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The River Cruise Companies Are Ready To Restart: Are You Ready To River Cruise?

Are you ready to river cruise in 2021? Tell us how you're feeling about river cruising in 2021 and beyond, and then join us for a discussion Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m. EDT. Click the link for the survey and registration. The post The River Cruise Companies Are Ready To Restart: Are You Ready To River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New Date Announced For 2022 Alsace Barge Trip With David Wilcox

We're fortunate that American Folk Singer & Songwriter David Wilcox will be with us as we barge through Alsace June 4-10, 2022. David will serenade us as we float through one of the most beautiful regions in France. If you'd like to join David, me and 18 others June 4-10, 2022, please let us know. The post New Date Announced For 2022 Alsace Barge Trip With David Wilcox appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Top Three Tips For Choosing Your River Cruise

When I first started river cruising, I found it difficult to choose which river, which river cruise company and which ship. Hopefully, these tips will make it easier for you to navigate the wonderful world of river cruising. Ralph Grizzle Founder | River Cruise Advisor To understand the appeal of river cruising, you need only […] The post My Top Three Tips For Choosing Your River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways Will Require Vaccine For Summer Travelers

Travelers ages 12 and older will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, completed at least 14-days prior to embarkation. ?This new protocol will take effect for international vacations departing July 15 through October 31, 2021. The company plans to revert back to its policy of proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test or immunity for travel after October 31, 2021. ?? The post Avalon Waterways Will Require Vaccine For Summer Travelers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Tauck Will Resume Operations In Europe & Africa

August will mark the resumption of Tauck’s European river cruises, with departures sailing on the Rhône and Seine in France and the Douro River in Portugal. Although no firm date has been set, Tauck plans to restart its cruises on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers – and the bulk of its remaining European land tours – in early fall as border openings permit. The post Tauck Will Resume Operations In Europe & Africa appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea’s July Alaska & Iceland Sailings

Silversea Cruises has announced new summer voyages in Alaska and Iceland, starting in July 2021. With the passage of the U.S. Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, which enables cruises to Alaska without required stops in Canada, Silver Muse will resume round-trip sailings from Seattle starting July 29. Silver Shadow will circumnavigate Iceland with the launch of new all-Icelandic itineraries, returning to Northern Europe with three 10-day voyages from Reykjavik, beginning July 30. The post Silversea’s July Alaska & Iceland Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Lindblad Expeditions Will Return To Iceland In July

Lindblad Expeditions has announced it will be reactivating National Geographic Explorer for a series of voyages in Iceland this summer. Plans call for the 148-guest polar vessel to explore the mythical land of the midnight sun on two alternating itineraries, Wild Island Escape and The Circumnavigation of Iceland. The post Lindblad Expeditions Will Return To Iceland In July appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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AmaWaterways Will Resume Sailing In July

AmaWaterways today announced its plans to return to the rivers of Europe resuming sailings on board select ships beginning July 3, 2021 in Portugal. The post AmaWaterways Will Resume Sailing In July appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises To Resume August 29

Crystal River Cruises tells us that service in Europe will officially resume on August 29, 2021. The post Crystal River Cruises To Resume August 29 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruising Is Back: How To Insure You & Your Trip

While I now feel safe to travel to Europe (and other destinations again), two questions remain: How can I protect my travel investment from expenses I may incur should I cancel my trip? And what happens should I become ill – or test positive for Covid-19 – while abroad? The latter, as you probably know, requires quarantining for a number of days. The post Cruising Is Back: How To Insure You & Your Trip appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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River Cruising Is Back: Now, How To Insure You & Your Trip

Now that we soon will be able to river cruise in Europe again, the questions are: How can I protect my travel investment from expenses I may incur should I cancel my trip? And what happens should I become ill - or test positive for Covid-19 - while abroad? The post River Cruising Is Back: Now, How To Insure You & Your Trip appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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From Barges To Luxurious River Boats

Rhine River Cruises, Scenic
In previous posts, we learned how river cruising evolved from an experimental steamboat on the Saône to paddle-wheelers plying rivers in the United States and Europe to something resembling river cruising today: the first hotel barge in France. Since that first barge made its debut in 1966, forward-thinking entrepreneurs continued to develop and build riverboats that were […] The post From Barges To Luxurious River Boats appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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It’s Official: Summer River Cruises Are A Go

On the heels of this week's announcements by the European Union, CDC, river cruise and airline companies, river cruising in Europe is poised to resume next month. Still, there are questions: How will Americans show the required proof of negative Covid tests before returning home? Will I need to mask up? And more. The post It’s Official: Summer River Cruises Are A Go appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uh ‘O Canada’

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act. You know that means, eh? It provides for an exemption to the Passenger Vessel Services Act. The post Uh ‘O Canada’ appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Uniworld Will Sail The Po In June

Uniworld will resume cruising on June 20, 2021, debuting its most recently transformed Super Ship S.S. La Venezia in Italy. Cruises will restart in France shortly after Italy, with first departures for S.S. Bon Voyage on June 27th, S.S. Joie de Vivre on July 4th, and S.S. Catherine on July 11th. The post Uniworld Will Sail The Po In June appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Vaccinated Americans And Brits Can Sail The Douro With Scenic & Emerald In July

Scenic Azure
Scenic Group has announced that the company’s two river lines - Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises – will start their 2021 European river cruise season on Portugal’s Douro River with the first sailings taking place on July 30 and July 31, 2021, respectively. The post Vaccinated Americans And Brits Can Sail The Douro With Scenic & Emerald In July appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Will European Travel Have To Wait Until Fall – Or Later?

Last week, we published our survey results in which we asked our readers if they would be comfortable traveling to Europe this summer. Though the European Union is currently ironing out a way to open in time for summer travel, it seems that most of our readers aren't quite ready to cross the Atlantic.  In our survey, 48 percent of readers said they would consider traveling to Europe this summer, but most say that their European travel plans have been put on hold until 2022. The post Will European Travel Have To Wait Until Fall – Or Later? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises 2023 Deployment

Crystal Debussy
Crystal River Cruises announced the full 2023 deployment of its fleet, featuring 190 individual voyages exploring the Danube, Rhine, and Moselle rivers along with the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. The post Crystal River Cruises 2023 Deployment appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Offers Complimentary Travel Dates For Frontline Medical Workers

AmaWaterways
To celebrate National Nurses Week, AmaWaterways has opened a selection of Europe sailings between October through December 2021 for eligible frontline medical heroes to enjoy a complimentary river cruise with one paying guest in the same stateroom. The post AmaWaterways Offers Complimentary Travel Dates For Frontline Medical Workers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea Will Return To The Galapagos In June

Silversea Cruises announced its return to service in the Galápagos Islands aboard new ship Silver Origin, which arrived in San Cristóbal on April 30. Starting June 19, the line will welcome guests on board Silver Origin for all-new Galapagos itineraries. Full vaccinations will be mandatory for guests and crew embarking Silver Origin from June 19, forming part of a comprehensive, multi-layered set of science-backed protocols that will help to safeguard the health and safety of guests, crew, and visited communities. Silver Origin will sail on two alternating itineraries that incorporate five maiden calls, including the island of Santa Fe. Each itinerary […] The post Silversea Will Return To The Galapagos In June appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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SURVEY RESULTS: Your 2021 Travel Plans

Around this time last year, we ran a survey asking our readers when they expected to travel again. Europe, responded nearly 75 percent of river cruisers. On the oceans, Europe and the Mediterranean ranked first, with about 27 percent of the vote, followed by the Caribbean with 25 percent. We figured this was a perfect time to run a similar survey, with Europe planning to open to vaccinated US travelers this summer and cruises starting back up in the Caribbean as soon as June. Here is what our readers had to say about their travel plans for 2021 and beyond. The post SURVEY RESULTS: Your 2021 Travel Plans appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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UnCruise Will Start Alaska Season This Week

Over the weekend UnCruise Adventures quickly modified three Pacific Northwest sailings after Washington State COVID protocols affected departure dates from Seattle. In place of a cancellation the company offered guests an alternative itinerary out of Juneau, covering guest airfare and hotels.  The post UnCruise Will Start Alaska Season This Week appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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AmaWaterways Adds Second Seven River Journey

AmaMagna
In response to the launch of its first-ever Seven River Journey Through Europe, AmaWaterways announced a second Seven River Journey – Spring. This new 45-night itinerary offers guests extra time to discover the springtime floral splendor of Netherlands and Belgium along with the opportunity to experience AmaMagna sailing the upper and lower Danube during the final two weeks of the trip. The post AmaWaterways Adds Second Seven River Journey appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silver Moon Will Sail Greece In June

Silversea Cruises opened sales on brand new voyages aboard Silver Moon to the Eastern Mediterranean, departing from Greece from June 18, 2021. The cruise line unveiled a collection of nine voyages - each 10 days in length - which will sail round-trip from Piraeus (Athens), taking in much of Greece, including Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and Crete, among others, as well as Haifa (Israel) and Cyprus. The post Silver Moon Will Sail Greece In June appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Makes A Lindblad Expedition Different?

Last week, we sat down to interview Lesa Bain, Lindblad’s vice president of sales for North America. The company recently announced its resumption of operations in Alaska and the Galapagos this summer. You can listen to part one and part two of the whole interview but, before you do that, here are five things I learned during my conversation with Lesa Bain. 1. Lindblad cares about the environment When I sent over the list of questions for my interview with Lesa, she responded asking me to mention sustainability stating it was “one of [Lindblad’s] key pillars”. The company’s sustainability efforts are […] The post What Makes A Lindblad Expedition Different? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Riviera River Cruises to Require Full Vaccination Or Negative COVID-19 Test

Riviera River Cruises has announced that all guests boarding its ships when European river cruising restarts will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a negative test prior to travel. The post Riviera River Cruises to Require Full Vaccination Or Negative COVID-19 Test appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHT: Riviera’s Rhine & Moselle Solo Cruise

Traveling solo can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but oftentimes it comes at a big cost. Solo passengers often have to pay single supplements, meaning that they usually must dole out what a couple would pay for the same stateroom. On October 26th, 2022, I will be hosting solo only river cruise with Emma Cakmak from A Passport To Travel. This eight-night sailing on the Rhine and Moselle rivers is the perfect opportunity for solo travelers looking to avoid paying a single supplement. Prices start at US$3,639 per person. The post ITINERARY HIGHLIGHT: Riviera’s Rhine & Moselle Solo Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seabourn To Restart In July

Seabourn is developing plans to restart Seabourn operations in the Mediterranean together with the Government of Greece with a series of sailings operating round-trip out of Athens beginning July 3, 2021. The post Seabourn To Restart In July appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Avid Cruiser Meet Up | Star Clippers

  The post Avid Cruiser Meet Up | Star Clippers appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Lindblad To Resume Sailing This Summer

Lindblad Expeditions has announced that it plans to resume operations for the 2021 season in Alaska and Galápagos in June. In making the announcement, Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, reflected on the experiences of the past year, its impact on many, and how “we have always turned to nature, in times of collective stress and trauma, for the restoration of our spirits, believing in what Thoreau called the healing 'tonic of wildness'.” The post Lindblad To Resume Sailing This Summer appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Yep, More Cruises Announced This Week, Bermuda, Alaska, Galapagos, Greece & More

We love it when we’re right (and wish it were more often). In last week’s post, we suggested that additional cruise restarts would be announced before the end of the month. And no sooner than those words were released into the digital sphere that we got word that Royal Caribbean would be sailing from Bermuda. The post Yep, More Cruises Announced This Week, Bermuda, Alaska, Galapagos, Greece & More appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Live From American Countess: First Impressions

The newly christened American Countess, the fourth paddle-wheeler in the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet, will set sail this coming Sunday on its first scheduled cruise with guests – a seven-night sailing from Memphis to New Orleans. The post Live From American Countess: First Impressions appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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MSC Cruises To Resume UK Sailings This Summer

MSC Cruises has announced that it will offer a series of mini and week-long cruises around the UK for British guests only that will include protected shore excursions for 7-night sailings. The post MSC Cruises To Resume UK Sailings This Summer appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Crystal’s 2021 Bahamas Itineraries Open For Booking

Guests can now book their Bahamas Escapes voyages as Crystal opens reservations for the recently announced Crystal Serenity cruises. The ship will sail seven-night voyages round-trip from Nassau or Bimini beginning July 3, 2021 and July 4, 2021 respectively, becoming the first cruise ship to home port in The Bahamas and return to cruising the Americas. The post Crystal’s 2021 Bahamas Itineraries Open For Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Celebrity Cruises’ Caribbean Comeback

Celebrity Cruises announced its return to cruising beginning June 5. Celebrity Millennium, the ship at the forefront of the company's fleet-wide modernization program, will homeport in St. Maarten. The post Celebrity Cruises’ Caribbean Comeback appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Royal Caribbean To Sail The Bahamas In June

This summer, travelers can trade in virtual travel experiences for their long-awaited vacations and cruise in The Bahamas and Mexico with Royal Caribbean. The cruise line has announced a summer lineup of 7-night cruises on board Adventure of the Seas, setting sail this June from new homeport Nassau, The Bahamas. The post Royal Caribbean To Sail The Bahamas In June appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Three More Cruise Lines Announce Restarts This Spring: More Coming Next Week?

And just like that, cruising is back. This past Friday, three cruise companies announced restarts. Those are in addition to four cruise companies that announced restarts earlier this month earlier this month. The post Three More Cruise Lines Announce Restarts This Spring: More Coming Next Week? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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U.S. Cruises Restarted This Past Weekend, Crystal Starting Soon & A Big Surprise From Viking

This one caught us by surprise. American Queen Steamboat and American Cruise Lines quietly started operations again this past weekend. Crystal Cruises announced it will sail from the Bahamas. Bookings open this week. The post U.S. Cruises Restarted This Past Weekend, Crystal Starting Soon & A Big Surprise From Viking appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Viking Will Sail The UK In May

Viking announced that it will restart limited operations in May 2021 with three special sailings along the coast of England. Available exclusively for UK residents, the new eight-day ocean itinerary – England’s Scenic Shores – will sail roundtrip from Portsmouth, with departures on May 22, May 29 and June 5, 2021. The post Viking Will Sail The UK In May appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Crystal’s Bahamas Escapes Itineraries Open For Booking March 18

Get ready to cruise again. Crystal Cruises invites travelers to return to sea this summer as they debut more than 30 new 7-night Bahamas Escapes aboard Crystal Serenity beginning July 3, 2021. The post Crystal’s Bahamas Escapes Itineraries Open For Booking March 18 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Across Sweden On The World’s Oldest Cruise Ship

In our quest to find the first river cruise ship with cabins, we’ll head to Stockholm, Sweden, where we’ll step aboard the world’s oldest registered cruise ship with sleeping accommodations, the “Grand Old Lady” of the Göta Canal, the m/s Juno. Come along with us for an endearingly quirky voyage across Sweden. The post Across Sweden On The World’s Oldest Cruise Ship appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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One Year Later: My Time Aboard MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia

Yesterday marked one year since I have stepped on board a cruise ship. My last sailing was aboard MSC Cruises' MSC Meraviglia. Some of you may remember me embarking on that sailing at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. I wrote about the COVID-19 protocols put in place by MSC. But with all the craziness surrounding Covid onboard and ashore I glanced over the most important part of this trip - my experience on board. The post One Year Later: My Time Aboard MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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The 47-Day River Cruise Through Europe

Is this river cruising’s world cruise equivalent? In June 2023, AmaWaterways will offer a 46-night exploration of Europe that sails through 14 countries on seven rivers. The post The 47-Day River Cruise Through Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Single Supplements For Solo-Travelers (2019 Update)

Traveling solo is liberating, but sometimes it comes at a cost. Updated for 2019, we have compiled a list of all single supplement fees and solo travel deals and offers. The post Single Supplements For Solo-Travelers (2019 Update) appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Royal Caribbean Will Offer The First Fully-Vaccinated Sailings

As Israel continues to roll out its successful vaccination campaign, we are also getting positive travel news regarding The Holy Land. Royal Caribbean’s new ship, Odyssey of the Seas will sail from Israel for the first time beginning in May 2021. While this isn’t the first report of voyages resuming during the pandemic, there is a definite correlation between Israel’s vaccination efforts and its travel restrictions.  The post Royal Caribbean Will Offer The First Fully-Vaccinated Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Seabourn Cancels 2021 Alaska Season

Seabourn Is maintaining its optimism for the ultimate restart of travel while, in the meantime, continuing to take a practical approach in extending its current operational pause. As a result of the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the brand is cancelling its 2021 Alaska/British Columbia departures. The post Seabourn Cancels 2021 Alaska Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Oceania’s 2022-23 Tropics & Exotics Itineraries Open For Sale

Oceania Cruises announced that its 2022-2023 Tropics and Exotics Collection of voyages is available for preview online. Fresh on the heels of the line’s single-day sellout of its 2023 Around the World in 180 Days voyage, Oceania Cruises is opening these 127 new late-2022 and early-2023 voyages for sale on March 3, 2021. The post Oceania’s 2022-23 Tropics & Exotics Itineraries Open For Sale appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What Will 2021 Look Like For Us?

