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New: Ultimate River Cruising Handbook, Free Gift For Your Thoughts

2018 ebook
I am in the final stages of producing a new book about river cruising, and I am reaching out to you for help in determining how to deliver the book. Naturally, I’ll have a digital version. But which format? Kindle, iBook or PDF? I’m considering a printed version also. I could use your help to […] The post New: Ultimate River Cruising Handbook, Free Gift For Your Thoughts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Introducing Riviera River Cruises

As river cruising becomes more popular, companies that traditionally catered to one or two European markets are beginning to expand, courting North American guests with diverse itineraries, unique features, and different ships. One such company is Riviera River Cruises. The river cruising arm of UK-based Riviera Travel recently set up offices in the United States, […] The post Introducing Riviera River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Douro River Cruises: Six Reasons To Choose Emerald Waterways

Emerald Radiance In Pinhao
With more than 20 ships operating Douro River Cruises, your choices are abundant. Why choose Emerald Waterways? After spending eight days on the new Emerald Radiance during November, I identified six ways that the company differentiates itself from its competitors on the Douro. 1. Emerald Radiance is among the newest ships on the Douro. Built […] The post Douro River Cruises: Six Reasons To Choose Emerald Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Are Holiday Cruises Worth the Extra Cost?

On the surface, it sounds like an idyllic way to escape from winter’s cold clutches: a holiday cruise. Whether over Christmas or the New Year, holiday cruises offer plenty of benefits for families looking to vacation and celebrate this special time together. Christmas Cruises are stocked with plenty of festive treats and surprises, while New... [Read More] The post Are Holiday Cruises Worth the Extra Cost? appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Unique Itinerary: Cruising Japan

princess japan
Although cruises around Asia are more popular than ever, voyages around Japan have been something of a slow burn. Princess Cruises made a huge commitment to the region a few years ago, deploying Diamond Princess to Japan year-round and refitting her with a number of interesting features designed to court both the English and Japanese-speaking... [Read More] The post Unique Itinerary: Cruising Japan appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Peeks at Shore Excursions for Scenic Eclipse’s First Season

As the debut of world’s first Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse, draws closer, Scenic is offering a bigger peek at the details of many of the shore excursions available to guests during the ship’s inaugural season of cruises. And as is the case on all Scenic cruises, Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich excursions are included in the company’s... [Read More] The post Scenic Peeks at Shore Excursions for Scenic Eclipse’s First Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cunard Returns to Alaska with the Queen Elizabeth

A series of voyages beginning in May 2019 will combine the magnificence of Alaska with the luxury of Cunard as Queen Elizabeth sails from Japan to Alaska and then remains in the region through June. The ship will then transport passengers down the West Coast of the United States, through the Panama Canal to New York, on to Iceland and the British Isles. “Cunard is thrilled to make our return to Alaska with our youngest ship... [Read More] The post Cunard Returns to Alaska with the Queen Elizabeth appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Celebrity Announces 2019 European Sailings

From Athens to Barcelona to Reykjavik, Celebrity Cruises has all of Europe covered with the brand’s five ship fleet fleet. In 2019, Celebrity will add its newest ship, Celebrity Edge, totaling five ships sailing in the region. With stops in 27 different countries, overnight stays in 16 cities, and visits to more than 90 ports of call... [Read More] The post Celebrity Announces 2019 European Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Windstar’s Flagship Vessel Receives New Set of Sails

Windstar Cruises’ flagship sailing vessel Wind Surf, one of the largest motor sail yachts (MSY) in the world at 14,745 GRT, recently received crisp new sails, nearly half a football field worth of sturdy Dacron sail-cloth measuring 21,570 square feet. Wind Surf’s five new sails were hand-crafted in France by a world-class team of maritime designers and... [Read More] The post Windstar’s Flagship Vessel Receives New Set of Sails appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Azamara Announces 2018 and 2019 Sailings for New Ship, Azamara Pursuit

