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Holland America Line Will Launch New EXC In-Depth Voyages

This September, Holland America Line will begin an approach to cruising for travelers who are looking for thoughtful and immersive ways to see the world. Offered on the 1,258-guest Maasdam, new EXC In-Depth Voyages explores corners of the globe on itineraries from 12 to 34 days, using world-renowned experts, local scholars and customized Zodiac tours to... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Will Launch New EXC In-Depth Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Emerald Waterways Expands Southeast Asia Itineraries

Emerald Waterways is announcing a newly expanded offering of cruises and tours in Southeast Asia, with nine exciting river cruise itineraries on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia, and—new in 2019—on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Emerald Waterways is offering guests their choice of free, roundtrip airfare or $1,500 per person off itineraries of […] The post Emerald Waterways Expands Southeast Asia Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Do You Love Small Ocean Ships? If So, We’ve Found A River Cruise For You

At 72 feet across, AmaMagna is roughly twice as wide as the company’s existing river cruise vessels. Measuring 443 feet long and managed by a crew of 70, AmaMagna will be able to transport 196 guests along the Danube in a kind of comfort not previously known. The post Do You Love Small Ocean Ships? If So, We’ve Found A River Cruise For You appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Live From Cuba: On Holland America Line’s Veendam

I’m currently sailing aboard Holland America Line’s Veendam, rounding the western coast of Cuba en-route from Havana to Cienfuegos. It is a voyage that, when Veendam was built in 1996, would have been impossible. Today, it is a reality. Holland America began offering cruises to Cuba back in December, and the line has already announced... [Read More] The post Live From Cuba: On Holland America Line’s Veendam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaMagna: River Cruising’s Answer To Small Luxury Ocean Ships

At 72 feet across, AmaMagna is roughly twice as wide as the company’s existing river cruise vessels. Measuring 443 feet long and managed by a crew of 70, AmaMagna will be able to transport 196 guests along the Danube in a kind of comfort not previously known. The post AmaMagna: River Cruising’s Answer To Small Luxury Ocean Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Eclipse Will Begin Fit-Out Process

Earlier this year,  Scenic Chairman and Founder Glen Moroney, oversaw the float out of the world’s first Discovery Ship, Scenic Eclipse, at Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia. With much of its exterior construction complete, the ship will now begin the fit-out process. The float out came just days before the announcement that Scenic will soon... [Read More] The post Scenic Eclipse Will Begin Fit-Out Process appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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UnCruise Will Begin Offering Land Tours in Alaska

UnCruise Adventures launches seven new land-abased packages this spring offering guests a chance to extend their Alaskan adventure by four or five nights through a new partnership with Alaska Alpine Adventures. The packages, which will explore Anchorage, Girdwood, Seward, and the Kenai Fjords National Park, are available to book now for sailings beginning April 2018.... [Read More] The post UnCruise Will Begin Offering Land Tours in Alaska appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Regent Seven Seas $125 Million Fleetwide Refurbishment Program

Regent Seven Seas Cruises confirmed details for the upcoming bow-to-stern refurbishment of Seven Seas Mariner, the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship. After a 20-day drydock in April 2018 at Chantier Naval de Marseille, Seven Seas Mariner will re-emerge with new culinary experiences, new suite designs, and renewed guest spaces. After her drydock refurbishment, Seven... [Read More] The post Regent Seven Seas $125 Million Fleetwide Refurbishment Program appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Azamara Launches New Onboard Entertainment Options

Today, Azamara Club Cruises announces a new onboard entertainment playbill with cabaret style performances and musicians from Feinstein’s/54 Below, as well as short opera vignettes and theatre shows from Magic City Opera and City Theatre. The refreshed entertainment concepts and visiting talents are part of the brand’s commitment to offering guests carefully-curated onboard experiences. The... [Read More] The post Azamara Launches New Onboard Entertainment Options appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line’s New Ship Will Sail Northern Europe and the Mediterranean

Following an inaugural season island-hopping throughout the Caribbean, Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam will cross the Atlantic Ocean in late April 2019 and spend the summer and fall exploring northern Europe and the Mediterranean. The new Pinnacle Class ship will homeport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the summer. Offering a collection of seven- and 14-day itineraries to... [Read More] The post Holland America Line’s New Ship Will Sail Northern Europe and the Mediterranean appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Celebrity Cruises Hosts First Ever Same-Sex Wedding at Sea

