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Cargo-Ladened & Pulled By Mules: The First Converted Barge To Cruise The French Canals

In 1966, a young Englishman purchased a 40-year-old barge that he converted for leisurely, multi-day holidays on the waterways. This was the beginning of river cruising as we know it today. But without the help of an American writer, river cruising may never have evolved as it did. The post Cargo-Ladened & Pulled By Mules: The First Converted Barge To Cruise The French Canals appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Top Five World Cruises For 2022 & 2023

At the end of a 7-day cruise I almost always have the same thought: I wish this didn't have to end. Some might have a similar thought and look at taking grand voyages, spanning anywhere from a month to a couple of months. But for those who want to take their love of cruising to the next level, there's a World Cruise for that. The post Top Five World Cruises For 2022 & 2023 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Crystal Announces New Vaccine Requirement

Crystal announced that it has updated its new health and safety protocols to now require all guests to be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their Crystal cruise. The post Crystal Announces New Vaccine Requirement appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways’ Floriade Horticultural Expo Cruises

As bookings for AmaWaterways’ 2022 river cruise season have reached record levels, the line announced a limited number of staterooms remain to welcome guests during The Netherlands’ Floriade Expo – a world-renowned event that occurs once every ten years. Between April 14 and October 9, 2022, AmaWaterways guests have the opportunity to visit the expo […] The post AmaWaterways’ Floriade Horticultural Expo Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Paddle-Wheelers On The Mississippi, Steamboats On The Rhine & The Rise Of KD River Line

As we continue to explore the history of river cruising, today we’ll learn how a single steamboat helped thwart an invasion on America and went on to open the Mississippi river cruises in its wake; how the steamboat industry survived two world wars that sank boats in Europe; and how companies survived periods of boom and bust. We’ll also learn how a well-known writer popularized river cruising in the United States and how a poet mythologized a landmark that still attracts river cruisers today. The post Paddle-Wheelers On The Mississippi, Steamboats On The Rhine & The Rise Of KD River Line appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Helping Hand: Past Silversea Guests Fundraise For Crew

On December 21, 2020, Steve and Janet Randall started a GoFundMe page. The goal of the page was simple in theory: to provide relief to small group of Silversea crew members who were unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The small group consisted of 200 employees who worked less than four months in 2020. The group consisted of the lowest paid Silversea employees, such as dishwashers, and other crew who work behind the scenes. As of January 4th, an initial goal of $66,000 was reached which covered a US$250 donation to each of the 200 crew members mentioned […] The post A Helping Hand: Past Silversea Guests Fundraise For Crew appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Avalon Waterways’ New Health And Safety Requirements

This week, the Globus family of brands – consisting of Globus, Cosmos, Avalon Waterways and Monograms – announced important updates to its pre-trip Health & Safety Protocols including proof of COVID-19 vaccines, a negative test result or virus immunity in order join its tours, river cruises and independent vacation packages in North America and abroad. The post Avalon Waterways’ New Health And Safety Requirements appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Victory Cruise Lines Announces Vaccination Requirement For All Crew And Guests

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) have announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all guests that will go into effect for all sailings beginning July 1, 2021. Additionally, the vaccination requirement will apply to shipboard crew members and non-shipboard employees across all seven vessels in the AQSC and VCL fleets. The post Victory Cruise Lines Announces Vaccination Requirement For All Crew And Guests appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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After Canada’s News, When Will Cruising Resume & Where? Some Hope On The Horizon

Despite setbacks in Canada and New Zealand, we expect cruising to resume in the spring - with caveats, however. For their part, cruise companies are ready to return as soon as they get the green light. What will be first to return and where? The post After Canada’s News, When Will Cruising Resume & Where? Some Hope On The Horizon appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Where River Cruising Began: A ‘Fire Boat’ On The Saône

In 1783, in the city of Lyon, a 32-year-old engineer and inventor did something remarkable: He unwittingly gave birth to river cruising as we know it today. On what was presumably a warm day in mid-July, thousands of Lyonnaise gathered along the banks of the Saône to watch the Frenchman chug upstream in a boat […] The post Where River Cruising Began: A ‘Fire Boat’ On The Saône appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Top Three River Cruises For Millennials

Cruising is often seen as an activity for retirees - especially when it comes to cruising the rivers of Europe. Throughout the past few years, as river cruising has gained popularity, river cruise companies have taken steps to cater to younger travelers. From active experiences and hands-on cultural immersion, there is something for young people to do both on and off a river cruise vessel. The post The Top Three River Cruises For Millennials appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Queen Steamboat Company Announces Vaccination Requirement For All Crew And Guests

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) have announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all guests that will go into effect for all sailings beginning July 1, 2021. Additionally, the vaccination requirement will apply to shipboard crew members and non-shipboard employees across all seven vessels in the AQSC and VCL fleets. The post American Queen Steamboat Company Announces Vaccination Requirement For All Crew And Guests appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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REPLAY: What’s Trending? Where Should You Go Next? Silversea Tells Us

What are the hottest small-ship cruise itineraries for 2022/2023? Silversea’s Barbara Muckermann and Conrad Combrink joined us to discuss current booking trends for the luxury cruise company’s classic and expedition fleet. The post REPLAY: What’s Trending? Where Should You Go Next? Silversea Tells Us appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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REPLAY: Small-Ship Cruisers: What’s Trending? Where Should You Go Next? Silversea Tells Us

What are the hottest small-ship cruise itineraries for 2022/2023? Silversea’s Barbara Muckermann and Conrad Combrink joined us to discuss current booking trends for the luxury cruise company’s classic and expedition fleet. Enjoy the replay. The post REPLAY: Small-Ship Cruisers: What’s Trending? Where Should You Go Next? Silversea Tells Us appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea’s Insight On 2022/23 Travel Trends