With 2020 finally behind us (thank goodness), we, like many of you, feel a dire need to plan for 2021 and beyond. After all, who among us can say they’ve not missed cruising? Though the first week of 2021 has not proved to be much better than last year was, we are still holding out a lot of hope to board cruise ships in 2021. Today we want to talk to you all about our plans for the new year here at Avid Cruiser & River Cruise Advisor. The post What Will 2021 Look Like For Us? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Riviera’s Wave Season Incentives

Riviera River Cruises is launching Wave Season on Jan. 1, 2021, with incentives for retail and group bookings on its European river cruises. Deals include a $500 discount on cabins and $250 gift card for travel advisors for retail bookings, and a free sixth cabin after five cabins are booked as part of a group. […] The post Riviera’s Wave Season Incentives appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Join Me On Crystal Bach: No Money Down Until February 22

Want to cruise the Moselle on Crystal Bach? Join my group September 23 - October 3, 2021 for the exceptional rate of $5,599 per person, with no money down until February 22, and final payment and cancellation without penalty 60 days before the sailing. The post Join Me On Crystal Bach: No Money Down Until February 22 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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REPLAY: River Cruise Advisor Meetup | Avalon Waterways

On Thursday, December 10 we were joined by Avalon's Pam Hoffee (managing director) and Steve Born (CMO of the Globus family of brands) to discuss what's ahead for their brands. With proven Covid vaccines coming, river cruising will return soon, and it's time to start planning. The post REPLAY: River Cruise Advisor Meetup | Avalon Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Where Will We Cruise In 2021? Highlighting 5 Itineraries For Our Return To The Seas

We at Avid Cruiser are dreaming of the days when we will travel again. I know that I, for one, am quite literally counting down the days until the spring - daydreaming of trips that I want to take next summer and fall. So today I am going to share my daydreams with you. The post Where Will We Cruise In 2021? Highlighting 5 Itineraries For Our Return To The Seas appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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CroisiEurope’s Summer & Fall Success

CroisiEurope operated barge and river cruises during the summer and fall of 2020, carrying more than 11,000 passengers on 152 cruises. The post CroisiEurope’s Summer & Fall Success appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Cruiser Meetup | Silversea Cruises’ Silver Moon, Origin & New Initiatives

On Friday, December 4 at 1 PM EST, we were joined by Roberto Martinoli, president and CEO of Silversea Cruises, and Jason Liberty, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Royal Caribbean Group. The webinar focused on Silversea’s new ships, Silver Origin and Silver Moon, and the growth of luxury and expedition cruising within the company. The post Avid Cruiser Meetup | Silversea Cruises’ Silver Moon, Origin & New Initiatives appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHT: AmaWaterways’ Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristin Karst for my podcast, Avid Travel With Britton Frost. Karst is the executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. We spoke to many facets of the AmaWaterways’ experience – especially about the company’s philosophy to under-promise and over-deliver – but we also spoke about what is […] The post ITINERARY HIGHLIGHT: AmaWaterways’ Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald’s Christmastime Cruises

Emerald Cruises’ array of river and yacht sailings itineraries around the winter holidays offer something for just about every type of traveler, from those looking to explore a winter wonderland to balmy weather seekers alike. The post Emerald’s Christmastime Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea’s 2022-2023 Voyages Open For Pre-Sale

Silversea Cruises opened an exclusive pre-sale to Venetian Society members on 315 new voyages for 2022-2023 - the largest itinerary release in the cruise line’s history. With Silversea becoming more all-inclusive than ever, guests will enjoy complimentary shore excursions and roundtrip air included with all voyages in the new itinerary collection. The post Silversea’s 2022-2023 Voyages Open For Pre-Sale appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Cruise To Zakynthos, A Hidden Ionian Gem

Our writer worked on cruise ships for more than seven years, spending much of her time in the shore excursions department. She shares with us her favorite ways to explore the Greek isle of Zakynthos, where she lived for more than three months.
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Holland America Line’s Black Friday Extras

Holland America Line will join the Black Friday frenzy this holiday season with a weeklong Black Friday Sale that offers a free Wi-Fi package for all new bookings and a special bonus gift card with all gift card purchases.
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MSC Cruises’ Black Friday Promotions

MSC Cruises is kicking off Black Friday and Cyber Monday with up to $1,400 in value for bookings made from November 25 – December 1, 2020 for sailings between March 2021 and November 2021.
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Riviera’s Black Friday Savings

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Riviera River Cruises is offering deals on 2021 departures of its three newest European river cruise itineraries on the River Seine, the Danube River, and the Dutch waterways and Rhine River. Departures are available from $1,999 per person based on double occupancy for standard cabins and suites.
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Scenic Offers Savings On 2022 River & Scenic Eclipse Sailings

Scenic has launched a Super Early Bird promotion on all 2022 departures across both its river cruise and scenic Eclipse portfolio of all-inclusive voyages. Guests who book their 2022 European or Southeast Asia river cruise, and pay in full 12 months prior to departure, will receive the Super Early Bird savings of an extra 10% off the cost of their booking in addition to all current offers.
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Seabourn’s Black Friday Sale

Available for a limited time, Seabourn’s “Black Friday Sale” will feature value-added benefits on select voyages from summer 2021 through winter/spring 2022 on every ship in the fleet, including the line’s first purpose-built expedition ship, Seabourn Venture.
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REPLAY: River Cruise Advisor Meetup | Backroads

On Wednesday, November 18 at 5 pm EST, Alicia Kjeldgaard joined us to discuss how Backroads is emerging from the global pandemic. Alicia filled us in on new segments that the company launched - Dolce Tempo and Rendezvous - as well as what’s in store for Backroads’ ocean and river cruises. The post REPLAY: River Cruise Advisor Meetup | Backroads appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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REPLAY: Avid Cruiser Meetup | Backroads

On Wednesday, November 18 at 5 pm EST, Alicia Kjeldgaard joined us to discuss how Backroads is emerging from the global pandemic. Alicia filled us in on new segments that the company launched - Dolce Tempo and Rendezvous - as well as what’s in store for Backroads’ ocean and river cruises. The post REPLAY: Avid Cruiser Meetup | Backroads appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Peek Inside Silversea’s Newest Ship, Silver Moon

Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer, hosts a series of five virtual ship tours, in which viewers are guided through Silver Moon’s new S.A.L.T. venues, public spaces, restaurants, and suites. The post Peek Inside Silversea’s Newest Ship, Silver Moon appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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American Cruise Lines’ Interior Concepts For New Modern River Boats

American recently partnered with Studio DADO to design the interiors of the new riverboats, including the 175-passenger American Melody The post American Cruise Lines’ Interior Concepts For New Modern River Boats appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Cruiser Meetup | InsureMyTrip

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On Wednesday, November 11, at 5 PM we were joined by Meghan Walch from InsureMyTrip. Travel insurance is always important, but it is especially important during these unprecedented times. Meghan answered questions about travel insurance, why you need it, and what it covers. The post Avid Cruiser Meetup | InsureMyTrip appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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River Cruise Advisor Meetup | InsureMyTrip

On Wednesday, November 11, at 5 PM we were joined by Meghan Walch from InsureMyTrip. Travel insurance is always important, but it is especially important during these unprecedented times. Meghan answered questions about travel insurance, why you need it, and what it covers. The post River Cruise Advisor Meetup | InsureMyTrip appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Two Jabs In Three Weeks: What Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine Means For Cruising

With Covid tests improving, and with innovations such as nasal sprays and vaccines that prevent infections, we foresee a return to “somewhat normal” cruising before the end of the coming winter.  The post Two Jabs In Three Weeks: What Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine Means For Cruising appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea Takes Delivery Of Silver Moon

During an intimate celebration held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, executives from Silversea Cruises, the Royal Caribbean Group, and Fincantieri expressed gratitude to all involved: delivering live speeches via video feed, Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, and Jason Liberty, Executive Vice President and CFO of the Royal Caribbean Group, each commended the more than 1,000 craftspeople who contributed to the build. The post Silversea Takes Delivery Of Silver Moon appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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The CDC Lifted Its No Sail Order, Now What?

At the beginning of this year, none of us could have imagined how COVID-19 would impact our daily lives. I remember hearing about the novel Coronavirus in January, a mysterious virus that was spreading in Wuhan, China. Though there were few known cases of COVID-19 in the United States in January, late in the month when my grandmother developed a cough I worried about her. “What if it’s the Coronavirus?” I asked her. She responded, “Britton, if you are worried about the Coronavirus, you are even more paranoid than I thought.” We laughed about my worries, but I remained careful. […] The post The CDC Lifted Its No Sail Order, Now What? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Viking Completes PCR Laboratory On Viking Star

This new onboard facility allows Viking to conduct PCR testing of all crew members and guests with a non-invasive saliva test. The laboratory has enough capacity for daily testing of every crew member and guest, which provides flexibility to respond to COVID-19 prevalence levels around the world. The post Viking Completes PCR Laboratory On Viking Star appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Scenic’s Halloween Flash Sale

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Scenic is adding a ‘Treat’ to Halloween this year - offering travelers an additional $1,000 savings on all 2021 and 2022 15-day and longer sailings and $500 savings on 8- to 14-day itineraries. The post Scenic’s Halloween Flash Sale appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Cruise Lines’ 2021 Mississippi Season

American Cruise Lines has planned a big season on the Mississippi for 2021; introducing two new modern riverboats, a brand new Music Cities cruise between Nashville and Memphis, fifteen new shore excursions up-and-down the River, all-private transportation on shore, and new enrichment programs on board. The post American Cruise Lines’ 2021 Mississippi Season appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Cruise Lines’ Newest Ship, American Melody

American Cruise Lines announced its next new ship is already being readied for launch. The forward hull section of American Melody was moved from a hull fabrication building to the launch ways earlier this week, where it will be joined to the aft section and launched into the Wicomico River. The post American Cruise Lines’ Newest Ship, American Melody appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways’ Mekong Cruise Deals

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Guests booking any 2021-2022 Mekong River cruise and tour itinerary of 13 days or longer will receive their choice of $2,000 savings per couple or free, round trip air to Asia. Additionally, guests will receive a bonus $200 onboard credit, which can be used for spa and salon services, to purchase a drink package, or to book one of the DiscoverMORE excursions. The post Emerald Waterways’ Mekong Cruise Deals appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Updates Crystal Confidence 2.0 Program

As travelers look forward to exploring the world again, Crystal is updating its Crystal Confidence 2.0 program to extend the no-money-down deposit window until January 5, 2021, for new and existing bookings. The post Crystal Updates Crystal Confidence 2.0 Program appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Azamara’s 2021 Europe Season

Azamara has announced the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe season and return to service on March 20, 2021 for Azamara Quest’s originally scheduled 12-night Spain Country-Intensive voyage, Azamara Journey’s April 9, 2021 voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona, and Azamara Pursuit’s new series of Greek Country-Intensive Voyages starting on May 9, 2021. The post Azamara’s 2021 Europe Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Sail With Ralph Grizzle On The Blue Danube

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Riviera River Cruises will offer a special departure of its Blue Danube itinerary next year hosted by cruise expert Ralph Grizzle. The eight-day cruise will depart from Budapest on Oct. 4, 2021, with visits to Vienna and Salzburg before it returns to the imperial city where it began. The post Sail With Ralph Grizzle On The Blue Danube appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea Wins Seatrade Award For Sustainability

Silversea Cruises was the winner of the 2020 Seatrade Cruise Award for Sustainability, sponsored by Cruise Baltic. The award recognizes the recipient for having shown that it put sustainability, both socially and environmentally, at the forefront of its business operations over the past 12 months. The post Silversea Wins Seatrade Award For Sustainability appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Viking’s 2022 Oberammergau Itineraries

Viking announced four Oberammergau itineraries for 2022 – all of which offer the rare chance to see The Passion Play. The post Viking’s 2022 Oberammergau Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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SURVEY RESULTS: Cruising In 2021

In April, we surveyed readers across River Cruise Advisor and Avid Cruiser to ask when they would be comfortable cruising again. A few weeks ago a reader wrote us to suggest that we run a similar survey to see how things have changed, and if travelers are ready to start sailing again. At the beginning […] The post SURVEY RESULTS: Cruising In 2021 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seabourn Cancels Voyages On Three Ships

Seabourn announced that it will cancel upcoming 2020 and 2021 voyages for three cruise ships in its fleet into Spring 2021.  The post Seabourn Cancels Voyages On Three Ships appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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American Cruise Lines: Cruising Close To Home

Next year, American will introduce two new Mississippi-bound modern riverboats, 3 brand new itineraries, over 50 new shore excursions, and an array of pre- and post-cruise packages in cities across the United States. The post American Cruise Lines: Cruising Close To Home appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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REPLAY: Viking Cruises

Viking's Michele Saegesser joined us to discuss what's happening - and what's planned - for Viking ships on the oceans and rivers. The webinar included a discussion of new itineraries in North America, plans for Viking's expedition ships and what to look forward to on the rivers. The post REPLAY: Viking Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Scenic’s Two-Week Flash Sale

Scenic continues to look forward to a robust 2021 when the world can start to travel again. To help it along, Scenic is offering a two-week Flash Sale on its river and ocean sailings. The post Scenic’s Two-Week Flash Sale appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways’ 2022 Season Now Open For Booking

Emerald Waterways has announced that 2022 European river cruise sailings are now available for booking. With 75 percent of the full schedule on sale now, travelers looking to book a 2022 getaway can choose from itineraries on the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Rhône, Saône and Douro rivers in Europe spanning more than a dozen countries. The post Emerald Waterways’ 2022 Season Now Open For Booking appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHT: Windstar’s Jungles & Jewels of the Central American Coast

We will be hosting a cruise aboard Windstar’s newly renovated Star Legend roundtrip from Miami at the end of 2021. Up to $150 per persin savings if you join our group – and a $100 shipboard credit. Dates are December 9-19, 2021 with rates beginning at $3,059 per person. See details below. Windstar Cruises’ 10-day Jungles & Jewels of the Central American Coast itinerary sails roundtrip from Miami and takes passengers through the Caribbean to the East coast of Mexico. Here’s what you should know: We will offer a group discount of $150 per person. If booked with the group, […] The post VOYAGE HIGHLIGHT: Windstar’s Jungles & Jewels of the Central American Coast appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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An Afternoon With Viking | Register For Our Webinar

On Wednesday, September 23, at 5 PM EDT, Viking's Michele Saegesser will join us to discuss what's happening - and what's planned - for Viking ships on the oceans and rivers. The post An Afternoon With Viking | Register For Our Webinar appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Replay: CroisiEurope | Avid Cruiser & River Cruise Advisor Meetup

In an hourlong informative webinar, Michael DaCosta, CroisiEurope's General Manager, North America, outlined several itineraries his company currently operates and discussed protocols on the CroisiEurope's river cruisers and barges. It was all encouraging - and provided a glimpse into how cruising is already returning in Europe. The post Replay: CroisiEurope | Avid Cruiser & River Cruise Advisor Meetup appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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REPLAY: Avid Cruiser Meetup | Silversea’s S.A.L.T. Program

Replay of Wednesday's webinar/Happy Hour featuring Silversea's Chief Marketing Officer, Barbara Muckermann, and Adam Sachs, director of Silversea's S.A.L.T. program. Watch the replay for a fun journey of culinary discovery. The post REPLAY: Avid Cruiser Meetup | Silversea’s S.A.L.T. Program appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silver Moon Undergoes Sea Trials

Silversea’s new ship Silver Moon is one step closer to welcoming the cruise line’s guests, having successfully carried out her sea trials between August 8 and August 20. Carrying a reduced crew of approximately 320 due to precautionary health protocols, the ship journeyed between Fincantieri’s shipyards in Ancona and Trieste, Italy, undergoing a week-long dry-dock period in the latter. With a delivery date set for October 30, Silver Moon will become the second ship to join Silversea’s fleet in 2020, following the delivery of Silver Origin on June 3. The post Silver Moon Undergoes Sea Trials appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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American Cruise Lines New Riverboat Completes Sea Trials

American Cruise Lines announced that American Jazz has passed Sea Trails. Following the successful trials, American accepted delivery of the riverboat from Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. The 190-passenger American Jazz is the latest in American’s series of five new modern riverboats and will be added to the company’s fleet on the Mississippi River. The post American Cruise Lines New Riverboat Completes Sea Trials appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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REPLAY: Avid Cruiser Meet Up | Adventure Canada

This is a must watch. If you're like many of our subscribers you may not have heard of Adventure Canada. Says one subscriber who watched Wednesday's webinar: "Super Program!" Adds another: "Looks like a bucket list item for a trip sometime in the future." The post REPLAY: Avid Cruiser Meet Up | Adventure Canada appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Introducing the Travmarket Media Podcast Network

Travmarket Media presents a varied line-up of podcast styles and personalities to round out The Travmarket Media Network. The initial line up of podcasts will provide a selection of voices from across the travel industry and each of the show hosts bring their own mixture of spirit, humor and affection for the travel industry. The post Introducing the Travmarket Media Podcast Network appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Britton Frost: Meet The Podcasters | Travmarket Media Network

Britton Frost is a travel journalist specializing in small-ship cruises on both oceans and rivers. An experienced traveler with dozens of cruises under her belt, Britton began cruising when she was a mere six months old (crossing the Atlantic with her parents on the Queen Elizabeth 2). She’s been cruising ever since. Britton runs two websites […] The post Britton Frost: Meet The Podcasters | Travmarket Media Network appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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REPLAY: Silversea Meetup With Mark Conroy

Last week, we were joined by Mark Conroy, managing director, Americas, of Silversea Cruises. We asked Mark about the progress being made on Silversea’s new ships, including Silver Moon, which is undergoing sea trials soon, and Silver Origin, which returns to the Galapagos soon. We discussed the future of luxury cruising and how it will evolve. Will luxury cruising become even more all-inclusive than it is now? And we’ll look at the explosive growth in expedition cruising and the reasons behind that. Mark also shared with us some of his favorite itineraries as well as new, first-ever ports of call […] The post REPLAY: Silversea Meetup With Mark Conroy appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Two ‘False Positives’ & Two Cruise Lines Resuming Operations

