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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

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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

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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

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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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Oceania Adds New and Improved Concierge Level Amenities

Oceania Cruises unveiled enhanced Concierge Level Stateroom amenities which include free laundry and in-stateroom dining service from The Grand Dining Room during lunch and dinner. “The last thing you want to worry about on vacation is doing chores such as laundry,” stated Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises. “You want your vacation to... [Read More] The post Oceania Adds New and Improved Concierge Level Amenities appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Star Clippers Waive Single Supplements on Select Sailings

More and more travelers are choosing to go solo, including solo cruises—an experience that’s traditionally priced and designed for couples. Star Clippers embraces this growing trend with its social on-board atmosphere and diverse range of sailing itineraries that appeal to the solo traveler. And now, Star Clippers is waiving single supplements on select 2018 Mediterranean and Transatlantic... [Read More] The post Star Clippers Waive Single Supplements on Select Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Will Sail the Nile in 2018 and 2019

The ancient wonders of Egypt come into view full on Scenic’s newest trip – an 11-day adventure that combines a five-day Nile sailing with six days exploring many of the sights of this historically and culturally rich region. Whether wandering among the 4,500-year-old pyramids and taking in the evening laser light show, or relaxing on the sun […] The post Scenic Will Sail the Nile in 2018 and 2019 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope Unveils Holiday Itineraries

CroisiEurope is announcing some new additions to their popular Christmas cruises, including the Black Forest, Paris and the South of France. These itineraries are in addition to existing popular holiday-season itineraries:  A Bountiful Christmas in Alsace and the Black Forest Christmas cruises through Alsace and the Black Forest will now stop at the lively Freiburg market, […] The post CroisiEurope Unveils Holiday Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Adds More Itineraries to Its 2019 Season

Crystal River Cruises has released its enhanced schedule of 2019 voyages, with more seven-day options in addition to the traditional 10-, 11-, 14- and 16-day routes. The voyages will embark in March 2019 with a fleet of five luxury river ships, including the “Queen of the Danube,” Crystal Mozart, plus four “Rhine Class” sister ships, Crystal Bach, Crystal […] The post Crystal River Cruises Adds More Itineraries to Its 2019 Season appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Oceania Cruises Announces Winter Holiday Cruises

Oceania Cruises invites travelers to enjoy a holiday escape to a range of destinations, complete with seasonal-themed menus, treats, joyous activities and all-round merriment. “There’s no better escape at the holidays, than to run off to the palm-fringed beaches of the Caribbean, or the fascinating and festive shores of South America,” stated Bob Binder, President... [Read More] The post Oceania Cruises Announces Winter Holiday Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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A Moveable Feast: Live from the Seine On Tauck’s ms Sapphire

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For the past week, I’ve been cruising France’s Seine River aboard Tauck’s newly-refitted, 98-guest ms Sapphire as part of the line’s Rendezvous on the Seine river cruise tour. After six days of eating great cheeses and downing fine wines and calvados (a regional apple brandy local to this area), there is much to like about […] The post A Moveable Feast: Live from the Seine On Tauck’s ms Sapphire appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Norwegian Breakway Will Homeport in New Orleans for the Winter 2018 and 2019 Season

Norwegian Cruise Line announced an update to the line’s 2018/2019 deployment, offering guests a new opportunity to set sail from New Orleans to Caribbean destinations on one of the line’s newest and largest ships. After returning from her summer  2018 season in the Baltic, the 4,000 passenger Norwegian Breakaway will reposition from the Big Apple to the... [Read More] The post Norwegian Breakway Will Homeport in New Orleans for the Winter 2018 and 2019 Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Muse & Silver Moon: The New Evolution of Silversea

When she entered service this past spring, ultra-luxury line Silversea’s brand-new Silver Muse raised the bar. She ushered in an entirely new design concept for Silversea, became their biggest ever newbuild overnight, and introduced new dining options and rethought bars, lounges and public areas. After half a year in service, Silver Muse has received a... [Read More] The post Silver Muse & Silver Moon: The New Evolution of Silversea appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Opens 2019 Itineraries for Booking

Silversea Cruises has unveiled an inspired collection of 160 voyages for summer 2019, which can now be reserved. The 2019 Summer Collection, a rich diversity of itineraries visiting over 400 destinations in 64 countries, spans the globe from the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska and Canada to the Arctic, South Pacific, Galápagos Islands, and Australia’s Kimberley... [Read More] The post Silversea Opens 2019 Itineraries for Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Announces New Scenic Eclipse Cuba Itinerary

With a little less than a year until Scenic Eclipse makes her debut in Cuba, Scenic has announced a new voyage to the iconic Caribbean nation. The 14-day Cuba in Dept­­­h sailing, which departs Miami on October 5, 2018, has been added to the schedule following increased demand from travelers eager to visit and explore a land lost in time. Fares... [Read More] The post Scenic Announces New Scenic Eclipse Cuba Itinerary appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways Announces 2018 Wine Cruises

AmaWaterways announced its 2018 Wine Cruise lince-up with 50-plus itineraries hosted by North American winemakers, winery owners and expert oenologists. Designed to provide an immersive wine experience, AmaWaterways’ Wine Cruises blend the best of both New and Old World viticulture by offering guests access to some of North America’s top winemakers, and the opportunity to experience […] The post AmaWaterways Announces 2018 Wine Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld’s New Millennial Cruise Sets Sail in 2018

U by Uniworld, the new river cruise brand offering travel for 21-45-year-olds, debuted its first ship in Paris, France.  The B set sail on its maiden voyage along the Seine River with top influencers with a combined reach of nearly 10 million, lifestyle media, travel agents and contest winners onboard to get an exclusive “Sneak Peek” of the […] The post Uniworld’s New Millennial Cruise Sets Sail in 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways Christens Emerald Liberté in Lyon

Emerald Waterways held its final christening of 2017 for the Emerald Liberté—the third in the trio of new Star Ships to launch this year. Australian travel industry veteran and long-standing cruise and tour director Maxine Collins took the honors as Godmother during the official ceremony. “It’s a real honor and a privilege to be Godmother of this […] The post Emerald Waterways Christens Emerald Liberté in Lyon appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Upcoming Voyage: Emerald Radiance On Portugal’s Douro River

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On November 3, we’ll arrive in Porto, Portugal for an overnight in this fabulous city before boarding Emerald Radiance. Emerald Waterways’ newest ship will take us along the Douro for eight days. Follow our voyages on River Cruise Advisor, @rivercruiser, Facebook and Instagram. Click. View. Cruise with us.  Emerald Waterways Douro Voyage Description Travel through the Douro River Valley, […] The post Upcoming Voyage: Emerald Radiance On Portugal’s Douro River appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Do We Know About These Three New Experiences

Among the cruise news this year, there is significant buzz about some of the more unique experiences in store for travellers in the coming years. From the world’s largest sailing passenger ship to the entry of one of the world’s largest brands into the world of cruising, there are plenty of things to look forward... [Read More] The post What Do We Know About These Three New Experiences appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Unveils Lengthening Plans for Silver Spirit

Silversea has unveiled plans for its first-ever ship lengthening. The turn-key  transformation of Silver Spirit will take place early next year at the Palermo shipyard of Fincantieri. Starting in early March, Silver Spirit will be lengthened by inserting a prebuilt 49-foot-long midsection housing six Silver Suites, 26 Veranda Suites and two Panorama Suites. Technical upgrades will also be implemented.... [Read More] The post Silversea Unveils Lengthening Plans for Silver Spirit appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The Evolution of Small Ship Luxury Cruising

From brand-new ships to purposeful refurbishments, small ship luxury cruising is evolving at a breakneck pace. No longer content with merely being small and intimate, luxury cruise lines – including Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea are beginning to innovate as well. They are adding features and amenities that would leave Royal Caribbean... [Read More] The post The Evolution of Small Ship Luxury Cruising appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways Announces Month Long Discount Offer for CLIA’s Plan a Cruise Month

Each year, the cruise industry – led by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – comes together for one month to support a worldwide movement to learn, plan and book a cruise vacation. The campaign offers advice to cruise veterans and rookies, cruise line deals, promotions and expert opinions to help maritime enthusiasts navigate an […] The post AmaWaterways Announces Month Long Discount Offer for CLIA’s Plan a Cruise Month appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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How River Cruising is Evolving

From Active Excursions to Lavish Amenities, the Changing World of River Cruising Two decades ago, the river cruise landscape looked very different from today. Few of the lines we enjoy sailing aboard in 2017 even existed back then. Those that did offered small staterooms, traditional design, and ho-hum food. River cruises were geared primarily to […] The post How River Cruising is Evolving appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riverside Chat: Six Reasons To Cruise The Seine

Transcript: With the Douro, the Danube, the Rhine, the Main, the Rhone, the Saone, the Moselle and more, why would you want to cruise on the Seine River? I’m Ralph Grizzle, of rivercruiseadvisor.com and here are just a few reasons why you’ll want to cruise with AmaWaterways on one of France’s most storied rivers. Reason […] The post Riverside Chat: Six Reasons To Cruise The Seine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Makes Viking’s Ocean Ships So Great

The Timeless Appeal of Viking’s Oceangoing Ships Earlier this week, Viking Cruises announced it had taken delivery of Viking Sun, the line’s fourth oceangoing ship following the 2015 introduction of Viking Star. Viking Sun’s debut is also important for another reason: she’ll be hosting Viking’s first-ever World Cruise that begins this December in Miami. But... [Read More] The post What Makes Viking’s Ocean Ships So Great appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Christmas in America’s Heartland with American Queen Steamboat Company

December the Ideal Time to Cruise America’s Heartland with American Queen Steamboat Company December is an unquestionably festive time of year. For those who love to cruise, there are no shortage of holiday getaways available, from the rivers of Europe to the warm sun and sand of the Caribbean. But America’s mightiest river – the […] The post Christmas in America’s Heartland with American Queen Steamboat Company appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Feature Video: A Barge Trip Along France’s Petit-Seine & Yonne Rivers

Watch the recap of our September 2017 barge trip along France’s Petit-Seine & Yonne rivers on CroisiEurope’s Raymonde. Our itinerary: September 13, Wednesday, PARIS – MELUN Join us this morning for a coach and foot tour of Paris. Our tour of the city will bring you to some of the most important sites in the capital: the […] The post Feature Video: A Barge Trip Along France’s Petit-Seine & Yonne Rivers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2018 Price Comparisons on the Rhone and Saone Rivers

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Looking for a taste of Provence on your next river cruise? Try the Rhône and Saône rivers in France. Home to some of the best wine-producing areas in Europe, the Rhône and Saône also are graced the beauty of Provence, multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historic cities like Lyon, Avignon and Arles. A few things that we […] The post 2018 Price Comparisons on the Rhone and Saone Rivers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cunard Announces First New Ship in Twelve Years

Cunard announced its fourth addition to its fleet. This investment is part of the company’s plans for the future of Cunard globally. Carnival Corporation & plc – the world’s largest cruise company and parent of the Cunard brand – has signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A., Italy, to build a new ship that... [Read More] The post Cunard Announces First New Ship in Twelve Years appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking Announces Delivery of Viking Sun

Viking Ocean Cruises announced the delivery of Viking Sun, the company’s fourth ocean ship. The delivery ceremony took place this morning when the ship was presented at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. On October 4, Viking Sun will set sail from Venice, making her way through the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on her maiden voyage. In early November, Viking Sun will cross... [Read More] The post Viking Announces Delivery of Viking Sun appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Azamara Club Cruises To Get New Ship, Azamara Pursuit

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Azamara Club Cruises announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a sister ship to Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, with delivery taking place in March 2018. “We are pleased to expand our portfolio by 50 percent, allowing us to visit even more regions of the world through the acquisition of this sister ship,” said Larry Pimentel, President... [Read More] The post Azamara Club Cruises To Get New Ship, Azamara Pursuit appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Wind and Silver Whisper to Undergo Renovations

Ultra-luxury travel innovator Silversea has announced plans for Silver Wind and Silver Whisper to undergo a concrete refurbishment program in some areas of the two ships. The transformation of these two ships will be accomplished in December. The project is part of the elegant fleet-wide refurbishment program launched at the end of 2016 that will continue with new announcements to come soon. The... [Read More] The post Silver Wind and Silver Whisper to Undergo Renovations appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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UnCruise Offers Less Expensive Alternatives to Alaska Adventures

UnCruise Adventures announces their new “Alaska Awakening” promotion, which offers travelers the opportunity to be among the first to take in the breathtaking views in Southeast Alaska in 2018, while sailing at a lower rate. As the area shakes off the winter chill, guests on the small ship Alaska cruise have more chances to see... [Read More] The post UnCruise Offers Less Expensive Alternatives to Alaska Adventures appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Mahler Officially Welcomed to Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet

Crystal River Cruises officially welcomed Crystal Mahler to its award-winning fleet in Germany during a handover ceremony held at MV WERFTEN Shipyard. The second “Rhine Class” river ship was received by Crystal’s newly appointed president and CEO, Tom Wolber and was then christened by godmother Lauren Barfield. Ms. Barfield is an American volleyball star who has led teams to […] The post Crystal Mahler Officially Welcomed to Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2018 Price Comparisons on the Danube

The Danube is the quintessential river cruise experience. Lined with some of Europe’s most historic and culturally-important cities, to cruise the Danube is to step back in time. Picturesque villages line its banks, with imposing castles and cathedrals rising up and falling astern as you cruise down this scenic waterway. The Danube is also a […] The post 2018 Price Comparisons on the Danube appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Holland America’s Grand Voyages: A Grand Way to Cruise

It’s no secret that Holland America Line offers a worldwide assortment of cruise itineraries, from Alaska to the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and beyond. Many of these itineraries come in at a week or two in length; the perfect cruise getaway for those with limited vacation time, or those on a budget. But you might not... [Read More] The post Holland America’s Grand Voyages: A Grand Way to Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Five Reasons to Cruise Carnival Paradise to Cuba

We recently returned from a quick trip to Cuba aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise, and found plenty to like about our Fun Ship journey to the Cuban capital of Havana. Carnival Paradise became the first ship in Carnival history to call on a Cuban port in June, when she first sailed into Havana harbor.... [Read More] The post Five Reasons to Cruise Carnival Paradise to Cuba appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Windstar Repositions Select Caribbean Itineraries to Barbados

While Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria have left cruise lines scrambling to re-route ships and provide alternate ports of call, small-ship line Windstar Cruises faced an entirely different challenge following confirmation of heavy damage to Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Windstar’s winter Caribbean season is set to begin in November, with Star Breeze and Wind... [Read More] The post Windstar Repositions Select Caribbean Itineraries to Barbados appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Video: A Cruise Along The Seine With AmaWaterways

The Normandy region is renown for its beauty, its palatable flavors, its gorgeous countryside and the D-Day Landing Beaches. Bookended by Paris, a cruise along the Seine speaks to the sublime pleasures of exploring a narrow ribbon of river that inspired a handful of French Impressionists and that continues to inspire Francophiles today. Check out […] The post Video: A Cruise Along The Seine With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea Announces Plans for New Ship, Silver Moon

Silversea Cruises and Fincantieri have announced the signing of a contract worth approximately 310 million euros for the construction of a new ultra-luxury cruise ship. The ship is due to join the Silversea fleet in 2020. The new ship, tentatively named “Silver Moon,” will be the sister ship of “Silver Muse,” which was delivered in... [Read More] The post Silversea Announces Plans for New Ship, Silver Moon appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways Releases 2019-2020 Africa Brochure

AmaWaterways released the company’s 2019-20 Africa Safaris & Wildlife Cruise Brochure, which features several returning favorite itineraries and a new four-night post-cruise extension in Rwanda. “My husband and I fell in love with Africa several years ago, and as such, we wanted to create a truly unique journey for our guests to experience this incredible […] The post AmaWaterways Releases 2019-2020 Africa Brochure appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Expands 2018 Christmas Market Cruise Offerings

As the demand for more and different Christmas Market cruises has grown over the past few years, Scenic has risen to the challenge and now offers a range of possibilities ranging from 8 to 22 days. 2018 is expected to see interest in these holidays sailings expand further, so the company is introducing two new […] The post Scenic Expands 2018 Christmas Market Cruise Offerings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2018 Danube Christmas Markets Price Comparisons

Of all the possible months to take a European river cruise, late November through until the Holidays remains our favorite time to take trip down the famed Blue Danube. Although fall comes with cooler temperatures and the possibility of rain and or snow falling, these “off-season” river cruise departures also have some major advantages going […] The post 2018 Danube Christmas Markets Price Comparisons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Video: A Cruise On France’s Rhone River With AmaWaterways

Transcript A Rhone River cruise delivers you to the epicenter of a fascinating destination. I’m Ralph Grizzle of River Cruise Advisor, and I experienced the Rhone on AmaWaterways during a weeklong voyage from Lyon to Arles. Join me for adventure on one of France’s most famed rivers. The perfect gateway to a Rhone discovery is […] The post Video: A Cruise On France’s Rhone River With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Announces 2019 World Cruise Aboard Viking Sun

Ahead of its first-ever World Cruise scheduled for this winter, Viking Cruises announced Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on the company’s second World Cruise, which will span 128-days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports, with 10 port overnights. Departing on January 3, 2019 on the soon-to-be delivered fourth vessel in Viking’s ocean fleet, this grand journey... [Read More] The post Viking Announces 2019 World Cruise Aboard Viking Sun appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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MSC Cruises Celebrates Float Out of MSC Seaview

MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe and South America, and FINCANTIERI, heir to the great tradition of Italian shipbuilding and one of the largest shipbuilding groups in the world, today celebrated the float out of MSC Seaview. The ceremony, held at the Monfalcone shipyard in Italy, officially marked the... [Read More] The post MSC Cruises Celebrates Float Out of MSC Seaview appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Announces Partnership with Photographer Steve McCurry

Silversea Cruises and photographer Steve McCurry announced a global creative partnership that will chronicle Silversea’s extensive fleet and portfolio expansion. McCurry, one of the foremost photographers of his generation, is best known for his haunting portrait of a green-eyed Afghan refugee girl in National Geographic. A master of visual storytelling, McCurry has traveled the world... [Read More] The post Silversea Announces Partnership with Photographer Steve McCurry appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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2018 Price Comparisons On The Seine

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As AmaWaterways’ 144-guest AmaLyra made its way back into Paris earlier this month, I stood out on deck to take a beautiful sight. Ahead of me: the iconic Eiffel Tower and in front of it, a replica of the Statue of Liberty (the authentic one in New York was a gift to the United States from the […] The post 2018 Price Comparisons On The Seine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Solo Cruising with American Queen Steamboat Company

If there were a style of travel designed specially for the solo traveller, it would be river cruising. With fewer passengers onboard than a typical ocean cruise, guests wishing to travel by themselves are never ‘one of a crowd’ on a river cruise. This is particularly true on the rivers of America. American Queen Steamboat […] The post Solo Cruising with American Queen Steamboat Company appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Regent Seven Seas Announces 2019-2020 Itineraries

Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveiled its new 2019-20 voyages season, comprising 118 new sailings, departing from March 2019 through June 2020 aboard four of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager, and Seven Seas Navigator. Travelers can choose among new itineraries that range from seven to 131 nights in the... [Read More] The post Regent Seven Seas Announces 2019-2020 Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Azamara Club Cruises Offers More in Cuba

Azamara Club Cruises announced new 2018 and 2019 Cuban itineraries that range from four to fourteen nights and visit multiple Cuban ports including Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, providing a variety of getaway options for a range of travel needs.  With longer stays in port and new onboard Cuban-themed programming and two overnights in... [Read More] The post Azamara Club Cruises Offers More in Cuba appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Uniworld Announces Renovation of River Beatrice into Super Ship S.S. Beatrice

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is adding a fifth Super Ship to its award-winning fleet of floating boutique hotels. In spring 2018, the River Beatrice will be transformed into the S.S. Beatrice after an extensive bow-to-stern renovation. “We are thrilled to re-launch the S.S. Beatrice as our first vessel to be upgraded to a Super Ship,” said Uniworld’s President & CEO, Ellen […] The post Uniworld Announces Renovation of River Beatrice into Super Ship S.S. Beatrice appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways Celebrates Four Years on the River

August 2017 marks four years since Emerald Waterways launched its first collection of unique river cruises through Europe’s waterways. Since then, the Australian river cruise brand known for attracting younger, more adventurous cruise travelers has experienced steady growth, expanding its fleet from two ships to seven, adding itineraries in Asia, France and Portugal, and continuing to up […] The post Emerald Waterways Celebrates Four Years on the River appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea Announces Details of 2018 Grand Voyage

Silversea’s new Silver Muse will sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on January 3, 2018 on a 69-day Grand Voyage to some of the most remarkable and culturally enriching places in the Southern Hemisphere. This journey will completely circumnavigate South America, visiting 34 ports in 14 countries. Designed for travelers who can spare the time and prefer a more immersive... [Read More] The post Silversea Announces Details of 2018 Grand Voyage appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Norwegian Cruise Line: A Closer Look at Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line revealed features and amenities for Norwegian Bliss, the line’s sixteenth ship, which has been designed for the ultimate cruising experience and will sail to Alaska and the Caribbean with select voyages to the Mexican Riviera beginning in June 2018. Custom-built for the spectacular, Norwegian Bliss will boast many firsts at sea for... [Read More] The post Norwegian Cruise Line: A Closer Look at Norwegian Bliss appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Rhone River Excursions On AmaWaterways

So why choose to river cruise the Rhone? For argument’s sake, let’s say that you’ve narrowed your choices and that you’ve settled on France for your river cruise. You could do the Seine, which is lovely, setting off on your journey on a gorgeous evening from beneath the Eiffel Tower for an adventure that takes […] The post Rhone River Excursions On AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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First Look: Crystal’s New Crystal Bach

We’re getting our first look at Crystal Bach, and we like what we’re seeing. Though it stands in a class apart, Crystal Cruises’ first purpose-built river cruiser looks to be as revolutionary as Viking River Cruises’ Viking Longships were when they first debuted in 2012. “As the first ‘Rhine Class’ river yacht, Crystal Bach will introduce a […] The post First Look: Crystal’s New Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Windstar Debuts New 2017 and 2018 Asia Itineraries

Travelers looking for the perfect mix of comfort and adventure should look no further than Windstar Cruises. The 212-guest Star Legend will ply the ancient waterways of Asia in the way only small ships can. The line just announced five new cruise dates in fall 2018 running September to November and has added to offerings in Asia for... [Read More] The post Windstar Debuts New 2017 and 2018 Asia Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Ponant Announces Summer 2019 Savings and Itineraries

Ponant announces 21 departures to the Arctic in summer 2019 with up to 30% off select sailings. New itineraries include, “Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands,” June 24-July 6, 2019 taking guests along the Pacific Ring of Fire; and “Greenland of Great Explorers,” July 12-26, 2019 to follow in the footsteps of great French Explorers who pushed the... [Read More] The post Ponant Announces Summer 2019 Savings and Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Cruises Christens Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises christened Crystal Bach, the first of its four new build “Rhine Class” river ships, on Sunday, August 20 in Rüdesheim, Germany. Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez, presided over the ceremony, along with emcee and longtime popular Crystal entertainer, Mark Farris. The ship’s godmother, beloved German opera star Anna-Maria Kaufmann, christened the ship […] The post Crystal Cruises Christens Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Watch Crystal Bach’s Christening Sunday via Facebook

Crystal River Cruises will officially christen Crystal Bach, the first of its four “Rhine Class” river ships during a VIP ceremony in Rüdesheim, Germany this coming Sunday. The occasion will be presided over by Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez, as well as recently unveiled godmother, renowned German opera star, Anna-Maria Kaufmann. Crystal will livestream […] The post Watch Crystal Bach’s Christening Sunday via Facebook appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Anna-Maria Kaufmann Named Godmother of Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises announced today that famed soprano vocalist and beloved German performer, Anna-Maria Kaufmann, will be the godmother of Crystal Bach. The newly-built “Rhine Class” river ship embarked on her maiden voyage from Amsterdam, Sunday, August 13, and will be christened by Kaufmann during her call to Rüdesheim, Germany, on August 20. Kaufmann’s decades-long career has […] The post Anna-Maria Kaufmann Named Godmother of Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruising the Active Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most ideal, yet often overlooked, river cruise destinations. Sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers between Oregon and Washington State  is an active journey through history, following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and their Native American guide, Sacajawea. Majestic and glorious, American Queen Steamboat Company’s itineraries through […] The post River Cruising the Active Pacific Northwest appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Holland America Line’s Explore4 Promotion Returns for 2018

Holland America Line’s Explore4 promotion is back with four offers on more than 600 March 2018 through April 2019 cruises. Travelers looking to book a cruise for next year can take advantage of all the benefits, which include complimentary beverages and specialty dining aboard ship as well as reduced deposits and free or reduced fares... [Read More] The post Holland America Line’s Explore4 Promotion Returns for 2018 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line Offers More Ways to Experience the Panama Canal with Eight Ships and 35 Cruises

Travelers who want to transit the lakes and locks of the Panama Canal will have eight Holland America Line ships and 19 cruises to choose from between fall 2017 through spring 2018. In addition to the full transits, ms Zuiderdam will offer two Southern Caribbean & Panama Canal Sunfarer itineraries that feature a partial transit through the... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Offers More Ways to Experience the Panama Canal with Eight Ships and 35 Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic becomes the First and Only River Cruise Line with Salt Lounges Onboard

Scenic’s recent redesign of two of its France-based Space Ships (Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire) included numerous improvements, from reducing the number of cabins/guest to 78/155 while keeping the same crew count for even greater personal service to adding Culinaire – a private cooking emporium offering tailored cooking classes. And as it continues its history of leading the industry […] The post Scenic becomes the First and Only River Cruise Line with Salt Lounges Onboard appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Offers Early Booking Savings for 2017 Christmas Cruises

AmaWaterways has redefined holiday travel for those seeking an unforgettable journey this holiday season.  Guests booking by September 30, 2017 can receive up to $1,500 off per stateroom for their next Christmas Markets cruise, offering an incredible value of accommodations, service and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that won’t break the bank. AmaWaterways’ Christmas Market themed itineraries travel to some of the most festive […] The post AmaWaterways Offers Early Booking Savings for 2017 Christmas Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Welcomes Crystal Bach, The First Of Four ‘Rhine Class’ Ships

In Germany, Crystal River Cruises welcomed Crystal Bach to its award-winning fleet. The luxury river ship, the first of four “Rhine Class” ships set to sail the rivers of Europe, was delivered to Crystal by MV WERFTEN during the official handover ceremony in Wismar, Germany. In attendance to witness the occasion were Crystal’s CEO and president, […] The post Crystal River Cruises Welcomes Crystal Bach, The First Of Four ‘Rhine Class’ Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Unveils New ‘Getaways’ For 2017 Sailings

