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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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