovenia and northern portion of Croatia, cruising the Adriatic Sea (part 1 of 2 parts)!

Lake Bled in Slovenia is set in the Julian Alps and offers simply stunning photo ops.

Slovenia, Croatia and an Adriatic Sea cruise (part 1 of 2 parts): Over the past 2 1/2 years, my spouse, Susan, and I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada. Our outside-the-country travels, however, have been limited to a trip to Paris 15 years ago and a European river cruise from Vienna, Austria, through Germany [...]

Posted in Europe, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nazi Germany haunts European river cruise; Part 2 of 2 blog installments

Crowd of Germans, small kids giving Heil Hitler salute

      We recently completed an 800 mile river cruise on Grand Circle Cruise Lines, from Vienna, Austria to Amsterdam, Netherlands.  The voyage took us through about 700 miles of Austria, south and central Germany.  History reaching back over a thousand years, stunning scenery, and, almost everywhere, remnants of Nazi and the Third Reich’s [...]

Posted in Europe, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cruising the grand rivers of Europe/central Germany to Amsterdam, 2014: Part 2 of 2

Bamburg's old City Hall, dating to the 14th century, stands resolutely on an island in the River Regnetz.

        [This is the second of two parts on cruising the great rivers of Europe; Vienna, Austria to Amsterdam, Netherlands] With only one previous trip to Europe (Paris, 15 years ago); we had long dreamed of a fun and efficient way to see Europe after we retired.  Relying on recommendations from friends, [...]

Posted in Europe, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nazi Germany haunts European river cruise (an addition to my earlier blog)

Hitler addresses a crowd of 800,000 troops and Hitler youth at a huge rally at the Nuremberg Zeppelin Field.

              We recently completed an 800 mile river cruise on Grand Circle Cruise Lines, from Vienna, Austria to Amsterdam, Netherlands.  The voyage took us through about 600 miles of south and central Germany.  History reaching back over a thousand years, stunning scenery, and, almost everywhere, remnants of the Nazis [...]

Posted in Europe, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cruising the grand rivers of Europe – Vienna, through Germany to Amsterdam, 2014 (part 1of 2)

View through fortifications of the Veste Oberhaus, overlooking the town of Passau, Germany, below.

Horses await customers for their buggies outside Vienna’s St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Have you always wanted to visit Europe?  Or, taken a short trip and felt lost in the immensity of Europe’s history and diversity? My spouse, Susan, and I have been retired for about a year and a half, and have discussed how to best tour [...]

Posted in Europe, Uncategorized, United States beyond! | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment
  • Blog Authors

    Tim Viall

    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA's, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his ... Read Full
  • Categories

  • Archives