Based on guest interest and predictions from Silversea’s destination experts, the cruise line has identified popular travel trends for 2022-2023, highlighting those destinations that are attracting travelers with the recommencement of sailing. Popular sailing regions include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, and Australia’s Kimberley region. The post Silversea’s Insight On 2022/23 Travel Trends appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Conrad Combrink on Silversea’s New Indian Ocean Expeditions

Conrad Combrink shares insight on Silversea's new Indian Ocean expeditions. The new itineraries were released as part of Silversea's new 2022/2023 itinerary deployment - the largest in the leading ultra-luxury cruise line's history. The post Conrad Combrink on Silversea’s New Indian Ocean Expeditions appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Viking’s New Nile River Ship

Viking announced an expansion of its Egypt fleet with Viking Aton. Inspired by the design of the company's Longships and built specifically to navigate the Nile River, Viking Aton is currently under construction and is scheduled to debut in September 2022. The post Viking’s New Nile River Ship appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Join Us Wednesday For A Live Chat With Silversea: What’s Trending? And Where Should You Go Next?

Silversea Trending Destinations 2022/23
What are the hottest small-ship cruise itineraries for 2022/2023? Silversea’s Barbara Muckermann and Conrad Combrink will join us to discuss current booking trends for the luxury cruise company’s classic and expedition fleet. They'll elaborate on which destinations are proving to be popular for Silversea’s 2022/2023 deployments and explain why interest has never been higher for small-ship cruising. We'll also hear about the Galapagos on the new Silver Origin as well as the upcoming season in Antarctica, Australia's Kimberley regions and expeditions beyond. The post Join Us Wednesday For A Live Chat With Silversea: What’s Trending? And Where Should You Go Next? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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MSC Starts Cruising Again

In a world full of mixed coronavirus news - vaccines good, variants bad - one cruise company stands out for leading the way toward a return to something resembling normal. MSC Cruises began sailing the Med again this week. How is the company managing what few others can? The post MSC Starts Cruising Again appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Six Travel Trends Driving Record River Cruise Bookings For AmaWaterways

The executive team at Amawaterways is seeing several travel trends driving heightened demand and strong river cruise bookings for 2021. The post Six Travel Trends Driving Record River Cruise Bookings For AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Travel Insurance & Covid-19

Our contact, Meghan Walch, a Pandemic Travel Insurance Expert at InsureMyTrip tells us that her company is tracking the latest COVID-19 travel requirements to provide insight on how travel insurance may or may not apply in particular situations. Here are some answers to the most common questions that Meghan is receiving: The post Travel Insurance & Covid-19 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Your Thoughts On When We Will River Cruise In Europe Again

In last week’s story, we suggested that North Americans would be able to return to Europe for river cruises sometime during the summer of 2021. We asked for your vote, and this week, we're happy to share the results. The post Your Thoughts On When We Will River Cruise In Europe Again appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Webinar: Is This Included In My River Cruise?

With the resumption of river cruising in mind, we’re pleased to announce that a webinar we’ve rescheduled several times will be presented on February 24 at 5 p.m. EDT. Knowing what's included in your river cruise (and what's not) can sometimes be a deciding factor as to which river cruise company to book. While our comparisons identify much of what's included, sometimes the answer requires more than a simple yes or no. Join our webinar, “Is This Included In My River Cruise?” The post Webinar: Is This Included In My River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Best Wave Season Deals For 2021

If you’re anything like us, you have been anxious to get back on a cruise ship since March 2020. You might already have sailings lined up for 2021 and 2022, but for those of you who have been dreaming of booking a cruise once the pandemic is over with - the time to do so is now. The post The Best Wave Season Deals For 2021 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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When Can You River Cruise Again In Europe?

With Covid-19 vaccinations underway and river cruises scheduled to resume operations again in the spring, when will North Americans be able to ply the rivers of Europe again? Our best guess ... The post When Can You River Cruise Again In Europe? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A City-Phoenix – Belgrade, Serbia

Katarina Komazec is a cruise & travel blogger and the owner of the website Adventour Begins since June 2020. Having worked more than 7 years in the cruise industry, first as Concierge and then in the Shore excursions department Rivages du Monde, Viking River Cruises, Royal Caribbean International), Katarina has gained priceless, inside knowledge about […] The post A City-Phoenix – Belgrade, Serbia appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Top Three Cruises For Millennials

There is no shortage of vacation options for millennials. In fact, the AirBNB that we run in Asheville seems to attract droves of young professionals looking to get out and explore. But for as many things as we see that are specifically catered to millennials, cruises often get glossed over. Rest assured, there are plenty of great cruise options for millennials. The post Top Three Cruises For Millennials appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Scenic Eclipse’s 2022-23 Worldwide Voyages Collection

Scenic Group has announced the release of its new 2022/23 Scenic Eclipse Worldwide Discovery Voyages Collection. With an extensive program now covering six continents, Scenic Eclipse will visit 35 countries across 48 voyages. The post Scenic Eclipse’s 2022-23 Worldwide Voyages Collection appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Crystal’s New Expedition Ship Planned To Debut Summer Of 2021

Crystal Endeavor, the German-built, PC6-designated vessel for Crystal Expedition Cruises is on track to debut in Summer 2021. Originally set to launch in August of 2020, the ship’s construction was delayed as the global health crisis forced a shutdown of MV WERFTEN where Crystal Endeavor is currently under construction. The post Crystal’s New Expedition Ship Planned To Debut Summer Of 2021 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Seabourn’s 2021 Alaska Season

Seabourn has planned a program of adventures and experiences in Alaska and British Columbia this summer. Seabourn Odyssey is scheduled to sail on a series of newly-revised, seven-day voyages between Juneau, Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia. The post Seabourn’s 2021 Alaska Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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