Crystal is expanding its numerous options for travelers seeking to explore the world in luxury, as the company unveils brand new “Crystal Getaways” for both Crystal Cruises and Crystal River Cruises. The Crystal Getaways – which span the globe to include the British Isles, Western Europe, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the Caribbean, and Eastern... [Read More] The post Crystal Unveils New ‘Getaways’ For 2017 Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Opens Up Early Bookings for Southeast Asia Cruises

Sailing along the historic Mekong River as it meanders through Vietnam and Cambodia, or on Myanmar’s culturally-rich Irrawaddy River, is a bucket list trip for many travelers and the river ships often book up well in advance. Scenic is helping guests get a head start on booking and garnering the best choices of departure dates […] The post Scenic Opens Up Early Bookings for Southeast Asia Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Duchess Starts Final Preparations for Inaugural Sailing

The new all-suite, 166-guest American Duchess, has arrived in New Orleans to undergo final preparations for her August 14, 2017 inaugural sailing. The paddlewheeler has been built from the hull up in Morgan City, Louisiana supporting nearly 200 U.S. manufacturing jobs. Owned and operated by the American Queen Steamboat Company, the American Duchess will join the U.S.-flagged fleet of the American […] The post American Duchess Starts Final Preparations for Inaugural Sailing appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Double-Width Ships On the Rivers: Why You Might Want to Give them a Spin

On the rivers of Europe, there has always been one glaring issue holding back river cruise lines from being as innovative as they’d like: size. Ships sailing the Danube, the Main and the Rhine have to adhere to strict regulations governing how long, wide, and tall ships can be built. This is done primarily so […] The post Double-Width Ships On the Rivers: Why You Might Want to Give them a Spin appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruising the Whole Year Round

A Cruise For Every Month, And A Month For Every Cruise When it comes to cruises, there are so many choices on the oceans and rivers of the world that simply picking a destination can be a real challenge. Some destinations, like Alaska, are seasonal, with cruises that are only scheduled for a few months... [Read More] The post Cruising the Whole Year Round appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The All-Inclusiveness of Regent Seven Seas

Ultra-luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises made waves a few years back when it introduced free, unlimited shore excursions on its worldwide voyages. It bumped the line up to a new level of inclusiveness that even luxury travelers were unaccustomed to, and became the benchmark by which many other luxury cruise lines are measured. All... [Read More] The post The All-Inclusiveness of Regent Seven Seas appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal’s New River Cruise Ships Are About to Become Reality

Crystal River Cruises’ first purpose-built river cruise ships are nearly here. Known collectively as the Rhine Class, a total of four new ships will be launched for Crystal over the next year. Crystal Bach will make her debut first, followed by Crystal Mahler. Two additional ships – Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel – will follow […] The post Crystal’s New River Cruise Ships Are About to Become Reality appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2018-19 World Cruise Roundup

For most of us, it’s probably the ultimate bucket-list voyage: a world cruise. Despite their high price tag, these round-the-world voyages are becoming more popular than ever before, and nearly every cruise line is getting in on the action. What is particularly noteworthy when looking over this collection of world voyages scheduled for 2018 and... [Read More] The post 2018-19 World Cruise Roundup appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Explorer Ventures to the Pacific

In 2018 Silver Explorer will debut a unique collection of voyages through the Americas, tracing a path north from Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world, all the way up the Pacific coastline to the multiculturally vibrant hub of Vancouver. Each of the seven new expedition voyages will offer opportunities for discovery and adventure... [Read More] The post Silver Explorer Ventures to the Pacific appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Eclipse Pleases Every Palate with a Choice of Ten Dining Venues

Dining on board the Scenic Eclipse – the world’s first Discovery Yacht – promises to be a sensory delight with a choice of 10 dining experiences. Ranging from casual to fine dining and inspired by all four corners of the globe, a truly multicultural culinary adventure awaits guests. Whether it is contemporary French fine dining and Champagne... [Read More] The post Scenic Eclipse Pleases Every Palate with a Choice of Ten Dining Venues appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Emerald Waterways’ Holiday Sailings Invite Guests to Explore Christmas Markets

Europe’s Christmas markets are a holiday tradition that draw travelers from around the globe. Held during the four weeks of Advent, these open air markets offer a charming, communal atmosphere in which visitors can shop for such gifts as nutcrackers and hand-crafted toys while sampling winter favorites like mulled wine and Austrian lebkuchen, a kind of […] The post Emerald Waterways’ Holiday Sailings Invite Guests to Explore Christmas Markets appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Unveils Four New Itineraries for Crystal Mahler’s Spring 2018 Season

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled four new 2018 itineraries for its second “Rhine Class” vessel, Crystal Mahler. In April and May next year, the brand new river ship will sail three seven-day “Danube Serenade” routes between Budapest and Vienna, and one 11-day “Reflections on the Danube” sailing. The new voyages are a shorter complement to Crystal Mahler’s 16-day “Grand Europe” itineraries, which sail between […] The post Crystal Unveils Four New Itineraries for Crystal Mahler’s Spring 2018 Season appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Six Reasons Why A River Cruise Is The Best Way To See Europe

I find river cruising to be one of the most enjoyable travel experiences available to those seeking to get to know Europe. Let me count the ways: Intimate Size. I love the intimate sizes of the ships and the coziness of the staterooms and the quietness of the morning. There are few things in life […] The post Six Reasons Why A River Cruise Is The Best Way To See Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Regent Seven Seas Announces Seven Seas Mariner as Host Ship for 2020 World Cruise

Spanning approximately 33,870 nautical miles across 11 seas in three oceans, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new 2020 world cruise will deliver opportunities for travelers seeking to experience the world for the first time – or again. The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner will host Regent’s new 2020 Navigate the World cruise, a captivating 131-night itinerary, departing January... [Read More] The post Regent Seven Seas Announces Seven Seas Mariner as Host Ship for 2020 World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Want a Free Stateroom? It’s a Numbers Game: How To Benefit From A Group River Cruise

When it comes to cruising, many people already choose to travel with family and friends—even newfound friends they’ve met on former cruises. This makes good sense since cruises are a convenient solution for groups; I find to be especially true of river cruising. While ocean-going vessels can design activities tailored to your group of friends, […] The post Want a Free Stateroom? It’s a Numbers Game: How To Benefit From A Group River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways Expands On-Board Programming

One of the highlights of an Emerald Waterways river cruise is the opportunity to spend quality time exploring some of Europe’s most fascinating cities. While the company is always expanding and honing their port excursions to ensure guests get the most out of tours, Emerald Waterways is also focusing on the equally important on-board experience through amenities […] The post Emerald Waterways Expands On-Board Programming appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Royal Caribbean Unveils Total Solar Eclipse Cruise Activities Including Concert by DNCE

DNCE will travel aboard Royal Caribbean International for a live musical performance to celebrate the Great American Eclipse, a phenomenon 99 years in the making. On Aug. 21, DNCE will headline Royal Caribbean’s solar eclipse viewing party with a surprise guest for an out-of-this-world performance aboard the exclusive 7-night Total Eclipse Cruise on board Oasis of the Seas. DNCE frontman... [Read More] The post Royal Caribbean Unveils Total Solar Eclipse Cruise Activities Including Concert by DNCE appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Announces Free Airfare with New Summer Sale

Scenic announces Summer Sale exclusive offers with cost-saving incentives to travelers who book  select 2018 sailings. All European-itinerary cruises departing in June, July and Aug. 2018 are eligible for free economy roundtrip air from major gateway cities for all Balcony Suites on sailings of eight to 10 days, and free economy roundtrip airfare for any suite category […] The post Scenic Announces Free Airfare with New Summer Sale appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Wins Three Awards in Travel + Leisure Magazine

Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises earn top accolades from Travel + Leisure. In the magazine’s 2017 “World’s Best Awards,” Crystal River Cruises was voted “Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises was voted “Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line.” Crystal Cruise has been named as one of the Best Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines. Readers rated ships on […] The post Crystal River Cruises Wins Three Awards in Travel + Leisure Magazine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Unveils Crystal Bach’s Culinary Concepts

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled highlights of the culinary concepts and offerings to be featured aboard Crystal Bach, the first of the company’s “Rhine Class” river yachts, debuting in August. Sailing routes along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers, the all-balcony, all-suite vessel will offer menus of cuisine inspired by the region, crafted by a team […] The post Crystal River Cruises Unveils Crystal Bach’s Culinary Concepts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways Adds Three Itineraries on the Rhine

Emerald Waterways is adding three new cruise itineraries on the Rhine river in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium to their 2018 lineup. Additionally, the Australian river cruise line is expanding their EmeraldACTIVE program, which offers more athletic excursions and tour choices aimed at the active traveler, and has added a River Cruising Guarantee to automatically […] The post Emerald Waterways Adds Three Itineraries on the Rhine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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In Bordeaux, The Exceptional All-Inclusiveness Of Scenic River Cruises

Looks can deceive. Rarely, for example, will Scenic appear as the lowest-priced operator when comparing river cruises on similar itineraries. In my story, What Scenic Does Differently In Bordeaux, Scenic’s per diems for eight-day Bordeaux itineraries were considerably higher than AmaWaterways (by 28 percent), CroisiEurope (by 90 percent) and Viking (by 45 percent). On some […] The post In Bordeaux, The Exceptional All-Inclusiveness Of Scenic River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Announces Northern Lights Ocean Cruise

Viking Cruises announced a new ocean cruise itinerary that will allow guests the opportunity to explore the far north in Norway’s winter, during a peak period for aurora borealis sightings. Sailing between London and Bergen starting in January 2019, In Search of the Northern Lights will establish Viking as the first U.S. cruise line to offer a full-length... [Read More] The post Viking Announces Northern Lights Ocean Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Mozart Named “Best of Best” According to Robb Report

According to Robb Report, Crystal Mozart is among the “Best of the Best” travel experiences available to discerning travelers, in a spotlight piece that highlights the return of “slow travel.” Crystal Mozart debuted for Crystal River Cruises in summer 2016, marking an entirely new standard of luxury on the rivers of Europe and in the river cruising industry […] The post Crystal Mozart Named “Best of Best” According to Robb Report appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riviera Travel Announces the Addition of Five Ships to its Fleet

European river cruise operator Riviera Travel is launching four new ships in 2017 and a fifth ship in the spring 2018, doubling its size. The all-suite MS Emily Brontë, MS Thomas Hardy, MS Oscar Wilde and MS Robert Burns will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, as well as tributaries, while the Douro Elegance […] The post Riviera Travel Announces the Addition of Five Ships to its Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Becomes the First River Cruise Company to Use Simulation for Captain Training

Crystal River Cruises will be the first in the river cruise industry whose captains will complete their training and assessments in a simulator. The training will take place at the Simwave simulator center in the Netherlands as part of an agreement between Netherlands-based Simwave and Crystal parent company Genting Hong Kong, when the simulator is […] The post Crystal River Cruises Becomes the First River Cruise Company to Use Simulation for Captain Training appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Cruise To Greenland

Once a year in late August or early September, a few cruise ships cross the Atlantic from northern Europe to Canada, repositioning from the Baltic Sea and/or Norwegian fjords to eastern Canada and New England for the fall color season. Many of their itineraries include a brief visit to the southern tip of Greenland. This... [Read More] The post A Cruise To Greenland appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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On Your Next Cruise, The Magic Of Dublin

A cruise around the British Isles can either be limited to the larger island of Great Britain, which includes England, Wales and Scotland. It can also include the smaller island properly known as Eire, but more popularly called Ireland. I strongly urge anyone planning to cruise the British Isles to choose an itinerary that does... [Read More] The post On Your Next Cruise, The Magic Of Dublin appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Ritz-Carlton Announces its Entry into Yachting and Cruises

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises. Named The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, this venture represents a unique foray into the cruise industry for a luxury hotel operator. The first of three cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019. “The Ritz-Carlton... [Read More] The post Ritz-Carlton Announces its Entry into Yachting and Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Emerald Radiance Christened in Portugal

Emerald Waterways christened the latest addition to its growing fleet of river ships, Emerald Radiance, in Porto, Portugal, where the ship will sail on the Douro River. Gill Williams, a UK travel agent with cruise specialist Cruise Village, served as Godmother. 2017 marks a busy year for Emerald Waterways, in which the river cruise line […] The post Emerald Radiance Christened in Portugal appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Windstar Launches New Star Collector Voyages

Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has launched a fresh series of back-to-back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages. Star Collector Voyages combine some of Windstar’s most popular itineraries for a longer exploration of the region and feature overnights... [Read More] The post Windstar Launches New Star Collector Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways Announces Discount on 2017 Christmas Cruises

AmaWaterways announces the launch of a limited-time offer, giving travelers who book one of the company’s Christmas Markets cruise itineraries by July 31, 2017 up to $1,500 off their cruise fare.  The offer brings affordability to those seeking an unforgettable journey exploring the Christmas magic of Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers. AmaWaterways’ Christmas Markets themed […] The post AmaWaterways Announces Discount on 2017 Christmas Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Announces Officers for Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises announces the top officers for the first of its four upcoming “Rhine Class” river yachts. Crystal Bach, which embarks on her maiden voyage from Amsterdam in August, will be helmed by Captain Lukas Zatschkowitsch, a seasoned river captain on Europe’s rivers for the past 15 years. A native of Vienna and currently […] The post Crystal River Cruises Announces Officers for Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riverside Chat Episode 2: Rhone River Cruises

Transcript Hi, I’m Ralph Grizzle. I run rivercruiseadvisor.com and this week I’m on the Rhone River. What I love about this river is that it combines the beauty of the river with the charm of Provence. I get a lot of questions about the Rhone and about France in general. Here’s our Riverside Chat featuring […] The post Riverside Chat Episode 2: Rhone River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Summer Plans? Book Your Christmas Markets River Cruise, Naturally.

Summer has officially arrived! While sugarplums and candy canes might not be dancing in your heads, it’s a sweet time to book a holiday-themed river cruise. Don’t delay, as these sailings fill up quickly. Case in point: Emerald Waterways 15-day “Christmas Markets of Europe” cruise is already fully booked for 2017, but that being said, […] The post Summer Plans? Book Your Christmas Markets River Cruise, Naturally. appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Holland America Line Announces Enhancements to Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam

When Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam emerged from a 12-day dry dock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy, in late April, the ship debuted major renovations that added many new public spaces and amenities, including two firsts for the fleet: Explorations Central, or EXC, in the Crow’s Nest and Rijksmuseum at Sea. Westerdam also received the popular Music Walk... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Announces Enhancements to Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Carnival Ecstasy Adds More Dining and Beverage Options after Renovation

The Charleston, S.C.-based Carnival Ecstasy has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that has added a variety of new dining and beverage innovations. The features were incorporated during a two-week dry dock that took place from Jan. 10-24, 2017, in Freeport, The Bahamas. Following the renovation, the ship returned to Charleston yesterday to resume its year-round schedule... [Read More] The post Carnival Ecstasy Adds More Dining and Beverage Options after Renovation appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Announces 2017 Enrichment Programs

Opera and ballet fans, food and wine connoisseurs, bridge players, wellness enthusiasts and lifelong learners will appreciate indulging their passions with Silversea’s exciting onboard enrichment program in 2017. “We are delighted to feature such an inspiring collection of renowned artists, experts and guest speakers on our voyages,” said Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s chief marketing officer. “Our... [Read More] The post Silversea Announces 2017 Enrichment Programs appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Announces Free Airfare on 2018 Mekong Cruises

It is never too early to plan a Mekong cruise – especially as Scenic announces free airfare for guests booking the 13-day Treasures of the Mekong cruises. Guests get to explore and learn about the cultures and histories of the cities, towns and villages that reside along the banks of the 2,700-mile long, six-country river. […] The post Scenic Announces Free Airfare on 2018 Mekong Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Announces Sponsorship of PBS’s Great British Baking Show

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, working in partnership with PBS National Sales, has announced its sponsorship of the fourth season of The Great British Baking Show, airing Fridays at 9 p.m. as of June 16th. The Great British Baking Show (known as The Great British Bake Off in the UK) became successful in Britain, one […] The post Scenic Announces Sponsorship of PBS’s Great British Baking Show appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld Announces Fully Inclusive Cruise and Air for Select 2018 Itineraries

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announced the launch of The Masterpiece Collection, a selection of 2018 itineraries fully inclusive of cruise and air.  The offering, valid through September 30, 2017, applies to all departure dates on select 2018 itineraries, including Gems of Northern Italy, Splendors of Italy, Paris & Normandy, Remarkable Rhine, European Jewels, Legendary […] The post Uniworld Announces Fully Inclusive Cruise and Air for Select 2018 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Releases Expanded List of Vietnam and Cambodia Itineraries

AmaWaterways released the company’s expanded list of exotic itineraries in Vietnam and Cambodia, providing travelers with even more options to experience Southeast Asia. In 2018, guests will have the flexibility to sail the Mekong for seven nights upstream or downstream aboard the AmaDara and extend their vacation by adding a choice of pre and post-cruise […] The post AmaWaterways Releases Expanded List of Vietnam and Cambodia Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope Inaugurates its Latest Vessel, MS Douce France II

CroisiEurope has inaugurated its latest vessel, the MS Douce France II. After a complete renovation, the former MS Douce France has been transformed into the newest ship in CroisiEurope’s fleet. The ship’s redesign now features the highest-quality materials, and special attention has been paid to open spaces and natural light. Achieving contemporary elegance, maximum comfort and utmost […] The post CroisiEurope Inaugurates its Latest Vessel, MS Douce France II appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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In Bordeaux, What Scenic Does Differently

Five companies operate river cruises in Bordeaux: AmaWaterways, CroisiEurope (with two ships), Scenic, Uniworld and Viking. All five companies run similarly sized vessels, similar itineraries and similar land programs, and visit more or less the same destinations. Libourne, with excursions to nearby Saint-Émilion; Pauillac, for outings in the Medoc region; Blaye, with its impressive fortress; […] The post In Bordeaux, What Scenic Does Differently appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways Announces New Itineraries for 2018

Emerald Waterways is adding three new cruise itineraries on the Rhine river in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium to its 2018 lineup. Additionally, the Australian river cruise line is expanding its popular EmeraldACTIVE program, and has added a River Cruising Guarantee to automatically cover every guest for delays or cancellations due to weather, high […] The post Emerald Waterways Announces New Itineraries for 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Diamond & Scenic Sapphire Reviews Updated

In the spring of 2017, Scenic upgraded and reconfigured its France-based ships, Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire, both built in 2008. During an extended drydock, Scenic removed six staterooms on each ship to reduce the passenger count from 167 to 155 and to add additional features. New on Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire: two 47-square-meter (510-square-foot) Royal Owner’s Suites, expanded […] The post Scenic Diamond & Scenic Sapphire Reviews Updated appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope Announces Family Club Cruises With Included Second Cabin

CroisiEurope is further cementing its reputation as a family-friendly company with the introduction of the Family Club cruises. In addition to CroisiEurope’s standard offering of all meals, unlimited beverages and excursions on all programs, this new Family Club product allows children under 16 to cruise for free and includes a second cabin* so that families […] The post CroisiEurope Announces Family Club Cruises With Included Second Cabin appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Announces New Wellness Program

AmaWaterways announced it has launched a wellness program onboard AmaLyra’s Paris & Normandy sailings. The program – led by “Sports Scientist” Selina Wank features four to six classes daily, including morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio and core strengthening and circuit training. Activities will be complemented by discussion groups with a focus on healthy eating and […] The post AmaWaterways Announces New Wellness Program appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Video: Viking River Cruises ‘Affordable Luxury’

Transcript: Hi, I’m Ralph Grizzle, editor of River Cruise Advisor. I recently sailed from Basel to Amsterdam on Viking River Cruises. Eight days on Viking Hlin allowed me time to fully explore – and appreciate – Viking’s “affordable brand of luxury.” Named for Norse gods and goddesses, Viking River Cruises’ Longships are among the most […] The post Video: Viking River Cruises ‘Affordable Luxury’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Last Time On Scenic Was A Good Time: Will This Time Impress As Much?

Royal Panorama Suite 337. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
In 2015, I spent six nights on Scenic Jasper, sailing from Budapest to Vienna. What I learned was that Scenic serves up a quality experience at a high level. The Australia-based company may already represent the most-inclusive river cruise company in the marketplace, though Scenic must contend with the likes of Crystal, Tauck and Uniworld. In addition to […] The post My Last Time On Scenic Was A Good Time: Will This Time Impress As Much? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New Nashville Holiday Cruises Highlight the Antebellum South

December is an unquestionably festive time of year. For those who love to cruise, there are no shortage of holiday getaways available, from the rivers of Europe to the warm sun and sand of the Caribbean. But America’s mightiest river – the Mississippi River – is also a viable alternative, with all of its history, […] The post New Nashville Holiday Cruises Highlight the Antebellum South appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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She’s Going To Be A Beauty: CroisiEurope’s African Dream

It was already the number-one river cruise on my bucket list: CroisiEurope’s New Africa Cruise-Tour. Renderings of the gorgeous, new build African Dream, which I obtained from CroisiEurope only this week, did nothing but heighten my desire to experience the combination land-and-cruise voyages that explore Africa’s Chobe and Zambezi rivers. The journeys include a four-day voyage aboard the […] The post She’s Going To Be A Beauty: CroisiEurope’s African Dream appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Reviewed: Paris To The Swiss Alps With Viking

You know a river cruise is good when the temperature dips below zero and central Europe is plunged into an unusual springtime cold snap, and you’re still having fun. That was the case for me last month, when I travelled with Viking River Cruises on one of its newest itineraries: a 12-day journey from Paris […] The post Reviewed: Paris To The Swiss Alps With Viking appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Bordeaux Affair: Cruising Scenic Diamond With Its New Cooking School

Next week, I’ll fly to Bordeaux to board Scenic Diamond for an eight-day voyage in France’s renowned wine-producing region. The itinerary is impressive, which I’ve outlined below, but it’s the ship that I am most curious to see. Scenic redesigned its France-based Space-Ships this year to include a private cooking emporium offering tailored cooking classes. Scenic Culinaire is a new onboard cooking school using dedicated space […] The post A Bordeaux Affair: Cruising Scenic Diamond With Its New Cooking School appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Forming Friendships on the Rivers

For me, the most important part about cruising has always been relationships. Whether it was hanging out with Charlotte, the director of the kids club on my first Carnival cruise, or meeting VC Andrews, the author of Flowers in the Attic, on Silver Whisper, I love meeting new people, and that is one of the […] The post Forming Friendships on the Rivers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways ‘Taste Of Bordeaux’

Christophe Tissinier, assistant director of Bordeaux Excellence, a company that provides incoming tourism services for cruise lines, river cruisers and visitors to the Bordeaux region. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
A driver brings me to a wine warehouse in downtown Bordeaux. I am here not to purchase wine, however, but to meet with Christophe Tissinier, a colleague and friend whose company Bordeaux Excellence specializes in cruise operations and other tourism services. “Can you smell it?” Tissinier asks as we enter the ground floor of his offices. […] The post AmaWaterways ‘Taste Of Bordeaux’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Q&A From My Viking River Cruises Rhine Getaway Cruise

Viking Hlin
My post, What I Learned About Viking River Cruises While Cruising The Rhine, drew a lot of questions from readers. Chief among them were questions about food & service and the quality of the excursions. Reader Dianne Slotnick was among those who asked about the dining experience, including the quality of wine served free of charge during […] The post Q&A From My Viking River Cruises Rhine Getaway Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Windstar Adds New Itineraries for 2018 Sailings

Windstar Cruises continues to make big changes to its deployment, announcing eight new itineraries in Northern Europe and 12 new Mediterranean itineraries, bringing Windstar’s total itineraries in Europe for 2018 to  40. The itineraries beget 26 new European ports, increasing the company’s global number of maiden ports to 93 for 2018. The sailings, running April... [Read More] The post Windstar Adds New Itineraries for 2018 Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Announces a New Lineup of Arctic Adventures

Crystal Serenity returns to the Arctic north for the second transit of the Northwest Passage, she will navigate a route through territories of Alaska,  Canada and Greenland that are rarely explored by recreational travelers. During Crystal’s 2017 “Northwest Passage Explorer” voyage, guests will have more opportunities than ever to immerse themselves in local communities and... [Read More] The post Crystal Announces a New Lineup of Arctic Adventures appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Keels Laid for Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel

Crystal River Cruises ushered in the next phase for its expanding “Rhine Class” fleet of river vessels, as the keels were laid for the company’s next two new-builds, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel at a ceremony at MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany. In spring 2018, the two all-balcony, all-suite vessels are set to embark on […] The post Keels Laid for Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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EmeraldACTIVE Offers New Excursions for 2018

As European river cruising reaches peak popularity with younger travelers joining the river cruising crowd, companies are finding new ways to augment the atmosphere of sailing on a small ship with more active programs and shore excursions. Emerald Waterways answered the call in 2016 when they announced the launch of their EmeraldACTIVE program, and they’ve upped […] The post EmeraldACTIVE Offers New Excursions for 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Super-sized Ships: Exciting Times On The Danube

You may have missed the news last week. AmaWaterways is going big. The company is building a double-wide river cruiser for the Danube. Construction on AmaMagna started in March. The new ship will set sail in 2019. It will be interesting to see what AmaWaterways brings to the table – or rather, to the Danube. […] The post Super-sized Ships: Exciting Times On The Danube appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking River Cruises: Rhine Getaway Excursions, My Favorites

Following last week’s post, What I Learned About Viking River Cruises While Cruising The Rhine, many readers asked about excursions along the Rhine river on Viking River Cruises eight-day Rhine Getaway. There are two things you should know. First, there are optional excursions. For those, I’ve listed prices and my advice, based on my experiences and conversations […] The post Viking River Cruises: Rhine Getaway Excursions, My Favorites appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Beautiful Drone Videos From An AmaWaterways Cruise Manager

I'm a big fan of Raul Dederichs' aerial imagery. Raul is a cruise manager for AmaWaterways. Here are a few snapshots of his drone images. The post Beautiful Drone Videos From An AmaWaterways Cruise Manager appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Holland America Line Introduces New Ship, ms Nieuw Statendam

Bookings are open for the Premiere Voyage and 2018-19 inaugural Caribbean cruise season of Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam. Due for delivery Dec. 1, 2018, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet currently is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. When Nieuw Statendam departs the yard, it will be delivered in... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Introduces New Ship, ms Nieuw Statendam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic and Emerald Launch Deposit Protection Plan