Azamara Club Cruises revealed its 2018-19 sailings for the brand’s newest addition, Azamara Pursuit. The Azamara Pursuit, announced in September, joins sister ships Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey in providing guests with experiences and access to destinations around the globe. “We’re thrilled to announce Azamara Pursuit’s voyages,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “By expanding our destination offerings,... [Read More] The post Azamara Announces 2018 and 2019 Sailings for New Ship, Azamara Pursuit appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Richard Branson’s Company Virgin Group Begins Construction on First Ship

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin hosted a ‘Ship Tease’, where key details were revealed about what sailors can expect on the first of three ships, coming to the high seas in 2020. Live from Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa, Italy, they also celebrated the laying of the... [Read More] The post Richard Branson’s Company Virgin Group Begins Construction on First Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Offers Free Shore Excursions on Caribbean Cruises

To take the chill off the coming winter, Silversea Cruises has launched a limited-time offer of free shore excursions on sailings to the Caribbean. On select 2018 voyages of the all-suite, butler-serviced Silver Wind and Silver Muse, guests may enrich their Caribbean cruise experience with a free shore excursion in every port of call. Whether it’s exploring Antigua’s historic... [Read More] The post Silversea Offers Free Shore Excursions on Caribbean Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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U By Uniworld, According to Ellen Bettridge

At Uniworld, the differences are not limited to the fleet’s existing ships, many of which feature fantasy-like interiors. “My customers are 50-plus, 60-plus,” said Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of Uniworld. “I want to figure out how to bring more customers into my travel space.” Enter U by Uniworld. “This is for someone between the […] The post U By Uniworld, According to Ellen Bettridge appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Will Expand Wellness Program to Five Ships in 2018

AmaWaterways announced that the company’s Wellness Program – tested earlier this year onboard AmaLyra – will be expanding to six ships in 2018. The first in the river cruising industry to offer bicycles onboard, AmaWaterways practices active cruising through its new Wellness Program, which includes morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit […] The post AmaWaterways Will Expand Wellness Program to Five Ships in 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Breaking News: Scenic & National Geographic Expeditions Team Up

  National Geographic Expeditions and award-winning operator Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These new offerings will combine Scenic’s truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic’s 129-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create an unforgettable experience for travelers. Each […] The post Breaking News: Scenic & National Geographic Expeditions Team Up appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Queen Steamboat Company’s Civil War History Cruises

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) offers an astonishing number of themed river cruises throughout the United States, from bourbon-themed sailings to voyages that focus on southern literature and even quilting. One of AQSC’s most enduringly-popular itineraries, though, are its Civil War themed cruises. Two nine-day Civil War themed river cruise departures are on-tap for next […] The post American Queen Steamboat Company’s Civil War History Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Announces Plans for Seven New Ships

Viking announced it has placed an order for seven new river ships that will debut in 2019. The new build order includes six additional Viking Longships, which will sail the company’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, and one additional vessel, inspired by the Longships and specifically designed for Portugal’s Douro […] The post Viking Announces Plans for Seven New Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Details 2018 and 2019 SE Asia Sailings

Scenic’s new 2018-2019 SE Asia brochure offers details on the company’s varied cruises and land-based add-ons. Sailing along the historic Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia or on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River is a bucket list trip for many travelers, and the company’s two luxury Space Ships – Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura – often book up well in advance. […] The post Scenic Details 2018 and 2019 SE Asia Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Voted Best River Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Viking has been voted the Best River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Viking has scored in the top of the list every year since the river cruise category was introduced. With the #1 winning score, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Viking higher […] The post Viking Voted Best River Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riviera River Cruises Ramping Up In North America

A well-known operator in the United Kingdom for nearly a decade, Riviera River Cruises is expanding its operations in North America. Riviera is known for offering low prices on its well-received river cruisers. Last week, the company hired Nicola Iannone as its vice president of sales. Iannone will oversee a team of dedicated Regional Sales Directors and help […] The post Riviera River Cruises Ramping Up In North America appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Is it Safe to Cruise to Mexico? The Answer is Yes