In a historic ceremony hosted on board Celebrity Equinox, Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray became the first same-sex couple ever to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line. The grooms were joined by their immediate family for an intimate ceremony officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas. They exchanged vows against the signature backdrop... [Read More] The post Celebrity Cruises Hosts First Ever Same-Sex Wedding at Sea appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Cruises Captures Collections of Voyages in New Worldwide Atlas

Crystal Cruises has unveiled its guide to global itineraries, the Worldwide Atlas for 2018 and 2019. The brochure features the comprehensive collection of voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity including itineraries ranging from six to 129 days, maiden calls and destination experiences. Within its 212 pages, the atlas also draws travelers into the varied... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises Captures Collections of Voyages in New Worldwide Atlas appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Bach Will Sail the Moselle River

Taking to the river less traveled, Crystal is introducing brand new 10-day “Enchanting Moselle” itineraries aboard Crystal Bach, round-trip from Amsterdam through Germany and the Netherlands, beginning May 28, 2019 through December 24, 2019. The voyages feature five entirely new ports of call through the vineyard-flanked Moselle River. Guests can experience world-class Rieslings and the […] The post Crystal Bach Will Sail the Moselle River appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways Announces Discount on 2019 Cruises

Emerald Waterways is now accepting bookings for their 2019 river cruise season. Guests booking any 2019 sailing before April 30 will pay 2018 fares and receive an additional discount of $1,000 US per couple on sailings of 15-days or longer, and $500 US per couple on sailings of 8-14 days. Emerald Waterways 2019 preview brochures […] The post Emerald Waterways Announces Discount on 2019 Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Six Tips For Booking Your 2018-19 River Cruise

Five years ago, we came up with a list of Six Tips for Booking Your 2013 River Cruise. Half a decade later, many of these tips are still relevant –  and some of them are even more relevant than they were back then. As we head into the start of the 2018 river cruise season, […] The post Six Tips For Booking Your 2018-19 River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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See The World Differently: Scenic’s National Geographic River Cruises

Late last year, luxury river cruise operator Scenic quietly partnered up with National Geographic to offer enrichment-filled river cruises throughout Europe and Asia for the 2018-19 season. Dubbed National Geographic River Cruises, these unique voyages are designed to offer an educational, informative and experiential river cruise vacation, both onboard ship and on adventures ashore. Accompanied […] The post See The World Differently: Scenic’s National Geographic River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Getting Inspired By Nature, With The Two New Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Expedition Ships

Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is eagerly awaiting two, new expedition ships. The hulls are being built on a yard in Romania, and then will be towed all the way from the Black Sea to Norway, a trip that takes a month. Once in Norway, both ships – Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration – will be outfitted in the... [Read More] The post Getting Inspired By Nature, With The Two New Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Expedition Ships appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cheers To A New Age Of Expedition

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Sometimes, good ideas are born from beer. While sipping a beer in Caudebec-en-Caux, situated on France’s Seine River, we brewed up the concept of a website focused on expedition cruises. Maritime photographer Mike Louagie (pictured left) and Ralph Grizzle have had a long friendship and a long passion for expedition cruises. With more than 20 new... [Read More] The post Cheers To A New Age Of Expedition appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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A Futuristic X-BOW? Aurora Expeditions Will Have The First

Aurora Expeditions (Australia) is poised to surprise the world of expedition cruise ships with its new Greg Mortimer, currently under construction. Who is Greg Mortimer? He is Aurora Expedition’s co-founder. This Australian mountaineer and explorer started the company together with his wife Margaret in 1991. The Greg Mortimer will be the first expedition cruise vessel featuring... [Read More] The post A Futuristic X-BOW? Aurora Expeditions Will Have The First appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Announces Second Expedition Ship To Launch In 2020

Scenic has announced that its flagship, Scenic Eclipse, will be joined by a sister, Scenic Eclipse II. Launching in 2020, Scenic Eclipse II will embark on her maiden voyage from Athens to Lisbon, before the debut sailing season, which will include the European and Russian Arctic, a region of diverse wildlife and habitat, well suited... [Read More] The post Scenic Announces Second Expedition Ship To Launch In 2020 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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World Cruise Segments and Grand Voyages, Demystified