Scenic Luxury  Cruises and Emerald Waterways, both part of the Scenic family of brands, are offering cruise travelers some peace of mind with their newly launched Deposit Protection Plan. Working in conjunction with the brands’ River Cruise Travel Guarantee, guests know that they are well protected against many of the elements that can make vacation planning difficult. The Deposit […] The post Scenic and Emerald Launch Deposit Protection Plan appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Diana Gabaldon, Author of the Outlander Series to Host an Avalon Waterways Cruise in 2018

Author of the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling Outlander series, and godmother to the Avalon Tapestry II, Diana Gabaldon is hosting an author cruise with Avalon Waterways in 2018. “For years, Diana Gabaldon has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives, inviting readers to see the world differently while also inspiring them to travel,” said Terri […] The post Diana Gabaldon, Author of the Outlander Series to Host an Avalon Waterways Cruise in 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Royal Caribbean Offers Multiple Opportunities to Explore Cuba

Royal Caribbean offers more opportunities than ever to explore Cuba with new sailings to Havana on Empress of the Seas.  Royal Caribbean International’s newly refreshed ship will sail 58 cruises of 4- and 5-night itineraries from January 2018 through March 2019, more than half offering overnight stays in the city. Empress’ Western Caribbean and Havana sailings... [Read More] The post Royal Caribbean Offers Multiple Opportunities to Explore Cuba appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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What I Learned About Viking River Cruises While Cruising The Rhine

Viking Hlin
Koblenz, Germany — It had been awhile since I was on a Viking Longship, and although I had attended christening events and even did a couple of weeklong cruises on Viking a few years ago, too much time had passed since I’d stepped on a Longship. Last Sunday that changed when I boarded Viking Hlin in […] The post What I Learned About Viking River Cruises While Cruising The Rhine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Celebrity Constellation to Undergo Renovations

Celebrity Constellation entered dry-dock this past Friday, May 12, 2017, and will emerge in two weeks on Friday, May 26, 2017. During the ship’s revitalization, it will be fitted with venues, including brand new culinary concepts and a few guest favorites. “We are continually pushing the boundaries of the cruise experience, so we are adding some... [Read More] The post Celebrity Constellation to Undergo Renovations appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea’s 2019 World Cruise Now Open for Booking

Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 — a 132-day voyage from San Francisco to London — is now open for reservations. Hosted aboard the Silver Whisper, travelers will voyage to 52 ports in 31 countries across five continents. With 16 overnight calls and numerous late-night stays, guests will have ample time to delve deeper into destinations. This... [Read More] The post Silversea’s 2019 World Cruise Now Open for Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Regent Seven Seas Announces New Seven Seas Wellness Program

Announced in March 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new holistic wellness program is now available for Seven Seas Voyager guests to reserve on this summer’s Mediterranean voyages. Seven Seas Wellness combines low-impact activity in 10 Mediterranean destinations with one of five treatments in the onboard Canyon Ranch SpaClub. “The response to the initial program announcement... [Read More] The post Regent Seven Seas Announces New Seven Seas Wellness Program appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways Announces Plans for the Biggest Ship Ever, AmaMagna

Today, May 12th, AmaWaterways announced plans for AmaMagna, their biggest ship ever, to be launched in 2019.  AmaMagna represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate the modern luxury market.  Twice the width of traditional European river ships, the latest AmaWaterways innovation welcomes 194 guests and affords living spaces, multiple dining options including an al […] The post AmaWaterways Announces Plans for the Biggest Ship Ever, AmaMagna appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Welcomes AmaKristina To Its Fleet

AmaWaterways officially welcomed the company’s newest vessel, AmaKristina, to its fleet during a christening ceremony in Lahnstein, Germany on May 10. The namesake of AmaWaterways’ Co-Owner and Executive Vice President Kristin Karst, AmaKristina represents the company’s commitment to design and guest comfort and service. The special ceremony celebrates the arrival of the company’s 20th ship and marks […] The post AmaWaterways Welcomes AmaKristina To Its Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Noteworthy Features Of Silversea’s New Silver Muse

Ultra-luxury line Silversea recently took delivery of its newest and largest ship to-date, the 596-guest Silver Muse. Christened last month in Monte Carlo, Silver Muse represents the latest evolution of the line that began offering luxury voyages around the world in 1994. I had the opportunity to sail last month on a four-night media preview voyage... [Read More] The post Five Noteworthy Features Of Silversea’s New Silver Muse appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways Launches 2018 Europe, Asia & Africa Brochure

AmaWaterways launched the company’s 2018 Europe, Asia & Africa Brochure. The company will in 2018 debut its newest ship, AmaLea, eight new itineraries, more wine-themed cruises, a ‘Sip and Sail’ complimentary cocktail hour and an expanded list of excursions and programs. “AmaWaterways is proud to expand our options for travelers in 2018 and roll out […] The post AmaWaterways Launches 2018 Europe, Asia & Africa Brochure appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking River Cruises Announces New Ship, Viking Ra

Viking River Cruises announces details of the newest addition to its river fleet, Viking Ra™. Recently acquired, the vessel has been stripped down to the steel to undergo a complete renovation. A small ship, hosting only 48 guests, Viking Ra will sail the Nile River on a new Egypt cruise tour, Pharaohs & Pyramids, that will launch in March 2018. “Egypt is […] The post Viking River Cruises Announces New Ship, Viking Ra appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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On Our Bucket List: CroisiEurope’s Africa, Nine Days From US$6,319

CroisiEurope has officially kicked off its newest river cruise tours: combination land-and-cruise voyages that explore Africa’s Chobe and Zambezi rivers. The journeys include a four-day voyage aboard the African Dream, a brand-new luxury river cruise vessel that carries only 16 guests in its eight suites. The cruise portion is coupled with a land-based tour that explores the […] The post On Our Bucket List: CroisiEurope’s Africa, Nine Days From US$6,319 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Queen Steamboat Company Showcases the Culinary Diversity of America

It’s hard to talk about river cruising through any destination without mentioning the importance of regional cuisine. Local ingredients, flavors and specialties reveal much about the history and culture of some of river cruising’s most important destinations, from the vineyards of Bordeaux to the oldest “wurst” kitchens in Germany. But cuisine also plays an important […] The post American Queen Steamboat Company Showcases the Culinary Diversity of America appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Of all the cruise destinations in Europe, Belfast, Northern Ireland is one of those ports that somehow does not capture the imagination, as do such romantic destinations as those of the Mediterranean or the magnificent scenes people envision on a Norwegian fjords cruise. Yet Belfast is a city that has a rich, and often troubled... [Read More] The post Belfast, Northern Ireland appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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How To Maximize Your Cruise To St. Petersburg, Russia

Summer Baltic Sea cruises are among the most popular and sought after of sea voyages. And the crown jewel of each itinerary is the visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. Yet the majority of those who cruise the Baltic do not fully maximize their time when in St. Petersburg. Many cruise itineraries offer only an overnight... [Read More] The post How To Maximize Your Cruise To St. Petersburg, Russia appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Rhine Getaway On Viking River Cruises

May 7-14, 2017, I’ll be cruising from Amsterdam to Basel with Viking River Cruises. The eight-day journey promises plenty of castles and cathedrals as we cruise along one of Europe’s best-beloved rivers. We’ll also experience a wonderland of beauty and culture as we visit Strasbourg, with its rich culinary traditions of Alsace. On a visit to the […] The post Rhine Getaway On Viking River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Beaucoup Savings: Arles To Marseilles Airport for 12 Euros

This past Thursday, I needed to get from Arles to Marseille for my flight home. Taxis were pricing out at 125 euros, as was Uber, with low availability, unlike in Paris, where Uber is Uberiquitous. Luckily, river cruisers dock right across the street from Gare d’Arles, the local train station. Cost from Arles to MRS […] The post Beaucoup Savings: Arles To Marseilles Airport for 12 Euros appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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From Amsterdam To Paris On An Avalon Waterways’ Active Discovery Cruise

What. A. Great. Trip. In early April, I cruised with Avalon Waterways on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The itinerary, bookended by Amsterdam and Paris, served up some of the same stunning scenery that inspired Dutch landscape painters such as Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruisdael. Just look at the photo below, for example, unfiltered and untouched, […] The post From Amsterdam To Paris On An Avalon Waterways’ Active Discovery Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways Unveils 2017 Christmas Cruise Itineraries

Avalon Waterways is unveiling 16 cruises that invite travelers to delight in Central Europe’s Christmas markets while sailing Europe’s waterways. “Travelers looking to see the world differently will enjoy every moment of our Christmas cruises,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “To cater to the growing popularity of festive cruises, we have increased and expanded […] The post Avalon Waterways Unveils 2017 Christmas Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways Waives Single Supplement on European Departures

Avalon Waterways is celebrating solo travelers by waiving the single supplement on every Europe departure and select departures on the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers in Southeast Asia. “Is there such a thing as a typical traveler? Not anymore. Travel preferences have never been more diverse nor has traveling the world been more accessible and appealing, especially to […] The post Avalon Waterways Waives Single Supplement on European Departures appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Overnight In Tournon, On AmaWaterways

After a 25-kilometer morning bike ride through gorgeous French countryside, we departed Vienne, France, this afternoon on one of the most beautiful days I have experienced on the rivers of Europe. The landscape was stunning, with the nascent blooms of spring bathed in the buttery brightness of a perfect May day. AmaCello was taking us […] The post Overnight In Tournon, On AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cunard Showcases Canada & New England Each Fall

Few destinations are as naturally magnificent as the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada, particularly during the fall. For as far as the eye can see, trees are adorned with vibrant shades of crimson and amber as the fall colors come into full view. The rolling hills of Acadia National Park, near Bar... [Read More] The post Cunard Showcases Canada & New England Each Fall appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Beautiful Morning As We Leave Avalon Visionary

Beautiful morning as we leave Avalon Visionary after an 8-day cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The post Beautiful Morning As We Leave Avalon Visionary appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises: In A Class Apart?

Crystal Mozart stands apart because of its width alone. At 22.85 meters (roughly 75 feet) across, Mozart is nearly twice the width of the standard river cruiser. With so much real estate, Mozart can boast features that most river cruise vessels cannot, such as an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, a spacious gym, four restaurants, an ultra-wide sundeck […] The post Crystal River Cruises: In A Class Apart? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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More On Royal Caribbean Line’s Newest Addition, Symphony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s newest addition, Symphony of the Seas, will unite with Oasis-class sister Allure of the Seas in November 2018 to offer island-hopping adventures through the Caribbean from the Magic City and add Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis to other marquee Oasis-class ports of call. The 26th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Symphony of the... [Read More] The post More On Royal Caribbean Line’s Newest Addition, Symphony of the Seas appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cruising The Rhone On AmaWaterways: Lyon To Arles

OUR CRUISE FROM LYON TO ARLES April 20-27, 2017, I will cruise along the Rhône river through France’s legendary wine growing regions. The region is home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône, and I’m sure we’ll sample plenty of wine. We’ll enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, […] The post Cruising The Rhone On AmaWaterways: Lyon To Arles appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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On Avalon Waterways In Amsterdam: Channeling Our Inner Van Gogh

In Amsterdam, Avalon Waterways invited a group of us to try its newest offering, an Active Discovery experience where a skeptic learned to appreciate painting. Amsterdam, April 12, 2017 — The skeptic in me thought it would be boring. A painting workshop. I’m not a painter. Why would I want to waste my time putting a […] The post On Avalon Waterways In Amsterdam: Channeling Our Inner Van Gogh appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Shore excursion with Ponant: Papillon’s Devil’s Island Hell

Guest post by editor of Adventure Cruise Guide, Roderick Eime Location: Îles du Salut, French Guiana (Devil’s Island) Vessel: Ponant Le Soleal Anyone of a certain age will recall the 1973 movie “Papillon” where characters played by Steve McQueen and a young Dustin Hoffman are transported by ship to a distant tropical island that was... [Read More] The post Shore excursion with Ponant: Papillon’s Devil’s Island Hell appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Empress of the Seas To Sail Cuba

Guests looking to dive deeper into the culture and nightlife of Cuba will now have the opportunity to experience the island at night on Empress of the Seas’ new sailings to Havana. Royal Caribbean International has expanded its Caribbean itineraries sailing from Tampa to include new 4- and 5-night cruises with day and overnight visits... [Read More] The post Empress of the Seas To Sail Cuba appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The Four Best Places We’ve Ocean Cruised

Seabourn Quest Antarctica
Although we’ve received plenty of questions from readers over the years, there is one question that comes up again and again: What’s the best place you’ve cruised to? It’s a hard question to answer. A Caribbean cruise is great for its relaxed, informal vibe. A voyage through the British Isles promises to woo guests with... [Read More] The post The Four Best Places We’ve Ocean Cruised appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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UnCruise Adventures’ Adds New Ship to Alaska Fleet

UnCruise Adventures’ newly published schedule of 2018 Alaska cruises adds a seventh ship to its Alaska fleet, more visits to Glacier Bay National Park, and seven new itineraries. The 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal steamer newly outfitted with kayaks and skiffs, joins the Alaska fleet in 2018 to sail adventure cruises. Also new in 2018,... [Read More] The post UnCruise Adventures’ Adds New Ship to Alaska Fleet appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Hotels in Phuket: Amatara Wellness Resort

If you’ve been considering catching up with the increasing trend for cruises in Southeast Asia, you will have noticed Phuket in Thailand appearing more frequently in the itineraries of cruise lines operating in this territory. The island of Phuket, a short flight south from the capital, Bangkok, is renown for a boisterous night life in... [Read More] The post Hotels in Phuket: Amatara Wellness Resort appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avalon Expands Active Discovery Cruises to the Rhine River

Avalon Waterways invites travelers to see the world their way. Expansive. Unhindered. Utterly unique. And for those travelers who not only like to see new things, but also enjoy doing new things, Avalon is expanding its popular Active Discovery on the Danube cruises to include two new Active Discovery on the Rhine itineraries. On these […] The post Avalon Expands Active Discovery Cruises to the Rhine River appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Announces New Culinary Director Jorg Penneke

Avalon Waterways has teamed up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars – the Wrenkh brothers – to design Avalon Fresh and a new Culinary Director,  Jorg Penneke. “Penneke is bringing to the table nearly 30 years expertise that will continue to help us innovate Avalon’s dining experience,” said Pam Hoffee, chief product and operations […] The post Avalon Announces New Culinary Director Jorg Penneke appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The New American Duchess To Tackle The Lower Mississippi

The launch of American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC)’s newest riverboat, the American Duchess, is coming up quickly. The line is hard at work stripping the former gambling boat down to her hull, completely changing her layout and rebuilding it from the ground-up into one of the most lavish and luxurious riverboats in the United States. […] The post The New American Duchess To Tackle The Lower Mississippi appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Decade On, Silversea’s Luxury Expedition Cruises Continue To Expand

The concept of a luxury expedition cruise used to be a thing of fantasy. Expedition cruises, historically, were serious voyages operated aboard serious ships. Ex-research vessels, former icebreakers and the like were pressed into service because of their technical abilities, particularly in the world’s polar regions, where rough weather and ever-shifting ice were a constant... [Read More] The post A Decade On, Silversea’s Luxury Expedition Cruises Continue To Expand appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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UnCruise Adventures Announces $450 Savings on Panamá Adventure Cruise

UnCruise Adventures begins sailing a new Pure Panamá adventure cruise in April 2017, offering an off-the-beaten-path exploration taking travelers beyond the Panamá Canal into jungles and tropical islands. The newly refitted 62-guest Safari Voyager sails between Colón and Panamá City or reverse between April and November. The new 8-night Pure Panamá: Cultures, Coasts & Canal... [Read More] The post UnCruise Adventures Announces $450 Savings on Panamá Adventure Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Announces New Galapagos Itineraries

Silversea Expeditions has recently launched the first of two new seven-night Galapagos itineraries. The 100-guest, all-suite Silver Galapagos will operate the alternate itineraries which are approved by the Galapagos National Park Service, both departing on Saturdays. Departing from Baltra for the first time this week, the new North Central itinerary showcases the best of the Galapagos... [Read More] The post Silversea Announces New Galapagos Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Ponant Announces First Underwater Lounge

Construction of Le Lapérouse continues with the laying of the first block, while the first sheet of steel has been cut for Le Champlain, marking the launch of the construction of the second in the series of four PONANT EXPLORERS sisterships, due to be delivered in Summer 2018 and Summer 2019. These 4 yachts will... [Read More] The post Ponant Announces First Underwater Lounge appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cruising The Rhine & Moselle On Avalon Waterways

Cruising The Moselle & More On Avalon Waterways On Monday, I fly to Amsterdam to board Avalon Waterways’ Visionary for 10-day trip through Holland, Germany, Luxembourg and France. I’m excited about my first experience on Avalon’s “Suite Ships®,” a concept that the company felt so good about that it trademarked the name. I’ll take a look […] The post Cruising The Rhine & Moselle On Avalon Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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MSC Cruises Unveils Fleet-Wide Digital Innovation Program

MSC Cruises unveiled its fleet-wide digital innovation program, MSC for Me. MSC for Me will bring to the sea some of the very latest advances in customer-centric technology, in a program designed to meet the needs of guests for years to come. It will debut on MSC Meraviglia, the cruise line’s first next-generation new mega-ship... [Read More] The post MSC Cruises Unveils Fleet-Wide Digital Innovation Program appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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MSC Meraviglia Poised to Conquer the Med

This summer, the largest cruise ship ever constructed for MSC Cruises will set out on her maiden voyage. MSC Meraviglia is the first of a brand-new class of ship for MSC, and the line is already billing her as the “ultimate summer destination in the Mediterranean” – a claim that may not be far off... [Read More] The post MSC Meraviglia Poised to Conquer the Med appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Opens New Dock on Portugal’s Douro River

Just in time for the start of 2017 sailings on Portugal’s Douro River, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has opened a new dock for exclusive use by both Scenic and its sister company Emerald Waterways river ships. Unlike other river ship docks, this is conveniently located in Cais de Maragaia, a historic area of the World […] The post Scenic Opens New Dock on Portugal’s Douro River appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Oceania Cruises Opens Late 2017 Itineraries to Cuba

Oceania Cruises announced an additional series of journeys to Cuba in November and December 2017. Ranging in length from six to thirteen days with departures from Miami, these voyages include the line’s first calls to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, in addition to Havana. These new itineraries are open for reservations. “There is tremendous demand from... [Read More] The post Oceania Cruises Opens Late 2017 Itineraries to Cuba appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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New Expedition Ships Coming to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Still Time To Bid Farewell to Hanseatic

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is preparing for the future, with an order for two state-of-the-art luxury expedition cruise ships that will debut in the spring of 2019. Built by Norwegian shipyard VARD, they will replace the line’s existing expedition vessels, Bremen and Hanseatic. Capable of carrying up to 230 guests apiece (or 199 guests in Antarctica), these... [Read More] The post New Expedition Ships Coming to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Still Time To Bid Farewell to Hanseatic appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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SeaDream Yacht Club Announces 2018 Wine Voyages

SeaDream Yacht Club announces nine Wine Voyages for the 2018 season. Showcasing yachting ports of the Mediterranean, and Caribbean for 2018, on five-to-ten day sailings, each itinerary pairs a wine experience with the regions’ most scenic backdrops. Whether a seasoned wine connoisseur or new to learning about and liking wine, these voyages are a perfect... [Read More] The post SeaDream Yacht Club Announces 2018 Wine Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl Modernized and Revitalized

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl sailed into her seasonal homeport of Miami following a two week dry dock where every stateroom and many of the ship’s public areas were revitalized. “Norwegian Pearl is one of our most beloved ships. With this dry dock we wanted to provide her with a refreshed, clean and modern onboard... [Read More] The post Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl Modernized and Revitalized appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cunard Creates Fresh Programming for 2017 and 2018

Cunard has created new programming for 2017 and 2018 for passengers on various itineraries on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS (June 8, 2017 | V714): Queen Victoria’s June 8-22, 2017 voyage features shore excursions to the exquisite gardens and flower markets of the Canary Islands including stops in Tenerife and Lanzarote to glimpse into the world of visionary artist César Manrique. Also... [Read More] The post Cunard Creates Fresh Programming for 2017 and 2018 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Emerald Waterways Adds New 2017 Douro River Cruise Date

Emerald Waterways North America has now added another Secrets of the Douro sailing in November. This eight-day voyage, which will sail aboard the company’s soon-to-launch Emerald Radiance, departs Porto on November 4th. The cruise sails round trip from the Northern Portugal city of Porto, where guests will get a feel for the quaint villages and […] The post Emerald Waterways Adds New 2017 Douro River Cruise Date appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Introduces Up to $500 Shipboard Credit Bonus Offer

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has introduced a Book Now Bonus offer where travelers can receive up to $500 shipboard credit, per suite, for all new bookings on any 2017 Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyage. “Regent Seven Seas Cruises delivers the most-inclusive and luxurious travel experiences that showcase more than 425 destinations worldwide,” said Randall Soy,... [Read More] The post Regent Seven Seas Cruises Introduces Up to $500 Shipboard Credit Bonus Offer appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cunard Announces Queen Victoria’s Refit

Cunard has announced Queen Victoria’s refit will take place in May. The ship will be taken out of service on May 5, 2017 to undergo enhancements costing more than $40 million at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and scheduled for completion on June 4, 2017. The history and nostalgia of Queen Victoria’s art deco past will... [Read More] The post Cunard Announces Queen Victoria’s Refit appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Debuts Escape The Big Top

Continuing its history of providing guests with entertainment, Norwegian Cruise Line has debuted Escape The Big Top. Guests can experience the magic of an escape room with a twist, as they put their critical thinking skills to the test in a physical adventure game to solve challenges and beat the clock. An onboard carnival takes an... [Read More] The post Norwegian Cruise Line Debuts Escape The Big Top appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Uniworld’s S.S. Joie de Vivre Set to Sail Seine

Uniworld’s newest Super Ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre, set sail on its maiden voyage along the historic Seine River on March 27th. The inaugural events included a christening ceremony in Paris led by the ship’s Godmother, Dame Joan Collins. Following the event, the S.S. Joie de Vivre embarked on its journey through Northern France along Uniworld’s Paris & Normandy itinerary, […] The post Uniworld’s S.S. Joie de Vivre Set to Sail Seine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Fred.Olsen Refits Black Watch

Late last year, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines sent one of its most popular ships into the Blohm + Voss shipyards in Hamburg for a sweeping refurbishment that has refreshed cabins and created new public spaces for guests to enjoy aboard Black Watch. Originally built in 1972 as Royal Viking Star, Black Watch was acquired by... [Read More] The post Fred.Olsen Refits Black Watch appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The Hidden Gems of Oceania’s Baltic and Scandinavia

Among the many possible cruise destinations in Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltics stand out as some of the most popular. Both regions offer an alluring mix of culture, history and natural beauty, and both are arguably best explored by ship. To explore the lands of England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Poland... [Read More] The post The Hidden Gems of Oceania’s Baltic and Scandinavia appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Emerald Waterways Launches New River Cruising Guarantee

Emerald Waterways is taking the stress out of trip planning by offering a River Cruise Travel Guarantee. The program, which was first launched by Emerald Waterways sister company Scenic Luxury Cruises last year, is being offered to all travelers at no charge. The guarantee is backed by Chubb Insurance, a top global insurance firm, to automatically cover every guest on […] The post Emerald Waterways Launches New River Cruising Guarantee appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Puts the Spotlight on Alaska

Norwegian Cruise Line has been a major player in Alaska for decades, offering cruises from both Vancouver and Seattle aboard a trio of tried-and-tested favorites that call on some of Alaska’s most popular ports. The 2017 Alaska cruise season is no exception, with dozens of departures to choose from. But the best may be yet... [Read More] The post Norwegian Cruise Line Puts the Spotlight on Alaska appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Taking The Wraps off Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises has revealed the first tantalizing glimpse of its newest cruise ship, which will debut next year in the form of Celebrity Edge. Carrying 3,900 passengers, the 117,000-ton ship will represent an entirely new class of vessel for Celebrity. The line calls Celebrity Edge “a transformational ship”, unlike anything that’s come before it. And,... [Read More] The post Taking The Wraps off Celebrity Edge appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The Oasis Class: Big, Bold, Enduring

It’s hard to believe, but eight years have passed since the debut of Royal Caribbean’s megawonder, Oasis of the Seas. Back in the fall of 2009, she sailed out of the STX Europe shipyards in Finland and into the history books as the largest cruise ship ever built, and the first cruise ship built with... [Read More] The post The Oasis Class: Big, Bold, Enduring appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Project Leonardo: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Next Big Thing

Norwegian Cruise Line has come a long way in the past few decades, building big ships that are innovative and unique. Now, the line is preparing to embark on the latest chapter in its storied history, unveiling details of its newest class of ship: Project Leonardo. The first images of this brand-new class of ship... [Read More] The post Project Leonardo: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Next Big Thing appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Princess Cruises Announces Come Back New Sale

Princess Cruises announced the Come Back New Sale, offering guests free gratuities and the opportunity to experience the line’s onboard services. In addition to free gratuities, guests who book a suite during the Come Back New sale will receive a free Lotus Spa treatment, featuring the choice of a hydrating facial or 50-minute Swedish massage.... [Read More] The post Princess Cruises Announces Come Back New Sale appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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New Ships for Holland America Line, Princess Cruises: What Do We Know?