Last week we reported that four cruise lines had COVID-19 outbreaks on board. What we now know is that at least two of the cruise lines did not have COVID-19 outbreaks on board. Seadream and UnCruise both had passengers that tested positive for COVID-19, but after being retested, the tests for both passengers came back negative.  The post Two ‘False Positives’ & Two Cruise Lines Resuming Operations appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Two False Positives & Two Cruise Lines Resuming Operations

Last week we reported that four cruise lines had COVID-19 outbreaks on board. What we now know is that at least two of the cruise lines did not have COVID-19 outbreaks on board. Seadream and UnCruise both had passengers that tested positive for COVID-19, but after being retested, the tests for both passengers came back negative. The post Two False Positives & Two Cruise Lines Resuming Operations appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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UnCruise Guests All Test Negative For COVID-19

UnCruise Adventures confirmed that the majority of last week’s quarantined guests were cleared and released over the weekend. Revised news now shows all tests received back for guests and crew are negative and there was no transmission onboard. However, the season will not be recovered. The post UnCruise Guests All Test Negative For COVID-19 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHT: American Cruise Line’s 7-Night Columbia & Snake Rivers Itinerary

We will be hosting a cruise aboard American Harmony on the Columbia River. Up to $1,200 per cabin savings if you join our group. Dates are July 13-21, 2021 with rates beginning at $5,565 per person, double occupancy. See details below. The post VOYAGE HIGHLIGHT: American Cruise Line’s 7-Night Columbia & Snake Rivers Itinerary appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea’s 2021-2022 Revised Expedition Schedule

Silversea Cruises released a revised collection of 157 new expedition voyages. The expedition offerings include itineraries in the Galapagos aboard new ship Silver Origin, the Deep Antarctica expedition and the first-ever fly-cruise to Antarctica, a 51-port Arctic grand voyage, and the first-ever expedition world cruise, among other experiences. The post Silversea’s 2021-2022 Revised Expedition Schedule appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Riviera’s 2021 Solo Departures

As a new era of travel begins to get underway, Riviera River Cruises’ dedicated departures for solo travelers offer the opportunity to social distance while sailing Europe’s waterways, without paying a single supplement. The post Riviera’s 2021 Solo Departures appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways’ 2021-2022 Mekong Season Open For Booking

Emerald Waterways has announced they are taking bookings for the 2021-2022 Mekong River cruise season. Mekong River sailings through Cambodia and Vietnam take place aboard the line’s newest Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. The post Emerald Waterways’ 2021-2022 Mekong Season Open For Booking appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope | Avid Cruiser Meetup

On Wednesday, September 2 at 5 pm EDT, we'll catch up with CroisiEurope's General Manager in North America to learn more about a cruise company that's been operating for more than four decades and to hear how things are progressing during the Covid era. The post CroisiEurope | Avid Cruiser Meetup appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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CroisiEurope | River Cruise Advisor Meetup

On Wednesday, September 2 at 5 pm EDT, we'll catch up with CroisiEurope's General Manager in North America to learn more about a cruise company that's been operating for more than four decades and to hear how things are progressing during the Covid era. The post CroisiEurope | River Cruise Advisor Meetup appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Adventure Canada | Avid Cruiser Meetup

On Wednesday, August 26, at 5 pm EDT, we will be joined by a panel from Adventure Canada. The post Adventure Canada | Avid Cruiser Meetup appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea | Avid Cruiser Meetup

On Wednesday, August 19, at 5 PM EDT, we’ll be talking with Mark Conroy, managing director of Silversea Cruises. The post Silversea | Avid Cruiser Meetup appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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River Cruise AdvisorMeet Up | Scenic Dining, A Conversation With The Chefs

Replay of a chat with four of Scenic Group’s top cruise chefs. Learn what it takes to create the top-quality dining options enjoyed by guests on Scenic and Emerald Waterways. The post River Cruise AdvisorMeet Up | Scenic Dining, A Conversation With The Chefs appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Cruiser Meet Up | Scenic Dining, A Conversation With The Chefs

Replay of a chat with four of Scenic Group’s top cruise chefs. Learn what it takes to create the top-quality dining options enjoyed by guests on Scenic and Emerald Waterways. The post Avid Cruiser Meet Up | Scenic Dining, A Conversation With The Chefs appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Cruising & COVID-19: Four Cruise Lines Report Outbreaks

In early July we started receiving news that certain cruise lines would resume sailing. Paul Gaugin, Ponant, Hurtigruten, UnCruise and Seadream were among the first ocean cruise lines to resume operations. It’s now been a few weeks since these lines returned to the seas, and in that short amount of time most of the lines have had COVID-19 outbreaks. The post Cruising & COVID-19: Four Cruise Lines Report Outbreaks appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Replay: Avid Cruiser Meet Up | SeaDream Yacht Club

Yes, SeaDream is sailing, since June 20. How's it going and what's the future like for SeaDream? Hear from SeaDream's executives about what's ahead and a new program to give cruisers confidence to book. The post Replay: Avid Cruiser Meet Up | SeaDream Yacht Club appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Le Commandant Charcot, Ponant

Mike Louagie was in Saint-Nazaire, France, to catch a first glimpse of Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot. This sturdy beast is going to be the first LNG-powered hybrid expedition cruise vessel, made for extreme destinations as the geographic north pole, the Northwest Passage, the Weddell Sea, the Larsen Ice Shelf, the Ross Sea and the Bellingshausen Sea.  The post Le Commandant Charcot, Ponant appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Emerald Waterways’ 2021 Russian River Cruises

Emerald Waterways has opened its books on the 2021 Russian river cruise season. Sailings will feature a newly chartered river-ship, the recently refurbished MS Nizhny Novgorod, built specifically to sail Russia’s waterways including Europe’s longest river, the Volga. The post Emerald Waterways’ 2021 Russian River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Symphony 2023 Voyages Open For Booking

Crystal Symphony will spend the entire year sailing abroad, offering guests multiple options to sail select regions at different times of year, including March and November itineraries through Southeast Asia and India; March, April and October itineraries through the Middle East, Egypt and Holy Land; and spring, summer and autumn options in the Mediterranean, Dalmatian Coast and Black Sea. The post Crystal Symphony 2023 Voyages Open For Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Video: What Will Silversea’s Return To Service Look Like?

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In a video, Roberto Martinoli, Silversea's President and CEO, and Damien O'Connor, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations and Onboard Revenue, discuss their thoughts about the panel as well as protocols Silversea already has in place for safely returning to sea. The post Video: What Will Silversea’s Return To Service Look Like? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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AmaWaterways Resumes Operations In Europe

AmaWaterways has resumed operations in Europe with a series of charter sailings onboard AmaKristina in Germany with local guests. As the first U.S.-based river cruise line to resume sailings, the company continues to welcome guests while implementing newly enhanced health and safety protocols on board. The post AmaWaterways Resumes Operations In Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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REPLAY: Mike Louagie Disembarks First Cruise Since Covid In Normandy

What was it like on Ponant's first cruise since the global pandemic sidelined ships this past March? Mike Louagie, who disembarked today, gives us insights into Covid-19 cruising. The post REPLAY: Mike Louagie Disembarks First Cruise Since Covid In Normandy appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Replay: River Cruise Advisor & Avid Cruiser Meet Up | American Cruise Lines

Replay: On Wednesday, July 15, at 2PM, we will be joined by a panel from American Cruise Lines. During the webinar, we will hear about what American Cruise Lines offers travelers looking to cruise within the United States. The post Replay: River Cruise Advisor & Avid Cruiser Meet Up | American Cruise Lines appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Hapag-Lloyd To Resume Cruising In July

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is planning to set sail again starting at the end of July 2020, with extensive hygiene and preventive measures. The cruise company will restart cruises from Hamburg with their ship Europa 2, and their expedition ship, the Hanseatic inspiration. The post Hapag-Lloyd To Resume Cruising In July appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Hurtigruten To Resume Operations On 14 Ships

After a successful return to sailing last month, Hurtigruten has released its plans to further ramp-up operations with 14 of 16 ships returning in August and September. In addition, Hurtigruten launches a series of new itineraries in the British Isles over the coming months. The post Hurtigruten To Resume Operations On 14 Ships appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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In A Few Words: Seadream Yacht Club, Plus A Special Wednesday Webinar

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Want to learn more about SeaDream? On Wednesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. EDT, we will be joined by a panel from SeaDream. During the webinar we will learn how SeaDream's first cruises in Norway are going (direct from crew on board). We'll also hear about some of SeaDream's 2021 itineraries and offers. Join us for what promises to be an informative and inspiring hour featuring one of our favorite cruise - make that "yacht" - operators. The post In A Few Words: Seadream Yacht Club, Plus A Special Wednesday Webinar appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Live From Ponant & The River Seine: Is This What Future Cruising Looks Like?

Belgian maritime photographer and writer Mike Louagie is on board Ponant's first cruise since coronavirus sidelined ships this past spring. Today, Mike reports to us from Le Dumont d’Urville from the English Channel. The post Live From Ponant & The River Seine: Is This What Future Cruising Looks Like? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Live From Ponant: Is This What Future Cruising Looks Like?

Belgian maritime photographer and writer Mike Louagie is on board Ponant's first cruise since coronavirus sidelined ships this past spring. Today, Mike reports to us from Le Dumont d’Urville from the English Channel. The post Live From Ponant: Is This What Future Cruising Looks Like? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Zodiac Photography Like A Pro, Plus Shooting Video At Sea

Want to get the best possible photos while on your expedition cruise? Follow these tips by maritime photographer and writer Mike Louagie. The post Zodiac Photography Like A Pro, Plus Shooting Video At Sea appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Replay: Avid Cruiser Happy Hour | Crystal River Cruises

Replay: On Wednesday, July 8, we will be joined by a panel from Crystal River Cruises. During the webinar we will be joined by the Vice President of Crystal River Cruises, Walter Littlejohn, along with the company's Director Of Shore Excursions and Vice President of Entertainment. The post Replay: Avid Cruiser Happy Hour | Crystal River Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Replay: River Cruise Advisor Happy Hour | Crystal River Cruises

Replay: On Wednesday, July 8, we will be joined by a panel from Crystal River Cruises. During the webinar we will be joined by the Vice President of Crystal River Cruises, Walter Littlejohn, along with the company's Director Of Shore Excursions and Vice President of Entertainment. The post Replay: River Cruise Advisor Happy Hour | Crystal River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Offers Reduced Solo Supplements On Select Crystal Symphony Voyages

Crystal Cruises announced reduced single supplements of just 105 percent for six Crystal Getaways aboard Crystal Symphony. The applicable Getaways sail in November and December 2020 as well as January and February 2021 and range from seven to 10 nights. The post Crystal Offers Reduced Solo Supplements On Select Crystal Symphony Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Royal Caribbean & Norwegian Cruise Line Collaborate To Develop Enhanced Health And Safety Standards

Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced a collaboration to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The post Royal Caribbean & Norwegian Cruise Line Collaborate To Develop Enhanced Health And Safety Standards appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Viking Announces New Mississippi Departure Dates

Viking announced that new 2023 sailings of its Mississippi River cruises are now on sale. The company’s first custom vessel, Viking Mississippi, will debut in August 2022 and will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul.  The post Viking Announces New Mississippi Departure Dates appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise Advisor & Avid Cruiser Meet Up | Mike Louagie

My good friend Mike Louagie, a maritime photographer and writer, is going on a cruise. Mike will join us the day he disembarks from Ponant's Le Dumont d’Urville. We'll learn what it was like to cruise from Le Havre to Normandy, Brittany and the Channel Islands, back to Le Havre. The post River Cruise Advisor & Avid Cruiser Meet Up | Mike Louagie appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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A ‘Crystal Cruises’ Picnic At Biltmore Estate

We were recently reminded at just how good our cruise on Crystal Bach was last October. Yesterday, we visited Asheville's Biltmore Estate, a chateau much like those on the rivers of Europe, with our 'picnic survival kit' that Crystal public relations sent us last year. This week, we feature Crystal River Cruises during our weekly Happy Hour. The post A ‘Crystal Cruises’ Picnic At Biltmore Estate appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Sailing Takes Me Away: 5 Places I Hope To Sail Next Summer

A few weeks ago, we polled our readers about when they would be ready to return to the seas, and about 70 percent said that they would be ready to sail again by the summer of 2021. There's nothing better than cruising through the landscapes of Europe on a riverboat and exploring different ports. Since we can't currently sail the rivers, we will use this time to dream about future travels. Here are five itineraries I'm dreaming of sailing next summer. The post Sailing Takes Me Away: 5 Places I Hope To Sail Next Summer appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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WEBINAR REPLAY: Avalon Waterways

Watch a panel from Avalon Waterways' discuss how Avalon is preparing for river cruising during - and after - the global pandemic. Plus, they'll inspire us with new destinations that Avalon is charting on the rivers.  The post WEBINAR REPLAY: Avalon Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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WEBINAR REPLAY: Cruise Canada New England

Listen to five panelists from Cruise The Saint-Lawrence and Cruise Canada New England talk about their beautiful destinations. The post WEBINAR REPLAY: Cruise Canada New England appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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WEBINAR REPLAY: Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours | Emerald Waterways

Hear panelists from Wednesday's webinar featuring both Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Waterways. The panel covers Emerald and Scenic's river cruise operations as well Scenic's expedition experiences and Emerald Waterways' new small-ship experiences. The post WEBINAR REPLAY: Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours | Emerald Waterways appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Is Happening In The World Of Cruising?

We are often asked, “When will cruising return?” The short answer is that it already has. However, just because cruising has returned does not mean that everyone is ready to get back on a ship. The post What Is Happening In The World Of Cruising? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Using A Europe eSIM Card As A Cheap Way To Stay Connected In Europe

Paying for an pricey international plan for high-speed data while traveling abroad? Here's a cheaper solution, activating en eSim on your mobile phone. The post Using A Europe eSIM Card As A Cheap Way To Stay Connected In Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Serenity Fall 2020 Itineraries

Travelers seeking island escapes this fall have brand new options aboard Crystal Serenity, as Crystal Cruises announces seven-night Sunkissed Chic and Tropical Interlude Caribbean voyages for October and November. Sailing between Miami and San Juan, the itineraries can be combined for an extended 14-night Caribbean vacation, round-trip from Miami without repeating ports. The post Crystal Serenity Fall 2020 Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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When Will AmaWaterways Sail Again? Watch Our Webinar Replay For Details

When will AmaWaterways resume cruising? Late August hopefully. Check out our Happy Hour with AmaWaterways' Executive Vice President and Co-Founder Kristin Karst, along with Leo Starico and Wade Korzan, who head AmaWaterways' Basel office, and Madalina Caldaruse, a cruise manager who has sailed on many Ama voyages. Hear how Ama is preparing to return to cruising, as well as what we can look forward to for 2021 and 2022. The post When Will AmaWaterways Sail Again? Watch Our Webinar Replay For Details appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea Takes Delivery Of New Galapagos Ship, Silver Origin

Silversea Cruises has taken delivery of its first-ever destination-specific ship, Silver Origin, from Dutch shipyard De Hoop. A ceremony held on Wednesday June 3, 2020, marked the first in-person cruise ship delivery since the pandemic prompted a global lockdown. The post Silversea Takes Delivery Of New Galapagos Ship, Silver Origin appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Riviera River Cruises Webinar Replay | Wednesday, June 3, 2020

This informative session will appeal to all walks of travelers, including solo travelers. Riviera offers 20 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including exclusive departures for solo travelers with no single supplement. Moreover, Riviera hangs its hat on exceptional value, promising never to add hidden surcharges or fees. Riviera also doesn’t automatically include gratuities or drinks, so the choice is up to guests. The post Riviera River Cruises Webinar Replay | Wednesday, June 3, 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riviera River Cruises Offers “Half Back” Deposit For 2020 And 2021 Sailings

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During the month of June, Riviera River Cruises is offering a “Half Back” promotion with a reduced deposit that is returned as a shipboard credit. Clients pay a deposit of only $400 per cabin – half of the regular $400 per person deposit for a double-occupancy cabin – for any Riviera cruise in Europe from September 2020 through 2021 and receive $400 back as a shipboard credit upon departure. The post Riviera River Cruises Offers “Half Back” Deposit For 2020 And 2021 Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises’ New Voyage Assurance Policy

Crystal is implementing a new Crystal Voyage Assurance policy for select 2020 and 2021 sailings. The new policy offers an added layer of assurance in the event that unforeseen travel restrictions require significant changes to set itineraries allowing guests seven days, from the date of Crystal’s communication of revised itinerary, to cancel for a full 100 percent cruise fare and port charges refund. The post Crystal Cruises’ New Voyage Assurance Policy appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Uniworld Happy Hour REPLAY

This past Wednesday we were fortunate to feature Uniworld Boutique River Cruises' President and CEO Ellen Bettridge, along with two members of her team, for a look forward into river cruising with Uniworld's award-winning fleet. The post Uniworld Happy Hour REPLAY appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Cruise Lines Will Be The First To Resume River Cruising In The United States

American Cruise Lines will resume sailing on June 20th, making it the first cruise line to resume sailing in the US.  The post American Cruise Lines Will Be The First To Resume River Cruising In The United States appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea Expeditions: Webinar Replay

During this week's Happy Hour, our online series of webinars, we were joined by Senior VP of Silversea Expeditions' Conrad Combrink and his team for an inspiring 60+ minutes featuring some of the world's most remote and beautiful destinations, from icy Antarctica to balmy Australia, to Papua New Guinea and Russia's Far East all the way over to Greenland. The post Silversea Expeditions: Webinar Replay appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Tune In Wednesday, May 20: Happy Hour With Silversea Expeditions

On Wednesday, May 20 at 5 pm EDT, we'll meet virtually with Conrad Combrink and his Silversea Expeditions team. Sign up now to attend an event that any small ship lover would not want to miss. The post Tune In Wednesday, May 20: Happy Hour With Silversea Expeditions appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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River Cruise Advisor Meet Up | Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

On Wednesday May 27 at 2 pm EDT | 11 am PDT, we're fortunate to feature Uniworld Boutique River Cruises' President and CEO Ellen Bettridge, along with two members of her team, for a look forward into river cruising with Uniworld's award-winning fleet. The post River Cruise Advisor Meet Up | Uniworld Boutique River Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Scenic Offers Free Air On Select Sailings

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Scenic has announced a free airfare promotion on select river and ocean cruises. The post Scenic Offers Free Air On Select Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Scenic & Emerald Waterways Offer Free Air On Select 2021 Sailings

For travelers planning their 2021 vacations, Scenic and its sister company, Emerald Waterways, are offering free airfare to Europe on select voyages.  The post Scenic & Emerald Waterways Offer Free Air On Select 2021 Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Do You Most Look Forward To On Your Next Cruise?

