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A Family Affair on the Danube
Aug 8, 2017
When Disney takes over an AmaWaterways river ship on the Danube, history is served up with a dose of fun and opportunity for family bonding Eleven-year-old Kate and I were a bit groggy from overseas travel when we arrived on the...
Setting Sail With Scenic
Feb 14, 2017
Europe’s rivers are awash with sleek river cruise ships vying for our vacationing attention. Offering the advantage of gliding along fascinating shorelines, navigating lock systems, and visiting ports no ocean-going vessel can, river cruising is one of the biggest waves...
Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River - A Total Immersion
Nov 19, 2016
From a cheroot-making shop to gilded stupas and Bagan’s pagoda-studded plains, the deluxe Belmond Orcaella immerses you in exotic Myanmar. Our horse cart clip-clops along a sand track, stirring up swirls of red dust as we weave around Bagan’s brick...
Vintage Bordeaux
Aug 9, 2016
A luxurious river cruise in the heart of France’s famed wine country showcases vineyards and chateaux as well as above-and-beyond service and culinary excellence. It was the smallest of touches on Uniworld’s gorgeous river ship, the River Royale, that made all...
Active Discovery on The Danube
Jun 7, 2016
Avalon Unveils 2017 New on-the-go Cruise Style Avalon Waterways is adding an exciting and action-packed Active Discovery on the Danube cruise to its impressive list of special interest cruises to be launched next year. "Our Active Discovery itineraries give cruisers the...
In Conversation With Stephanie Bishop, Avalon Waterways
May 17, 2016
We sat down with Stephanie Bishop,Managing Director of Globus Family of Brands in Canada and discussed what is new at Avalon Waterways,their award-winning river cruise brand. The pricing for Avalon Waterways is in Canadian Dollars which is a great asset these...
A Waltz On the Blue Danube
Apr 14, 2016
If the idea of days spent in luxuriously warm mineral water baths or strolling cobblestone streets appeals, and your best-ever evening entertainment involves the sound of a symphony orchestra, put the Viking Danube Waltz cruise at the top of your...
River Cruise Roundup
Mar 11, 2016
Imagine walking into your favorite store one day, only to discover their selection of products has suddenly quadrupled. That's what's happening with river cruises right now, as these calm, luxurious journeys enjoy an unprecedented renaissance not only in Europe, but...
Cruising The Danube on the New Emerald Star
Feb 5, 2016
From an infinity pool to an evening cinema, this ship puts a new shimmer on river cruising. “In Bavaria, you can’t divide church and beer,” says Daniela, the ever-smiling tour director of Emerald Waterways’ almost spanking new Emerald Star. We see...
The Road to Mandalay
Jan 17, 2016
Porters walk ahead on the beach balancing our luggage on their heads while other crew members hold red umbrellas to protect us from the unrelenting sun. Women are doing their laundry on the rocks along shore and supplies are being...
A Fine Phinisi
Oct 13, 2015
Scuba diving in coral gardens, idyllic beach forays and…omg…Komodo dragons! Cruising aboard the stylish “Alila Purnama” is an exercise in adventure. Scales glinting, the Komodo dragon looks…well… stoned. Never mind that it’s the world’s largest and most lethal lizard – in...
Rollin' On The River
Jul 24, 2015
Cruising back, Southern-style, to the halcyon days of steam-boating on the mighty Mississippi
Simply Inspire-d
Jul 12, 2015
Last April, Tauck’s new ms Inspire sailed on her maiden voyage from Amsterdam to Maastricht through the spectacular tulips and rolling fields of Belgium and the Netherlands. On the eve of the centenary of the Great War, it was a...
A Unique River Adventure...Un-Cruising
Jun 10, 2015
On a lazy afternoon of sailing, it’s difficult to imagine the Columbia was once considered the wildest river in America. When ships like the S.S. Legend made their way through the rapids of the mighty river that divides Washington and Oregon...
Making River Cruising Family Friendly with AmaWaterways
May 11, 2015
I recently met up with Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner, co-owners of AMAWaterways and two of my favourite people in the industry and had a chance to discuss their new family initiative with Disney. This is a truly excellent river...
Avalon Waterways Latest Godmother Is A National Treasure
Apr 16, 2015
You have to really love a Godmother who takes the role seriously, engages with staff, crew and guests equally AND wears a fabulous hat! The multi- talented singer, musician, author and broadcaster (and dare I say it, comedienne) Jann Arden...
Viking River Cruises Expands Fleet with 12 New Ships Christened in Europe
Apr 3, 2015
Marking another year of impressive growth, Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) recently welcomed the newest additions to its fleet of river cruise vessels at a simultaneous christening ceremony in Amsterdam and Rostock, Germany. The company christened a total of 12 new...
Uncommon Access - Tauck Blue Danube River Cruise
Dec 15, 2014
A Tauck Blue Danube river cruise treats guests to fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses of grand libraries and fairy tale palaces. Long-standing tour operator Tauck has a slogan they like to use in their marketing materials: “Never Settle for Ordinary.” It’s a curiously...
Operas and Authors - Avalon's Newest Cruises
Nov 21, 2014
When a cruise line’s special interest offerings are always sell-outs, what comes next? New themes! For 2015, Avalon Waterways is introducing author and opera cruises to its already diverse and robust lineup of “passion” cruises. Book lovers will adore the Author...
A River Safari on the Zambezi Queen
Oct 22, 2014
There’s nothing quite like an elegant river safari on the Chobe River between Namibia and Botswana. Wake up to grunting hippos, and watch elephants at sunset while sipping champagne. “Hippos!” Our guide, Gilbert, points to a jumble of large round boulders...
Launching Catherine
Oct 6, 2014
A Stunning and Truly Breathtaking New River Ship has arrived and is now sailing the French waterways on the Saône and Rhône Rivers from Spring to Fall every year.
Rolling On the River
Oct 1, 2014
River cruising is nothing new; several lines have existed since the 1990’s. But it has taken two decades of slow but steady innovation to bring the industry to where it is today: arguably the fastest growing sector of the travel...
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