After a few years of rest, the fleets of Holland America Line and Princess Cruises are growing once again. For both lines, their newest vessels will take a bold new direction. For Holland America, it’s venturing out into a more modern, family-friendly design than that of past vessels; a radical departure that manages to still... [Read More] The post New Ships for Holland America Line, Princess Cruises: What Do We Know? appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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CroisiEurope Builds Presence in Europe, Asia, and Africa

CroisiEurope is continuing to build and update it’s ships and that as of this year, they will have a presence across three contents – Europe, Asia and Africa. IN ASIA The RV Indochine II is a high-class colonial-style ship that will join CroisiEurope’s four existing vessels on the Mekong. This ship can accommodate 60 passengers […] The post CroisiEurope Builds Presence in Europe, Asia, and Africa appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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G Adventures Extends Discounts Through March

G Adventures is extending its traditional ‘wave season’ discounts throughout the month of March, marking down trips from 10-30 percent for travel in spring, summer and fall. “Between our sailing, yachting, river cruising and expedition tours, travelers now have more than 70 different itineraries to choose from, all led by our highly trained and local […] The post G Adventures Extends Discounts Through March appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Offers River Cruise Travel Guarantee

Scenic begins to offer a River Cruise Travel Guarantee. This guarantee is offered on every Scenic cruise to travelers at no charge, is backed by Chubb Insurance to automatically cover every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labor strikes. Coverage will include […] The post Scenic Offers River Cruise Travel Guarantee appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises Announces Savings for Select 2017 Voyages

Crystal Cruises announced a lineup of savings and incentives for select 2017 voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. With its “You’ve Sailed the Rest, Now Enjoy the Best” campaign, new-to-Crystal guests are invited to enjoy best available fares starting as low as $1,995 per person on sailings in the Caribbean, New England, South America,... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises Announces Savings for Select 2017 Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Wine, History on the menu with American Queen Steamboat Company

A while back, we wrote about how American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is bringing some of America’s most iconic musical genres to the Mississippi River on the company’s river cruises. Thanks to its immersive nature and relaxed, laid-back pace, river cruises are the ideal kind of vacation in which to best explore your own personal […] The post Wine, History on the menu with American Queen Steamboat Company appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ponant Announces 30 Percent Off Select Autumn 2017 Voyages

Ponant announces 30 percent off select autumn 2017 voyages, plus an additional savings up to $1,600 per couple on flights and excursions when booked by March 31, 2017. The offer is available on eight itineraries sailing to Antarctica, Asia, Oceania, and South America. Highlights of Ponant’s autumn voyages include: Join War II historians, including James... [Read More] The post Ponant Announces 30 Percent Off Select Autumn 2017 Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Oceania Cruises Announces 180-day World Cruise for 2019

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World travelers wanting to experience more travel can achieve their dreams with Oceania Cruises’ announcement of another 180-day world cruise for 2019. The line is offering guests the flexibility of embarking the full world cruise in New York, Miami or Los Angeles. “Our exciting 2019 Around the World journey offers guests an expertly crafted route spanning the four... [Read More] The post Oceania Cruises Announces 180-day World Cruise for 2019 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Uniworld Announces You Deserve the Best Upgrade

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announces the launch of You Deserve the Best Upgrade,a new promotion offering upgrades and an air travel on more than 20 itineraries in 2017. The global promotion varies by country and is applicable to all guests on select bookings in Europe, Egypt, India and Vietnam. “We believe guests deserve the […] The post Uniworld Announces You Deserve the Best Upgrade appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Oceania Cruises Offers Experiences in Alaska

Oceania Cruises offers an array of experiences in the “Last Frontier” of Alaska. Sailing from San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, travelers have 14 departures to choose from between May and September 2017. “[Guests] see an uncommon Alaska, a side that you only experience on a small ship with the inimitable style and comfort of Oceania... [Read More] The post Oceania Cruises Offers Experiences in Alaska appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Announces Special Concert at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

Crystal River Cruises’ newest vessel embarks on her maiden voyage this June, and guests will be treated to numerous experiences specially designed to showcase destinations along the Rhine and Moselle River. A Crystal Signature Event will be held in Amsterdam where guests will enjoy a complimentary exclusive concert at the Royal Concertgebouw. The 19th-century neoclassical […] The post Crystal Announces Special Concert at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking River Cruises Welcomes Two New Additions to its Fleet

Viking River Cruises welcomed two new additions to its fleet. During a celebration that took place at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers in Koblenz, Germany, Viking Hild and Viking Herja were officially christened by ceremonial godmothers. Viking Hild will sail the Rhine River this spring on Viking’s new Paris to the Swiss Alps itinerary, and later this year both new ships will […] The post Viking River Cruises Welcomes Two New Additions to its Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Cruise Lines Announces First New Riverboat for America’s Rivers

American Cruise Lines has announced details for the first of a new class of five riverboats destined for America’s rivers. The first in the series is scheduled to begin in 2018 and will carry 200 guests. The new riverboat will feature large staterooms, private balconies, and hotel-size bathrooms. “For over a decade, we have led […] The post American Cruise Lines Announces First New Riverboat for America’s Rivers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope Announces World War I Commemorative Cruise

CroisiEurope is offering a commemorative cruise to mark the 100th anniversary of the US entering World War 1. This itinerary pays homage to “the war to end all wars,” which redrew boundaries, reshaped the political landscape and forever changed the way wars were fought. Prices begin at $1,838 per person for departures on Sept 13, 2017 […] The post CroisiEurope Announces World War I Commemorative Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Princess Cruises Unveils 2018 Japan Cruisetours

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Princess Cruises announced its longest Japan cruise season yet with voyages from Tokyo and Kobe in 2018. With Japanese maiden port calls and visits to South Korea, Taiwan, China, Russia, Hong Kong and Vietnam, the voyages offer opportunities to explore the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage sites and to participate in some of Japan’s largest... [Read More] The post Princess Cruises Unveils 2018 Japan Cruisetours appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Alaska By Small Ship

When it comes to cruising through the heart of Alaska and British Columbia, there are no shortage of choices. But Alaska, much like the Caribbean, is dominated by big, mainstream cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers apiece. Because of their size, they also tend to call on many of the same ports of call, eschewing... [Read More] The post Alaska By Small Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Sydney Hotels: Tank Stream Hotel

With Sydney’s burgeoning cruise business and larger vessels visiting more frequently, finding a hotel anywhere near the downtown Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) at Circular Quay is getting more difficult, regardless of price. It’s welcome news when a new hotel open its doors to invite cruisers to overnight either pre- or post-cruise within walking distance of... [Read More] The post Sydney Hotels: Tank Stream Hotel appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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The Exotic World of Pandaw

Pandaw has made a name for itself in Southeast Asia, where it offers river cruises that explore the wonders of the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia; expedition sailings to China; and journeys along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy. But those are just the tip of the iceberg. Hidden within the line’s 2017 itinerary lineup, a world of […] The post The Exotic World of Pandaw appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Azamara Focuses on Countries, Cultural Immersion

“Stay Longer, Experience More.” It’s the tag-line for Azamara Club Cruises newest cruise itineraries, but the catchy slogan is more than just slick marketing hyperbole. It is the very essence of what the line believes in – and delivers upon. In addition to a dramatically-retooled print brochure that will be categorized by country, Azamara is... [Read More] The post Azamara Focuses on Countries, Cultural Immersion appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avoiding Single Supplement Fares

One of the major stumbling blocks for travellers looking to take a river cruise by themselves is the dreaded “single supplement.” River cruise companies base their advertised prices on double-occupancy, and when only one person wants to occupy a stateroom, that price often rises – to the point where you could end up paying for […] The post Avoiding Single Supplement Fares appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Introduces New Ocean Itineraries Worldwide

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Viking Cruises is on a roll. The oceangoing arm of Viking River Cruises has announced it will introduce a total of 13 new itineraries between now and 2019, including the line’s first-ever voyages to Alaska and British Columbia. The line has also rolled out an extensive collection of cruises to Australia, Asia and the Caribbean... [Read More] The post Viking Introduces New Ocean Itineraries Worldwide appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Oceania Debuts Harvest Caye on Sailings to Caribbean, Cuba

The Caribbean’s newest private island is open for business – and Oceania Cruises has well over two dozen itineraries that will be visiting the newest port experience on the Western Caribbean, Harvest Caye, Belize. Developed by Oceania’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line, Harvest Caye is one of the first private island-style destination experiences to debut... [Read More] The post Oceania Debuts Harvest Caye on Sailings to Caribbean, Cuba appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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American Queen Steamboat Company’s Music-Themed Cruises

There was once a time where cruises were booked merely because they represented a convenient way to see a particular destination. Today, destination is just one of the reasons to choose to cruise the oceans or rivers of the world as more and more lines cater to a diverse array of hobbies, interests, and cultural […] The post American Queen Steamboat Company’s Music-Themed Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Offers Free Flights and Other Incentives on 2017 Mekong and Irrawaddy Sailings

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Scenic offers free flights or up to $2,000 per couple savings on 2017 SE Asia sailings Scenic is bringing Southeast Asia closer to a reality for US travelers. Booking any departure between August and December 2017 means free air from 25 US gateways or $2,000 savings per couple on its 13-day “Treasures of the Mekong” […] The post Scenic Offers Free Flights and Other Incentives on 2017 Mekong and Irrawaddy Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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UnCruise’s S.S. Legacy on the Columbia River – Land of grapes & rivers of wine

For those of us who love to whet our wine palate through premium wine tastings, the dilemma of designating a driver has always been a downer. Someone in the group needs to abstain from the pleasures of the vine. However, that problem is now easily resolved as UnCruise Adventures provides the perfect solution with its […] The post UnCruise’s S.S. Legacy on the Columbia River – Land of grapes & rivers of wine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruising In Europe For $200 Or Less Per Day

Every week, I get up to 100 emails from people interested in river cruising. Many are well-heeled and can afford river cruises that cost more than $400 per day per person. Not everyone is so fortunate. Just last week, a gentleman wrote me asking to unsubscribe from the River Cruise Advisor newsletter. He was apologetic. “Sadly,” […] The post River Cruising In Europe For $200 Or Less Per Day appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Encore: Coming Soon, Seabourn Ovation

With the christening complete of the brand new Seabourn Encore in Singapore in January, Seabourn is looking to the future. Next year, Encore’s sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will set sail, carrying 600 guests on a variety of cruises throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe on her maiden season. Following her inaugural sailing in May of... [Read More] The post Encore: Coming Soon, Seabourn Ovation appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Windstar Returns to Alaska in 2018

It’s been two decades since Windstar Cruises has sailed to Alaska, but that ends next year as the boutique small-ship cruise line sends its 212-guest Star Legend to the 49th State and the Canadian province of British Columbia in 2018. Windstar’s Alaskan voyages will run between 11 and 14 days in duration, and will depart... [Read More] The post Windstar Returns to Alaska in 2018 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Emerald Waterways’ Rhone River Cruise Treats Guests to Culinary Delights

Top Chef France Finalist Fabien Morreale to Cook for Guests on Board Emerald Waterways has announced a brand new Provence sailing for 2017, “Sensations of Southern France,” an eight-day voyage that will take place aboard the company’s newly built Emerald Liberté. The sailing takes passengers from Lyon to Arles along the picturesque Rhône and Saône […] The post Emerald Waterways’ Rhone River Cruise Treats Guests to Culinary Delights appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruising the Yangtze River on the Century Legend

I grew up in a household that had Chinese prints of beautiful yet haunting scenes of China’s landscape around the Yangtze River – Asia’s longest river and the third longest in the world. The scenes were shrouded in mist and fog, almost dreamlike. As valued treasures, they were placed in a prestigious part of our […] The post Cruising the Yangtze River on the Century Legend appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Revisiting The Mekong After Eight Years

Britton Frost is the daughter of River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle. I have lived a very privileged life when it comes to travel. I’ve been on 19 cruises and I’m only 21 years old. I have traveled many times with my dad, but what do you expect from the child of the Avid Cruiser? We went to […] The post Revisiting The Mekong After Eight Years appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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HAL’s Koningsdam comes to America

Editor’s Note: The Koningsdam repositioned from its debut in Europe to Fort Lauderdale last November for its 2016 inaugural in America. K.D. Leperi was invited to experience the Koningsdam on a 3-day itinerary in the Caribbean.                  While the Koningsdam was officially rolled out in Europe in early 2016, it repositioned to Fort Lauderdale in November... [Read More] The post HAL’s Koningsdam comes to America appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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5 Steps To Choosing The Perfect River Cruise

To the uninitiated, choosing a river cruise can be daunting. In Europe alone, more than two dozen companies offer extended river cruises. What differentiates them from one another? Complicating matters is that all river cruisers operated by all companies, with few notable exceptions, are built on the same platforms. That means they all look pretty much […] The post 5 Steps To Choosing The Perfect River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ship Review – Cruising the Rhone on Viking’s Buri

Editor’s Note: This past September, writer and photographer K.D. Leperi cruised with Viking River Cruise on their itinerary “France’s Finest.” Her journey on the Buri was the second week of a 15-day cruise. First, let me make it abundantly clear that I love France. I even took French as my second language in high school […] The post Ship Review – Cruising the Rhone on Viking’s Buri appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ship Review – Cruising the Seine on Viking’s Rolf

Editor’s Note: This past September, writer and photographer K.D. Leperi cruised with Viking River Cruise on their itinerary “France’s Finest.” Her journey on the Rolf was the first week of a 15-day cruise that covered the best of northern and southern France First, let me make it abundantly clear that I love France. I even […] The post Ship Review – Cruising the Seine on Viking’s Rolf appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Puntarenas: Gateway To The Interior Of Costa Rica

Many cruise ships that are plying the route between Florida and California via the Panama Canal spend one day in Costa Rica, usually in the port town of Puntarenas. The port itself is a sleepy town that essentially offers little for the visitor. If your itinerary includes a stop in Puntarenas, plan to spend the... [Read More] The post Puntarenas: Gateway To The Interior Of Costa Rica appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Webinar Recap: How To Choose A River Cruise & My Favorites

View the 45-minute recording of my February 10, 2017 webinar. The goal of the webinar is to provide you with a few tips that will help you (or your clients if you’re a travel seller) choose the perfect river cruise. And by highlighting my favorite river cruises, I hope to give you some ideas for […] The post Webinar Recap: How To Choose A River Cruise & My Favorites appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Offering 2018 River Cruises At 2017 Prices, Plus Free Air

Emerald Waterways is now accepting bookings for its 2018 river cruise season. Travelers who book any 2018 sailing before April 30 will pay 2017 fares and receive an additional discount of $1,000  per couple on sailings of 15-days or longer, and $500 per couple on sailings of 8-14 days. Emerald Waterways 2018 preview brochures are available for order now. Cabins […] The post Emerald Offering 2018 River Cruises At 2017 Prices, Plus Free Air appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Tasty Cruising Ahead: Windstar Named James Beard Foundation’s Official Cruise Line

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Windstar Cruises and the venerable James Beard Foundation are building an unprecedented travel-culinary partnership in 2017. The just-announced, exclusive partnership will result in scrumptious bites at sea for cruise guests and raise awareness of the epicurean delights to be discovered in ports around the world where the leading small ship line sails. “Our partnership as the official cruise... [Read More] The post Tasty Cruising Ahead: Windstar Named James Beard Foundation’s Official Cruise Line appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Sydney Hotels: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Sydney just keeps popping up as one of the world’s best cruise destinations, named by so many of the world’s authoritative travel media as the best place to cruise to and from in Australasia. It’s a big call, perhaps, but those who have traveled here get it. Hence, Sydney is a city to savor, to... [Read More] The post Sydney Hotels: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Princess Cruises Gears Up For Great Alaska Season

Princess Cruises is launching one of its largest-ever seasons in Alaska, with six ships sailing cruises and cruise-tours to the 49th State and itineraries that leave from four different homeports: Whittier, Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco. Coral Princess, Island Princess and Star Princess will operate weeklong north-and-southbound trips between Vancouver, British Columbia and Whittier (Seward),... [Read More] The post Princess Cruises Gears Up For Great Alaska Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Vancouver – Canada’s Pacific Gem

There are a handful of cities in the world that combine an exceptionally beautiful setting with a dynamic urban landscape. Among such cities are Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Cape Town, Hong Kong and Vancouver. For those who love to cruise, Alaska is one destination that offers incredible mountains, fjords, wildlife and a raw frontier spirit.... [Read More] The post Vancouver – Canada’s Pacific Gem appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Provence, New Year’s Eve On CroisiEurope

This is a continuation of a series featuring my favorite cruises of 2016, to be compiled in an ebook that will be published on January 31, 2017. I spent the days after Christmas up until New Year’s Day in France. Part of my time was spent in Paris, where I visited a friend before heading off […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Provence, New Year’s Eve On CroisiEurope appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruising the Mekong in 2017

Running between Cambodia and Vietnam in Southeast Asia is the Mekong River. At 4,350 kilometres (2,703 miles) in length, it is the 12th longest river in the world, and the 7th longest river in Asia. On the river cruise front, it has also proven to be one of the most popular waterways in Southeast Asia; […] The post Cruising the Mekong in 2017 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Register To Learn How To Choose A River Cruise & My Favorite River Cruises

Mark your calendar for February 10, 2017, to attend a live online event featuring How To Choose A River Cruise & My Favorite River Cruises. The goal of the webinar is to provide you with a few tips that will help you (or your clients if you’re a travel seller) choose the perfect river cruise. And... [Read More] The post Register To Learn How To Choose A River Cruise & My Favorite River Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Celebrity Edge: The Ship We Know Too Little About

It’s one of the most hotly-anticipated ship launches of 2018 – yet it is also one the upcoming ships that the travelling public knows the least about. In the fall of 2018, Celebrity Cruises will take delivery of its first newbuild ship in six years: Celebrity Edge. An entirely new class of ship, Celebrity Edge... [Read More] The post Celebrity Edge: The Ship We Know Too Little About appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Digging Deeper: Scenic Stretches Out Bordeaux With 12-Day Cruises

We’re impressed. Scenic wants you to spend more time in Bordeaux. Until now, the longest itinerary we’ve known about was CroisiEurope’s 8-day Bordeaux cruise. Scenic’s “Breathtaking Bordeaux” spans 12 days. Too much time in Bordeaux? Not at all, especially when you look at what Scenic has on tap. The new Scenic itinerary combines the beauty of the […] The post Digging Deeper: Scenic Stretches Out Bordeaux With 12-Day Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Register To Learn How To Choose A River Cruise & My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016

Mark your calendar for February 10, 2017, to attend a live online event featuring How To Choose A River Cruise &  My Favorite River Cruises. The goal of the webinar is to provide you with a few tips that will help you (or your clients if you’re a travel seller) choose the perfect river cruise. And […] The post Register To Learn How To Choose A River Cruise & My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Holland America Debuts New BBC Earth Experiences, Cruises

If you’ve sailed with Holland America Line before, you’ll likely know that the venerable line has been widely praised for its comfortable ships, friendly Indonesian and Filipino crews, excellent food, and classic, old-world charm. But Holland America Line is changing and evolving, and in the process, becoming more relevant than ever before. Now, Holland America... [Read More] The post Holland America Debuts New BBC Earth Experiences, Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Sampling Bordeaux On CroisiEurope

This is a continuation of a series featuring my favorite cruises of 2016, to be compiled in an ebook that will be published on January 31, 2017. As I have written many times before, CroisiEurope impresses me with its French flair and inventive itineraries. For example, CroisiEurope is the only company that I know of that offers […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Sampling Bordeaux On CroisiEurope appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Tauck Offers Special Air Pricing (But You May Do Better With These Tips)

Tauck is again offering its Take Off with Tauck special air pricing on Economy, Premium Economy and Business airfares to Europe. Tauck says the program, which runs from now through February 28, 2017, simplifies airfares to Europe by offering a hassle-free, three-tiered pricing model with no taxes, hidden fees or surcharges. Fully-inclusive Take Off with […] The post Tauck Offers Special Air Pricing (But You May Do Better With These Tips) appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways: Cruise Europe & Fly Free

Emerald Waterways, known for its exceptional values, is kicking off the new year with an unbeatable deal on 2017 sailings. Guests booking a Balcony Suite, including Panorama Balcony Suite, Riverview Suite, Grand Balcony Suite and Owner’s One Bedroom Suite, on any 2017 Europe river cruise itinerary will get free round-trip airfare from major U.S. and Canadian gateways. Guests booking a […] The post Emerald Waterways: Cruise Europe & Fly Free appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Amsterdam To Budapest, Two Weeks, Three Rivers, Five Countries

This is a continuation of a series featuring my favorite cruises of 2016, to be compiled in an ebook that will be published on January 31, 2017. Two weeks was not too many on our September cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. In fact, as we approached Bamberg about midway through our trip, I stood out […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Amsterdam To Budapest, Two Weeks, Three Rivers, Five Countries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope To Launch Second Ship On The Elbe

CroisiEurope has started construction on a third paddle-wheel riverboat to cruise the notoriously shallow Elbe River. Following the success of the MS Loire Princesse in 2015 and the Elbe Princesse in 2016, CroisiEurope ordered the third paddlewheel-propelled riverboat. MS Elbe Princesse II will be the second ship operating between Berlin and Prague on the Elbe and the […] The post CroisiEurope To Launch Second Ship On The Elbe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Boats & Bikes With Backroads & AmaWaterways

This is a continuation of a series featuring my favorite cruises of 2016, to be compiled in an ebook that will be published on January 31, 2017. Do you enjoy bicycling and seeing new places? If so, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better mix than bicycling in Europe during your river cruise. In September, I did […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Boats & Bikes With Backroads & AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: A Visit To Vienna For Crystal Mozart’s Christening

This is a continuation of a series featuring my favorite cruises of 2016 to be compiled in an ebook that will be published on January 31, 2017. I was on Crystal Mozart for less than 48 hours. Even so I quickly came to appreciate what Crystal Cruises, a leader in luxury blue-water cruising, was attempting […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: A Visit To Vienna For Crystal Mozart’s Christening appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Useful Resources: Top Ten Posts On River Cruise Advisor In 2016

Below is a list of the top-ten viewed posts on River Cruise Advisor for the calendar year of 2016. Comparisons took the number one and two spots. Rankings are based on pageviews from our analytics. It’s easy to understand why comparisons ranked so high. People want to know how the cruise companies differ and what makes one company […] The post Useful Resources: Top Ten Posts On River Cruise Advisor In 2016 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The New Windstar Cruises

With A New President At The Helm, Windstar Charts A Course for Success Last year didn’t start off kindly for Windstar Cruises. In late December of 2015, Star Pride ran aground off Coiba, Panama, putting an abrupt end to her Christmas cruise through Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. The damage was severe enough that... [Read More] The post The New Windstar Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Emerald Waterways To Launch Three New Ships

Just a few days ago, I wrote about one of my favorite river cruises of 2016. That trip, on the Danube in Eastern Europe, was on Emerald Sky. I found the two-year-old Sky to be bright, contemporary and inviting, with spacious staterooms featuring “indoor” balconies that with the touch of a button opened stateroom floor-to-ceiling windows to […] The post Emerald Waterways To Launch Three New Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CrosiEurope’s To Offer Africa Cruise Tours

Leave it to Strasbourg-based CroisiEurope to innovate. The family-run river cruise line has amassed a fleet of intimate river cruise ships around the world, from the waterways of Europe to the exotic rivers of Asia and Russia to small-group barge cruises that explore the canals of France. This year, CroisiEurope is introducing its newest river […] The post CrosiEurope’s To Offer Africa Cruise Tours appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Eastern Europe On Emerald Sky

This is a continuation of a series featuring my favorite cruises of 2016 to be compiled in an ebook that will be published on January 31, 2017. I felt like a true adventurer on Emerald Sky’s Enchantment of Eastern Europe cruise in early April of 2016. That’s in part because Emerald Sky took me to developing countries […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Eastern Europe On Emerald Sky appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Bright Future of Expedition Cruising

Coming Soon: An Armada Of Expedition Ships There was once a time when those looking to take an expedition cruise were left with few choices. Old Soviet-era icebreakers and decommissioned research ships that were pressed into adventure cruise service offered little in the way of creature comforts, and cruisers had to make compromises on everything... [Read More] The post The Bright Future of Expedition Cruising appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: AmaWaterways’ Taste Of Bordeaux

Wow! I spent a lot of time on the rivers of Europe last year. Eight river cruises in total. In fact, when I wrote these words I was sitting in the 8th-floor Marriott lounge overlooking the Rhône river in Lyon, France. I highly recommend the hotel for pre/post cruise stayovers, by the way. There’s a beautiful park behind the […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: AmaWaterways’ Taste Of Bordeaux appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite Voyages of 2016: On The Seine With AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways operates in three regions of France: Bordeaux, Provence and Paris/Normandy. One of my favorites is along the romantic Seine. The seven-night voyage begins in the “City of Light,” where the AmaLegro was docked within view of the Eiffel Tower. Once underway, AmaLegro follows the meandering Seine along landscapes that inspired impressionists such as Claude Monet. […] The post My Favorite Voyages of 2016: On The Seine With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruising Costa Rica With Windstar President John Delaney

On February 25, 2017, I’m cruising with Windstar’s President John Delaney. We’ll cruise aboard the Star Pride through the Panama Canal and along the star-studded coast of Costa Rica. The weeklong cruise will give me a chance to catch up with John, who I worked with on projects during his tenure at Seabourn. What I hope to discover is how... [Read More] The post Cruising Costa Rica With Windstar President John Delaney appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Carnival Repositions Three Of Its Newest & Largest Ships

Carnival Cruise Line will reposition three of its newest and largest ships to new homeports in 2018, expanding upon the exciting variety of cruise options available from Galveston, Texas, Port Canaveral, Fla.,  and Miami. In September 2018 Carnival Vista will move to Galveston; Carnival Breeze will reposition to Port Canaveral; and Carnival Magic will shift... [Read More] The post Carnival Repositions Three Of Its Newest & Largest Ships appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Oceania Cruises: Sailing To the Beat of its Own Drum

Since its inception in 2002, Oceania Cruises has bucked trends and expectations to deliver voyages that are wholly unique. Defying convention, its most popular voyages are often its longest, with a massive 180-day “Around the World” sailings selling out year after year. As Oceania celebrates its 15th year in business, it is sending its fleet... [Read More] The post Oceania Cruises: Sailing To the Beat of its Own Drum appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Three (Or Four) In A Cabin: Will It Float?