We asked what you were looking forward to most when conditions allowed you to be back on a cruise. Here are some of your remarks. The post What Do You Most Look Forward To On Your Next Cruise? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Uniworld’s Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols

In preparation for the line’s expected return, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced enhanced health and safety protocols. After a review of current procedures, and consideration of every touchpoint and interaction between crew and guest, new measures will be added to every facet of the experience, from onboard dining and the maintenance and service of guest suites to excursions and crew etiquette. The post Uniworld’s Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterway’s Plans & Protocols For Future River Cruises

Avalon Waterways has developed a new Avalon Assurance program to safeguard the health and happiness of travelers throughout their Avalon river cruise vacation. The post Avalon Waterway’s Plans & Protocols For Future River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Dutch Shipyard Defies The Odds To Ready Silversea’s New Silver Origin

Silversea Cruises prepares to take delivery of new ship Silver Origin, following a great display of resilience, determination and fine European craftsmanship from Dutch shipyard De Hoop. Despite the global lockdown, De Hoop implemented rigid safety procedures, reduced its workforce, and devised ingenious ways to overcome posed challenges, including a world-first during the ship’s sea trial. Read more. The post Dutch Shipyard Defies The Odds To Ready Silversea’s New Silver Origin appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Avalon’s New 2021 Active & Discovery Experiences

Avalon Waterways has announced that its lineup of Active & Discovery cruises is growing by 19 percent in 2021 with more departures and a new itinerary. The post Avalon’s New 2021 Active & Discovery Experiences appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways’ COVID-19 Response & 2021 Plans [Interview]

This week I sat down with Avalon Waterways' Managing Director, Pam Hoffee. Hoffee and I took this time to answer some of the questions that the readers on our river cruise site, River Cruise Advisor, had about how river cruise companies, specifically Avalon, are preparing to return to cruising. Though we talk specifically about river cruising, she answers some of the questions that you may have as well. We talk about discontinuing buffets on cruise ships, how the crew will be able to better sanitize the ships, how certain air conditioning systems work, and more.  The post Avalon Waterways’ COVID-19 Response & 2021 Plans [Interview] appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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AmaWaterways Opens 2022 Bookings

All itineraries in France, Portugal, Holland and those traveling the Rhine and Moselle rivers are open for reservations, with added rewards for guests who book early. The post AmaWaterways Opens 2022 Bookings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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SURVEY RESULTS: Would You Cruise In August 2020?

Ready to cruise this summer? Learn more about what more than 500 of our readers' think about cruising in the near - and long-term. The post SURVEY RESULTS: Would You Cruise In August 2020? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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SURVEY RESULTS: Would You River Cruise In August?

Ready to cruise this summer? Learn more about what more than 500 of our readers' think about cruising in the near - and long-term. The post SURVEY RESULTS: Would You River Cruise In August? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Stepping Ashore: Why I Long For Expedition Cruising’s Return

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The story of why I love expedition cruising begins not with a ship, but with something far smaller: an inflatable boat. Without the Zodiac, arguably the best known of inflatable boats, it would not be possible to step ashore in the world’s remote regions. And being able to trudge tundra or plod polar plateaus is what expedition cruising is all about. Read more and learn about a special Happy Hour with Silversea Expeditions. The post Stepping Ashore: Why I Long For Expedition Cruising’s Return appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What’s Happening With Ports of Call In France?

Replay of our informative discussion with official reps from river cruise and ocean cruise destinations, including Rouen, Le Havre, Nantes-St Nazaire, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. The post What’s Happening With Ports of Call In France? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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American Cruise Lines Sees Rise In Domestic Bookings

American Cruise Lines announced a strong increase in demand across its domestic portfolio of river and coastal cruises. The company cites increased awareness of U.S. cruise options along with guests’ desire to support all-American businesses as the primary reasons for the increase. The post American Cruise Lines Sees Rise In Domestic Bookings appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Crystal River Cruises’ 2021 Highlights

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled a collection of 2021 voyages aboard its sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel. The post Crystal River Cruises’ 2021 Highlights appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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WEBINAR REPLAY: Happy Hour With Azamara, CroisiEurope & Tauck

Panelists include reps from Azamara, CroisiEurope and Tauck. The post WEBINAR REPLAY: Happy Hour With Azamara, CroisiEurope & Tauck appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Returning To The Rivers: Were Our Survey Results Too Optimistic?

Two weeks ago we conducted a survey asking you all when you felt like you would be comfortable cruising again. The results varied, but most of you said sometime before spring of 2021. We shared those results last week, and one of the comments from the results post stuck out to me: “Survey is far too optimistic. The problems are much greater than many realise.” Well, were they? Let’s look at what some of you all, and a panel from last week’s webinar, had to say about the return to cruising. The post Returning To The Rivers: Were Our Survey Results Too Optimistic? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Returning To The Seas: Were Our Survey Results Too Optimistic?

Two weeks ago we conducted a survey asking you all when you felt like you would be comfortable cruising again. The results varied, but most of you said sometime before spring of 2021. We shared those results last week, and one of the comments from the results post stuck out to me: “Survey is far too optimistic. The problems are much greater than many realise.” Well, were they? Let’s look at what some of you all, and a panel from last week’s webinar, had to say about the return to cruising. The post Returning To The Seas: Were Our Survey Results Too Optimistic? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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SURVEY RESULTS: Returning To River Cruising

We surveyed 20,000 readers on our sites, Avid Cruiser and River Cruise Advisor. Of the more than 1,400 responses as of today, more than half could see themselves on a cruise before the end of next spring.   The post SURVEY RESULTS: Returning To River Cruising appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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OUR SURVEY RESULTS: Returning To Cruising

We surveyed 20,000 readers on our sites, Avid Cruiser and River Cruise Advisor. Of the more than 1,400 responses as of today, more than half could see themselves on a cruise before the end of next spring. The post OUR SURVEY RESULTS: Returning To Cruising appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Riviera River Cruises’ 2021 Season

Among the highlights of Riviera’s brochure for next year are a new ship, new itinerary, new amenities and new dining options. The post Riviera River Cruises’ 2021 Season appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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When Will We Return To Cruising?

If the cruise companies resumed operations in July, would you feel confident about going on a cruise? Because we value your thoughts, we are running a survey to see how you are feeling about cruising in the short term and beyond. The post When Will We Return To Cruising? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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When Will We Return To River Cruising?

If the river cruise companies were back in business in July, would you feel confident about going on a river cruise? Because we value your thoughts, we are running a survey to see how you are feeling about cruising in the short term and beyond. The post When Will We Return To River Cruising? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Looking Toward The Future Of Cruising

Special guests joined us from AmaWaterways, Avalon, Riviera, Silversea and Teeming River Cruises to discuss the future of cruising. Here's the replay from April 7, 2020. The post Looking Toward The Future Of Cruising appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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The Moment I Love Best About Cruising, What’s Yours?

Those of us who have cruised before can probably think back to the moments we loved best about cruising. For me, it was the moment the ship sailed away from dock. Didn’t matter whether it was a big ship, mid-sized ship, expedition vessel, river cruiser or barge, the moment when the propellers began to turn, that’s when cruising had me in its steely grip. What about you? Where do you look forward to cruising from once we're released from the global pandemic, and what’s your favorite moment on a ship? The post The Moment I Love Best About Cruising, What’s Yours? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Viking’s Mississippi Cruises Are Open For Booking

As of today, all inaugural sailings of Viking Mississippi’s 2022-2023 season are now available to the public for booking. The post Viking’s Mississippi Cruises Are Open For Booking appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Will Sail The Mississippi

Viking announced that it will further expand its fleet with the launch of new Mississippi River cruises, honoring a commitment Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen made to loyal past guests to launch the Mississippi product by early April. The post Viking Will Sail The Mississippi appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Over the Top: Bold, Brash and Beautiful – Seven Seas Splendor

It’s been a tough month for everyone, given COVID-19 concerns and precautions. The situation has caused major cruise companies to voluntarily suspend operations across the globe, at least for a month or so, varying by line. In many ways, the situation is akin to unexpectedly running into this fierce dragon above (an art piece and favorite “selfie” spot on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new Seven Seas Splendor).  But whenever major cruise lines re-start service and whenever readers are ready to sail in the future, it’s great to know that luxurious new ships are out there. Hence, here’s part two of our look at that 750-passenger ship.  Two weeks ago, we ran a story about Seven Seas Splendor’s new 4,443-square-foot Regent Suite. In this second piece, we provide visuals of other spaces.  The post Over the Top: Bold, Brash and Beautiful – Seven Seas Splendor appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Sydney, Australia

“Every cruise ship in the world is coming to Australia,” a local tour operator told us in Sydney, adding that due to the coronavirus, Australia is getting calls from cruise ships diverted from Asia. *At the time of publishing, all guests have been notified that HAL's world cruise will conclude and guests will disembark in Fremantle, Australia. No further updates have been given. The post Postcards From Around The World: Sydney, Australia appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Final Postcard From A Cruise Around The World: Townsville, Australia

After our two-day visit to Sydney on March 7-8 (which it turns out coincided with that of Tom Hanks and his wife), our 2020 Grand World Voyage took us to Townsville, North Queensland, a frequent call –and one of our favorites in Australia—during Holland America’s Amsterdam’s world cruises. *At the time of publishing, all guests have been notified that HAL's world cruise will conclude and guests will disembark in Fremantle, Australia. No further updates have been given. The post Final Postcard From A Cruise Around The World: Townsville, Australia appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Auckland, New Zealand

Georgina Cruz chronicles her time in Auckland, New Zealand on HAL'S world cruise aboard Amsterdam. *At the time of publishing, all guests have been notified that HAL's world cruise will conclude and guests will disembark in Fremantle, Australia. No further updates have been given.  The post Postcards From Around The World: Auckland, New Zealand appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Are We Doing During The COVID-19 Outbreak?

A lot has happened in the past week. COVID-19 has become more widespread throughout the world, especially in the United States. A bit closer to home, someone on my sailing aboard MSC Meraviglia tested positive for the virus – and I began to show symptoms. Let me start off, first, by saying that I am okay. I have had a dry cough and fever, along with a few other symptoms related to the virus, but my breathing is fine. I am 24 years old. I have very little to worry about in terms of the impact of this virus on […] The post What Are We Doing During The COVID-19 Outbreak? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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SURVEY RESULTS: Our Community’s Thoughts On Traveling During The COVID-19 Outbreak

Last week, we polled our readers to try to understand how they were going to best deal with their travel plans when it came to COVID-19. We have compiled some of their responses and added some of our own opinions to try to help give an understanding of how exactly this pandemic is impacting the cruise industry. The post SURVEY RESULTS: Our Community’s Thoughts On Traveling During The COVID-19 Outbreak appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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COVID-19 And Cruising: What Are The Risks?

Last week I sailed aboard MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia. I will cover that trip in the coming weeks, but before I do I want to talk about something that is on every traveler’s mind recently - COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus. The post COVID-19 And Cruising: What Are The Risks? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Should You Stay? Or Should You Go?

For those of us who are on river cruises soon, a prevalent question can be summed up in the first two lines of The Clash’s 1982 hit, Should I Stay Or Should I Go? It’s an easier question to answer for hesitant travelers who stand to lose only fractions of their substantial investments than it […] The post Should You Stay? Or Should You Go? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Boarding A Ship In The Midst Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

We've gotten many questions from our readers about the impacts of Coronavirus on travel plans. Will cruises be canceled or put on hold? Will travel bans be effective? What is the process of boarding a ship during an epidemic? Tomorrow as I board MSC Cruises' Meraviglia, I will be chronicling my journey through a series of Instagram stories. We will look at the protocol taken by MSC to prevent the spread of this virus as we embark on our journey.  The post Boarding A Ship In The Midst Of The Coronavirus Outbreak appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Papeete, Tahiti

Paul Gauguin came to Tahiti, and so did the likes of James Michener and Herman Melville, among others. It’s easy to see why: the beauty of the island with its green-clad mountains, rainforests and waterfalls and its Polynesian- and French-accented- ambiance and joie de vivre lure one and all. We have been lured a half dozen times, the latest aboard the current 2020 World Cruise of Holland America’s Amsterdam. The post Postcards From Around The World: Papeete, Tahiti appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Over the Top: Touring Seven Seas Splendor & The Regent Suite

After Christie Brinkley, actress, model and godmother, christened Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new 750-passenger Seven Seas Splendor last week, Avid Cruiser set sail on the ultra-luxury ship’s four-night preview cruise roundtrip from PortMiami. The post Over the Top: Touring Seven Seas Splendor & The Regent Suite appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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WEBINAR: Is This Included In My River Cruise Fare?

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. In our March webinar, we will look at different cruise companies and go over what is included in their cruise fares. The post WEBINAR: Is This Included In My River Cruise Fare? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Calculating The Real Cost Of Your River Cruise

Normally, when you purchase an item, pricing is pretty straightforward. That's not always the case with river cruising. For example, you may see a river cruise for $2,999 per person. Sounds great. But port charges aren't included. That can add another $300 per person. You may need to budget for gratuities, another $100 per person. We outline some factors that you will want to consider when calculating the cost of your river cruise. The post Calculating The Real Cost Of Your River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Postcards From Around The World: Pacific Crossing

My husband Humberto and I had crossed the Pacific Ocean several times before so we were already keenly aware of its immensity, and were so again now as our current world cruise on Holland America’s Amsterdam sailed on it for 10 days from San Antonio (the port for Santiago), Chile, towards Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, with a call at Easter Island and scenic cruising at Pitcairn Island along the way. The post Postcards From Around The World: Pacific Crossing appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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How Are Ocean Cruises Different From River Cruises?

Thinking of switching from ocean cruising to river cruising, or the other way around, can be daunting. Those who have ocean cruised often feel like their options will be limited if they try a river cruise. Those who have river cruised often worry that they will be overwhelmed by the number of people on an ocean ship. But how much do these modes of transport actually differ? The post How Are Ocean Cruises Different From River Cruises? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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How Are River Cruises Different From Ocean Cruises?

Thinking of switching from ocean cruising to river cruising, or the other way around, can be daunting. Those who have ocean cruised often feel like their options will be limited if they try a river cruise. Those who have river cruised often worry that they will be overwhelmed by the number of people on an […] The post How Are River Cruises Different From Ocean Cruises? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises’ 2022 Itineraries

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Crystal highlights its 2022 itineraries - featuring some of its classic itineraries and introducing some of its new itineraries for 2022. The post Crystal River Cruises’ 2022 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Tauck’s Danube Itineraries

Tauck’s itineraries differ from itineraries offered by other cruise companies because many of them include land tours. These tours are included in the itineraries rather than being presented as pre- and post-cruise options. You can, however, decide to extend your stay by either staying later or arriving earlier. The post Tauck’s Danube Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cheatsheet: Is This Included In My River Cruise?

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. Our cheatsheet outlines what each company includes in their river cruises. The post Cheatsheet: Is This Included In My River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Live Report From Regent’s New Seven Seas Splendor

David Weymouth and his wife Susan are aboard Regent's new Seven Seas Splendor. He filed this report from somewhere in the Atlantic as Seven Seas Splendor makes her way to Miami. The post A Live Report From Regent’s New Seven Seas Splendor appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Exploring The Galapagos On A Budget

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Perfect white-sand beaches, clear turquoise water and rare wildlife make the Galapagos Islands a bucket list destination for just about every traveler. Take one look at the advertised vacation package prices however and it quickly becomes out of financial reach for many folks. Luckily, putting together a budget trip that still offers snorkeling, wildlife viewing and all the perks of higher-priced trips is entirely possible. The post Exploring The Galapagos On A Budget appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards from Around The World: Ushuaia, Argentina & Chilean Fjords

After our Antarctica Experience during Holland America’s Amsterdam’s World Cruise, we went to the “End of the World,” as Ushuaia, Argentina, is known because it is the southernmost city on earth, and we circumnavigated windswept Cape Horn on the way there. The post Postcards from Around The World: Ushuaia, Argentina & Chilean Fjords appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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The Best Cruise Lines Ranked: A List of Our Top Picks

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Did you know there are 50 cruise lines currently operating on the oceans and rivers? That’s not even including the specialty cruise lines. This is excellent news for you, as it means there are plenty of options for you to choose from for your cruise. To help you plan your vacation, we’ve created a list of the best cruise lines ranked. Be sure to read through this list so you can choose the best cruise line for your future vacation. Mainstream This is the category that offers large ships with several opportunities to save on your cruise fare. Your best options for things […] The post The Best Cruise Lines Ranked: A List of Our Top Picks appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea’s February News Roundup

Silversea Cruises is having a busy WAVE season, as sales have opened on the line's 51-port Grand Voyage Arctic 2021. Silversea has also introduced zero single supplement fares on a selection of nine voyages, providing solo travelers on bookings made by February 28.  The post Silversea’s February News Roundup appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Laundry Services or Facilities: Which River Cruise Companies Include Them in the Fare?