Recently, we wrote about the World Cruises that are on-track for the 2019-2020 cruise season, and for those with the time and the resources to embark on such a journey, there are no shortage of options to choose from. What you might not know is that there is another way to experience a World Cruise... [Read More] The post World Cruise Segments and Grand Voyages, Demystified appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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MSC Seaside: Italian Line’s Newest Ship Has People Talking

Avid cruiser, Roderick Eime, travels to Miami to inspect one of the newest and largest cruise ships in the world. The MSC Seaside has certainly set tongues wagging. “Ugly!” “Is that a ship or an office block?” “Too big!” These were some of the frank comments on my Facebook page when I posted pictures of... [Read More] The post MSC Seaside: Italian Line’s Newest Ship Has People Talking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The Four Best Places You’ve Cruised – Or Want To Cruise

Many of you responded to my post, The Four Best Places I’ve Ocean Cruised, by citing a few of the places you’ve cruised, or would like to cruise. Antarctica topped the list, with more than a dozen of you expressing interest in cruising the White Continent. Galapagos ranked high too, primarily because of the chance to... [Read More] The post The Four Best Places You’ve Cruised – Or Want To Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Why Go To…Paris

It’s called the “City of Love.” For many, Paris, France is exactly that: a love affair with a city that oozes charm, culture and history from even the smallest laneway. Paris is the turnaround point for river cruises plying France’s Seine River, but it is also frequently offered as a pre-or-post cruise extension on other […] The post Why Go To…Paris appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Windstar Cruises Debuts Signature Expeditions in Alaska

When Windstar Cruises returns to Alaska this year after a long absence, it will be offering a brand-new program of events onboard and ashore that aims to bring Alaska’s rich history to live. Windstar’s new Signature Expeditions program will debut in May aboard Star Legend, which will offer a full season of Alaskan cruises departing... [Read More] The post Windstar Cruises Debuts Signature Expeditions in Alaska appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto in Southeastern Europe – Cruising the Lower Danube River

Back in late 1991, communism collapsed in Eastern Europe, a forgotten region harboring countries essentially ghosted behind an invisible Iron Curtain. With the dissolution of the former Soviet Union, the region’s once Soviet-subsidized and now Soviet-abandoned economies countered financial devastation with varying degrees of success. Unfortunately, this has been compounded by subsequent ethnic wars, religious […] The post AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto in Southeastern Europe – Cruising the Lower Danube River appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Star’s Voyage through the Viking Homelands

As a fanatical devotee of Viking river cruising, I was admittedly anxious when I booked passage on the ocean-sailing Viking Star. However, an itinerary called the “Viking Homelands” both enchanted and piqued my curiosity, proving to be the tipping point for giving it a try. After all, with 15 days in 8 countries and 11... [Read More] The post Viking Star’s Voyage through the Viking Homelands appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Active River Cruises: A Walking Tour For Everyone

It sounds contradictory, but a river cruise is one of the better vacations to take for those who enjoy keeping active. While river cruises are enormously relaxing, they are also enormously active. Shore excursions, particularly in small towns and villages, tend to come in the form of guided walking tours. Even in larger cities like […] The post Active River Cruises: A Walking Tour For Everyone appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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An expeditionary cruise to Greenland on Poseidon’s Sea Spirit

For those who love adventure – think ice, icebergs, ice sheets, glaciers, and some of the most incredible scenery north and south of the Arctic Circle – consider a Poseidon Expeditionary Cruise to West Greenland.  Expect to see the Midnight Sun north of the Arctic Circle, Inuit villages and culture, whales and fluking tails, as... [Read More] The post An expeditionary cruise to Greenland on Poseidon’s Sea Spirit appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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A Dream Itinerary on Windstar’s Star Legend

It was an itinerary that dreams are made of. My recent cruise with Windstar on their “Pearls of the Indian Ocean,” was a 16-day exotic odyssey starting in Dubai and ending in Singapore. In between, we crossed the Gulf of Oman to the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Bay of Bombay, Andaman Sea and the Strait... [Read More] The post A Dream Itinerary on Windstar’s Star Legend appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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