For decades, river cruising has largely been a pursuit for couples; families and solo cruisers need not apply. But in the run-up to the 2017 river cruise season, that old way of thinking is quickly going out the door, as river cruise lines move to court multi-generational families and solo cruisers eager to try their […] The post Three (Or Four) In A Cabin: Will It Float? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What’s New At Ponant

It’s shaping up to be an exciting year at Ponant, from new ships to special voyages and onboard programming that gives the world’s best luxury and expedition cruise lines a real run for their money. First founded as Compagnie du Ponant in 1988, Ponant is perhaps best known for its sleek trio of European designed-and-inspired cruise... [Read More] The post What’s New At Ponant appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Puerto Montt And The Lake District Of Chile

THE CHILENO LAKE DISTRICT is one of the world’s most spectacular and magnificent locales with regard to its scenic qualities. It is the pride and joy of Chile, regarded by Chilenos as the number one tourist destination within the country. This is a land of glacial lakes that are deep blue and crystal clear, backed... [Read More] The post Puerto Montt And The Lake District Of Chile appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Seabourn Encore Christened In Singapore

Last night Seabourn formally introduced Seabourn Encore at a festive evening ceremony pier side in Singapore. International recording artist and world’s best-selling soprano Sarah Brightman presided over the naming ceremony as godmother of the new 600-guest ship, the first of two new all-suite vessels for the company. I attended the events and toured the ship. Later... [Read More] The post Seabourn Encore Christened In Singapore appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Keep Traveling, Even In Troubled Times

Guest column by Elsa Nystrom As I write this, the TV broadcasts news of a shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, perhaps 300 miles south of us in Florida. While 2016 was a year of terror for many innocent victims in Europe and the Middle East, no country, it seems, will be immune to such attacks in […] The post Keep Traveling, Even In Troubled Times appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruise Through The Skies With Crystal AirCruise

You could say the grandeur of air travel went out with the Zeppelins, but Crystal Cruises is bringing it back. Taking off on August 31, Crystal is offering a luxury “air cruise” that it has dubbed, “The Peninsula Grand Inaugural Crystal AirCruise.” It’s a 27-day journey to 10 international destinations that has been developed in... [Read More] The post Cruise Through The Skies With Crystal AirCruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Uniworld Debuts U By Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has become the first river cruise line to actively target millennial travellers with its new U BY UNIWORLD program. The name – spelled in all caps – also comes with its own hashtag in an effort to better connect with younger travellers who are plugged into social media. Guests are […] The post Uniworld Debuts U By Uniworld appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Only Two Americans On Board: CroisiEurope New Year’s Cruise In Provence

I spent the days after Christmas up until New Year’s Day in France. Part of my time was spent in Paris, where I visited a friend before heading off to Lyon to spend time with another friend, Lou Le Jacq, nearly three decades ahead of me at 87, an affable and energetic traveling companion who I had […] The post The Only Two Americans On Board: CroisiEurope New Year’s Cruise In Provence appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riverside Chat: Q&A AmaWaterways & Magnificent Europe

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Transcript: I’m Ralph Grizzle, and I run a website called RiverCruiseAdvisor.com. We provide resources to help people make informed choices about river cruises. The Magnificent Europe itinerary that I am on now spans 15 days. You visit five countries on three rivers, plus you get to do the Main-Danube Canal. I think it’s AmaWaterway’s most […] The post Riverside Chat: Q&A AmaWaterways & Magnificent Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Sets Its Sights On India In 2018

European river cruise operator AmaWaterways has its sights set on a new destination: India. Company co-founders Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner revealed the news in December 2016, confirming that the company is currently in discussions to determine the size and amenities of a potential vessel to sail India’s Ganges River. They also stated that they […] The post AmaWaterways Sets Its Sights On India In 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Duchess: All-Suite Luxury on the Mississippi

The American Queen Steamboat Company will take delivery of its second ship on the Mississippi this coming summer. The 166-guest American Duchess will join the line’s flagship, the 436-guest American Queen in offering river cruises along the Mississippi River when she enters service in June. She’ll bring AQSC’s total fleet to three, which includes the […] The post American Duchess: All-Suite Luxury on the Mississippi appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Are River Cruises On The Nile Dead or Alive?

There was once a time when nearly every river cruise line offered river cruise journeys along Egypt’s Nile River. After the events of the Arab Spring in 2011, most companies moved to cancel their river cruises in the region, citing security issues and lack of demand. Nearly six years later, the region still hasn’t recovered […] The post Are River Cruises On The Nile Dead or Alive? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Bicycling & Boats: Scenic Partners With Trek Travel To Offer New Bike Program On Nine Departures

  Tour de Force? Scenic, one of the leading luxury river cruise companies, has partnered with Trek Travel, an active vacation company that specializes in luxury cycling vacations. Together, the two companies will offer seven-night Bike & River Cruise sailings on the Rhine and Danube. Operating May through September in 2017, nine departures are split between […] The post Bicycling & Boats: Scenic Partners With Trek Travel To Offer New Bike Program On Nine Departures appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Look At What’s Ahead For River Cruising In 2017 & Beyond

The river cruise segment is abuzz with new developments. We will be covering all of them in the coming weeks and months, but as teasers, here are a few developments that river cruisers will be excited about. A Passage To India? You may not remember the movie, adapted from the book by E.M. Forster, but you don’t need […] The post A Look At What’s Ahead For River Cruising In 2017 & Beyond appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Sets Scenic Apart? Scenic’s New VP Of Sales & Marketing Has A Story To Tell

Scenic has a new vice president of sales and marketing for the U.S. market. Joni Rein’s mandate? To create product awareness for Scenic and its sister brand Emerald Waterways. Her efforts will be aimed at the trade (that is, cruise sellers and travel agents). However, consumers ultimately will benefit as Scenic and Emerald begin to reveal their […] The post What Sets Scenic Apart? Scenic’s New VP Of Sales & Marketing Has A Story To Tell appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope To Launch Five New Ships In Europe, On The Mekong & In Africa In 2017

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CroisiEurope. Huh? That’s what most people who are new to river cruising say when I mention the company to them. First, there’s the French pronunciation that confuses them. Like croissant, the “cr” is pronounced as “qua,” as in QuasiEurope rather than KrossiEurope. The name CroisiEurope translates roughly to Cruising Europe, but in fact, the Strasbourg-based company does much more than cruise Europe. […] The post CroisiEurope To Launch Five New Ships In Europe, On The Mekong & In Africa In 2017 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Three Reasons Why I Love River Cruising In Europe

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I’m an addict. There’s no question about that. I am addicted to river cruising. I am also fortunate. I’ve been able to do more than 30 river cruises in the past decade, and I have loved them all. I’ve been on the Douro, the Loire, the Rhone and the Saone. I’ve cruised the Seine, the […] The post Three Reasons Why I Love River Cruising In Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Backroads Webinar For Those Who Missed It

River Cruise Advisor Presents Backroads from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo. Last week, we had a great turnout for River Cruise Advisor’s webinar featuring Backroads, the world’s number active travel company. If you missed the live event, good news: You can watch the recording here. What’s it all about? This past summer, my son Alex and […] The post Backroads Webinar For Those Who Missed It appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope Introduces Its Own Beer-Themed River Cruise

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Belgium is well-known for its amazing beers, so it is perhaps no surprise that Strasbourg-based CroisiEurope is using Belgium as the backdrop for its new Beer: Belgium’s Liquid Gold river cruise from Brussels to Ostend. Spanning five days aboard the MS Victor Hugo, the brew-cruise will feature calls on Antwerp, Ghent, Lovendegem and Bruges, along […] The post CroisiEurope Introduces Its Own Beer-Themed River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Things To Love About The American Empress

The 223-guest American Empress docked in The Dalles, Oregon, earlier this week. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The rain is streaming down the windows, and I’m staring out at the massive red paddlewheel aboard American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress as it churns up the dark-grey waters of the Columbia River. We’re bound for Astoria, Oregon on this Thanksgiving afternoon; just one of four ports of call we’ll visit this week. I […] The post Five Things To Love About The American Empress appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Act Quickly: Emerald Waterways’ Black Friday Sale

Emerald Sky docked across from the Parliament building in Budapest. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
Deals Include Half Price Cabin Upgrades and Reduced Air on All 2017 Sailings The gift of travel endures long beyond the hectic holiday season, and those looking to surprise a loved one with a gift of a European river cruise this year need look no further than Emerald Waterways. The four-star river cruise line is offering […] The post Act Quickly: Emerald Waterways’ Black Friday Sale appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Join Our December 1 Online Event As We Discuss Backroads Bicycling River Cruises

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Mark your calendar for December 1 to attend a live online event featuring bicycling river cruises with Backroads. This past summer, my son Alex and I were part of a larger Backroads group (pictured above), pedaling our way along the Danube each day and using AmaWaterways’ AmaSonata as our floating boutique hotel. It was a match made in heaven. Your […] The post Join Our December 1 Online Event As We Discuss Backroads Bicycling River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Is CroisiEurope Right For You?

My stateroom on Cyrano de Bergerac, docked in Bordeaux. © 2016 Ralph grizzle
I heap lots of praise on CroisiEurope, and for good reason. Strasbourg-based CroisiEurope is family-owned and operated — and the company has a lot of ships, more than 50. The company’s all-inclusive cruises impress me with their French flair, inventive itineraries and innovative ships. CroisiEurope also serves up one of the best values in river cruising. In […] The post Is CroisiEurope Right For You? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Year After The Terror Attacks, It’s Time To Return To France

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain I have fallen in love with France – once […] The post A Year After The Terror Attacks, It’s Time To Return To France appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Who Knew? It’s Wine Tourism Day: A Toast With AmaWaterways

In Bourg, Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, co-owners of AmaWaterways, became honorary inductees to La Connétablie de Guyenne, an organization founded in 1152 to glorify Bordeaux wines. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
In celebration of Wine Tourism Day on November 12, AmaWaterways is inviting travelers to toast to the holiday with a special offer available on its wine-themed cruises – showcasing the acclaimed wine regions along Europe’s Danube, Douro, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone and Seine Rivers. Celebrated globally, Wine Tourism Day promotes the concept of traveling to wine […] The post Who Knew? It’s Wine Tourism Day: A Toast With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Partnership Continues Between Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises with New 2017 ‘Europe’s Finest’

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2017 collection combines Uniworld’s style of river cruising with luxury and premium escorted journeys Insight Vacations®, Luxury Gold®, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection® are pleased to announce their new 2017 “Europe’s Finest” collection of itineraries. Building off of its inaugural success in 2016, this collection represents the collaboration of three distinct brands – seamlessly delivering guests to Europe’s most exquisite attractions […] The post Partnership Continues Between Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises with New 2017 ‘Europe’s Finest’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A River Cruising Travel Guarantee, From Scenic

Scenic Azure on the Douro. Photo courtesy of Scenic.
Beginning in 2017, Scenic will be the first company to offer a River Cruising Travel Guarantee for every guest – at no charge. Scenic has partnered with a major global insurance company to put together an insurance plan that automatically covers every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, […] The post A River Cruising Travel Guarantee, From Scenic appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Downloadable Chart: Can I Take My Kids On A River Cruise

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We’re here to help travel agents and families traveling together on river cruises. Traveling with kids on river cruises is a complicated issue. Some river cruise companies allow children as young as three years old on board with their parents. Other cruise companies don’t want to see kids younger than 13 years of age. To […] The post Downloadable Chart: Can I Take My Kids On A River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What I Wish I Had Done Before Leaving On Our First River Cruise

Elsa and Chuck Nystrom, The Georgia Ramblers
I enjoy following the travels of the Georgia Ramblers. Despite a name that sounds like a country-western band, the Georgia Ramblers are Elsa and Chuck Nystrom, two avid travelers and relatively new river cruisers. They wasted no time when it came to river cruising, however, and have chalked up four river cruises, all on Uniworld, […] The post What I Wish I Had Done Before Leaving On Our First River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Celebrates 30 Years With Special Offers

Captain's Gala on Scenic Jasper. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Free flights, reduced business class air, free hotel nights, savings up to $3,000, and more Thirty years ago, Scenic was born from a quest to improve the occupancy of one small, out-of-the-way hotel on Australia’s southern coast. Assigned to this challenge, Glen Moroney created much needed marketing materials and began visiting retirement communities to promote […] The post Scenic Celebrates 30 Years With Special Offers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Feature Video: AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise

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On AmaWaterways 15-day Magnificent Europe voyages between Budapest and Amsterdam, you’ll experience three rivers, five countries and scenic cruising through the heartland of Europe. You’ll experience all of this from the comfort of your floating boutique hotel — the 164-guest AmaSonata — with plush accommodations, award-winning cuisine and service that is professional, personal and perhaps […] The post Feature Video: AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Ships Of 2017: Coming Soon to the Rivers of Europe

niworld's new S.S. Joie de Vivre begins operating on the Seine in March of 2017. Rendering courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Next year promises to be another great season for river cruising through Europe, with companies launching new itineraries, new destinations, and of course, new river cruise ships. While the overall numbers are down a bit from 2016 (largely in part due to the fact that Viking River Cruises will only be introducing two new vessels […] The post The Ships Of 2017: Coming Soon to the Rivers of Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Join Me On A Barge Cruise In The South Of France, Redux

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle
One of my favorite trips ever was a barge cruise that I hosted in the south of France in July of 2015. Well, in case you missed that trip, you may have another chance. I’m considering another trip on the same barge on the same itinerary from Sete to Arles, September 1 – 7, 2017 (yes, […] The post Join Me On A Barge Cruise In The South Of France, Redux appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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India: River Cruising’s Newest Itinerary

Austrian-based Luftner Cruises is expanding into Asia in 2014 - including river cruises along India's famed Ganges. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons
As river cruising continues to grow in popularity, the number of destinations you can see by river cruise ship is becoming more numerous and diverse. Cruises in exotic destinations can now be found along the Amazon, the Nile, and through China’s Yangtze and rivers in Southeast Asia like the Irrawaddy and the Mekong. One of […] The post India: River Cruising’s Newest Itinerary appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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e-book: AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe

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AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe It could just be AmaWaterways most aspirational cruise: three rivers, five countries, 14 nights between Amsterdam and Budapest. Ralph Grizzle’s 33-page guide details it all, including his take on the cruise, as well as what you can expect on such an extended voyage. Buy AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe The post e-book: AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Bordeaux On A Budget: CroisiEurope’s Cyrano de Bergerac

CroisiEurope's Cyrano de Bergerac. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
Perhaps the most surprising thing that I learned about CroisiEurope on last week’s trip to Bordeaux was the price of its cruises. I’d known that CroisiEurope was the price-leader in Europe, but what I did not know was that it undercuts its competitors by almost 50 percent. With all-inclusive bar (not just wine and beer during […] The post Bordeaux On A Budget: CroisiEurope’s Cyrano de Bergerac appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New Video & New eBook Featuring AmaWaterways Amsterdam To Budapest

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Later this week, we’re releasing a five-minute video featuring our AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe voyage this past September. Our 30-second teaser gives you a taste of what’s to come. 50 Percent Savings Please note the 50 percent savings for the brand new companion ebook to AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe. Use the code october2016 during checkout to receive this limited-time offer (it […] The post New Video & New eBook Featuring AmaWaterways Amsterdam To Budapest appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Travel Tips: Five Essential Items You Need To Pack For Your River Cruise

My luggage was waiting for me in my stateroom - which was identical to the one I just left. This is the Viking advantage. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Packing for any cruise is always a difficult challenge.  After all, there are a number of considerations to take into effect, from the anticipated weather to the expected temperature to what you’ll want to wear at night. And, of course, how you pack also depends quite heavily on the dress code of the river cruise […] The post Travel Tips: Five Essential Items You Need To Pack For Your River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises: 2018 Itineraries For New Ships

Crystal Debussy will set sail in June, 2017. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
In the spring of 2018, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel embark on their maiden voyages on April 9 and May 10, 2018, respectively. Just published are the European itineraries for the inaugural year of the two vessels, which will join Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler on the waterways through Germany, Austria, Hungary and […] The post Crystal River Cruises: 2018 Itineraries For New Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Great Non-European River Cruises

Transiting The Dalles Dam this evening...Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders
While Europe remains the most popular river cruising destination in the world, it is by no means the only place to take this kind of journey. In fact, river cruises are available all around the world, from North America to Asia and back again. The trick is knowing where to look. Here are five of […] The post Five Great Non-European River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Can I Take My Kids on a River Cruise?

Some lines are more family-friendly than others. Here, guests enjoy lunch out on deck on one of Tauck's Tauck Bridges family river cruises. Photo courtesy of Tauck.
One of the most frequently-asked questions that readers are emailing into us here at River Cruise Advisor is: can I take my kids on a river cruise? We’re not talking teenagers or grown adult children here, but kids – specifically, kids under 12 years of age. In its historical origins, river cruises were never really […] The post Can I Take My Kids on a River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Paddlewheel River Cruise Roundup

Paddlewheel-driven river cruise ships are being built in record numbers for the waterways of the United States. Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines.
While river cruising’s epicenter is undoubtedly situated over in Europe, the waterways of the United States are becoming more competitive with each passing year. With cruises along the Mississippi River and the Columbia and Snake Rivers of Oregon and Washington State more popular than ever, cruise lines are rushing to build new, purpose-built river cruise […] The post Paddlewheel River Cruise Roundup appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Can You Expect On An AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise? Part II

Early morning cruising on the Main River. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
It could just be AmaWaterways’ most aspirational itinerary: a cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, covering three rivers, five countries and spanning 15 days. Welcome to AmaWaterways’ Magnificent Europe. Time seemed to stand still on the river. That’s precisely how you would have wanted it had you been on our Magnificent Europe voyage. We were in no rush. […] The post What Can You Expect On An AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise? Part II appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Just For Fun: 360 Video On AmaSonata

Last week while on our AmaWaterways’ Magnificent Europe river cruise, we experimented with 360 video. To keep things simple, we set up the camera in the middle of the oversized chess board on AmaSonata’s top deck. Then we ran circles around the chess board. The result was a fun little video, which you can view below. Thanks […] The post Just For Fun: 360 Video On AmaSonata appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruises For Budget Travelers

Tauck's ms Inspire and ms Savor will get two sister ships in 2016: ms Grace and ms Joy. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders
River cruises are a wonderful vacation choice. Active, educational and immersive, they’re a great choice for couples looking for an alternative to big-ship cruises or long, monotonous overland tours by motorcoach. One thing river cruises aren’t, however, is inexpensive. Most river cruises come at a relatively high price point when compared to ocean cruises, running […] The post River Cruises For Budget Travelers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Can You Expect On An AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise? Part I

Our home away from home: AmaSonata on the Rhine. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
I am currently midway on a voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest on AmaWaterways’ 164-guest AmaSonata. The duration of the cruise, spanning 14 nights/15 days, is perfect for those who have the time for a truly immersive European experience. In fact, I’ve already heard from more than one person on this voyage that they would love […] The post What Can You Expect On An AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise? Part I appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Who Should Book A Tulip Time River Cruise & When To Go?

Take part in a stunning Tulip Time cruise through the Netherlands with AmaWaterways. Photo © Aaron Saunders
You may have heard the phrase, “Tulip Time cruises” mentioned before. On the surface, you might be inclined to skim over them. But there’s good reasons why you’ll want to add one of these picturesque river cruises to your bucket list – and why it’s important to book well in advance in order to do […] The post Who Should Book A Tulip Time River Cruise & When To Go? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Which Lines Offer River Cruises in Russia?

Scenic Tsar sails Russian itineraries for Scenic Tours. Photo courtesy of Scenic Tours
It’s one of the most historic waterways in the world, but river cruises on Russia’s Volga River are becoming a rare commodity. Geopolitical issues have seen the reduction of these voyages in recent years, though there are still cruise lines that continue to be committed to the region. The vast majority of river cruises through […] The post Which Lines Offer River Cruises in Russia? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Perks of Off-Season River Cruises

Today, I set out to explore the city of Budapest, Hungary entirely on foot. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
If you haven’t already noticed, the weather outside for most of us is starting to change. The summer season is definitely over, and fall is upon us. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a river cruise. In fact, there are a number of great reasons you should consider river cruising during the “off-season” – […] The post Five Perks of Off-Season River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Christmas Markets Roundup 2016

Avalon is increasing the number of Christmas Market river cruises it has on offer for 2017 with five new itineraries. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
If we could only pick one more river cruise to take, it wouldn’t be a difficult decision. Both River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle and myself would, without hesitation, hop aboard one of the festive Christmas Markets river cruises that close out the year on the rivers of Europe. Typically operating between November 25 and December […] The post Christmas Markets Roundup 2016 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise Basics: River Cruise Seasons

Take part in a stunning Tulip Time cruise through the Netherlands with AmaWaterways. Photo © Aaron Saunders
Much like ocean cruises, not all river cruise destinations operate on a year-round basis. On the oceangoing side of things, you’d expect that cruises to Alaska would only operate in the summer months, and that the bulk of cruises through the Caribbean would take place in the winter. But what about a Danube river cruise? […] The post River Cruise Basics: River Cruise Seasons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope’s Christmas Cruises Begin At $877 Per Person

Christmas Market river cruises are a highly enjoyable way to spend the Holiday Season. Photo © Ralph Grizzle
Enjoy the magic of the holiday season while cruising along Europe’s waterways aboard one of CroisiEurope’s Christmas Cruises, including the Christmas Market or New Year’s Cruises. These special holiday season itineraries range from 4-6 days, creating an out-of-the ordinary European holiday vacation. Travel between Europe’s most enchanting cities including Seville, Strasbourg, and Amsterdam while exploring Europe’s famous Christmas markets, attend a local Christmas Eve mass and ring in the New […] The post CroisiEurope’s Christmas Cruises Begin At $877 Per Person appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Lays Keel for Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler

Crystal is introducing its first four purpose-built river cruise ships to the waters of Europe next year. Rendering courtesy of Crystal River Cruises.
Crystal River Cruises’ first two purpose-built river cruise ships are one step closer to reality. On August 19, the keels were laid for Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, which will be the lead ships in Crystal’s new Rhine Class river cruise vessels. Scheduled to debut in the summer of 2017, the two vessels are being […] The post Crystal River Cruises Lays Keel for Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Backroads Bike Trips & River Boating: A Winning Combination For Active Travelers

Our Backroads/AmaWaterways group.
Backroads Bike Trips & AmaWaterways river cruising makes for a perfect combination for active travelers. Check out our experience of cycling the Danube. 7:45 a.m. Vienna, Austria. We had a big day ahead, a bike ride from Vienna to Bratislava, a distance that would cover 46 miles and fueled only by our muscles. On the […] The post Backroads Bike Trips & River Boating: A Winning Combination For Active Travelers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld Introduces New Itineraries, Amenities, Ship in 2017

niworld's new S.S. Joie de Vivre begins operating on the Seine in March of 2017. Rendering courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection recently announced two brand-new itineraries to its lineup of European river cruises for 2017, along with new enhacenements and features. Next year will also see the launch of the first Uniworld “Super Ship” to sail France’s Seine River – the S.S. Joie de Vivre. First, on the amenities front, Uniworld […] The post Uniworld Introduces New Itineraries, Amenities, Ship in 2017 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2017 River Cruise Deals Abound

AmaSonata in Weissenkirchen. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, river cruise lines rarely offered discounts or early-booking incentives. With a steady stream of travellers eager to try river cruising out for themselves – and a relative lack of capacity – cabins were frequently snapped up half a year or more in advance. As summer […] The post 2017 River Cruise Deals Abound appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Bicycling The Wachau (Wow!chau) Valley With Backroads & AmaWaterways

Alex and me. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
Yesterday proved to be the most exhilarating day of our trip so far. There’s still a chance, however, that yesterday will be topped. We are only a little more than midway through an 8-day, 7-night trip on AmaSonata, traveling from Prague to Budapest. Each day holds its own surprises. One intriguing day is still ahead, […] The post Bicycling The Wachau (Wow!chau) Valley With Backroads & AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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En Route To AmaSonata, By Bicycle With Backroads Along The Danube

© 2016 Ralph Grizzle
After a great day of exploring Prague yesterday, our morning started at 8 o’clock with a 3.5-hour bus transfer from Prague’s Hilton Old Town to Tittling, Germany. Once there, we enjoyed a Bavarian lunch and afterward gathered outside to be fitted for our bicycles, provided by Backroads, the tour company that partnered with AmaWaterways for […] The post En Route To AmaSonata, By Bicycle With Backroads Along The Danube appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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This Week: Bicycling Along The Danube With AmaWaterways, But First A Few Days In Prague

On the Charles Bridge in Prague: While you're at home, Europe is bustling with people and life-enriching adventures. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
This week, I am fortunate to be mixing several of my passions: travel in Europe, river cruising, bicycling and spending quality time with one of my favorite people. Tomorrow morning, my 19-year-old son Alex and I will begin a bicycling adventure from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. Google Maps tells me that we’ll be covering […] The post This Week: Bicycling Along The Danube With AmaWaterways, But First A Few Days In Prague appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld Appoints Ellen Bettridge as President, CEO

S.S. Catherine docked in Tain L'Hermitage. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has appointed cruise industry veteran Ellen Bettridge as the line’s President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Guy Young who has been promoted to two new roles with Uniworld parent company, The Travel Corporation. Bettridge, who comes to Uniworld from Azamara Club Cruises where she served as Vice President, Sales and […] The post Uniworld Appoints Ellen Bettridge as President, CEO appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Things To Bring With You On Your Next River Cruise

Viking provides an incredible pre-cruise documentation package. Shown here is one of the mini-guides they provide, which I am using on a Christmas Markets cruise along the Danube. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
Let’s face it: everyone forgets something when they travel – even experienced cruisers like us. However, there are some things that you should bring with you to get maximum enjoyment out of your river cruise – things that go beyond the usual toothbrush and passport.  These are things we’ve found to be immensely useful on […] The post Five Things To Bring With You On Your Next River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Mozart: What Sets Her Apart

At 22.8 meters wide, Crystal Mozart is nearly twice the width of the standard river cruiser. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
After having taken “The Queen of Europe’s Rivers” down to her steel structure, Crystal River Cruises introduced a vessel in July of 2016 that is as beautiful as it is innovative — and it was all done in an extremely crunched timeframe. It was late last year when Crystal announced the purchase of Dertour’s 1987-built MS […] The post Crystal Mozart: What Sets Her Apart appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Redesigns Two River Cruise Ships, Cancels Sailings

Crystal Debussy will set sail in June, 2017. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
Crystal River Cruises has announced that it will be increasing its presence on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers next year due to demand from travellers for more voyages through Germany and Austria. The line will redeploy Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel – both of which were scheduled to enter service in France along the […] The post Crystal Redesigns Two River Cruise Ships, Cancels Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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East Meets West: Two Danube River Cruises Compared

If it's your first time on the rivers of Europe, a Western Danube river cruise seldom disappoints. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders
If you’re planning a river cruise, one of the most obvious considerations is a sailing along the famous Danube River. Flowing over 2,400 kilometres (1,491 miles) from the edge of the Black Sea to its final termination point near the town of Kelheim, Germany, the Danube is one of river cruising’s most popular destinations. It’s […] The post East Meets West: Two Danube River Cruises Compared appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Redesigns France-Based Ships With Larger Cabins, New Cooking School

Scenic Sapphire is just one of five ships to undergo extensive refits. Photo courtesy of Scenic Tours
In the travel industry right now, there’s a push to see how many people airlines can fit onto an airplane. By reducing leg room, airlines can cram another few rows of seats onto the airplane and, in turn, make more profit. Australia-based tour and river cruise operator Scenic is taking the opposite approach by giving […] The post Scenic Redesigns France-Based Ships With Larger Cabins, New Cooking School appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Questions To Ask Before Booking A River Cruise