How do you handle laundry on your river cruise? One strategy is to pack so that you don't have to do laundry. Sometimes, however, there's just no getting around it. You'll need to do laundry on your river cruise, particularly if you're on a longer river cruise or an extended stay in Europe.  The post Laundry Services or Facilities: Which River Cruise Companies Include Them in the Fare? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal River Cruises’ Danube Itineraries

The Danube has a lot to offer, and so does Crystal River Cruises. So let’s look at Crystal’s itineraries offered along Europe’s second-longest river.  The post Crystal River Cruises’ Danube Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Get More for Your Money: Here Are The Best Times For a European River Cruise

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Are you planning a river cruise in Europe on your upcoming holiday? Before you book your flights, know that some months are better for river cruising than others. You need to consider factors like water level and temperature. By choosing the right month to cruise, you can save money. Plus, you’ll likely have a better experience when the weather and crowd levels are optimal. The post Get More for Your Money: Here Are The Best Times For a European River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Of My Favorite Cruise Itineraries

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Just in case your bucket list is wanting - or even if it is not - here are five of my favorite cruise itineraries that you may want to consider adding to your list, if you already haven't. The post Five Of My Favorite Cruise Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards from Around The World: Antarctica

After our awesome call in Buenos Aires and a stop in Montevideo, Uruguay, it was time for us to go “with the floe” in Antarctica. The post Postcards from Around The World: Antarctica appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Webinar Replay: Our Favorite Cruise Itineraries (With Transcript)

Check out the video replay of last week's webinar, Our Favorite Cruise Itineraries. During the webinar, we talked about our favorite ocean and river cruises. The post Webinar Replay: Our Favorite Cruise Itineraries (With Transcript) appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Riviera Highlights 2020-21 Holiday Itineraries

Riviera River Cruises announced it will offer new cruises on Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers over Christmas and New Year’s during the 2020-21 holiday season. The post Riviera Highlights 2020-21 Holiday Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise 101: Emerald Waterways

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Emerald Waterways was founded by an Australian-based company, Scenic Tours. While Scenic’s luxury brand catered to travelers who were seeking upscale river cruise experiences, the company also saw a need to serve the less-affluent (and possibly younger) travelers. Thus, the concept of Emerald Waterways was born. The post River Cruise 101: Emerald Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – What’s New For Riviera In 2020?

This week I am joined by Marilyn Conroy from Riviera River Cruises to talk about what the UK-based river cruise line has to offer to the North American market in 2020. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – What’s New For Riviera In 2020? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Highlights Five 2020 Danube Itineraries

Winding through 10 countries, the Danube River offers an encompassing view of the Old World. With such great depth, this river is just as fitting for the first-time river cruiser as it is for the seasoned and off-the-beaten-path traveler. The post Avalon Highlights Five 2020 Danube Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Vantage’s New Ocean Ship, Ocean Explorer

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, I am joined by Lauren McIsaac, the director of product marketing at Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Lauren McIsaac joined me to talk about Vantage’s new ocean ship, Ocean Explorer. This will be Vantage’s first ocean cruise ship. The ship will be delivered in 2021, with a second ship on order that will debut in 2022. The ships will accommodate 170 passengers and will visit destinations from Sri Lanka to Antarctica. To learn more about Ocean Explorer, listen to the podcast or read the transcript below. Britton: Hello, everyone. Today I am joined by Lauren […] The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Vantage’s New Ocean Ship, Ocean Explorer appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Buenos Aires, Argentina

How do you follow an act like that of a vibrant, bustling place like Rio? You make your way to Buenos Aires. That is what Holland America’s Amsterdam did on her current World Cruise, after making a brief stop in the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este. The post Postcards From Around The World: Buenos Aires, Argentina appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Regent Takes Delivery Of Seven Seas Splendor

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has welcomed a new ship to its fleet, Seven Seas Splendor. Delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, Regent’s fifth ship builds on the cruise line’s 28-year heritage. The post Regent Takes Delivery Of Seven Seas Splendor appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Webinar Recap: Active, Small Ship Ocean & River Cruises with Backroads

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Enjoy our webinar recap. Backroads active cruises combine the best of both worlds: expertly planned and exceptionally supported biking, hiking and multi-adventure experiences with the serenity and delights of small luxury ships and river vessels. The post Webinar Recap: Active, Small Ship Ocean & River Cruises with Backroads appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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WEBINAR: Our Favorite Cruise Itineraries

On the oceans and on the rivers, we share our favorite trips of all time. We'll look at some of cruising's best itineraries. Maybe some are on your list too. Join us for a fun Friday discussion. The post WEBINAR: Our Favorite Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riviera River Cruises’ Wave Season Deals

Riviera River Cruises is offering Wave Season savings of up to $1,500 per cabin or suite on European river cruises aboard its ships for bookings made through March 31, 2019. The post Riviera River Cruises’ Wave Season Deals appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Offers Reduced Deposits On Select Summer 2020 Sailings

Travelers seeking enriching summer vacations along Europe’s rivers can now book a Crystal river cruise for a $500 reduced initial deposit. The post Crystal Offers Reduced Deposits On Select Summer 2020 Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Booking Open For Silversea’s 2021 Mediterranean Grand Voyage

Silversea Cruises opened general sales on a new 59-day grand voyage in the Mediterranean. Between September 8 and November 5, 2021, aboard the recently refurbished Silver Shadow. The post Booking Open For Silversea’s 2021 Mediterranean Grand Voyage appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Rio makes me happy,” one of our fellow passengers confided to her companion as our ship arrived in Rio de Janeiro for a two-day stay during Holland America’s Amsterdam’s  2020 Grand World Voyage. And no wonder: the “Cidade Marvilhosa” (Marvelous City, as Cariocas – Rio residents – call their city) makes anyone happy with all of its marvels and its energetic, joyful music. The post Postcards From Around The World: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Settling In & First Ports

For centuries, people dreamed of circumnavigating the globe, and Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition did it when one of his five ships, the Vittoria, managed it in the 16th century (Magellan himself was killed along the way in the Philippines). Now Humberto and I are settled in for a 128-day circle around the planet from Fort Lauderdale aboard the 1,380-passenger, 62,375-ton Amsterdam. The post Postcards From Around The World: Settling In & First Ports appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Holland America Line Adds Greenland To Select Canada & New England Itineraries

Holland America Line’s Canada & New England season will be even more scenic in 2021 with the addition of three cruises that explore the landscape of Greenland. The post Holland America Line Adds Greenland To Select Canada & New England Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Six Cruises – With Me

For the past 30 years, I have dedicated a large part of my professional life to cruise travel and the wonderful places, like the isle of Crete, where cruise ships deliver us, often for not nearly long enough to fully appreciate the place. Now, it's my turn to ask you to join me. Between now and the end of 2021, I am hosting six cruises. Here's a list of what's on offer. The post Six Cruises – With Me appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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WEBINAR: Active, Small Ship Ocean & River Cruises with Backroads

Backroads active cruises combine the best of both worlds: expertly planned and exceptionally supported biking, hiking and multi-adventure experiences with the serenity and delights of small luxury ships and river vessels. The post WEBINAR: Active, Small Ship Ocean & River Cruises with Backroads appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Growing In Popularity: Why European River Cruises Are Becoming A Must For Millennials

European River Cruises are now a growing trend among the younger crowd. Here is why European river cruises are now a must-see destination for young travelers. The post Growing In Popularity: Why European River Cruises Are Becoming A Must For Millennials appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Oceania’s 2022 World Cruise

Oceania Cruises opened its 2022 Around The World In 180 Days voyage for sale. This 2022 Around the World journey weaves together diverse and compelling destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Africa, and Northern Europe into a brilliant wayfaring masterpiece.  The post Oceania’s 2022 World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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5 Things I Learned About Viking During The Chairman’s Presentation

Last week I flew from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Los Angeles, California, for the naming of Viking’s newest ocean ship, Viking Jupiter. Here are five things that I learned about Viking during the event in Beverly Hills. The post 5 Things I Learned About Viking During The Chairman’s Presentation appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Viking Highlights New Expedition Voyages

Viking Expeditions will begin sailing in January 2022 with its first vessel, Viking Octantis, embarking on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic. The post Viking Highlights New Expedition Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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How Much Does a Cruise Cost? The Average Prices You Can Expect to Pay

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Each year, about 27.2 million people head to a cruise ship for their vacation. This has an impact of about $126 billion on the economy. This sounds like a hefty number, so how hard will your wallet get hit on your next cruise? When considering a cruise, the first question people ask is, how much does a cruise cost? The answer can be a bit tricky and depend on several variables. I’ve created this guide to help create a budget for your next cruise. How Much Does a Cruise Cost? The amazingly low price you see advertised and on the website is […] The post How Much Does a Cruise Cost? The Average Prices You Can Expect to Pay appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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How to Save Money on a Cruise: The Best Tips and Tricks

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On average only 6 out of 10 American’s take a vacation every year and for some that might be because they don’t feel they can afford it. If you are wanting to plan a cruise but need to save money while doing it, then you are in luck. We have plenty of tips and ideas to help you do just that. Keep reading to learn about how to save money on a cruise. 1. Time it Right When it comes to planning a cruise timing is everything. If you book your trip early you can take advantage of early savings promotions […] The post How to Save Money on a Cruise: The Best Tips and Tricks appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Off The Boat: Our Readers’ Favorite River Cruise Excursions

When vacationing on a river cruise expect part of your time will be spent exploring the beautiful countryside on one of these amazing European excursions. The post Off The Boat: Our Readers’ Favorite River Cruise Excursions appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Makes Uniworld Different?

It’s easy to select one top differentiator for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. All one has to do is eyeball the river vessels in its fleet. Travelers won’t find cookie-cutter ship design or interior décor look on any Uniworld vessel. The post What Makes Uniworld Different? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Donates AU$500,000 To Australia’s Firefighting And Relief Efforts

The Scenic Group announced that it will donate AU$500,000 (US$345,000) to provide bushfire support and relief to communities across Australia, to help recover from the recent and ongoing bushfires. The post Scenic Donates AU$500,000 To Australia’s Firefighting And Relief Efforts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Offers Wave Season Savings

Scenic is kicking off the 2020 Wave season with offers on its ocean and river products. Highlights include free economy, premium economy and business class air, and door-to-door airport transfers, as well as discounts. All Wave offers are good on new bookings made by March 31, 2020 and are combinable with past passenger and referral offers and vouchers. The post Scenic Offers Wave Season Savings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seabourn Will Offer Daily Afternoon Tea Service Fleetwide

Seabourn is inviting guests to sip tea at sea with an enhancement on the cruise line’s Afternoon Tea Service across the entire fleet. In keeping with English tradition, Seabourn’s new Afternoon Tea Service is nestled between lunch and dinner, available from 4 – 5 p.m. daily in the Observation Bar. The post Seabourn Will Offer Daily Afternoon Tea Service Fleetwide appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Oceania Cruises: 2022 Around The World in 180 Days

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Rates begin at $43,999 per person for Oceania Cruises’ 2022 Around the World in 180 Days on board Insignia. The post Oceania Cruises: 2022 Around The World in 180 Days appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Embarking On A 128-Day Voyage

Some things in life are like French fries – you can’t have just one. My husband Humberto and I have found this to be the case with World Cruises. In 2012, we embarked on our first one, thinking it would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Now, this January, we just embarked on our sixth World Cruise, a 128-day circumnavigation from Fort Lauderdale aboard Holland America Line’s MS Amsterdam – we are convinced these voyages are addictive. The post Postcards From Around The World: Embarking On A 128-Day Voyage appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Guests Embark On Silversea’s 2020 Seven-Continent World Cruise

For the first time in history, travelers have embarked on a seven-continent World Cruise. Silversea’s Silver Whisper set sail on the Legends of Cruising 2020 on January 6, departing Fort Lauderdale for Amsterdam, where guests will arrive on May 25 having circumnavigated the world. The post Guests Embark On Silversea’s 2020 Seven-Continent World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Follow Us To Los Angeles For A Viking Event

This week we will head from the East Coast out West for Viking Jupiter's official naming and chairman's presentation.  The post Follow Us To Los Angeles For A Viking Event appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Off The Boat: Popular River Cruise Shore Excursions

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River cruises give you the chance to see the beautiful European countryside as well as vibrant urban cities. When you’re not cruising through fields of windmills and tulips, hop off board for a mainland excursion. There are hundreds of European excursions to choose from based on your interests and the season. Explore the different excursions […] The post Off The Boat: Popular River Cruise Shore Excursions appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Offers Savings On 2020 River Cruises

Ringing in the new year with more ways to save on its river cruises, AmaWaterways announced Triple Savings offers for guests planning 2020 vacations. The post AmaWaterways Offers Savings On 2020 River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Many Ways To Cruise The Danube With Avalon Waterways

Whether sailing the upper Danube through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary or its lower tributaries through Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, Avalon Waterways caters to the varied interests and needs of travelers, while also inviting them to check-off Bucket List destinations. The post The Many Ways To Cruise The Danube With Avalon Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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WEBINAR REPLAY: Top Budget Hacks

In this month's webinar we asked you all to share some of your best budget tips for cruising. There were many tips, from booking early to taking advantage of last-minute deals. Watch the webinar replay here. The post WEBINAR REPLAY: Top Budget Hacks appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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All Aboard, Here Are The Best Cruise Destinations For 2020

Whoever you are, whatever you're looking for out of life, there's a cruise for you. If you're looking to relax and unwind, there's a cruise for that. If you're looking for adventure and exploration, you'll find that in some of these cruise destinations as well.  The post All Aboard, Here Are The Best Cruise Destinations For 2020 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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AmaMagna Voted Best River Cruise Ship By USA Today Readers

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AmaWaterways' most innovative ship to date, AmaMagna, received the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best River Cruise Ship. In addition, AmaWaterways ranked #2 for Best River Cruise Line and its AmaCerto was also included in the top 10 Best River Cruise Ships. The post AmaMagna Voted Best River Cruise Ship By USA Today Readers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Australia’s Kimberley Cruising More Popular Than Ever In 2020

Secret no more. First discovered by European mariners 400 years ago, Australia's Kimberley Region is being rediscovered by adventurous travellers again in the 21st century. The post Australia’s Kimberley Cruising More Popular Than Ever In 2020 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Cruise Ship Technology Of The Future, And Today

A few weeks ago, Ingo Sorensen wrote an op-ed on how operators in the cruise industry are using technology to keep up with the needs of guests. This week, we take that conversation a bit further. Sorensen explains how technology allows passengers to customize their experiences while also making their vacations easier. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Cruise Ship Technology Of The Future, And Today appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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January Webinar: Budget Cruise Hacks (And An Opportunity To Win $100)

We'll share our top travel tips to make your cruise budget-friendly, no matter whether you’re going all out on an all-inclusive luxury cruise or the “economy route” where you may pay a la carte for beverages, excursions and more. We'll share our best tips - and much more. The post January Webinar: Budget Cruise Hacks (And An Opportunity To Win $100) appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Roderick Eime Takes On Expanded Role With Avid Cruiser

Expert expedition cruise journalist Roderick Eime will take on an expanded role with Avid Cruiser into 2020. Rod has been an in-demand freelance travel writer for more than 20 years, garnering numerous awards for both his words and photography. The post Roderick Eime Takes On Expanded Role With Avid Cruiser appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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We Missed The Boat, But You Don’t Have To

Yep, we missed the boat alright. But we did so on purpose. That's because on a barge you can cycle or walk along the old tow paths that line the canals in France, chasing the barge, but chasing at a slow pace. On this day, Tamera and I had lunch on the canal banks, then pedaled several miles to re-board Madeleine at a lock farther down the canal. Alsace, as you can see in the photo, was stunning during the October trip that we hosted. I like barge cruising so much that I am hosting three more in April. All three are sold out, with the exception of one stateroom, and that one stateroom just happens to be on my trip from Strasbourg to LaGarde, in Alsace. That one stateroom also can be yours. And, sure, if you're traveling with me, you can miss the boat too. I'll pedal along with you. The post We Missed The Boat, But You Don’t Have To appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Will Build Four New Seine Ships

Viking announced new details about its 2020 river cruise season, which will see the addition of four new ships custom built to navigate the Seine River in the heart of Paris. The post Viking Will Build Four New Seine Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Join Me On Crystal Bach: We’ll Cruise The Rhine & Moselle, September 2021

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I enjoyed my time on Crystal Bach so much this past October that I am doing it again in the autumn of 2021. This time, however, I am inviting you to join me.We’ll sail on Crystal Bach for 11 luxurious days, absorbing – and immersing ourselves in – what is arguably Europe’s most beautiful river, the Moselle. The post Join Me On Crystal Bach: We’ll Cruise The Rhine & Moselle, September 2021 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Queen Steamboat Company & Victory Cruise Lines [Interview + Transcript]

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost I am joined by American Queen Steamboat Company's Senior Director of Product Development, Ruth Richebacher. The post American Queen Steamboat Company & Victory Cruise Lines [Interview + Transcript] appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope To Cruise The Nile In 2020

Beginning in February 2020, discover the mysteries of ancient Egypt along the Nile River with CroisiEurope Cruises on board the luxurious Steigenberger Royale. This new port-to-port, eight-day cruise takes passengers through over 2,000 years of history across the Land of Pharaohs, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. The post CroisiEurope To Cruise The Nile In 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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History relived in CMV’s South Australian maiden port visit.

