Russia

For fans of fixer-upper home shows, the Gatchina Palace outside Saint Petersburg has got to be the ultimate renovation challenge. Two hundred bedrooms give or take, with ornate plaster work and inlaid hardwood floors everywhere and plenty of lavish party space, not to mention expansive grounds …

How can you top Crystal Symphony? A lot of cruise ship designers have asked that question over the years as they’ve tried to out-do Crystal Cruises’ classic ship. Yet every year, Crystal Symphony and sister ship Crystal Serenity  maintain their lead in customer surveys. The latest …

Our Russian river journey on Scenic Tsar is finally beginning and it’s an auspicious sign that after two straight days of rain, the sun breaks through as we cast off from Moscow’s fantastically elaborate river terminal. For the next week we’ll be going back in …

Imagine squeezing into a shipping container 12 feet wide and 40 feet long that’s packed with supplies and gear. Imagine being sealed inside for the next six months with someone you don’t love, practically rubbing shoulders 24/7–except for occasional visits to a little closet that …

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