AmaWaterways' AmaViola. Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways.
Although I’ve been cruising for nearly 20 years now, I didn’t take my first river cruise until late 2011. Already well-versed in how to book an ocean cruise, I didn’t think twice about booking a river cruise – until I saw how different it was. Brochures were laid out differently than their oceangoing counterparts. Deck […] The post Questions To Ask Before Booking A River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What’s New With Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

niworld's new S.S. Joie de Vivre begins operating on the Seine in March of 2017. Rendering courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Over the summer, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched a number of new initiatives, promotions and features for the 2017 river cruise season. There’s so many of them, in fact, that we’re bringing you up-to-speed with all the latest developments in a single article. From new active partnerships to special themed sailings, solo traveller […] The post What’s New With Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Recapping Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe River Cruise

Sailing the famous Iron Gates of the Danube aboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Embla. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
The Passage to Eastern Europe Is A Pleasant Surprise Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor If you ever want to appreciate the value of a cruise, take a long-haul flight in economy class. I have two inches between my knees and the seat in front of me, and even less between my elbow and my seatmates’ […] The post Recapping Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Budapest Day 2

Today, I set out to explore the city of Budapest, Hungary entirely on foot. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Budapest On Foot Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Friday, July 15, 2016 After beginning our Viking River Cruises’ Passage to Eastern Europe voyage in Bucharest, Romania last week, it’s now time to say goodbye: today, Viking guests enjoyed a day at their leisure in Budapest, Hungary to cap off this 10-day journey through some of […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Budapest Day 2 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Budapest, Hungary

Today, Viking's Passage to Eastern Europe voyage continued with a post-cruise stay in Budapest, Hungary. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
The Many Sides of Budapest Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Thursday, July 14, 2016 Every time I come to Budapest, Hungary, it seems to look a little better than the last. In the five years that I’ve been coming here (this is visit number seven), I’ve seen a lot of changes. I’ve seen the addition […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Budapest, Hungary appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Mozart Photo Gallery

I’ve just returned from Vienna, Austria, where I stayed for two nights on Crystal Mozart before her christening this past Monday. She is one impressive ship, nearly twice as wide as the standard river cruiser, and, accordingly, with lots of space in public areas and in staterooms and suites. Crystal had to take Mozart, once […] The post Crystal Mozart Photo Gallery appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New AmaWaterways Training Course for Travel Agents

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Today, we launch something new here on River Cruise Advisor. We’ve channeled our collective knowledge to produce the first of what will be a series of educational courses designed for travel agents who want to increase their knowledge about river cruising. The initiative is called River Cruise Academy, and our first in-depth course features AmaWaterways. […] The post New AmaWaterways Training Course for Travel Agents appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Kalocsa, Hungary

Viking River Cruises' Viking Embla docked in Kalocsa, Hungary this afternoon. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
The Beauty of the Viking Longships Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Four motorcoaches pulled up on a dusty road outside of the ship this afternoon. I looked at them, then at the Hungarian family taking a picnic in the shade under the trees. It looked hot. I stepped outside the ship. […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Kalocsa, Hungary appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope Introduces First River Cruise Through Croatia & Serbia

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CroisiEurope has announced a new 10-day journey between Central Europe and the Balkans, which will launch in 2017. With an itinerary that will take guests through Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, CroisiEurope will be the first river cruise company to design an itinerary that will take travelers along the Danube and Sava Rivers. During this 10-day cruise, guests will discover the […] The post CroisiEurope Introduces First River Cruise Through Croatia & Serbia appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Osijek, Croatia

The streets of Osijek's historic Old Town, as seen on our included tour with Viking River Cruises today. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
The Real Passage to Eastern Europe Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Tuesday, July 12, 2016 There’s nothing like seeing a bullet-riddled, half-collapsed building to make you grateful for what you have in life. Today, Viking River Cruises’ Viking Embla arrived in Vukovar, Croatia. At Danube Kilometre Marker 1333, it is less than 200 kilometres further […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Osijek, Croatia appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Belgrade, Serbia

A Day in Belgrade - and a behind-the-scenes tour at the Serbian Opera awaited us today. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Beautiful, Complicated, Belgrade Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Monday, July 11, 2016 A shabby little red car pulls up in front of our motorcoach and Milos, our guide, jumps into action. “See the car on your right, the red one with the short end. That’s the Yugo.” He goes on to describe the car and […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Belgrade, Serbia appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – The Iron Gates

Cruising the Danube's Iron Gates with Viking River Cruises this afternoon.
The Danube’s Iron Gates Sunday, July 10, 2016 A field of high-voltage power cables are crackling above my head. It sounds like a cross between a bad Frankenstein movie (“It’s Alive!”) and a bowl of Rice Crispies. Snap, crackle, pop. It’s extremely audible, and almost disconcerting. I’m hesitant to turn on my camera for fear […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – The Iron Gates appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Vidin, Bulgaria

Vidin, Bulgaria: capsule to another time. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The Broken Dreams of Vidin Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Saturday, July 9, 2016 It’s the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday. The temperature hovers near 32°C, and I can literally hear the sound of cheese pizza sizzling on the pavement. No, really: there are two slices of cheese pizza that someone has left […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Vidin, Bulgaria appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Russe, Bulgaria

The spectacular Eastern Danube, as seen this evening from onboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Embla.
A Day in Bulgaria, and a Big Win for Viking Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Friday, July 8, 2016 After a good night’s sleep, I was up early at six this morning, where I stepped onto the heated floor of my stateroom’s bathroom to begin my day. It’s such a simple luxury – not having […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Russe, Bulgaria appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage To Eastern Europe – Embarkation in Bucharest

Welcome aboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Longship Embla on the eve of our Passage to Eastern Europe river cruise! Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Romania And Our Viking Journey to Eastern Europe Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Wednesday, July 6, 2016 “Do you take American? American dollars?” A self-assured tourist is standing at the bar in the InterContinental Bucharest, his arm resting casually on the countertop. He’s got a wad of limp U.S. currency in his hand, and he’s […] The post Viking’s Passage To Eastern Europe – Embarkation in Bucharest appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Embla Voyage Report: My Viking Journey

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Documents, Airfare and My Viking Journey Today, I’m flying to Bucharest, Romania to embark Viking River Cruises’ Viking Embla as part of the line’s 10-day Passage to Eastern Europe cruisetour itinerary. Because it’s a long day – and because I have just over 16 hours to kill between my departure from Canada and my arrival […] The post Viking Embla Voyage Report: My Viking Journey appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Rhine River Cruises Explained

Do you love castles? You'll love the Rhine. Photo ©  2013 Aaron Saunders
After the Danube, the Rhine is Europe’s next most-popular river for vacationers looking to take a river cruise. With most departures sailing between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Basel, Switzerland in the south, Rhine river cruises can visit numerous countries in a single week, including the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Switzerland, with inland excursions that reach as […] The post Rhine River Cruises Explained appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Things You Should Know About Danube River Cruises

Where are we? Docking locations are sometimes industrial in nature, particularly if prime docking locations don't exist. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
The Danube is to European river cruises what the Caribbean is to ocean cruises. It’s the de-facto destination everyone thinks of when the words “river cruise” are mentioned; the river shown from high-angle aerial shots in all the advertisements you’ve seen. But, like the Caribbean, the Danube is too big, too varied and too different […] The post Five Things You Should Know About Danube River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Announces New Details For 2017 River Yachts

Crystal is introducing its first four purpose-built river cruise ships to the waters of Europe next year. Rendering courtesy of Crystal River Cruises.
On the heels of launching its first-ever river cruise product, Crystal River Cruises has announced new design details for its first four purpose-built river cruise ships, all of which will debut along the waterways of Europe next year. Crystal Ravel, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, and Crystal Mahler will all enter service in 2017. Unlike Crystal […] The post Crystal River Cruises Announces New Details For 2017 River Yachts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Po River Cruising: Who Goes There

CroisiEurope's voyages along the Po River sail into the heart of Italy - from Venice. Illustration courtesy of CroisiEurope.
Italy is one of Europe’s most-travelled to countries. Land tours and ocean cruises regularly visit this land of wine and culinary delights, but river cruises tend to bypass Italy altogether. It’s not because Italy isn’t a river cruise destination – it is. Rather, it’s because one of it’s prime waterways – the Po River – […] The post Po River Cruising: Who Goes There appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise Airfare: Getting There In Comfort

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The most uncomfortable flight I’ve ever had was from Miami to Frankfurt this past March with Lufthansa. It wasn’t because the flight crew were rude (they weren’t) or the plane was old (it wasn’t). It was because I didn’t do my homework before booking it. Not only did I get nailed with a short connection […] The post River Cruise Airfare: Getting There In Comfort appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise News Roundup

Wide Open Spaces: Legroom isn't a problem on this Lufthansa flight in Business Class. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
Every week, we get a smattering of river cruise news that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else on River Cruise Advisor. Today, we’ve taken all those little pieces and put them together – and there’s a lot to like, from new ships to enhanced promotions and revitalized itineraries. Uniworld Offers Business Upgrade Offer How you fly […] The post River Cruise News Roundup appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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When & How Do You Book Your River Cruise?

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The results from last week’s poll suggest that most of our readers are planning their river cruises more than six months in advance. And while most believe they get the best value by booking a year or more ahead, about a third of the respondents believe the best values are close in, less than six months in […] The post When & How Do You Book Your River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Voyage Preview: Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe

Viking Embla on the Danube on a cool winter day. In December, we'll sail sister-ship Viking Baldur on the Rhine. Photo © Aaron Saunders
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports It’s time to go river cruising again as we travel to Bucharest, Romania in early July to join Viking River Cruises’ Passage to Eastern Europe cruisetour itinerary. Travelling from Bucharest to Budapest, Hungary, our home on this 10-night itinerary will be Viking Embla, one of Viking River Cruises’ first Longships […] The post Voyage Preview: Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Water Levels Continue to Disrupt European River Cruises – Update 2

The issue of water levels on the rivers of Europe has grown, with river cruise lines now reporting sailings are affected on the Danube, Elbe, Rhone, and Rhine rivers. All rivers except the Elbe are experiencing higher than usual water levels that is restricting passage on many itineraries, while the Elbe doesn’t have enough water. […] The post Water Levels Continue to Disrupt European River Cruises – Update 2 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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SURVEY: How Do You Book Your River Cruise?

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How do you book your river cruise? We’re curious to know. Are you someone who plans far in advance? Or are you the spontaneous type who looks for windows of opportunity right away? Please take a moment to complete our survey in order to help us better understand you – our collective community – here […] The post SURVEY: How Do You Book Your River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Water Levels Affect Danube, Elbe, Rhine River Cruises

Water levels on many European rivers can run high or low - and both can have negative consequences for your river cruise. Photo © Aaron Saunders
The issue of water levels along the rivers of Europe has once again reared its ugly head – and it’s not pretty. Due to increased rainfall activity, the Danube and Rhine Rivers are currently experiencing high water levels. This has forced some river cruise lines to make changes for sailings through the end of June, […] The post Water Levels Affect Danube, Elbe, Rhine River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Catching Up With Scenic: Four New Ship Profiles

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The Scenic river cruise fleet is growing by leaps and bounds – and we’re adding to our collection of comprehensive ship profiles here on River Cruise Advisor. This year alone, Scenic is welcoming four distinct ships into its fleet. These ships expand the footprint of the Australia-based tour company’s river cruises like never before, with […] The post Catching Up With Scenic: Four New Ship Profiles appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Welcomes Family-Friendly AmaViola Into The Fleet

AmaWaterways' AmaViola. Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways.
AmaWaterways welcomed its newest ship, the into the fleet yesterday in a ceremony in the town of Vilshofen, Germany. The 170-guest AmaViola, like sister AmaStella, has been purpose-built to cater to multi-generational families travelling together; a rarity in the world of river cruising, where many lines cater to a demographic made up largely of retirees. […] The post AmaWaterways Welcomes Family-Friendly AmaViola Into The Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Low Price River Cruises: Is This The Year To River Cruise?

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River cruising is experiencing an exceptional year – for river cruisers, that is. River cruise lines, on the other hand, are struggling to fill ships in the wake of concerns from North American travellers about travel abroad. For those looking for a great deal, however, there has never been a better time to take a […] The post Low Price River Cruises: Is This The Year To River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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How Crystal River Cruises Intends To Stand Out From The Crowd

In Linz, Austria, crews are working around the clock to ready Crystal’s first river cruise vessel for sailing in July. Meeting the deadline won’t be easy. The “Queen of the Rivers” was showing her age when Crystal acquired her late last year. To introduce the elegant vessel that Crystal envisions requires stripping Mozart to her […] The post How Crystal River Cruises Intends To Stand Out From The Crowd appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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World Cruise Tips: Planning For Months At Sea

Cocktails on Silver Spirit's ample, tiered aft decks. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Earlier this week, we wrote extensively about 2017 World Cruises and 2018 World Cruises. These are massive journeys that typically span between 110 and 160 days in length, and can have the same per-person cost as a midsized car. On the other hand, World Cruises offer the chance to see the world (or at least... [Read More] The post World Cruise Tips: Planning For Months At Sea appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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World Cruise 2018, A Roundup Of Voyages From 114 Days To Six Months

Crystal Cruises will let guests swap ships in Sydney, Australia as part of its World Cruise 2018 offerings. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises
Yesterday, we published our World Cruise 2017 roundup – highlighting how these massive itineraries are gaining in popularity, and publishing sailings that are on offer for 2017. Today, we take a look at some of the World Cruise 2018 voyages that already have been announced. These are voyages that are as unique as the ships that... [Read More] The post World Cruise 2018, A Roundup Of Voyages From 114 Days To Six Months appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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World Cruise 2017: A Roundup

Crystal Serenity, anchored off the coast of Nafplion, Greece, will commence 2015 world cruise. © Ralph Grizzle
World Cruises. They’re the ultimate bucket-list itinerary for the serious cruising aficionado; monthlong voyages of bliss punctuated by some of the world’s best ports of call. Few journeys offer the ability to tour the world (or, at least, large swaths of it) with the convenience of unpacking but once. And yet, despite the rather substantial... [Read More] The post World Cruise 2017: A Roundup appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Video: Crystal Cuts Steel & Orders Two Additional River ‘Yachts’

Genting Hong Kong not only bought Crystal in the spring of 2015 but also the German shipyards to build Crystal’s expansive fleet of river, ocean and expedition vessels. I traveled with Crystal execs last week for the steel-cutting of Crystal’s four river ‘yachts,’ which begin service next summer. During our trip, a surprise: Crystal ordered […] The post Video: Crystal Cuts Steel & Orders Two Additional River ‘Yachts’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Why Crystal Cruises Chose To Launch With Crystal Mozart

Crystal Mozart is not a new ship, not by a long stretch. Nonetheless, Crystal Cruises chose to launch its river cruise division with Mozart, a ship that Crystal President & CEO Edie Rodriguez explains has a “lot of hallmarks” of Crystal Cruises, including a full wrap-around promenade. A refreshed, reimagined version of the ‘Queen of […] The post Why Crystal Cruises Chose To Launch With Crystal Mozart appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Adds New Christmas Market Cruises

Avalon is increasing the number of Christmas Market river cruises it has on offer for 2017 with five new itineraries. Photo ©  2013 Aaron Saunders
Avalon Waterways has announced it will be increasing the number of Christmas Markets river cruises on offer for the 2017 winter season, adding five brand-new itineraries to its lineup. For the 2017 winter season, Avalon will offer a total of 16 Christmas Markets river cruises along the waterways of Europe, ranging from five to 15 […] The post Avalon Adds New Christmas Market Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Explorer of the Seas Begins Her First Alaska Season

Explorer of the Seas is the second Voyager-class ship. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean
The launch of Royal Caribbean’s brand-new Harmony of the Seas overshadowed another important event this week: the arrival of Explorer of the Seas in Alaska. The largest ship to ever regularly call on ports that include Seattle, Victoria, Juneau and Skagway, Explorer of the Seas is the biggest ship that Royal Caribbean has ever deployed... [Read More] The post Explorer of the Seas Begins Her First Alaska Season appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Adventures By Disney Adds New Rhine Voyages In 2017

Donald Duck aboard Disney Wonder in Alaska. Disney's characters won't be a part of these new river cruises...but it's not a stretch to imagine Disney Cruise Line getting in on the river cruise arena if this new partership with AmaWaterways works out. Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line
Great news for families looking to take a river cruise together: AmaWaterways is expanding its family-friendly Adventures by Disney partnership in 2017 due to strong demand from guests. What makes this particularly remarkable is that the venture hasn’t even officially started yet; the first sailings will take place this summer aboard the newly-launched AmaViola. On-tap […] The post Adventures By Disney Adds New Rhine Voyages In 2017 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Reasons You Should Sail Aboard Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas, shown here on her sea trials off the coast of France. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.
World’s Largest Cruise Ship Isn’t Merely A Clone Of Her Sisters It’s official: Royal Caribbean’s brand-new Harmony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship. The third Oasis Class cruise ship following 2009’s Oasis of the Seas and 2010’s Allure of the Seas bests her predecessors by some 2,000 gross tons. Christened last week... [Read More] The post Five Reasons You Should Sail Aboard Harmony of the Seas appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Defining River Cruises

Quebec City borders the St. Lawrence River - but is a cruise on the St. Lawrence really a river cruise? Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
I’m Sailing The St. Lawrence River. But Is It Really A River Cruise? I had an interesting experience the other day: I was describing to a friend the journey I’m about to take next month, along the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City to St. John’s, Newfoundland aboard Adventure Canada’s Ocean Endeavor. It’s very much […] The post Defining River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silver Spirit: Recapping Our Mediterranean Cruise

...back to the ship. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Six Days Is All Too Short Aboard This Great Ship Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports This time next year, Silversea will have a brand-new flagship in its luxury fleet. But the 596-guest Silver Muse will owe much of its genesis to the line’s current flagship, the 540-guest Silver Spirit. Since entering service in late 2009,... [Read More] The post Silver Spirit: Recapping Our Mediterranean Cruise appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal To Build Two Additional River Cruise Ships

Crystal Debussy will set sail in June, 2017. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
If there were any doubts about Crystal Cruises’ entry into the river cruise market, those were erased earlier this week as Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez announced the company would build two additional luxury river cruise ships, bringing the luxury line’s European river fleet to seven ships by 2019. The two as-yet-unnamed vessels were announced earlier […] The post Crystal To Build Two Additional River Cruise Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ten Reasons You’re Going To Relax On Viking Sea

Cruising the North Sea aboard Viking Cruises' brand-new Viking Sea, en-route to Bergen. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Viking’s Latest Oceangoing Ship Showcases The Best of Cruising Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports I’ve been sitting in the Viking Bar on Deck 1 aboard Viking Cruises’ Viking Sea now for over an hour. I’ve already finished Cappuccino No. 1 and I’m disturbingly close to finishing Cappuccino No. 2. And I have very little to... [Read More] The post Ten Reasons You’re Going To Relax On Viking Sea appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Despite New Ocean Ships, Viking Not Slowing Down On River Cruises

Viking Sea in Greenwich, England on May 5, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The big news last week was the christening of Viking Cruises’ brand-new Viking Sea in London. She’s the largest ship to ever be christened upon the River Thames, and Viking’s second oceangoing ship after Viking Star, which made her debut last year. But the expansion of Viking’s oceangoing product doesn’t mean that the line has […] The post Despite New Ocean Ships, Viking Not Slowing Down On River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Christening Viking Sea In London: A Firsthand Look

Fireworks blanketed the skies over Greenwich and the River Thames as Viking officially christened its second oceangoing ship. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Encore! Viking Does It Again With Viking Sea Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Thursday, May 5, 2016 Today, along the banks of the River Thames, Viking Cruises officially christened its newest ship, Viking Sea. The 930-guest ship is the sister-ship to last year’s trendsetting Viking Star, and I joined Viking Sea in London for the... [Read More] The post Christening Viking Sea In London: A Firsthand Look appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Spirit Voyage Report – Olbia & One Last Night

Welcome to Olbia, our last port of call on this six-day Silver Spirit voyage. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Silver Spirit Still Sparkles In The Med Sunday, May 1, 2016 Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports It’s my last day here onboard Silversea’s ultra-luxury Silver Spirit. I’m sad about that. The one constant I’ve noticed amongst all my Silversea voyages is that, no matter how many days I spend onboard, it’s never quite enough. Today,... [Read More] The post Silver Spirit Voyage Report – Olbia & One Last Night appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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7 Reasons Why Viking Sea May Just Be The Best Ship Sailing – And 1 Reason Why It Is Not

In Manfredi’s, one of four restaurants open for dinner on the new Viking Sea, I take a bite of the Bistecca Fiorentina. I’ve had the steak before, on Viking Star last year, and my reaction tonight is the same as it was back then. Pure bliss. The tender beef melts in my mouth. Unequivocally, the... [Read More] The post 7 Reasons Why Viking Sea May Just Be The Best Ship Sailing – And 1 Reason Why It Is Not appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Lifts The Curtain To Reveal An Elegant Mozart

Crystal today unveiled an ultra-chic design for the first vessel in the Crystal River Cruises fleet. Crystal Mozart will set sail on July 13 on its maiden voyage round-trip from Vienna, with spacious and stylishly outfitted guest suites, public lounges and dining venues. Beyond the stylish décor – fashioned by London’s AD Associates and Toronto’s […] The post Crystal Lifts The Curtain To Reveal An Elegant Mozart appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New eBook: Eastern Europe River Cruise Guide

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Some river cruises go down in books as forever memorable. That was precisely how my trip shaped up on Emerald Waterways as Emerald Sky took me and more than 100 others to the enchanting regions of Eastern Europe in April of 2016. The 10-day journey traveled from Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary, with two pre-cruise […] The post New eBook: Eastern Europe River Cruise Guide appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises Unveils Roster of Shore-Side Adventures for Crystal Mozart

Dreamstime s Salzburg, provided by Crystal Cruises
Complimentary excursions and Crystal Adventures along the Danube River will open for Pre-reservation May 3 When Crystal Mozart, the first vessel in Crystal River Cruises’ fleet, embarks on her maiden voyage along the Danube River this July, guests aboard will be treated to dozens of inclusive experiences ashore that highlight the European locales on the […] The post Crystal River Cruises Unveils Roster of Shore-Side Adventures for Crystal Mozart appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Christmas Markets River Cruises: Why Book Now?

It's Cold Outside...but the Gluhwein, or spiced mulled wine, will warm you up. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders
April is an odd time to start talking about Christmas. No doubt about it. But Christmas Markets River Cruises are an entirely different ballgame. For these unique voyages, spring is the best time to start seriously considering booking one of these warm, festive journeys through Europe. Once offered by only a handful of lines, Christmas […] The post Christmas Markets River Cruises: Why Book Now? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Elbe Princesse: Summing Up

CroisiEurope's Elbe Princesse, docked in Berlin-Tegel on a stormy afternoon. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
CroisiEurope’s Newest Ship Reaches For the Stars Four days is a short time to be aboard a river cruise ship, but it was all the time we needed to officially welcome CrosisiEurope’s new Elbe Princesse into the world of river cruises. Christened on April 14, 2016, we stayed onboard for the official event in Berlin […] The post Elbe Princesse: Summing Up appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Internet Access On The Rivers

Another Pandaw river cruise ship passes us - at a very photographic moment! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Our Guide to Battling Shipboard Wi-Fi You’ve researched the perfect river cruise and, while leafing through the brochure, you discover your ship has free Wi-Fi internet access. What could be better? Now you can keep in touch with the kids back home, check your emails, maybe even participate in that conference call the boss was […] The post Internet Access On The Rivers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Enchantment Of Eastern Europe, Bucharest To Budapest On Emerald Sky Part 4

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“Not one Brit complained.” That was how one of our fellow guests, a Brit himself, summed up a single event during our day in Vukovar & Osijek, Croatia. He was making a joke, of course, in suggesting how one might gauge the success of a home-hosted lunch in Osijek. Indeed, all who I spoke with said the lunch […] The post Enchantment Of Eastern Europe, Bucharest To Budapest On Emerald Sky Part 4 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ship Profile: Elbe Princesse

Elbe Princesse features a sleek design...Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
We’ve been writing about her a lot in the past few days, and we’ve now posted our complete Ship Profile for CroisiEurope’s Elbe Princesse: Elbe Princesse Overview Launched in April of 2016, the 311-foot long Elbe Princesse was designed specifically to sail the shallow Elbe and Havel rivers between Berlin and Prague. It is CroisiEurope’s […] The post Ship Profile: Elbe Princesse appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Live From the Havel: Elbe Princesse Sets Sail From Berlin

CroisiEurope's Elbe Princesse, docked near Potsdam, Germany on April 15, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Why CroisiEurope’s Newest Ship Is Worth The Trip CroisiEurope’s brand-new Elbe Princesse rumbled to life for the first time during our short preview cruise today, as we sailed down the River Havel from Berlin to Potsdam. It’s a short journey of approximately 30 kilometres, but just long enough for us to enjoy some scenic cruising […] The post Live From the Havel: Elbe Princesse Sets Sail From Berlin appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Enchantment Of Eastern Europe, Bucharest To Budapest On Emerald Sky Part 3

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After leaving Bulgaria, Emerald Sky proceeded upriver along the Danube. Our destination was Belgrade, Serbia, but first we’d need to pass through a couple of locks and, more significantly, the Iron Gates. The latter is so-called because of a passage where the Danube cuts through a narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains. […] The post Enchantment Of Eastern Europe, Bucharest To Budapest On Emerald Sky Part 3 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope’s Elbe Princesse: A Quick Look

The Elbe Princesse docked at the Greenwichpromenade Docks on the evening of April 14, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
CroisiEurope’s Newest Ship Was Designed Exclusively For the Elbe River Today, CroisiEurope inaugurated its newest ship in its fleet of 46, the 311-foot long, 80-guest Elbe Princesse in Berlin, Germany. While heavy rain pounded down on the ship, which was docked at the Greenwichpromenade area just north of Berlin’s Tegel Airport, it cleared long enough […] The post CroisiEurope’s Elbe Princesse: A Quick Look appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Enchantment Of Eastern Europe, Bucharest To Budapest On Emerald Sky Part 2

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Though I’ve been globe-trotting for decades, today would mark the first time that I would set foot on Bulgarian soil. I have Emerald Waterways to thank for helping me notch a new country — two, in fact, as I also visited Romania for the first time on this trip. On day 4 of our Enchantment […] The post Enchantment Of Eastern Europe, Bucharest To Budapest On Emerald Sky Part 2 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Enchantment Of Eastern Europe, Bucharest To Budapest On Emerald Star Part I

'I love Romania,' she said. 'I would never want to live anywhere else but my country.' In Bucharest, experiencing the Enchantment of Eastern Europe on Emerald Waterways. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
At the newly opened “5 To Go” in Bucharest, Romania, all items sell for just 5 lei each (about US$1.25). Cappuccino, 5 lei; croissant, 5 lei; freshly squeezed lemonade or orange juice, only 5 lei. The store is clean and compact with a menu that lists only a couple dozen items. But what 5 To […] The post Enchantment Of Eastern Europe, Bucharest To Budapest On Emerald Star Part I appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Tauck Christens Its Newest Ship In Maastricht

Tauck's newest riverboat, ms Grace, was christened recently in Maastrich, Netherlands. Photo courtesy of Tauck
All-inclusive tour operator Tauck is set for a banner year, with the introduction of two brand-new river cruise ships on the waterways of Europe. The first of these two, ms Grace, recently made her debut in the Dutch town of Maastricht, where she was christened in front of a small crowd of employees, loyal guests, […] The post Tauck Christens Its Newest Ship In Maastricht appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Voyage Preview: CroisiEurope’s Elbe Princesse

CrosiEurope's new Elbe Princesse is powered by two paddlewheels mounted at her stern. Photo courtesy of CroisiEurope
CroisiEurope Alters The Look Of Elbe River Cruises Next week, we’ll be travelling to the historic city of Berlin, Germany to witness the christening of CroisiEurope’s newest river cruise ship, the 80-guest Elbe Princesse. But this is no ordinary river cruise ship; designed to sail the notoriously shallow Elbe River between Berlin and Prague, the […] The post Voyage Preview: CroisiEurope’s Elbe Princesse appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Bordeaux, A Review & Tips For Making The Most Of Your Time On AmaDolce

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AmaWaterways Bordeaux Overview First up, this is an intense itinerary. You can busy yourself from morning to midnight, if you choose to do so (more on that in a moment). On each day of the seven-night, eight-day cruise along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers — and through the Gironde Estuary — you’ll be offered complimentary morning and […] The post AmaWaterways Bordeaux, A Review & Tips For Making The Most Of Your Time On AmaDolce appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Sunday In Mainz

Mainz, Germany, as viewed from the River Rhine. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
A few weeks ago, I sailed aboard Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s River Voyager on a short repositioning voyage from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Along the way, we found the time to stop in Mainz to for a quick taste of this historic German city. It was under cloudy skies and chilly weather conditions that […] The post A Sunday In Mainz appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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G Adventures: Small-Ship River Cruising

G Adventures offers small-group, small-ship river cruise adventures in the Amazon, France, India, and Southeast Asia. Photo courtesy G Adventures
River cruising is more diverse and far-reaching than you might imagine. While Europe tends to be the focal point for the river cruise industry, a number of players have begun offering counterpoints to the larger river cruise ships that, in comparison with oceangoing cruise ships, seem positively minuscule. Toronto-based G Adventures wants to take river […] The post G Adventures: Small-Ship River Cruising appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Upper Premium Cruises Defined

Azamara Quest in Sorrento, Italy. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle
What is an Upper Premium Cruise? It’s a great question. It’s just a shame it has no easy answer. As cruising continues to grow and evolve, so too do the designators that define cruise lines. There are mainstream lines, so-called Premium lines, Upper-premium lines, luxury lines, ultra-luxury lines, expedition lines … the list goes on.... [Read More] The post Upper Premium Cruises Defined appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Beautiful Bordeaux, A First For AmaDolce

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We are off to a good start. After flying overnight from New York’s JFK to London’s Heathrow to Amsterdam’s Schiphol and eventually landing after 10 p.m. at Bordeaux’s Mérignac airport, I transferred by taxi (30 minutes/50 euros) to the waterfront at “Hangar 14,” where I rolled my luggage aboard AmaDolce. Stepping on board felt a […] The post Beautiful Bordeaux, A First For AmaDolce appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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On Our Way To Bordeaux: Who Offers Bordeaux River Cruises?