When CMV's Vasco da Gama made its maiden call to sleepy Wallaroo, the town and its history came alive. Roderick Eime is there for the big day. The post History relived in CMV’s South Australian maiden port visit. appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Top 10 Alaska Cruises For 2020

There are many regions to cruise, but today I want to focus on one region alone. One that just so happens to be right in our backyard. Here are my top ten Alaska cruises for 2020. The post Top 10 Alaska Cruises For 2020 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Join Me On Crystal Bach, September 2021

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I enjoyed my time on Crystal Bach so much this past October that I am doing it again in the autumn of 2021. This time, however, I am inviting you to join me.We’ll sail on Crystal Bach for 11 luxurious days, absorbing – and immersing ourselves in – what is arguably Europe’s most beautiful river, the Moselle. The post Join Me On Crystal Bach, September 2021 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Getting To Know Vantage [Interview + Transcript]

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, I am joined by Sarah Sweeney from Vantage. Having never sailed with Vantage, I used this podcast as a bit of a "getting to know you" exercise to see what Vantage had to offer.  The post Getting To Know Vantage [Interview + Transcript] appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Top 10 Best European River Cruises For 2020

Are you dreaming of cruising through the beautiful rivers of Europe but not sure where to go? Our guide will cover the best European river cruises for 2020. The post The Top 10 Best European River Cruises For 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise 101: Landing Great Airfare

We share top travel tips to make your trip to your cruise affordable and comfortable. In this post, we discuss ways to save on business class as well as when it is a good idea to "buy" points to upgrade. You'll also learn our best tips for using websites to find the best flight deals - and much more. The post River Cruise 101: Landing Great Airfare appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruise 101: Landing Great Airfare

We share top travel tips to make your trip to your cruise affordable and comfortable. In this post, we discuss ways to save on business class as well as when it is a good idea to "buy" points to upgrade. You'll also learn our best tips for using websites to find the best flight deals - and much more. The post Cruise 101: Landing Great Airfare appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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A Tale Of Two Cruises

“Get off one ship and hop on to another the same day?” My husband Humberto asked when I told him it would be good to sail to the Caribbean on Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam in early November and after disembarking in Fort Lauderdale, hop on Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity the same day. The post A Tale Of Two Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Fran Golden’s Three Favorite Cruises

As a veteran cruiser who has been on about 150 ships it is challenging to pick favorites. These three sailings were particularly memorable – and for very different reasons. The post Fran Golden’s Three Favorite Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Makes AmaWaterways Different?

Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, AmaWaterways was founded in 2002 by Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, a husband-and-wife team with much river cruise line experience, and the late Jimmy Murphy, founder of Brendan Worldwide Vacations. So, what sets the line apart? It's highly inclusive, strikes a balance on included beverages, has dedicated wellness hosts, and so much more. The post What Makes AmaWaterways Different? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways Will Return To The Nile In 2020

After a brief hiatus, Avalon Waterways is returning to Egypt in 2020 to invite travelers to stand at the foot of the pyramids, answer the riddle of the Sphinx and sail down the historic Nile River, aboard the MS Farah – a luxury cruise ship – on its new Taste of Egypt itinerary. The post Avalon Waterways Will Return To The Nile In 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2020 Fully-Accessible Rhine River Cruises

MS Viola Accessible Travel Netherlands
MS Viola started sailing in May 2019. The ship has 4 levels, which have all been designed with a modern and luxury look, and all facilities are wheelchair accessible. Departing weekly from April until November, from Bonn in Germany, MS Viola offers plenty of sailings for those looking for an accessible river cruise experience. The post 2020 Fully-Accessible Rhine River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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From Aboard National Geographic Quest In Panama

Lindblad's National Geographic Quest is unpretentious and sturdy, even utilitarian in design and appearance, writes Roderick Eime, who recounts his voyage from Panama in this special report. The post From Aboard National Geographic Quest In Panama appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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How Do I Prepare For A Cruise?

There are many things that you can do in preparation for your cruise to make sure that you are ready to go. Getting organized before your trip allows you to maximize your time on your vacation, and most importantly relax. Here are our top tips. The post How Do I Prepare For A Cruise? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Crystal Cruises Debuts New Podcast

Crystal launched a new podcast series, Crystal Storytellers. The weekly exploration builds upon Crystal’s Visions Lecture Series featured aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, bringing these presentations to listeners around the world. The post Crystal Cruises Debuts New Podcast appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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American Queen Steamboat Company Offers Black Friday Deals

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) will offer a weeklong promotion from Monday, November 25 to Friday, December 6.  The post American Queen Steamboat Company Offers Black Friday Deals appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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How Do I Prepare For A River Cruise?

There are many things that you can do in preparation for your river cruise to make sure that you are ready to go. Getting organized before your trip allows you to maximize your time on your vacation, and most importantly relax. Here are our top tips. The post How Do I Prepare For A River Cruise? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Expands Tours In Jordan And Egypt

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has expanded its roster of cruise and land-based tours to Egypt and Jordan for the 2020-2021 season and have also added escorted tours to Israel and Oman. The post Scenic Expands Tours In Jordan And Egypt appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Makes Avalon Waterways Different?

Avalon Waterways has been around for more than 90 years. Its story began when Antonio Mantegazza would ferry goods across Switzerland’s Lake Lugano. In 2004 the company entered the burgeoning river cruise industry. Today Avalon Waterways operates 13 riverboats in Europe, and will bring that number next year to 14 with the introduction of the Avalon View. Having a bed facing the floor-to-ceiling window so you can properly see the sights; dining on locally sourced products, wines, and beers; options to be as active or sedentary as a guest would like - it all is just common sense. This common sense approach is the Avalon Waterways’ difference. The post What Makes Avalon Waterways Different? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Kimberley Cruising with True North: On Wandjina Time

Time moves so slowly in the Kimberley, it might as well stand still. Adventure cruiser, Roderick Eime, faces off with the ancient Wandjina.  The post Kimberley Cruising with True North: On Wandjina Time appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Tom Wolber: Crystal Expedition Cruises

On his recent river cruise on Crystal Bach, Ralph had the opportunity to sit down with Crystal Cruises' President and CEO, Tom Wolber. This time around, the focus is on Crystal Endeavor, a new expedition ship that will be delivered in 2020. The post Tom Wolber: Crystal Expedition Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea’s Galapagos Experience, Part Two: Ports of Call and Excursions

Bahia Gardner.
Visiting the Galapagos National Park and Marine Preserve is a peak lifetime experience. Our previous post and videos described the first six ports of call during our Silversea expedition cruise aboard the Silver Galapagos. This article covers the other nine. The post Silversea’s Galapagos Experience, Part Two: Ports of Call and Excursions appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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December Webinar: Top Flight Hacks For Your Cruise

In our next webinar, we'll share top travel tips to make your trip to your cruise affordable and comfortable. This will include discussing ways to save on business class as well as when it is a good idea to "buy" points to upgrade. We will also share our tips on how to use websites to find the best flight deals - and much more. The post December Webinar: Top Flight Hacks For Your Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises: Continuity From Oceans To River

Crystal's exceptional staff has allowed the company to successfully bridge the divide between ocean and river. If you are a fan of Crystal Cruises on the oceans, you'll likely be a fan of Crystal Cruises on the rivers. The post Crystal Cruises: Continuity From Oceans To River appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Why AmaMagna Is A Great Choice For First-Time River Cruisers

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Because of the lack of space on the rivers, it means that river cruise companies may have to give up certain amenities to make room for guests onboard - but that’s not always the case. The post Why AmaMagna Is A Great Choice For First-Time River Cruisers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Makes Holland America Line Different?

HAL ships sail worldwide, seasonally. Itineraries vary from short 3-day cruises, 7-day and 14-day cruises. HAL also offers longer cruises and Grand Voyages that include a 120+ Day Around-the-World Cruise. The post What Makes Holland America Line Different? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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We’re Listening: What You Told Us In Our Survey

Last week we ran a survey asking you what kind of content you are most interested in seeing on the site. As always, our goal is to keep the line of communication open between you and us. I am going to share the results of our survey; and what those results mean for the future of our site. The post We’re Listening: What You Told Us In Our Survey appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Seabourn Expands Loyalty Program

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Seabourn has sharpened its focus on guest loyalty, expanding rewards for repeat guests. The post Seabourn Expands Loyalty Program appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Azamara Offers Black Friday Savings

Azamara will be offering a selection of Double Upgrade voyages, plus either a $500 Onboard Credit with the purchase of a sailing only, or $1,000 off a voyage with the purchase of one of the company’s land programs. Azamara will be offering travelers a chance to purchase a sailing with the option of adding one of their 1700+ pre-and post- voyage land programs, an extensive collection of experiences, including AzAmazing Journeys, Land Journeys and Stay Locals. Azamara’s Black Friday Sale and Cyber Savings offer applies to select sailings and land programs departing on or after April 11, 2020; specifically sailings to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and winter 2020/2021. […] The post Azamara Offers Black Friday Savings appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Europe’s Most Beautiful River & A Look Inside Crystal Bach

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This week on River Cruise Advisor take a photo tour of Crystal Bach, learn about Tauck's upcoming Douro ship, and take a look at the Moselle, which might just be the most beautiful river in Europe. The post Europe’s Most Beautiful River & A Look Inside Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Moselle: Europe’s Most Beautiful River – At Least During The Fall

One big surprise during my cruise on Crystal Bach was the Moselle. It wasn't my first time on the river, but the weather and the time of year conspired to make the Moselle Europe's most beautiful river - at least in my view. The post The Moselle: Europe’s Most Beautiful River – At Least During The Fall appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Makes Seabourn Different, MS Roald Amundsen & Our New Guest Writers

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This week on Avid Cruiser, we are sharing pieces by two of our new guest writers. Fran Golden joined us this week to look at What Makes Seabourn Different. Also joining us is Liam Cusack, who has written about Hurtigruten's new ship, MS Roald Amundsen. The post What Makes Seabourn Different, MS Roald Amundsen & Our New Guest Writers appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Makes Seabourn Different?

Seabourn has been a leading luxury cruise line for decades but what most impresses is that it just keeps getting better. When, a few years ago, the all-inclusive line started calling itself “ultraluxury,” it was not just marketing babble but actually a well-deserved description. The post What Makes Seabourn Different? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Take A Look Inside The Beautiful Crystal Bach

Over the past couple of weeks, I've written quite a bit about Crystal Bach. This week, I thought I'd let the pictures do the talking. In the slideshow, take a look around Crystal Bach. The post Take A Look Inside The Beautiful Crystal Bach appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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MS Roald Amundsen: Explore The World in Scandinavian Style, Batteries Included

The Roald Amundsen is the first of a new generation of greener Hurtigruten ships, using battery power to help it cruise while conserving energy. The post MS Roald Amundsen: Explore The World in Scandinavian Style, Batteries Included appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Tauck Highlights Features On Douro River Ship

Tauck has announced design and décor details of its new ms Andorinha riverboat. Currently undergoing sea trials in the Netherlands, the Andorinha will officially launch March 2020 and sail on three new cruise itineraries along the Douro river. The post Tauck Highlights Features On Douro River Ship appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Final Impressions From Crystal Bach & Mississippi River Cruise Itineraries

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This week, Ralph shares his final impressions from his Crystal Bach sailing – reflecting on how Crystal River Cruises stands out from its competitors. More on standing out, Crystal Cruises’ President and CEO, Tom Wolber shares his opinions on what makes the line different. Lastly, we have compiled a list of the Mississippi River Cruise […] The post Final Impressions From Crystal Bach & Mississippi River Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways’ 2021 Itineraries

AmaWaterways announced that its 2021 sailings are now open for reservations, with added rewards for those who book early. The post AmaWaterways’ 2021 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Tom Wolber: What Makes Crystal River Cruises Stand Out

Crystal Bach In Cologne
During his time aboard Crystal Bach, Ralph had a chance to sit down with the President and CEO of Crystal River Cruises, Tom Wolber. Last week, we aired part one of the interview, where Ralph and Wolber discussed their time on the Moselle. This week, the conversation focuses on what makes Crystal River Cruises different. With […] The post Tom Wolber: What Makes Crystal River Cruises Stand Out appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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U.S. River Cruise Itineraries – The Mississippi River

A comprehensive list of offerings on the Mississippi River - highlighting each itinerary offered by American Queen Steamboat Company and American Cruise Lines. The post U.S. River Cruise Itineraries – The Mississippi River appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Live From Crystal Bach: Final Impressions As Our Cruise Ends

Ten nights on Crystal Bach only confirmed my initial impressions: Every aspect of my Crystal river cruise represented a refined elegance that, in my experience, mirrored the award-winning experience that Crystal offers on the oceans The post Live From Crystal Bach: Final Impressions As Our Cruise Ends appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Reasons To Take A Cruise In 2020

Long-time cruisers don't need reasons to cruise. They know how wonderful cruising can be. First-time cruisers, however, may be reluctant about investing in a cruise vacation. If you're sitting on the fence about spending for a vacation at sea, here are five reasons to take an ocean cruise in 2020. The post Five Reasons To Take A Cruise In 2020 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Opinion: Cruise Lines Of The Future: What Should We Expect Next?

Over the last few years, cruise lines have adopted the notion that everything needs to be individualized and personalized to give guests a superior experience that will keep them coming aboard again and again. The post Opinion: Cruise Lines Of The Future: What Should We Expect Next? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea’s Galapagos Excursions & Five Reasons To Take A Cruise In 2020

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This week on Avid Cruiser, we have more coverage on the Galapagos from Tamera Trexler, highlighting the ports of call and excursions from her recent Silver Galapagos cruise. On the fence about booking a cruise vacation? Check out Five Reasons To Try An Ocean Cruise In 2020. Also this week, a guest post from Ingo Sorensen of Oracle Hospitality. The post Silversea’s Galapagos Excursions & Five Reasons To Take A Cruise In 2020 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silversea’s Galapagos Experience, Part One – Ports of Call & Excursions

This article introduced my anticipations and first impressions of the Galapagos Islands National Park and Marine Preserve. Silversea offered 15 ports of call or shore landings on this expedition cruise itinerary. At each port of call the Naturalist guides provided multiple activities at differing levels of difficulty. This Part 1 article with its photos and videos are an attempt to give the reader a glimpse into the Galapagos Island and SilverSea expedition cruise experience for the first six excursions. The post Silversea’s Galapagos Experience, Part One – Ports of Call & Excursions appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Did You Miss Our October Webinar? View It Here

If you missed our October webinar, you can view it here. Join us as we discuss Ralph's barge cruise, his time aboard Crystal Bach, and answer a few questions you have about river cruising. The post Did You Miss Our October Webinar? View It Here appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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5 Reasons To Try A River Cruise In 2020

With the industry growing so rapidly, and with the introduction of so many new itineraries, activities, ships, etc., there is really no better time than now to try out a river cruise. The post 5 Reasons To Try A River Cruise In 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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5 Reasons To Try A River Cruise In 2020 & A Conversation With Crystal’s Tom Wobler

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If you’ve never river cruised before, there is no time better than now. We’ve compiled 5 Reasons To Try A River Cruise In 2020. We also have an interview with the President and CEO of Crystal Cruises, Tom Wobler. Lastly, if you missed our webinar, you can view it here. Thanks for being loyal River […] The post 5 Reasons To Try A River Cruise In 2020 & A Conversation With Crystal’s Tom Wobler appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Conversation With Crystal Cruises’ Tom Wobler

Crystal Bach in Cochem
During his recent sailing aboard Crystal Bach, Ralph had a chance to sit down with Tom Wobler, the president and CEO of Crystal Cruises. In part one of a three segment interview with Wobler, they discuss their time on the Moselle river.  The post A Conversation With Crystal Cruises’ Tom Wobler appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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How To Avoid Single Supplements & VIDEO: Silversea’s Galapagos

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This week on Avid Cruiser we highlight some of Ralph’s recent Galapagos trip in a video. Speaking of Ralph’s Galapagos trip, be sure to sign up for our October webinar where Ralph will discuss the voyage. We also look at what solo travel entails – and how to avoid single supplements. Thank you for being loyal Avid Cruiser readers. -Ralph Grizzle & Britton Frost The post How To Avoid Single Supplements & VIDEO: Silversea’s Galapagos appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What You Should Know About Single Supplements (And How To Avoid Them)

Traveling solo can be a liberating and rewarding experience. It gives you a sense of independence. Though you may worry about getting lonely, that should hardly be a concern when cruising. There are people around you at all times. The only negative to cruising solo? The dreaded single supplement. The post What You Should Know About Single Supplements (And How To Avoid Them) appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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VIDEO: Silversea’s Galapagos

We've put together a short video that showcases some of the most beautiful landscapes and wildlife that the Galapagos has to offer. The post VIDEO: Silversea’s Galapagos appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Makes Riviera Different?

Whether it's through a waived solo supplement, dedicated solo travel departures, stunning interiors, or unbundling the cruise fare - Riviera seeks to stand out from its competition. The post What Makes Riviera Different? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Save The Date: Our October Webinar

Just three days after returning from cruising the Rhine aboard Crystal Bach, Ralph will be reporting about his trip via Webinar.  The post Save The Date: Our October Webinar appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Live From Crystal Bach: First Impressions

Crystal Bach
On a 10-night voyage roundtrip Amsterdam, a diminutive dish of creme brûlée told me all that needed to know about Crystal River Cruises. The post Live From Crystal Bach: First Impressions appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Follow Ralph Aboard Crystal Bach This Week

Crystal Bach In Cologne
Ralph boarded Crystal Bach for a ten-night cruise on the Rhine - follow his journey on Instagram to see what a Crystal river cruise looks like in real time.  The post Follow Ralph Aboard Crystal Bach This Week appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Our October Webinar; First Impressions From Crystal Back; & What Riviera Does Differently

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This week on River Cruise Advisor Ralph reports from Crystal Bach, sharing his first impressions of the ship.   You can also follow his journey on Instagram. We are also kicking off a new series about how each cruise company differentiates itself from the others. First up? Riviera River Cruises in What Makes Riviera Different. […] The post Our October Webinar; First Impressions From Crystal Back; & What Riviera Does Differently appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Highly Unusual Request

A friend of mine’s son is dying because of lack of proper medical care. His situation is beyond desperate. This is a PSA announcement, of sorts, for anyone willing and able to help. The post A Highly Unusual Request appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Makes Celebrity Cruises Different?

