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Shoulder Season Price Comparisons: Douro 2019

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During shoulder season, a river cruise on the Douro can represent an incredible value, with some river cruises priced at 20 percent less than during peak season. Sample 2019 lead-in per diems range from $388 per person to $564 per person. The post Shoulder Season Price Comparisons: Douro 2019 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld’s S.S. Beatrice Upgraded To Super Ship

Uniworld’s new Super Ship first set sail in the beginning of April. The S.S. Beatrice debuts a yacht-like design and is the first vessel in the brand’s fleet to be upgraded to a Super Ship. “We’re thrilled to continue to offer guests the highest standard in river cruising with the debut of S.S. Beatrice,” said […] The post Uniworld’s S.S. Beatrice Upgraded To Super Ship appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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U by Uniworld’s, The A, Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage

U by Uniworld debuted its second ship, The A, on its maiden voyage along the Rhine on April 14, 2018. “We’re thrilled that our second U by Uniworld ship has officially set sail on the Rhine,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “U continues to bring adventurous and curious travelers a completely new […] The post U by Uniworld’s, The A, Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld 2018 Douro River Cruise Itineraries

Uniworld has a few different options for Douro River cruise itineraries, and each one is unique. Packages are between 8 and 13 days long and may also include a visit to Lisbon, Madrid or to both cities. Here's how they differ. The post Uniworld 2018 Douro River Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines

Beverage Policies can vary dramatically from one river cruise line to the next. While nearly all of the major lines offer at least some complimentary beverages, some are more inclusive than others. Even if you’ve sailed with a particular line in the past, you may notice that beverage policies can change from year-to-year. Both Tauck […] The post Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Active River Cruises:

River cruising can be surprisingly active. Unlike ocean cruises, river cruising throughout Europe, Asia and abroad requires a decent amount of physical mobility. Walking tours are prevalent in most, if not all, ports of call, and it should come as no surprise to those wearing FitBits that it’s easier than you might imagine to hit […] The post Active River Cruises: appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Choose To Cruise The Danube

Click To Play Video Slideshow Immortalized by Johann Strauss in Blue Danube Waltz, the Danube winds from Germany’s Black Forest through Austria into the Balkans before dumping into the Black Sea. The romantic river flows through six countries and meanders for nearly 1,800 miles. Some of Europe’s most-fabled cities — Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
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When Rudy Does Nothing, You Can Count On A Great Cruise

Of all the jobs in the world, surely Rudolph van der Meulen’s must be among the best. His job, as instructed by his bosses, is to cruise on a river boat and simply to do this: nothing. While most people might call that a vacation, it’s a tall order for the otherwise-ambitious 37-year-old hotel manager on
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Putting Off Europe?

Click The Image Above To Play Video If the lousy exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Euro has you thinking twice about traveling to Europe, you may want to think again. And this time, think river cruising. On a river cruise, you’re isolated from much of the expense of Europe, as your accommodations, meals
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