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Bordeaux River Cruises: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Great Wines & Charming Towns By the time you read this, River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle will be in the beautiful city of Bordeaux, France. His home for eight days is AmaWaterways’ sleek 148-guest AmaDolce, which operates the line’s popular Taste of Bordeaux itinerary. From Bordeaux, Ralph’s journey will […] The post On Our Way To Bordeaux: Who Offers Bordeaux River Cruises? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Vantage’s New River Voyager

Vantage Deluxe World Travel's brand-new 176-guest River Voyager, docked in Mainz, Germany on March 20, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
We Join The New River Voyager For A Repositioning Voyage Along The Rhine Under sunny skies in Basel, Switzerland, Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s brand-new, 176-guest River Voyager was officially handed over to the company on Friday, March 18, 2016. The newest and most elaborate ship in the fleet, River Voyager has been designed with the […] The post Five Things You Didn’t Know About Vantage’s New River Voyager appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise Lines, Airlines, Respond to Brussels Terror Attacks

Following yesterday’s terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport and on the metro outside Maelbeek Station, river cruise lines have begun to weigh in on the future of upcoming itineraries that will visit the Belgian capital. At this time, no cruise itineraries have been impacted, and all guests are safe. With the 2016 European river cruise season […] The post River Cruise Lines, Airlines, Respond to Brussels Terror Attacks appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Check Out These Savings On A Few River Cruise Offers

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CroisiEurope, Europe’s largest river cruise line, is offering 50 percent off companion fares on select Seine Valley cruise departure dates. Cruise along from the heart of Paris to the rolling beaches of Normandy on this picturesque 6-day cruise filled with art and history. Travelers who book the Seine Valley cruise by April 1, 2016 will receive 50 percent off […] The post Check Out These Savings On A Few River Cruise Offers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Four Voyage Reports Ahead

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From this week through the end of April, we’ll be on four river cruises in Europe. Are any of ours among your favorites? Aaron Saunders will be cruising on Vantage’s River Voyager through March 22. Ralph Grizzle (that’s me) will be on AmaWaterways’ inaugural Bordeaux voyage from March 25 through April 1 on AmaDolce. After a quick trip home, […] The post Four Voyage Reports Ahead appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Barcelona, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Katakolon, Kusadasi, Livorno, Marseille, Monte Carlo and Naples

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In season one of Adventures Ashore, we feature shore activities in (or from) Barcelona, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Katakolon, Kusadasi, Livorno, Marseille, Monte Carlo and Naples The post Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Barcelona, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Katakolon, Kusadasi, Livorno, Marseille, Monte Carlo and Naples appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Seatrade Global 2016 In Review: Refits, Luxury Expeditions and New Destinations

It's full steam ahead at Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 Reveals Destination, Expedition, Experience Rule Supreme Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s premier conference, took place just steps away from the cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week – and the general consensus is that it was a whirlwind three days. While the conference’s tone was predictable (cruising is great... [Read More] The post Seatrade Global 2016 In Review: Refits, Luxury Expeditions and New Destinations appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Cruises Launches Its First Jet & Unveils Crystal Endeavor

It's A Brand New World: Crystal Cruises will begin offering luxury charter air services using a Bombardier BD-700 Business Jet. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Crystal Cruises Takes On Air Travel & Introduces Crystal Endeavor When you write about the cruise industry, you tend to see a lot of ship launches. You see keel-laying ceremonies, shipyard tours where the skeleton of the vessel is barely recognizable, and christening events that take place, as they have for hundreds of years, before... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises Launches Its First Jet & Unveils Crystal Endeavor appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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In Depth: The ‘New’ Eurodam & Why Holland America Is A Special Place For Me

Holland America's Eurodam at the pier in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The Fresh New Look aboard Holland America’s Eurodam Aaron Saunders, Avid Cruiser On Sunday, I stepped aboard Holland America Line’s Eurodam for a look at the fresh new innovations that were recently added to the ship. These include substantially refreshed suites and brand-new, Koningsdam-esque innovations that revolve around Holland America’s new Music Walk concept that... [Read More] The post In Depth: The ‘New’ Eurodam & Why Holland America Is A Special Place For Me appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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We See What’s New On Holland America Line’s Eurodam & Get A Taste Of What’s To Come On Koningsdam

Welcome aboard Holland America Line. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam got some pretty major enhancements during a 14-day dry dock in the Bahamas this past December. Yesterday, during a tour of Eurodam, which was docked in Port Everglades, media got to see some of the changes firsthand. We were on board for a few hours to check out the new additions and to sample... [Read More] The post We See What’s New On Holland America Line’s Eurodam & Get A Taste Of What’s To Come On Koningsdam appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Naples, Italy (short version)

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Join me as I explore Sorrento, Capri and the beautiful Amalfi Coast as well as the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Share This Post With Friends The post Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Naples, Italy (short version) appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Eclipse: Glen Moroney Tells Us More About His New ‘Discovery Yacht’

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Though we normally only cover river cruising on River Cruise Advisor, Scenic is introducing a new expedition vessel that will draw a portion of its initial guests from Scenic’s past river cruise passenger base. In effect, Scenic is doing what Viking River Cruises has done with Viking Sea and Viking Star: bringing the best of the […] The post Scenic Eclipse: Glen Moroney Tells Us More About His New ‘Discovery Yacht’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Spirit On The Mekong

Scenic's journeys along the Mekong are comprehensive and varied. Illustration courtesy of Scenic
The Mekong River, which runs through Cambodia and Vietnam, is one of river cruising’s most moving experiences. Sprinkled with UNESCO World Heritage sites and authentic villages that have been largely unaffected by mass tourism, the Mekong as a river cruise region has grown from being a niche product into something that is gradually being sought out by […] The post Scenic Spirit On The Mekong appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Preview: Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea

Viking Star at anchor in Greenwich (London) England on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
In May, Viking Cruises will christen its second oceangoing ship, Viking Sea, in a ceremony set along the River Thames in London, England. It’s a grand city befitting of a truly grand ship – one that is poised to offer guests everything that made Viking’s first ship, Viking Star, so spectacular. Inside and out, Viking... [Read More] The post Preview: Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Single Supplements: How Solo Travelers Can River Cruise For Less

S.S. Catherine docked in Tain L'Hermitage. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle
We’re huge advocates for cruising solo, be it on the oceans of the world on the rivers. It’s nice to cruise with friends, family and loved ones, but there will come a time when you’re interested in sailing somewhere by yourself. People cruise solo for many reasons, and doing so doesn’t imply that they’re actually […] The post Single Supplements: How Solo Travelers Can River Cruise For Less appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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How To Choose The Right Size Ship For You

Allure of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship in the world. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.
If you’ve never cruised before – and even if you have – choosing the right size ship can be a real challenge. After all, most of us try a cruise once, decide it’s a good fit, and leave it at that. With precious vacation time (and dollars) at risk, many of us prefer to stick... [Read More] The post How To Choose The Right Size Ship For You appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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New Ebook: 15 Travel Companies That Sell River Cruises That You Probably Don’t Know About

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River Cruise Advisor’s Lauri Wakefield has produced a new ebook featuring 15 travel companies that sell river cruises – that you probably don’t know about. For example, G Adventures, an adventure company that offers barge cruises for up to 22 people in Burgundy. Check out Lauri’s ebook at this link. The post New Ebook: 15 Travel Companies That Sell River Cruises That You Probably Don’t Know About appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways: Interview With Managing Director Patrick Clark

How Suite It Is: Avalon's suite ships turn the room into an Open-Air Balcony. Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways traces its roots back to 1928. It was back then that the parent company’s founder, Antonio Mantegazza, used a rowboat to transport goods across Switzerland’s Lake Lugano. His business evolved into motorcoach tourism and expanded into an international travel brand. Today, Group Voyagers had been a leader in escorted tours of Europe for more […] The post Avalon Waterways: Interview With Managing Director Patrick Clark appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What’s the Best Choice for a Elbe River Cruise?

Elbe River in Dresden, Germany. Photo by Wikipedia.
Elbe River cruise itineraries are between Berlin and Prague. However, the Elbe River is not located in either city. Embarkation takes place in Madgeburg or Dresden in Germany or in Melník, Czech Republic. Although both Prague and Berlin are connected to the Elbe by one or more waterways, transportation to the river cruise ship is by motor […] The post What’s the Best Choice for a Elbe River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What I Learned About Viking River Cruises In Amsterdam Last Week

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Last Tuesday in Amsterdam, I stood in a cold, light rain to witness the christening of six new Viking Longships. Though the Viking christenings, which I have been attending for the past three years, have always been exciting, my talks with Viking executives before and after the events were even more exciting. I learned a lot about Viking River Cruises […] The post What I Learned About Viking River Cruises In Amsterdam Last Week appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ask River Cruise Advisor: If I Get Tired On My Tour, Can I Walk Back To The Ship?

Ask River Cruise Advisor listener Jack asks if he gets tired during his tour, can he walk back to the ship. The answer is “it depends.” It does make a difference as to which city you are touring. If it’s Vienna, forget it. It’s a long walk back to the ship from the city center. […] The post Ask River Cruise Advisor: If I Get Tired On My Tour, Can I Walk Back To The Ship? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Photo Slideshow: AmaWaterways New Year’s Eve Cruise

View the slideshow in the player above by clicking the arrows. Over New Year’s Eve, we cruised on AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto from Basel to Amsterdam. Monica Frisk put together this photo slideshow. She’s a big fan of river cruising and of AmaWaterways – and of sailing along the rivers over the holidays. We traveled with Monica’s […] The post Photo Slideshow: AmaWaterways New Year’s Eve Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Help In Planning Your First Or Next River Cruise

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If you look at the list below, you’re looking at nearly 180 days on more than a dozen different river cruise vessels operated by 10 river cruise companies. That’s a lot of time on river cruisers, and on each one, we’ve meticulously detailed our experiences in our Live Voyage Reports. Choose a cruise that interests […] The post Help In Planning Your First Or Next River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ask River Cruise Advisor: Is It Better To Book My Air Independently Or With The River Cruise Company?

Listener Jeff asks if it’s better for a first-time river cruiser to book their own air independently or book your air with the river cruise company when traveling from the United States to Europe. Ralph Grizzle: Hi, I’m Ralph Grizzle. Welcome to episode number 1 of the Ask River Cruise Advisor Podcast. I’m here to […] The post Ask River Cruise Advisor: Is It Better To Book My Air Independently Or With The River Cruise Company? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five River Cruise Misconceptions

Wine-themed river cruises in Europe are growing in popularity - and for good reason. River cruising and fine wines go hand-in-hand! Photo ©  2014 Aaron Saunders
While river cruising continues to be the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, its runaway growth is doing little to dispel some of the more popular myths about it. In fact, as river cruising enters the public consciousness of the masses for the first time, we’ve been surprised that these rumors are growing, not […] The post Five River Cruise Misconceptions appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ask River Cruise Advisor: How Do I Get Ashore When Ships Dock Side By Side?

Listener Javier asks what happens during the busy season in Europe when there are so many river cruise vessels. Do ships dock side-by-side, and if so, how do you get ashore? Click play in the player above. Transcript Ralph: Hi, I’m Ralph Grizzle and welcome to session number two of the Ask River Cruise Advisor […] The post Ask River Cruise Advisor: How Do I Get Ashore When Ships Dock Side By Side? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Updated Reviews: Uniworld, Avalon & Lots Of Rivers, Plus I’m Off To A Viking Christening

Updating my French Country Waterways Live Voyage Report brought back good memories, including the dining experience. Here, Passion Fruit, raspberries and grapefruit slices to accompany the cheese platter. © Ralph Grizzle
I’ve spent the past few days doing spring cleaning on River Cruise Advisor. You’ll find a lot that’s new, which will prove to be of value to you if you’re considering a river cruise in the near future. I’ve updated our ship reviews, chief among them Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Thanks to Uniworld’s public relations […] The post Updated Reviews: Uniworld, Avalon & Lots Of Rivers, Plus I’m Off To A Viking Christening appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Our Upcoming River Cruise Voyage Reports

The deed is done! The Viking River Cruises fleet now officially sits at 60 vessels - with more on the way. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
March is almost here and with it comes the start of the 2016 European river cruise season. That means it’s time for us to pack our bags and head across the Atlantic to see what’s in-store this year as we welcome new ships and itineraries here on River Cruise Advisor. This year is already shaping […] The post Our Upcoming River Cruise Voyage Reports appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld’s New Ship: S.S. Joie de Vivre To Sail In France

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In March 2017, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will introduce the S.S. Joie de Vivre to sail along France’s historic Seine River. Uniworld’s new ship will reflect the French “joy of living” philosophy and the nation’s profound appreciation for food, wine, art and music. French inspired handcrafted furniture with rich fabrics, antiques, art, gilded and […] The post Uniworld’s New Ship: S.S. Joie de Vivre To Sail In France appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Compare River Cruise Lines: Which Company Fits Where?

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Of all the questions we get from readers here on River Cruise Advisor, the most prevalent relates to how to compare river cruise lines. We’ve made an attempt (a successful one, I might add) to define some of the differences between river cruise companies in our chart that outlines river cruise inclusions. But beyond that, […] The post Compare River Cruise Lines: Which Company Fits Where? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Azamara Journey Update

Club Ocean Suite Cat. CO - Suite #7004 offers all the space you could want - and then some. Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises.
Azamara Club Cruises recently put its intimate Azamara Journey through an extensive refit, and we’ve done the same with our Azamara Journey Ship Review, adding new photographs and content from contributor Sue Bryant’s recent peek at the refitted ship. Azamara Journey is the kind of intimate, midsize ship you hardly see anymore in the cruise world, carrying just... [Read More] The post Azamara Journey Update appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Live Voyage Report Preview: Sailing Windstar Cruises Star Breeze Through Panama & Costa Rica

Join us aboard Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze as we sail through Costa Rica and the Panama Canal! Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises
Star Breeze: A New Lease On Life For A Classic Ship On Saturday, February 27, we’ll begin another exciting Live Voyage Report as we sail aboard Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze through Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. It’s an incredible itinerary; one that will take us from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica to Quepos and Manuel Antonio... [Read More] The post Live Voyage Report Preview: Sailing Windstar Cruises Star Breeze Through Panama & Costa Rica appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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How Should I Book My River Cruise Airfare?

Onboard our Bangkok Airways Airbus A320, as boarding continued. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Is it better to book my river cruise airfare independently, or should I let the river cruise line handle it? Airfare is something we write about frequently here on River Cruise Advisor. Because of its relatively high cost and numerous moving parts, airfare has the ability to dramatically affect your river cruise vacation. Done properly, […] The post How Should I Book My River Cruise Airfare? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Azamara Journey Refit: In Keeping With Azamara’s ‘Cool,’ Adventurous Image

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Reporting on the Azamara Journey refit, write Sue Bryant files this report: Azamara Journey has emerged from its much-anticipated drydock in Freeport, Bahamas with a cool, contemporary, boutique look: “Reimagined,” as the company says. The change is radical; we’re practically talking a new vessel. As Azamara’s president and CEO Larry Pimentel puts it, “There is no... [Read More] The post Azamara Journey Refit: In Keeping With Azamara’s ‘Cool,’ Adventurous Image appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Cruising The West Coast Of México

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One of the most popular cruise itineraries is a journey along the west coast of Mexico for either seven or 10 days, generally leaving from and returning to Los Angeles, or in some itineraries San Diego. This is often looked at as a chance to get away from the realities of work or school and... [Read More] The post Cruising The West Coast Of México appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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The Best River Cruises For You? Help Is Here

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What are the best river cruises for you? That’s a tough question to answer because there are so many variables. Are you on a tight budget? Is the sky the limit? Are you willing to splurge on a memorable vacation? Maybe you’re someone who values good food and good wine so much that these are […] The post The Best River Cruises For You? Help Is Here appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Kusadasi, Turkey (short version)

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A lot of cruise passengers depart the dock in Kusadasi, visit the ancient historic site of Ephesus, and think they’re done. Having padded the fabled Marble Road (which connects the Celsus Library and the Great Theater in Ephesus), they check Kusadasi off their lists. Been there, done that. Learn more about shore excursions from Kusadasi.... [Read More] The post Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Kusadasi, Turkey (short version) appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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A Fresh Look at Oceania’s Nautica

Nautica, shown here at sea, is one of Oceania Cruises most intimate vessels. Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises.
We’re in the process of a massive update of all of our individual cruise ship reviews here on Avid Cruiser, and today we’re taking a closer, newer look at Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Like her sister ships Regatta and Insignia, the sleek, streamlined Nautica was originally built in 2000 as R Five for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises —... [Read More] The post A Fresh Look at Oceania’s Nautica appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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New E-Book: My Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015

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I’ve put together a new ebook featuring my Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015. Typically, I give away everything on River Cruise Advisor, but this time I am wondering, Is my work worth 50 cents an hour to you? Putting together the ebook took me about a dozen hours. At 50 cents per hour, that’s […] The post New E-Book: My Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New: Ask River Cruise Advisor Podcast

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Ask River Cruise Advisor is a podcast in its nascent stage. Our goal is to answer reader questions (and we get tons of them each week) in a podcast format, rather than answering individual emailed questions where only the recipient benefits from the information we’re sharing. We hope to build an audience, and you can help. Simply ask […] The post New: Ask River Cruise Advisor Podcast appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Look at Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is getting a makeover this year. Photo courtesy of Cunard Line.
Taking A New Look at Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 There are many cruise ships in the world today, but only a handful of truly iconic vessels. Cunard Line‘s elegant flagship, Queen Mary 2, is one of them. The first true ocean liner built since Cunard rolled out the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969, Queen Mary... [Read More] The post A Look at Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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New: Travel Agent Resources

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Our site attracts a fair number of travel agents. To be of even more service to them, we’ve started a Travel Agent page that, for the time being, provides resources for travel agents to obtain further training. Obviously this benefits travel agents, but it also benefits consumers, as travel agents become better and better informed about […] The post New: Travel Agent Resources appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Port Profile: Juneau

Soaring over Juneau on our dog sledding adventure by helicopter. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Port Profile: Juneau, Alaska Situated just north of Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau is the capital city of Alaska, and retains the unique distinction of being only accessible by plane or by ship; there are no roads connecting Juneau with other parts of Alaska or the mainland. Given that, it’s perhaps unsurprising that so many tourists... [Read More] The post Port Profile: Juneau appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Port Profile: Skagway

The Streets of Skagway. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Port Profile: Skagway, Alaska Nestled at the end of Lynn Canal – which itself is the deepest fjord in North America – lies the Gold Rush town of Skagway, Alaska. Skagway has been a staple of the Inside Passage cruise for years; in fact, many bygone ships have left their presence in Skagway, thanks to... [Read More] The post Port Profile: Skagway appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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What You Should Know About Crystal’s Suites & Staterooms

Rendering of a Category S2 Suite aboard Crystal Debussy. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises.
Crystal Cruises is preparing for its first-ever year of river cruise operations. Using the new Crystal Mozart (formerly the ms Mozart), the well-respected luxury ocean line will begin offering up its first season of European river cruise itineraries using this heavily-refitted ship. But the real ship to talk about will be Crystal Debussy – Crystal […] The post What You Should Know About Crystal’s Suites & Staterooms appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Katakolon, Greece (short version)

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Birthplace of the Olympic games and home to the beautiful Mercouri Estate, Katakolon offers shore activities of Olympic proportions. Share This Post With Friends The post Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Katakolon, Greece (short version) appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Cruises Signs Purchase Option For S.S. United States: Plans To Launch United States By Crystal Cruises

The S.S. United States is closer than ever to returning to service, thanks to Crystal Cruises. Illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
After decades spent languishing at her berth in Philadelphia, the historic ocean liner S.S. United States has been given an unexpected reprieve by Crystal Cruises. The luxury line, which has recently embarked on an aggressive expansion of its all-inclusive cruise brand that includes new cruise ships, expedition vessels, river cruise ships and a small fleet of... [Read More] The post Crystal Cruises Signs Purchase Option For S.S. United States: Plans To Launch United States By Crystal Cruises appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Eclipse Preview

Scenic Eclipse, shown in a rendering depicting guests returning from tours in Paradise Bay, Antarctica. Eclipse will be Scenic's first-ever luxury expedition cruise vessel. Rendering courtesy of Scenic
Scenic Announces Construction Of A Luxury Expedition Yacht The line between river cruising and ocean cruising continues to blur. First, Viking River Cruises made the jump to ocean cruising with the spectacular Viking Star last year. Then, long-standing luxury operator Crystal Cruises announced its intentions to take on the river cruising world this year with an acquired ship,... [Read More] The post Scenic Eclipse Preview appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Volendam Photo Tour & Review Update

Holland America Line’s Volendam: Still Going Strong Yesterday, we updated our tour of Holland America Line’s elegant Zaandam.Today, we continue with a photo tour of Zaandam’s sister, the 781-foot long, 1,432-guest Volendam. Built in 1999, Volendam has been well looked after during her long career that frequently sees her spending her summers in the icy-yet-beautiful waters of... [Read More] The post Volendam Photo Tour & Review Update appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Zaandam Photo Tour & Review Update

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An In-Depth Look At One Of Holland America Line’s Most Popular Ships Holland America Line is widely known for i comfortable, midsize ships and attentive onboard service, two distinct features that are alive and well aboard the MS Zaandam. Built in 2000, Zaandam is an evolution of the Statendam-class ships that brought the line so much... [Read More] The post Zaandam Photo Tour & Review Update appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Five Reasons To Take An Exotic River Cruise

Embarking Viking Mandalay in Myanmar; the quintessential example of an exotic river cruise. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
When most of us think of river cruising, we probably picture the River Danube – or, at the very least, Europe. After all, river cruising is becoming synonymous with European travel, thanks to its overall convenience and the sheer number of countries, cities and sites of interest that can be visited on its vast network […] The post Five Reasons To Take An Exotic River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New Audio Podcast: Our January Recap & What’s Ahead

Ralph Grizzle: Hi. I’m Ralph Grizzle with River Cruise Advisor, and we’re launching a new podcast and I’m going to call it River Cruise Advisor Unscripted because we haven’t scripted it. We’re going to talk about what we did during month of January on River Cruise Advisor. Articles that we have posted, and changes that […] The post New Audio Podcast: Our January Recap & What’s Ahead appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Istanbul, Turkey (short version)

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Editor’s Note: As were others, I was saddened by the suicide bomber attack in Istanbul that occurred on January 12. Since the attack, a handful of cruise lines have canceled calls to Istanbul (and some for all of Turkey) for the upcoming season. Having traveled extensively throughout Turkey this past fall, I wish for Turkey’s... [Read More] The post Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Istanbul, Turkey (short version) appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Preview: Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista, Carnival's newest and largest Fun Ship to-date, sets sail on May 1, 2016. Rendering courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines.
Previewing Carnival’s Upcoming New Megaship This week, we take a look at a ship that holds the potential to dramatically alter the Carnival Fun Ship experience: the 3,954-guest Carnival Vista. Due to set sail on her maiden voyage on May 1, 2016, she’ll be the first new ship for Carnival since the Carnival Breeze took to the... [Read More] The post Preview: Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Time-Sensitive Offer: Viking River Cruises, Lower Single Supplements & Reduced Airfare