Choosing a cruise is hard. That’s why we started this site. With so many options, it seems impossible to make a decision. In fact, one reader told me, “It seems I can’t make a wrong decision no matter which company I choose to go with.” While that may not necessarily be true, there are different things that each cruise guest values. That’s why we are starting a series about what makes each cruise line different. We are starting off this series by looking at Celebrity Cruises. When I first looked at the list of what cruise lines we were going to […] The post What Makes Celebrity Cruises Different? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Makes Celebrity Different & Hapag-Lloyd’s New Ship

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This week on Avid Cruiser we are kicking off a new series about what makes each cruise line special. First up? Celebrity Cruises. We also take a look at Hapag-Lloyd’s new ship, Hanseatic Inspiration. Thank you for being loyal Avid Cruiser readers. -Ralph Grizzle & Britton Frost The post What Makes Celebrity Different & Hapag-Lloyd’s New Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Silver Dawn’s Inaugural Voyages

Silversea Cruises has unveiled five new itineraries for Silver Dawn - the 10th ship in the cruise line’s fleet. The Fincantieri-built, 596-guest vessel will depart Civitavecchia (Rome) on September 22, 2021, spending her inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before crossing to Fort Lauderdale. The post Silver Dawn’s Inaugural Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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MSC Cruises Highlights Ocean Cay Activities

Ocean Cay
This November MSC Cruises will welcome its first guests onto its new private island destination in The Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. The post MSC Cruises Highlights Ocean Cay Activities appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic Inspiration

A new expedition ship needs something special for its naming ceremony. That’s probably what the management of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises was thinking when the Norwegian shipyard confirmed the delivery date of the Hanseatic Inspiration. Hapag had a brilliant, expedition-style idea for the naming ceremony of Friday, October 11. All guests received a parka and were invited to step in one of the ship’s 17 zodiacs to witness the christening on the Elbe River in Hamburg, home for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Hanseatic Inspiration is the second of three luxury expedition vessels for the German company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. She is the ship that is […] The post Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic Inspiration appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Follow Ralph Around Alsace

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This week, Ralph hosted a barge cruise aboard CroisiEurope’s Madeleine. While I’m sure that Ralph will have a lot to say about the barge trip when he returns, I thought it would be nice to include a few pictures so we can see what he’s been up to. Make sure to follow @avidcruiser on Instagram […] The post Follow Ralph Around Alsace appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways Offers Savings On 2020 Cruises

Emerald Waterways is offering a deal on 2020 European river cruises when booked by October 31. Guests looking to maximize their savings can stack these deals for a maximum of $3,800 off per couple. The post Emerald Waterways Offers Savings On 2020 Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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An Interview With Uniworld’s Ellen Bettridge [Transcript]

This week I interviewed Ellen Bettridge for my podcast, Avid Travel With Britton Frost. Bettridge is the President and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. The post An Interview With Uniworld’s Ellen Bettridge [Transcript] appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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An Interview With Uniworld’s Ellen Bettridge; Photos From The Barge; & Savings From Emerald

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This week on River Cruise Advisor we get a glimpse of Ralph’s barge cruise through France. We also had the chance to sit down with Uniworld’s Ellen Bettridge to see what sets Uniworld apart from its competitors; in this week’s newsletter you will find the podcast, and a transcript of the podcast. Thank you for […] The post An Interview With Uniworld’s Ellen Bettridge; Photos From The Barge; & Savings From Emerald appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld’s New S.S. São Gabriel

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has released a sneak peek of new Super Ship S.S. São Gabriel, set to debut in Portugal on April 9, 2020. The post Uniworld’s New S.S. São Gabriel appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2020-2021 Antarctic Itineraries, Part 1

With interest in expedition cruising continuing to grow, there are now more Antarctic itineraries than ever before. Today, we will look at the sailings that Hurtigruten, Seabourn, Crystal, and Lindblad offer in Antartica. The post 2020-2021 Antarctic Itineraries, Part 1 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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7 Reasons To Cruise The Galapagos – With Silversea & 2020-2021 Antartica Itineraries

This Week on Avid Cruiser
Reflecting on his recent Galapagos trip, Ralph highlights seven reasons to cruise the Galapagos with Silversea. With the 2019-2020 Antarctic season close to kicking off, Britton writes about Hurtigruten, Seabourn, Crystal, and Lindblad’s Antarctic itineraries in part one of a two part series. Lastly, news from MSC with MSC Meraviglia making her North American debut in New York city. Thank you for being loyal Avid Cruiser readers. -Ralph Grizzle & Britton Frost The post 7 Reasons To Cruise The Galapagos – With Silversea & 2020-2021 Antartica Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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MSC Meraviglia Arrives In North America

MSC Meraviglia, MSC Cruises’ first Meraviglia Class smart ship, made her inaugural visit to North American shores today, arriving at Manhattan Pier in New York City. The post MSC Meraviglia Arrives In North America appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Packing For Europe – With Just A Carry On & Uniworld’s Danube Itineraries

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This week on River Cruise Advisor, Ralph is gearing up for almost three weeks in Europe where he will host his barge cruise, and then sail on Crystal River Cruises’ Presidents’ Cruise. Learned how he packed for these trips – with just two carry on bags. Then, we take a look at Uniworld’s Danube itineraries. […] The post Packing For Europe – With Just A Carry On & Uniworld’s Danube Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld’s Danube Itineraries

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises was founded in 1976 by Yugoslavian entrepreneur Serba Illich. Based in California, the company began operating river cruises along the waterways of Europe in 1993. The post Uniworld’s Danube Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Upcoming Changes To River Cruise Advisor

Our site is changing, and we want your help to determine what is working and what you would like to see more of. The post Upcoming Changes To River Cruise Advisor appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Strategic Packing For Two River Cruises – All In Carry On

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How do we pack for two river cruises spanning three weeks? And how do we pack as we prefer - all carry-on? We did it for the Galapagos last week. Can we do it for our cruises in Europe? The post Strategic Packing For Two River Cruises – All In Carry On appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Chasing the Equator: 7 Reasons To Cruise The Galapagos – On Silversea

Silver Galapagos
I can't say how other companies deliver their Galapagos experiences, but I can't imagine how any of them could deliver a better Galapagos experience than Silversea. And with a new ship purpose-built for the Galapagos coming in 2020, Silversea stands poised to be the leader in these islands that have been enchanting visitors long before - and ever since - Charles Darwin's visit in 1835. The post Chasing the Equator: 7 Reasons To Cruise The Galapagos – On Silversea appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Our 20th Anniversary; And Galapagos Trip Tips

This Week on Avid Cruiser
Celebrating Avid Cruiser’s 20th anniversary, we highlight the recent updates that we have made to the site. Plus, Ralph gives his tips for a trip to the Galapagos. Thanks for being a loyal Avid Cruiser reader. – Ralph Grizzle & Britton Frost The post Our 20th Anniversary; And Galapagos Trip Tips appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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The Evolution Of Avid Cruiser & Our New Site Updates

Our site is changing, and we want your help to determine what is working and what you would like to see more of. The post The Evolution Of Avid Cruiser & Our New Site Updates appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Tips For Cruising The Galapagos

During the next four weeks, I’ll be posting stories from the Galapagos. Today’s post begins with a few select photos from our trip, along with Galapagos posts from our Instagram feed, and for those considering a cruise to these islands, more than a dozen Galapagos cruise tips. The post Tips For Cruising The Galapagos appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Emerald Waterways 2020-2021 Nile River Cruises

Emerald is now taking bookings for Egypt itineraries through 2021, as well as a brand new seven-day Israel extension that will take guests to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Galilee. The post Emerald Waterways 2020-2021 Nile River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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It’s Not Too Late: 2019 U.S. Holiday Cruises; Plus News From Emerald & AmaWaterways

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This week on River Cruise Advisor, we look at the 2019 holiday cruise offerings from American Queen Steamboat Company and American Cruise Lines. Plus information about AmaWaterways’ new wine themed sailings and Emerald Waterways’ Nile & Egypt tours. Thanks for being a loyal River Cruise Advisor reader. – Ralph Grizzle & Britton Frost The post It’s Not Too Late: 2019 U.S. Holiday Cruises; Plus News From Emerald & AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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It’s Not Too Late: U.S. Holiday River Cruises 2019

Whether you're looking for a break from daily life with a holiday vacation or looking to start new family traditions on the river, the rivers of the United States are a great option for holiday sailings.  The post It’s Not Too Late: U.S. Holiday River Cruises 2019 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Adds New Wine Themed Itineraries

AmaWaterways will offer 67 Wine Cruises during the 2020 cruise season, including two new itineraries showcasing the vineyards and sights of France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The post AmaWaterways Adds New Wine Themed Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – 2019 U.S. Holiday Cruises

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, we look at the offerings for 2019 holiday cruises in the United States. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – 2019 U.S. Holiday Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos Itineraries

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we look at Celebrity's Galapagos offerings.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Packing For Adventure Cruises, 2021 World Cruise Offerings & Celebrity’s Galapagos Itineraries

This Week on Avid Cruiser
This week on Avid Cruiser, Ralph and Tamera are prepping for the Galapagos, and have put together a list for how they prepped and what they packed. Speaking of the Galapagos, we look at what Celebrity offers in the Ecuadorian islands. Also, our guest writer Georgina Cruz is back with more world cruise knowledge. This […] The post Packing For Adventure Cruises, 2021 World Cruise Offerings & Celebrity’s Galapagos Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Top Ten World Cruises For 2021, With Starting Prices

Highlights of 2021 world cruises departing from U.S. ports announced by major cruise lines, including starting fares for the entire voyage. The post Top Ten World Cruises For 2021, With Starting Prices appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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River Cruise 101: Viking River Cruises

Viking Seven Ship Christening 2019
You’ve probably heard of the company founded by Torstein Hagen in 1997, which earned a Guinness World Record for christening the most ships ever in a single day, a whopping 16. In fact, Viking has more river cruise vessels operating in Europe than any other company, with more than 50 in the fleet. Established in […] The post River Cruise 101: Viking River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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All About Viking River Cruises, Where To Cruise & News From Crystal

This week on River Cruise Advisor, we learn all about Viking River Cruises. We also elaborate on our Where To Cruise post from last week in a podcast episode. Also this week, Crystal’s 2020 brochure and new Prague extension. Thanks for being a loyal River Cruise Advisor reader. – Ralph Grizzle & Britton Frost The post All About Viking River Cruises, Where To Cruise & News From Crystal appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Where To Cruise

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we look to the rivers of Europe and beyond to see which river is right for you. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Where To Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Announces Prague Extension For 2020

Guests sailing on 2020 voyages aboard Crystal Ravel and Crystal Mahler can extend their Crystal vacations with in-depth exploration of Prague, as Crystal River Cruises unveils its new “Prague Discovery” Extended Land Program for next year. The post Crystal Announces Prague Extension For 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal’s 2020 Brochure

Crystal's 109-page publication succinctly articulates the hallmarks of the Crystal River Cruises Experience, with shipboard highlights laid out in sections. The post Crystal’s 2020 Brochure appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Prepping For Galapagos; Tips For Packing For Any Adventure Cruise

Ralph and I are sitting on the back patio, coffee in hand, making the final preparations for our Galapagos expedition cruise. Here's how we prepared what to pack. The post Prepping For Galapagos; Tips For Packing For Any Adventure Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Quick Tour Of Scenic Eclipse In Video

Scenic Eclipse
I flew to the Big Apple last week to tour Scenic Eclipse, a new expedition ship with lots of bells and whistles, including 10 dining venues, two helicopters, two submersibles and much more. The video was shot with a GoPro during a quick-paced 45-minute tour, then hastily edited on an iPad while flying back home, so don't expect an Emmy-nominated presentation. The post Quick Tour Of Scenic Eclipse In Video appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Our Writer Loves World Cruises. So Much That She’s Booked Number 6 & 7

After their first world cruise in 2012, Georgina & Humberto Cruz (appropriately named for their adventures) were hooked. They've already booked world cruises six and seven for 2020 and 2021. What's to love? Georgina shares her experiences with us. The post Our Writer Loves World Cruises. So Much That She’s Booked Number 6 & 7 appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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World Cruises, A Quick Tour Of Scenic Eclipse & Special Offers From Princess & Seabourn

This Week on Avid Cruiser
This week on Avid Cruiser, we feature a travel writer who has been on five world cruises, with two more booked. Also, we've posted our video quick tour of Scenic Eclipse, which we visited last week while in New York. It was a whirlwind tour, shot with a GoPro and hastily edited on an Ipad. Still, the video conveys some of the essence of Eclipse. Also on Avid Cruiser this week, special offers from Princess & Seabourn. Thanks for being a loyal Avid Cruiser reader. - Ralph Grizzle & Britton Frost The post World Cruises, A Quick Tour Of Scenic Eclipse & Special Offers From Princess & Seabourn appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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How To Save On A 2020 Seine River Cruise

How can I save on a Seine river cruise? Should I make my decision about which company to cruise the Seine based on the lowest per diem? What's the best value for a Seine river cruise? The post How To Save On A 2020 Seine River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Miss Our Webinar? Watch It Here

Last week, we held our second monthly webinar for Avid Cruiser. In the webinar we discussed the difference in premium, upper-premium, and luxury cruise ships. Before we got into the bones of the webinar, Ralph told us about his time touring Scenic Eclipse and showed a few photos. After looking at Scenic Eclipse, we looked […] The post Miss Our Webinar? Watch It Here appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Princess Offers Savings With ‘3 For Free’ Sale

Princess Cruises is once again offering the 3 for Free cruise sale for guests booking select six- to 50-day cruises and cruisetours departing from Summer 2020 to Spring 2021. The post Princess Offers Savings With ‘3 For Free’ Sale appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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River Cruise 101: Where To River Cruise

An overview of many of the river in Europe, and some of the canals too, to help you set your sights on a river cruise that’s right for you. The post River Cruise 101: Where To River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seabourn’s Set Sail Event Savings

Seabourn has unveiled the Set Sail Event, offering savings, benefits and an added amenities. The Set Sail Event begins September 9 and will run through November 20, 2019, for select voyages departing in 2019 and 2020. The post Seabourn’s Set Sail Event Savings appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Cruising Solo & Avoiding Single Supplements

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we look at what solo travel entails, what it's like to cruise alone, what single supplements are, and how to avoid them.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Cruising Solo & Avoiding Single Supplements appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Family River Cruises

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we are covering one of the river cruising topics I am most passionate about - family travel. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Family River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seine River Cruise 2020 Pricing Charts

What is the price for an entry-level and upgrade cabin; what’s included Seine River cruise 2020; what Seine river cruise incentives are there for 2020?  The post Seine River Cruise 2020 Pricing Charts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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SAVE THE DATE: Our Sept. 11th Webinar

In a tied final score, we have found our September webinar topics: cruise company overviews by price, and inclusive vs. non-inclusive cruise fares. The post SAVE THE DATE: Our Sept. 11th Webinar appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruise 101: How River Cruising Evolved & Where Its Going

While I certainly think you can take a river cruise without having a sense of its historical underpinnings, there’s no doubt that a little insight into the inception of this form of travel makes it all the more enriching. So let’s glimpse its figurative wake. The post River Cruise 101: How River Cruising Evolved & Where Its Going appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Two Of My Favorite Exotic Cruises

Russia's Far East
With more than 200 ocean cruises under my belt, and 50+ river cruises, I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the best cruises I've ever experienced. I begin with two, Russia's Far East and Greenland. The post Two Of My Favorite Exotic Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Uniworld Offers Free Airfare On Select Sailings

Uniworld is offering free airfare on select spring sailings through October 31st. The offer applies to over 50 departure dates on 16 itineraries, sailing throughout Central Europe, France, Italy, and Russia on new bookings only. The post Uniworld Offers Free Airfare On Select Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silver Moon’s Float Out Ceremony

Silversea’s new ship, Silver Moon, touched water for the first time at Fincantieri Shipyard in Ancona, Italy. The float out was marked by a celebratory event and a traditional coin ceremony, held in the presence of representatives from Silversea and Fincantieri, and other guests. The post Silver Moon’s Float Out Ceremony appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – The Evolution Of Avid Cruiser

On the heels of a recent redesign, I figured it would be the perfect time to sit down with Ralph to see why he started Avid Cruiser, what got him interested in cruising, and how the site has evolved since it first started. Spoiler alert: It wasn't even a website at first.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – The Evolution Of Avid Cruiser appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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How To Use Our Cruise Reviews

In this short video, my goal is to make choosing a cruise a bit easier for you. With hundreds of ships to choose from and thousands of itineraries, choosing a cruise can be a bit daunting. Here's help. The post How To Use Our Cruise Reviews appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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How To Save On A 2020 Douro River Cruise

What is the average cost of a Douro river cruise 2020? How can I save on a Douro river cruise 2020?  Should I make my decision about which company to cruise the Douro based on the lowest per diem? What's the best value for a Douro river cruise? The post How To Save On A 2020 Douro River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Narrowing Down Our Webinar Topics

Last week you all wrote in topics of interest for our September webinar. We have narrowed these topics down to three choices. Take a short poll to decide what we will cover in next week's webinar. The post Narrowing Down Our Webinar Topics appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – How To Save On A River Cruise

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost I seek to answer one of the most frequently asked questions on our site: How do I save money on a river cruise? The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – How To Save On A River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riviera Expands 2019 Christmas Market Offerings

Riviera River Cruises has expanded the availability of its Christmas markets cruises for December 2019, with 25 departures planned on Europe’s Rhine and Danube rivers. The post Riviera Expands 2019 Christmas Market Offerings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Travel Expert Summit

Recently, River Cruise Advisor participated in the Travel Expert Summit as cruise experts. Lisa Joy Philips, founder of Joyful Travel, reached out to us to help share tips on how to save money while booking a cruise. The post Travel Expert Summit appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Seabourn’s 2020 Eastern Mediterranean Voyages

Seabourn is returning to Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2020 aboard the line’s newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. The 300-suite ship – all with verandas - will sail four seven-day eastern Mediterranean voyages between Istanbul and Athens, Greece, or Athens to Istanbul. The post Seabourn’s 2020 Eastern Mediterranean Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Is Cruising A Good Option For Families?