At the start of this decade, many ocean cruise lines began pulling out of the Mexican Riviera, citing fears about violence in places like Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, and beyond. Now, cruises to the Mexican Rivera are slowly coming back. Carnival Cruise Line has increased its commitment to the region, particularly as it sends its 3,012-guest... [Read More] The post Is it Safe to Cruise to Mexico? The Answer is Yes appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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2018 Price Comparisons: Douro River Cruise Prices

What’s the cost of cruising on Portugal’s Douro River? In this post, we look at Douro River Cruise Prices by comparing 2018 rates from the major river cruise operators in the region. A wine lover’s dream, Portugal’s Douro River is steeped in history. The Douro River Valley is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site […] The post 2018 Price Comparisons: Douro River Cruise Prices appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Do We Know About Disney’s Three New Ships?

From the moment it operated its first cruises back in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has managed to capture the imagination of cruisers young and old alike. With its innovative and classically-designed ships that are styled to look like a modern take on the grand ocean liners of yesteryear, Disney Cruise Line offers a whimsical, active... [Read More] The post What Do We Know About Disney’s Three New Ships? appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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An Interview With Uniworld’s Ellen Bettridge

Ellen Bettridge, Uniworld
Ellen Bettridge clearly is enthusiastic about her new home, as she calls her job. Speaking at a recent Signature Travel Network Owners Meeting in Phoenix, the President and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection put her sales skills to work when passionately talking about a company that, like her, has gone through a lot of […] The post An Interview With Uniworld’s Ellen Bettridge appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seabourn Alaska 2018: Sojourn To Return After A Successful Season

This year, ultra-luxury line Seabourn offered its first cruises to Alaska in 15 years. What’s in store for Seabourn Alaska 2018? Back in June, I hopped aboard the 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn in Vancouver to see what the line had to offer on a 12-day voyage up to Seward. Having cruise to Alaska almost a dozen times... [Read More] The post Seabourn Alaska 2018: Sojourn To Return After A Successful Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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2018 Price Comparisons on the Rhine

Together with the Danube, a river cruise along the Rhine River is one of the quintessential experiences in Europe. Lined with castles, quaint towns and big cities like Strasbourg, Cologne and Amsterdam, the Rhine offers plenty of culinary, historic, and photographic opportunities on river cruises that can last as little as a week, or as […] The post 2018 Price Comparisons on the Rhine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What to Expect with Silver Cloud Expedition

In less than a month’s time, Silversea’s completely-refurbished Silver Cloud Expedition will set sail from Buenos Aires, Argentina on her first-ever expedition voyage to Antarctica. Her conversion from a luxury cruise ship into a luxury, ice-strengthened expedition ships is the most expensive and technologically-advanced refits in the history of Silversea. While her conversion is still... [Read More] The post What to Expect with Silver Cloud Expedition appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Introduces New Couture Collection for 2018

Silversea Cruises is introducing a new 2018 Couture Collection, an exclusive series of custom-designed ocean and land adventures. The inaugural 2018 Couture Collection is an inspired portfolio of nine pre- and post-cruise land programs of five to 11 days, offering authentic and immersive travel experiences in the most remote and untouched regions of the Earth. “Our... [Read More] The post Silversea Introduces New Couture Collection for 2018 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Royal Caribbean Releases More Details of Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, brings together the features only found on Royal Caribbean, with distinct new experiences that will continue to inspire adventure among guests of all ages. New dining concepts and family activities, theatre, aerial, and ice and aqua entertainment will join the lineup of Royal Caribbean exclusives – such... [Read More] The post Royal Caribbean Releases More Details of Symphony of the Seas appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking’s Fifth Ocean Ship to Set Sail in July 2018

Viking today announced that American chemist, emergency room physician, and recently retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher will be honored as godmother to its fifth ocean ship, which will debut in July 2018. The new ship has been named Viking Orion after the constellation and in honor of Dr. Fisher’s contributions to NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle... [Read More] The post Viking’s Fifth Ocean Ship to Set Sail in July 2018 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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