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Viking River Cruises announced that for a limited time it will offer a special reduced Single Traveler supplement starting at 25 percent on top-selling river cruises, along with reduced airfare starting at $195. The new promotion is the first of its kind for Viking, providing a unique value for solo travelers to experience three of […] The post Time-Sensitive Offer: Viking River Cruises, Lower Single Supplements & Reduced Airfare appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Our Crystal Esprit Review

Meet Crystal Esprit - and her own submersible craft. Photo-illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises
It’s arguably more of a preview, but there’s no denying that interest in Crystal Cruises first addition to its fleet in nearly a decade is exceptionally high. In that vein, we’ve added a new ship profile of Crystal Esprit to our collection of Crystal Cruises ship previews. Overview In December of 2015, Crystal Cruises marked a... [Read More] The post Our Crystal Esprit Review appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Tauck To Reconfigure Five River Cruise Ships With Larger Staterooms, New Amenities

Tauck's Swiss Jewel docked in Durnstein, Austria. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders
All-inclusive river cruise operator Tauck has unveiled plans to completely refurbish its fleet of five Jewel-class river cruise ships between 2017 and 2018, rolling out new staterooms, upgraded amenities and new dining venues for the ships. Beginning just in time for the start of the 2017 river cruise season in Europe, Tauck will reconfigure the 110-meter […] The post Tauck To Reconfigure Five River Cruise Ships With Larger Staterooms, New Amenities appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Deal Of The Week: CroisiEurope’s Holland & The Romantic Rhine From US$1,499

CroisiEurope's "Holland and the Romantic Rhine" itinerary includes a number of off-the-beaten-path ports of call. Illustration courtesy of CroisiEurope
A river cruise can be an expensive proposition, as its inclusive nature typically commands a higher price point than ocean cruises. Strasbourg-based CroisiEurope wants to change that proposition, for the better. Currently, the line is offering a weeklong Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley itinerary starting at just US$1,499 person, a real boon for value-conscious consumers who want to river cruise. […] The post Deal Of The Week: CroisiEurope’s Holland & The Romantic Rhine From US$1,499 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise Gratuities: Your Opinions Revealed

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A big THANK YOU to all of our subscribers who answered last week’s question about gratuities. In poring over the responses, we learned that most of you would like to see gratuities included in the cost of the cruise or a gratuities-neither-required-nor-expected policy. No matter which way you voted, however, nearly all of you said […] The post River Cruise Gratuities: Your Opinions Revealed appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seven Seas Explorer: What You Need To Know

Regent's Seven Seas Explorer is Regent's first newbuild in over a decade. Rendering courtesy of Regent Seven Seas
This summer, Regent Seven Seas will take delivery of its newest cruise ship to-date – and the line is pulling out all the stops for what will be the first newbuild constructed for the luxury brand in more than a decade. On July 20, 2016, Seven Seas Explorer will officially set sail on her maiden voyage. Regent... [Read More] The post Seven Seas Explorer: What You Need To Know appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Updated: Our Silver Wind Ship Review

Silversea's Silver Wind, at her berth in Trapani, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
This week, we continue with our ship review updates for ultra-luxury line Silversea with an extended review and deck-by-deck photo tour of Silver Wind. Built in 1995, Silver Wind was the second ship to enter service for Silversea, following close on the heels of her sister, Silver Cloud. But during the intervening decades, Silversea refitted... [Read More] The post Updated: Our Silver Wind Ship Review appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Uniworld Family River Cruises: New Brochure & A Highlight Of Perks For Families

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Together On Uniworld Family River Cruises In the past, we’ve written extensively about family-friendly river cruises, and the growing array of itineraries and amenities that are now available. As if on-cue, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection – already a pioneer in offering family-friendly river cruise departures throughout Europe during […] The post Uniworld Family River Cruises: New Brochure & A Highlight Of Perks For Families appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Why Cruise to Iceland?

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The very name Iceland is so forbidding that many people ask, “Why would I want to visit Iceland?” That is a fair question, so I will attempt to convince those who read this article that Iceland is well worth visiting, and there are a several cruise options that include this mid Atlantic island nation. For... [Read More] The post Why Cruise to Iceland? appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Corfu, Greece (short version)

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The Greek island of Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. In some ways, Corfu feels more Italian (thanks to the Venetians and the Italians who occupied the island) than it does Greek. Certainly the many pine trees that we saw during our visit reminded us of the Tuscan landscape as does some... [Read More] The post Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Corfu, Greece (short version) appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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What Will Seabourn Do Differently In Alaska?

Seabourn is sending the sleek Seabourn Sojourn to Alaska in 2017; the company's first sailings to the region in 15 years. Photo courtesy of Seabourn
For fans of ultra-luxury line Seabourn, it’s been a long time coming: beginning in 2017, the line will return once again to sail the pristine waters of Alaska after an absence of 15 years from the region. Starting in June of 2017, Seabourn is sending the 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn on a series of 11, 12... [Read More] The post What Will Seabourn Do Differently In Alaska? appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Love Luxury Cruising? We’ve Updated Our Silver Spirit Review

Silver Spirit, Hvar, Croatia
Silversea’s Silver Spirit: An Elegant Way To Cruise Next year, ultra-luxury line Silversea will take delivery of its newest and largest ship to-date, the 596-guest Silver Muse. So we figured this would be an appropriate time to take a better look at the ship that she’s largely based off of: Silversea’s current flagship, the 2009-built Silver... [Read More] The post Love Luxury Cruising? We’ve Updated Our Silver Spirit Review appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Voyage Recap: Star Clippers Royal Clipper in the Caribbean

Star Clipper's Royal Clipper, illuminated at sunset in Soufriere, St. Lucia. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Recapping Our Journey Through The Age of Sail with Star Clippers Sailing Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper in the Caribbean was like stepping back in time, but without giving up any of the modern cruising amenities I’ve come to know and love. On the one hand, there was the 227-guest Royal Clipper – the largest square-rigged... [Read More] The post Voyage Recap: Star Clippers Royal Clipper in the Caribbean appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Esprit Itineraries: Worth The Trip?

Crystal Esprit submarine
It’s Small. It’s Luxurious. It’s Got Its Own Submarine.  Crystal Cruises marked a major milestone back in December when the rapidly-expanding luxury cruise line officially welcomed Crystal Esprit into the fleet at a lavish ceremony in the Seychelles. “To say today is a special day is an understatement,” said Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s president and CEO. “Since... [Read More] The post Crystal Esprit Itineraries: Worth The Trip? appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update

Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update
Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update & Deck-By-Deck Photo Tour We have updated our profile of Silversea Cruises‘ luxury expedition ship Silver Galapagos with a full deck-by-deck photo tour. Silversea’s second expedition ship, Silver Galapagos sails alternating year-round itineraries to the Western and North Central Galapagos Islands. On our review page, you’ll also find our live voyage report from... [Read More] The post Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways’ Celebration of Wine Voyages

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Love The Grape? You’ll Love These Wine-Themed River Cruises A few years back, AmaWaterways unveiled a series of special wine-themed river cruises. At first, just a handful of itineraries and sailing dates were available for what the line had dubbed its In Celebration of Wine specialty theme cruises. That quickly changed: the cruising public booked […] The post AmaWaterways’ Celebration of Wine Voyages appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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To Russia on the Ingvar: Viking River Cruises’ Waterways of the Tsars

St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square - © K.D. Leperi
This past July, writer and photographer K.D. Leperi cruised Viking River Cruises’ Waterways of the Tsars. What follows are her impressions of Viking Ingvar, the vessel that transported her through Russia, and of the Viking experience in Russia. The Ship -Viking’s Ingvar The Viking Ingvar sails the 13-night Waterways of Tsars itinerary with themed trips […] The post To Russia on the Ingvar: Viking River Cruises’ Waterways of the Tsars appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What You Should Know About Crystal’s River Yacht Deck Plans

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Beginning this year, Crystal Cruises will make its foray into river cruises using the ms Mozart, which will be renamed Crystal Mozart when she enters service this summer. The real game changer, however, will come next year, in the form of Crystal Debussy – Crystal Cruises first purpose-built river cruise ship. She’s still well over a year away from […] The post What You Should Know About Crystal’s River Yacht Deck Plans appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Barcelona, Spain (short version)

About 45 minutes to an hour from the port of Barcelona, Montserrat is a national park and a pilgrimage site in a spectacular setting. The name derives from the serrated look of the mountains. You can visit the basilica at Montserrat or simply come here for the stunning views over the valley. Learn more about... [Read More] The post Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Barcelona, Spain (short version) appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Three Kid-Friendly River Cruises

Nuremberg's amazing Marktplatz is anchored by the imposing Frauenkirche - which was, like the town, meticulously built after WWII. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Although river cruising is primarily an adult activity, it doesn’t mean that kids are totally left out in the cold. A growing number of river cruise lines, including AmaWaterways, Tauck and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection actively cater to multigenerational families with special kid-friendly summer sailings and winter voyages timed during school breaks for the […] The post Three Kid-Friendly River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Price Comparisons: A Look At Pricing Differentials For European River Cruises

Tauck's ms Inspire and ms Savor will get two sister ships in 2016: ms Grace and ms Joy. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders
When we first started river cruising, it was a whole new world to us. Though we were experienced ocean cruisers, we were nonetheless baffled by the sheer number of river cruise ships and itineraries available – and that was just on one river alone. A river cruise is a major purchase, and we wanted to compare […] The post Price Comparisons: A Look At Pricing Differentials For European River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Sets Koningsdam Apart

Koningsdam sets sail in April of 2016. Illustration courtesy of Holland America Line
Koningsdam Elevates The Future Of Holland America Line Change is afoot at Holland America Line. The line, which has been around since 1873 and has been owned by Carnival Corporation & plc since 1989, recently bade farewell to Statendam and Ryndam after more than two decades in service as “dam ships.” Their exits come at a... [Read More] The post What Sets Koningsdam Apart appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Six Exceptional Values For 2016 River Cruising

AmaWaterways' AmaLyra docked in Melk, Austria. Photo © Aaron Saunders
With the holidays over and done for another year, you might be surprised to learn that January is actually one of the best months to plan and book a river cruise. With European river cruises on winter hiatus until March, river cruise lines are trotting out the incentives for sailings throughout the rivers of Europe […] The post Six Exceptional Values For 2016 River Cruising appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part II

Viking Star maneuvers into position at 9:00p.m. on Sunday, May 17 in Bergen, Norway. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
From Vikings to Glaciers, 2015 Offered A World of Cruising Wonder Part II of our favorite cruises of 2015, by Aaron Saunders. Viking Star – London to Bergen Christening Cruise It’s rare that a cruise line gets a new class of ship so right on the first try, and rarer still that a cruise line that’s... [Read More] The post My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part II appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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What You Told Us You Wanted & How River Cruise Advisor Is Changing

I ended the year cruising the AmaCerto, docked on December 31 in Mannheim before continuing on for New Year's Eve celebrations in Mainz, Germany. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
As the founder, editor and publisher of River Cruise Advisor, I am extremely gratified by the level of engagement we have with our readers. You write to inform us, you query us with your questions, you comment when you can add to the discussion and whenever we send a survey, you respond with a slew of opinions, […] The post What You Told Us You Wanted & How River Cruise Advisor Is Changing appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part I

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Sailing The Seven Seas: My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015 Avid Cruiser founder Ralph Grizzle recently wrote about his six favorite river cruises on our sister-site River Cruise Advisor (you can find his favorites here and here.) He asked me to write about a few of my favorite ocean cruises from the past year. These are... [Read More] The post My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part I appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Adventures Ashore: Naples, Italy

Join me as I explore Sorrento, Capri and the beautiful Amalfi Coast as well as the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The post Adventures Ashore: Naples, Italy appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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2016 Small Ship Caribbean Cruising

Crystal Serenity will circumnavigate the glove in the winter and spring of 2015. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
When most of us think of Caribbean cruising, we picture the huge megaships of lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean. But there’s more than one way to explore the Caribbean. Unlike big ships, small luxury cruise ships can call on ports that big ships simply can’t. While megaliners line up three and four abreast to... [Read More] The post 2016 Small Ship Caribbean Cruising appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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The Blurring Line Between River And Ocean Cruises

AmaWaterways' AmaCello near Passau, Germany. Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways.
If there is a single trend in the travel industry that has the power to change the face of river cruising as we know it, that trend is arguably the blurring line between river and ocean cruising. No longer treated as completely separate entities, more river cruise lines are beginning to operate like oceangoing cruise […] The post The Blurring Line Between River And Ocean Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean – Day 7

Star Clipper's Royal Clipper, illuminated at sunset in Soufriere, St. Lucia. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
One Last Day of Clippering in St. Lucia Friday, December 18, 2015 It is our last day Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper in the Caribbean, as this weeklong voyage to the Grenadines comes to a close. Fortunately, today offers no shortage of adventurous activities to distract us from the fact that the end of this cruise... [Read More] The post Royal Clipper In The Caribbean – Day 7 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Our Guide To Taking Better Cruise Photos

Until next time! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Of all the emails we get, some of the the most frequently asked questions relate to one subject: cruise travel photography. What kind of camera do you use? How do you get those shots to look that way? More of what we’ve learned, we’ve learned through two ways: necessity and accident. But, we’ve also learned... [Read More] The post Our Guide To Taking Better Cruise Photos appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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My Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015, Part II

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Last week, I began writing about my six favorite river cruises of 2015. In that post, I covered 1) paddling the Loire River on CroisiEurope’s Loire Princesse; 2) doing the Danube on Scenic Jasper; and 3) experiencing the high style of Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa. Those three river cruises took me through mid-year. In June and […] The post My Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015, Part II appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean – Day 6

Exploring Martinique today aboard Star Clippers' Royal Clipper; both a slice of Europe in the Caribbean. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Martinique, C’est Bon! Thursday, December 17, 2015 This morning, Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper got in touch with her European heritage – all without ever leaving the Caribbean. Just after 0800, we came alongside Fort-de-France, Martinique; a slice of both European and French influence in the Caribbean. Martinique is the largest of the Windward Islands, but... [Read More] The post Royal Clipper In The Caribbean – Day 6 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean – Day 5

Royal Clipper is shown here at anchor in Kingstown, St. Vincent. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Back in Bequia Wednesday, December 16, 2015 This afternoon, Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper sailed into what is one of my fondest cruise ports in the Caribbean: the small island paradise that is Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Pronounced beck-way, I was first and last in Bequia five years ago today onboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit,... [Read More] The post Royal Clipper In The Caribbean – Day 5 appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Do I Need A Balcony On My River Cruise?

Avalon Illumination Panorama Suite. Photo Courtesy of Avalon Waterways.
It wasn’t so long ago that only the most premium accommodations aboard most river cruise ships had balconies. Even then, this “balcony” would be quite different from the balconies most ocean cruisers were accustomed to. Instead of deck chairs and tinted glass railings, guests on early river cruise vessels would be greeted with a French […] The post Do I Need A Balcony On My River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015

Paddle-Wheelin' along the Lorie. The paddlewheel on the side help stabilize the vessel, which essentially has a flat bottom to navigate the shallow Loire. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
I had a great year of river cruising. Would my trips be ones that you’d enjoy? That depends. I experienced a range of what river travel has to offer – from barges to bikes to luxury river cruisers plying the gorgeous rivers of Europe. This week and next, I’ll be writing about six river cruises. I call them […] The post My Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Closer Look At Emerald Waterways

Join us in early July as we report live from Emerald Waterways' Emerald Sky! Photo courtesy of Emerald Waterways
Nearly Two Years On, Emerald Waterways Isn’t Slowing Down Emerald Waterways is the new kid on the block when it comes to river cruising. Founded in 2014 by Scenic President Glen Moroney, Emerald Waterways isn’t intended to compete with Scenic’s own luxury river cruises throughout Europe. Instead, Moroney envisioned Emerald Waterways as the perfect line […] The post A Closer Look At Emerald Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seine River Stateroom Size Comparisons

Royal Suite on Avalon Creativity. Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways.
How do stateroom sizes compare for ships that travel on the Seine River? Most river cruise companies have at least one vessel on this waterway, so there’s a good representation across the industry. To get an overall picture of how the accommodations compare, stateroom size ranges from a mere 86 square feet all the way […] The post Seine River Stateroom Size Comparisons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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One Company Exits The Elbe & Another Enters: Should You Consider An Elbe River Cruise? Plus, AmaWaterways’ Low Water Guarantee

Kristin Karst, avidcruiser.com
The Elbe has always been a tricky river to navigate. Many who book Elbe river cruises return home disappointed because their ships were unable to sail due to low water. They end up sleeping on the ships and doing bus tours during the day. You can read quite a few subscriber comments about the realities […] The post One Company Exits The Elbe & Another Enters: Should You Consider An Elbe River Cruise? Plus, AmaWaterways’ Low Water Guarantee appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Recapping Our Journey Through Myanmar With Viking River Cruises

Myanmar: a country without equal. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Recapping our Viking River Cruise through Myanmar When I first planned my trip aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay as part of Viking’s 15-day Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour itinerary, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d sailed with Viking numerous times in Europe, covering the Danube, the Rhine, France’s Bordeaux region and Portugal’s Douro […] The post Recapping Our Journey Through Myanmar With Viking River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Reports ‘Tremendous Response’ For Its Inaugural River Cruise Voyages

Deck plan for Crystal Mozart.
Crystal’s new river cruises are selling well. Within hours of unveiling fares this past Monday, the company reported a “tremendous response” in bookings for its five luxury vessels, the first of which is set to embark in July 2016 and the other four in 2017. The five inaugural voyages, which are exclusively open to Crystal […] The post Crystal Reports ‘Tremendous Response’ For Its Inaugural River Cruise Voyages appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Future Of The Internet On River Cruises: Here Already On AmaWaterways

Jacco Batavier
During my November cruise on AmaSerena, I was impressed by a number of things related to the AmaWaterways’ product. I wrote about how AmaSerena dared to go where few – if any – dared to go: up a shallow stretch of the Rhine, where low water thwarted navigation for the scheduled sailings of most, if […] The post The Future Of The Internet On River Cruises: Here Already On AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 13

Welcome to Monywa, Myanmar - home to a temple that houses over 500,000 images of Buddha. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Viking’s Myanmar Explorer Lives Up To Its Name Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Unbelievably, we’ve come to the end. Today is our last full day aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay, as our spectacular Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour itinerary that began two weeks ago in Bangkok, Thailand comes to a close. But that doesn’t mean […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 13 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 12

Today, we experienced the true magic of Myanmar with Viking River Cruises: the people. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
The Magic of Myanmar Monday, November 30, 2015 Today was the epitome of relaxation aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay, with a full half-day of scenic cruising along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River as we made our way along to our afternoon port of call of Yandabo. Curiously, the Irrawaddy is nothing like the Mekong River that […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 12 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 11

Join us as we explore Salay, Myanmar from the comfort of our river cruise ship, Viking Mandalay. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
The Irrawaddy and Salay Sunday, November 29, 2015 It only took me about 40 minutes of sweating through every piece of my clothing this morning to determine that this must be what hell is like. Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay arrived at the small town of Salay, Myanmar just before nine o’clock this morning. Salay – […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 11 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 10

Today, we explored beautiful Bagan with Viking River Cruises - by day and by sunset. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders
Mystical Bagan Saturday, November 28, 2015 Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay sailed briefly this morning for two hours south from our overnight anchorage to Bagan, Myanmar. We were strongly encouraged to be up at 5:30 a.m. to see the hot air balloons flying over Bagan during our morning sail south, and I was not disappointed that […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 10 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 9

Sailing the Irrawaddy River with Viking River Cruises: a magical experience. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Cruising the Irrawaddy River to Ohn Ne Choung Friday, November 27, 2015 Guests aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay were treated to a morning of scenic cruising today, as we sailed south along the Irrawaddy River bound for the town of Ohn Ne Choung. Throughout Myanmar, you’ll find a number of variations in the spelling […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 9 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal’s River Cruise Itineraries Just Announced: Open For Booking On Cyber Monday

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Crystal River Cruises’ collection for 2016 through 2018 opens for sale on Cyber Monday As reported earlier today, Crystal Cruises is opening the books for its new river cruises. River Cruise Advisor has received the luxury cruise operator’s collection of river cruise itineraries from 2016 through 2018, available for booking on Cyber Monday, November 30 at midnight […] The post Crystal’s River Cruise Itineraries Just Announced: Open For Booking On Cyber Monday appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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On Cyber Monday, Crystal River Cruises Opens For Business

Rendering of Crystal Mozart.
On Cyber Monday (that’s November 30) Crystal Cruises opens the books for its five river cruisers. First out of the gate (or locks?) is Crystal Mozart, which begins Danube river cruises on July 13, 2016. Additionally, four new river cruisers begin sailing in 2017. Let’s take a look at Crystal Mozart. Earlier this month, Crystal announced the purchase of the […] The post On Cyber Monday, Crystal River Cruises Opens For Business appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 8

Sunset tonight over Amarapura's U Bein Bridge; the longest teak bridge in the world. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Mandalay, Amarapura, and the U-Bein Bridge Thursday, November 26, 2015 This morning, I awoke aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay after a fantastically comfortable sleep. Despite the fact that the townspeople of Amarapura insisted on blaring music at all hours of the night as part of their Tazaungdaing Festival, or what I’ll just call the […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 8 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 7

Hello, Viking Mandalay! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Embarking Viking Mandalay Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Today is an exciting day. For the first time since our Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour with Viking River Cruises began in Bangkok, Thailand almost one week ago, we’re embarking our river cruise ship. In fact, we’ll join Viking Mandalay in its namesake port of Mandalay, Myanmar. But first, […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 7 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 6

There's nothing quite like Myanmar's Inle Lake. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
A River Runs Through It – In Myanmar Tuesday, November 24, 2015 If I were a better writer, I’d have a decent shot at describing the adventures we’ve had today. As it is, this sixth day of our Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour with Viking River Cruises was absolutely packed with experiences. That alone makes […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 6 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 5

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Into the Wild in Inle Lake Monday, November 23, 2015 If this were North America, I’d be in a panic. It’s 9:47 a.m. Our flight to Heho, Myanmar departs at 11 a.m. And we’re hopelessly stuck in Yangon’s diabolical traffic. There is a beat-up red pickup truck next to us, the back of which is […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 5 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 4

Mystical, Magical, Myanmar. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Mystical, Magical Yangon Sunday, November 22, 2015 I have to admit I am enjoying the pace set by Viking River Cruises on this 15-day Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour. Rather than trying to cram too much into the schedule, this has to be one of the more balanced river cruise tours I’ve taken part in […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 4 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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An Absurd Proposition For Those Who Fear Traveling After The Paris Attacks

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Thanks to the nearly 500 of you who participated in last week’s survey asking whether the Paris attacks had affected your travel plans. Nearly 45 percent of you answered affirmatively, with a few who said you were cancelling your plans and others who said you were reconsidering. Most of you who answered yes said you planned […] The post An Absurd Proposition For Those Who Fear Traveling After The Paris Attacks appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 3

Welcome to Yangon, Myanmar! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Burmese Days Saturday, November 21, 2015 Today, I woke up bright and early in my room at the Shangri-La Bangkok. I showered, shaved, and went downstairs to enjoy a relaxing (included) breakfast in the River Café. I made the mistake of reading the International New York Times, which came off sounding more like the Doomsday […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 3 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 2

Today, we explored the vibrant city of Bangkok, Thailand with Viking River Cruises. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
One Night In Bangkok Friday, November 20, 2015 My alarm went off all too soon this morning in my room at the gorgeous Shangri-La Bangkok. I’d turned in at about 3am this morning after having arrived late from North America, and 7:30 a.m. rolled around with surprising speed. But I was greeted with a gorgeous […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 2 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Is AmaWaterways The Champion Of Low Water? Going Where There Were No Others On The Rhine

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle
During a seven-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam, where we disembarked on Wednesday of this week, I asked myself: Is AmaWaterways more adept than its competitors when it comes to navigating low water? I had good reason to pose such a question. Water levels along the Rhine River have been at historic lows. On some stretches of […] The post Is AmaWaterways The Champion Of Low Water? Going Where There Were No Others On The Rhine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 1

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Traveling to Bangkok for Viking’s Myanmar Explorer River Cruise Thursday, November 19, 2015 Let’s be honest: It’s a long-haul to get from North America to Southeast Asia. I arrived at the Shangri-La Bangkok at about 2:30 a.m., delayed by long lines at Thailand immigration and a flight that took off nearly two hours late from […] The post Viking’s Myanmar Explorer – Day 1 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Dordogne and Garonne River Stateroom Size Comparisons

Viking Forseti Explorer Suite. Photo Courtesy of Viking River Cruises.
How does stateroom size compare for ships on the Dordogne and Garonne rivers in southwestern France? There is some variation among the different vessels with cabins that range in size from 135 square feet to 445 square feet. Cruises in this region of France are sometimes referred to as Bordeaux river cruises. Some of the companies that travel […] The post Dordogne and Garonne River Stateroom Size Comparisons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise Basics: Affordable River Cruising

CroisiEurope's Lafayette sails the Rhine, carrying just 86 guests. Photo courtesy of CrosiEurope
There’s no point in being coy about it: River cruises aren’t cheap. Yet, their popularity continues unabated among travellers who are just now discovering an industry that has been around, in one form or another, for decades. One of the primary sore spots for many would-be river cruisers, however, is the relatively high cost of […] The post River Cruise Basics: Affordable River Cruising appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Douro River Stateroom Size Comparisons

Queen Isabel Uniworld
How do stateroom sizes compare for ships that cruise on the Douro River? Only about half of all river cruise companies offer itineraries on the Douro. We’ll look at comparisons between AmaWaterways, CroisiEurope, Scenic, Uniworld and Viking River Cruises. Most companies have only one vessel on the Douro River. Viking River Cruises is one exception […] The post Douro River Stateroom Size Comparisons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Rhône & Saône River Stateroom Size Comparisons

Avalon Tapestry II Royal Suite. Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways.
How do stateroom sizes compare for ships that cruise on the Rhône and Saône rivers in France? Even though there are fewer ships on these waterways, there is still a lot of variation in size. Stateroom sizes range from 118 square feet to 445 square feet. Most river cruise companies have only one or two vessels on the Rhône […] The post Rhône & Saône River Stateroom Size Comparisons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.