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost I set out to answer one question: is cruising a good option for families? Having cruised for all of my life, the answer is a loud and clear "yes" from me. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Is Cruising A Good Option For Families? appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Oceania’s 2021 Europe & North America Voyages

Oceania Cruises' new 2021 Europe & North America Collection of voyages are now on sale. Featuring 70 overnight stays, this collection encourages immersion and invites travelers to explore Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Alaska, and Canada and New England. The post Oceania’s 2021 Europe & North America Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Help Us Decide What To Cover In Our Next Webinar

For our September webinar, we are turning to you to help us decide which topic we should cover. The post Help Us Decide What To Cover In Our Next Webinar appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Christmas Market Cruises

After writing about the Christmas cruise itineraries offered by various cruise companies in 2020, I was brought back a decade to my first Christmas cruise aboard AmaBella in 2010. Join me as I reflect back on my time aboard. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Christmas Market Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Two Of My Favorite ‘Luxury’ River Cruises

While working on the second edition of the Ultimate River Cruising Handbook, I came across two stories that heightened my desire to return the rivers. I thought readers of River Cruise Advisor might also enjoy reading these stories. One took place on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. The other, in Bordeaux. Both river cruises were on high-end, all-inclusive ships operated by Uniworld and Scenic. The post Two Of My Favorite ‘Luxury’ River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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European Christmas Markets River Cruises 2020

Is a Christmas cruise the right choice for you? I think so. We have compiled a list of each 2020 Christmas Market itinerary so you can decide which Christmas cruise is the right fit. The post European Christmas Markets River Cruises 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Victory Cruise Lines & American Queen Steamboat Company

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we are joined by EVP Hotel Operations & New Construction at American Queen Steamboat Company, David Kelly. Kelly and I sat down to discuss what American Queen Steamboat Company has to offer on the Mississippi, as well as what its sister company, Victory Cruise lines, has to offer in the rest of North America. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Victory Cruise Lines & American Queen Steamboat Company appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Eclipse’s 2020-2022 Season

Coinciding with Scenic Eclipse’s inaugural voyage on August 15 from Reykjavik, Iceland, Scenic has released its new digital brochure for the Scenic Eclipse’s 2020-2022 season.  The post Scenic Eclipse’s 2020-2022 Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Mississippi River Cruises & More

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we are joined by EVP Hotel Operations & New Construction at American Queen Steamboat Company, David Kelly. Kelly and I sat down to discuss what American Queen Steamboat Company has to offer on the Mississippi, as well as what its sister company, Victory Cruise lines, has to offer in the rest of North America. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Mississippi River Cruises & More appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways’ Danube Itineraries

Scenic Tours ventured into river cruising in 2008 with a river cruise company using its same name. In 2014, Scenic started another river cruise company - Emerald Waterways. Let's take a look at what Emerald has to offer on the Danube, and how it sets itself apart from its sister company on river cruising's most popular river.  The post Emerald Waterways’ Danube Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Crystal Cruises 2022 Itineraries

Crystal Cruises announced the complete roster of 2022 itineraries for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. In store for travelers are 67 individual itineraries ranging from seven to 19 nights, as well as 21 Grand Journey combination voyages and a World Cruise. The post Crystal Cruises 2022 Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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UnCruise Adventures’ 2020 Theme Cruises

UnCruise Adventures announced theme cruises for the 2020 sailing season. Six ships offer themed departures on a variety of topics including birding, photography, wine and culinary, kids and families, and insider departures. The post UnCruise Adventures’ 2020 Theme Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Douro River Cruise 2020 Pricing Charts

Douro 2020 pricing
We compare prices and what’s included for seven cruise lines operating Douro River Cruises 2020. The charts reflect cabin upgrades, what is not included and incentives offered in the summer and autumn seasons. The post Douro River Cruise 2020 Pricing Charts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Oceania’s New Go Local Tours

Oceania Cruises unveiled its new Go Local series of immersive destination tours. As a part of the brand’s stream of OceaniaNEXT enhancements, these new tours go beyond the tourist sites where guests will be welcomed into local homes and businesses. The post Oceania’s New Go Local Tours appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Viking Ocean Cruises

This week we are joined by Ralph Grizzle. Ralph has sailed with Viking not only on the ocean, but also on the river. We sat down to talk about what Viking has brought from its river cruises over to its ocean cruises. The answer? Many inclusions such as shore excursions, beer and wine at lunch and dinner, and more. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Viking Ocean Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Deciphering German Water Level Maps

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, we are joined by reader Di who shares some insight to deciphering two different water level charts.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Deciphering German Water Level Maps appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Recap Of Last Week’s Webinar, A Q&A About River Cruising

Last week, in the first of a series, we presented a live Q&A about river cruising. If you missed the webinar, you'll find a recording of it on our site. We found the webinar format to be an excellent way to connect with our readers (and river cruise company representatives - Mary Murrin from Tauck, for example, joined us live to answer a few questions).  The post Recap Of Last Week’s Webinar, A Q&A About River Cruising appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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VIDEO: How To Use German Water Level Charts

Two websites feature charts that display the current water levels on the rivers of Germany. The problem? These websites are both in German. But fear not, this screencast will help you learn how to navigate these sites and use them to asses current water levels. The post VIDEO: How To Use German Water Level Charts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld Reduces Single Supplement For Select 2020 Sailings

Uniworld has reduced the Single Supplement by 50% on select departures of some of its 2020 itineraries throughout Central Europe, Italy and France - effective for bookings from August 1st through September 30th. The post Uniworld Reduces Single Supplement For Select 2020 Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ponant To Acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises

Ponant has announced its plan to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises. Following the acquisition, the two cruise lines will keep their management, Diane Moore acting as CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises with her team still based in Bellevue, WA and Navin Sawhney acting as CEO Americas of Ponant, based in New York. The post Ponant To Acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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One Year Until The Launch Of Crystal Endeavor

In August 2020, Crystal Endeavor will embark on her maiden voyage from Tokyo. The vessel will sail through the islands of Japan and the Russian Far East, marking the beginning of her inaugural season exploring the world’s farthest corners. The post One Year Until The Launch Of Crystal Endeavor appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos Itineraries

Finishing our series on Galapagos itineraries is Celebrity Cruises. Since we started with Silversea's Galapagos itineraries because the line has a new ship coming to the Galapagos in 2020, it seems fitting to end with Celebrity Cruises who just had a new Galapagos ship join its fleet. The post Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cruising 101: Q&A Webinar

Are you thinking about cruising but don't know where to start? Are you a past cruiser who needs more information before deciding their next trip or itinerary? This week, we are hosting a webinar to help answer some of the questions you have about cruising. The post Cruising 101: Q&A Webinar appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Expedition Cruising Vs Classic Cruising With Silversea

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost I am joined by Wes Weiner who recently completed his first expedition cruise aboard Silver Cloud. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Expedition Cruising Vs Classic Cruising With Silversea appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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American Queen Steamboat Company Opens Booking For American Countess

American Queen Steamboat Company opened sales for the 2020 season of its fourth vessel, the American Countess. As the newest paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, the American Countess will officially debut for her inaugural voyage on April 5, 2020. The post American Queen Steamboat Company Opens Booking For American Countess appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Seabourn Announces 2021 World Cruise

Seabourn announced its 2021 World Cruise: Extraordinary Oceans, a 140-day round-the-world voyage aboard Seabourn Sojourn, set to visit 60 ports and destinations in 32 countries on six continents. The post Seabourn Announces 2021 World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic’s Danube Itineraries

After looking at the Danube itineraries offered by AmaWaterways and Avalon, we will look this week to Scenic - an Australian tour company that ventured into river cruising in 2008. Scenic offers six core Danube itineraries - with a twist. The post Scenic’s Danube Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Sailing The Douro On Viking’s Newest ‘Baby’ Longship, Viking Helgrim

The Douro, The River of Gold, is Portugal’s gift to river cruising. Viking Cruises is bringing its formula of absolutely top-notch explorations, accommodations and Nordic hospitality to a Douro fleet that now numbers four vessels. We were invited aboard the newest of these, the Viking Helgrim, launched this past March. The post Sailing The Douro On Viking’s Newest ‘Baby’ Longship, Viking Helgrim appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruising 101: River Cruising Q&A Webinar

Are you thinking about river cruising but don't know where to start? Are you a past river cruiser who needs more information before deciding their next trip or itinerary? This week, we are hosting a webinar to help answer some of the questions you have about river cruising. The post River Cruising 101: River Cruising Q&A Webinar appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – The Danube

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we are looking at Europe's second longest river, the Danube. The Danube is one of the most popular rivers for first time cruisers, and for good reason. Join me as I give a quick overview of the river, itineraries, and cities along the way. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – The Danube appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Tauck’s Galapagos Itineraries

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we will be looking at Galapagos itineraries once again. This time, at those offered by Tauck.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Tauck’s Galapagos Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Ponant’s Music Cruises

The creation of a cruise ship itinerary around a particular theme, be it golf, bridge, music, gastronomy, wine, history or wildlife, etc. is quite common across many cruise lines, with varying degrees of intensity or focus. Nevertheless, there are few cruise lines that offer cruises entirely devoted to classical music; Hapag-Lloyd and Ponant are the exceptions to this general rule. The post Ponant’s Music Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Dame Helen Mirren Named Godmother Of Scenic Eclipse

Scenic announced the appointment of Academy Award winner Helen Mirren as the Godmother for Scenic Eclipse. The ship will be christened in New York City on September 10, 2019. The post Dame Helen Mirren Named Godmother Of Scenic Eclipse appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Tauck’s Galapagos Itineraries

Tauck offers four itineraries in the Galapagos. These sailings operate on ships chartered by the company, and two of the itineraries include land tours. The post Tauck’s Galapagos Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Is AmaMagna The Perfect River Cruise Ship For Families?

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When I sailed aboard AmaMagna in the beginning of July, it housed the largest population of children I have ever seen on a river boat. So that poses a question, is AmaMagna the perfect river ship for families? The post Is AmaMagna The Perfect River Cruise Ship For Families? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Reflecting On My Time Aboard AmaMagna

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we will revisit my time aboard AmaMagna, speaking mostly to the public spaces on the ship such as multiple dining venues, the libraries, juice bar, and more.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Reflecting On My Time Aboard AmaMagna appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways’ Danube Itineraries

Avalon Waterways offers 12 itineraries on the Danube, ranging from four to 18 days. Because these itineraries take place on the same river, there are going to be repeat ports on each itinerary, but there is more variation to these itineraries than those offered by some other river cruise companies. Which itinerary works best for you? Read on. The post Avalon Waterways’ Danube Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Silversea And Lindblad’s Galapagos Itineraries

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we learn a little bit about the Galapagos. The Ecuadorian Islands are a relatively new destination for cruisers - and they are waiting to be explored.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Silversea And Lindblad’s Galapagos Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Lindblad Expeditions’ Galapagos Itineraries

Lindblad has two ships that operate year round in the Galapagos on four different itineraries with two additional itineraries offered throughout the certain months year.  The post Lindblad Expeditions’ Galapagos Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Regent Seven Seas Highlights 2022 World Cruise

Regent Seven Seas Cruises opened reservations for its newest Navigate the World – Elements of the Pacific voyage, which sails to 17 countries and 59 ports of call with 18 overnight stays, while providing access to 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and nearly 300 free shore excursions. The post Regent Seven Seas Highlights 2022 World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Princess Cruises’ 2020-2021 South America & Antarctica Itineraries

Princess Cruises has outlined its 2020-2021 South America and Antarctica Itineraries, including the opportunity to see the Total Solar Eclipse off the coast of Argentina on Dec. 14, 2020 during the 15-day Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan itinerary. The post Princess Cruises’ 2020-2021 South America & Antarctica Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea’s 2020-2021 Grand Voyages

Silversea launches a new collection of Grand Voyages for late 2020 and 2021, which includes three expedition cruise options. Silversea’s Grand Voyages offer extended journeys of up to 70 days with multiple overnight stays and a range of events. The post Silversea’s 2020-2021 Grand Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Riviera Announces New Active Walking Excursions

Riviera River Cruises is pleased to announce new Cruise, Walk & Discover excursions that can be added on to select river cruise departures starting in fall 2019, with additional excursions being planned for 2020. The post Riviera Announces New Active Walking Excursions appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Water Levels 101 Featuring AmaWaterways’ Rudi Schreiner

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This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost we are going to be addressing the biggest area of concern for our readers, water levels.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Water Levels 101 Featuring AmaWaterways’ Rudi Schreiner appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Christens AmaMora

AmaWaterways celebrated the christening of its new 156-passenger vessel, AmaMora. This is AmaWaterways' third new ship launched in 2019. The post AmaWaterways Christens AmaMora appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaMagna 2020 Price Comparisons

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What's it going to cost you to cruise on the new AmaMagna? In some cases as low as $398 per person per day, thanks to special incentives currently on offer. On the high end, for an entry-level stateroom, you could pay as much as $605 per person. Christmas Markets cruises in 2020 begin at $477 per person.  The post AmaMagna 2020 Price Comparisons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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How To Save On A 2020 Danube River Cruise

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This post sets out to answer the following questions: What is the average cost of a Danube river cruise? How can I save on a Danube river cruise? Should I make my decision about which company to cruise the Danube based on the lowest per diem? What's the best value for a Danube river cruise? The post How To Save On A 2020 Danube River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Sailing The Galapagos With Silversea

Over the next few weeks we will look at the different itineraries and programs offered by certain cruise lines in the Galapagos. First up? Silversea. The post Sailing The Galapagos With Silversea appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Seabourn Renovates Seabourn Odyssey

Seabourn has recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of Seabourn Odyssey, refreshing the look and feel of the vessel. The post Seabourn Renovates Seabourn Odyssey appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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6 Types Of Travelers Who Are Perfect For AmaMagna, Are You One Of Them?

AmaWaterways now has two styles of river cruising. The first style is one that AmaWaterways has built its reputation on: river cruising on sleek, classic vessels with a single main restaurant, one alternative dining venue, a lounge and comfortable staterooms starting at around 160 square feet. The second style was introduced this past spring on the new AmaMagna, nearly double the width of the classic river cruisers. This is no longer river cruising as you once knew it. The post 6 Types Of Travelers Who Are Perfect For AmaMagna, Are You One Of Them? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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After A Week On Board, I’ve Found The River Cruise For Small Ship Ocean Cruisers

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I was skeptical at first. Could AmaWaterways' new AmaMagna be the perfect transitional ship for small ship ocean cruisers who are wanna-be river cruisers? I won't keep you in suspense. The answer is, possibly. I'm not hedging by taking the middle ground. After all, small ship ocean cruisers know well what they have to give up to test the rivers. That changed this past spring when AmaWaterways introduced a ship that was nearly double the width of the classic river cruisers. After spending last week sailing from Budapest to Vilshofen (as a guest of AmaWaterways), I can say with certainty that this is no longer river cruising as you once knew it. The post After A Week On Board, I’ve Found The River Cruise For Small Ship Ocean Cruisers appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – MSC Cruises’ Ken Muskat

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, I am joined by MSC Cruises' Ken Muskat. Though MSC Cruises is one of the most searched cruise lines on our site, I have never had the opportunity to sail with the company, so I decided to sit down with Ken to see what MSC has to offer. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – MSC Cruises’ Ken Muskat appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Becoming Part Of The AmaWaterways’ Family Aboard AmaMagna

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Throughout my sailing aboard AmaMagna, the word family came up in conversation everywhere I turned. And at first I couldn't understand why the emphasis on family struck such a chord with me, but through talking to the passengers and the crew aboard the ship and ashore, it became clear that Ama takes the concept of family to another level. The post Becoming Part Of The AmaWaterways’ Family Aboard AmaMagna appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Chatting With Our AmaMagna Cruise Manager, Maddy, In Linz

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, I am coming at you live from the Danube joined by our cruise manager for this week, Maddy Caldaruse. We were not the only passengers aboard AmaMagna who were captivated by Maddy's radiance. On a final bus tour yesterday I overheard a guest ask her husband, "Can we please take Maddy home with us?" The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Chatting With Our AmaMagna Cruise Manager, Maddy, In Linz appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways’ Gastronomic Cruise Through Burgundy And Provence

Emerald Waterways' eight-day Flavours of Burgundy and Provence itinerary will sail round trip from Lyon starting in July, 2020. The post Emerald Waterways’ Gastronomic Cruise Through Burgundy And Provence appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riviera Will Launch A New All-Suite Ship In 2020

Riviera River Cruises has announced that it will launch the new all-suite MS Geoffrey Chaucer in spring 2020. The 443-foot Geoffrey Chaucer will accommodate 169 guests on itineraries on the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers, and Dutch waterways.  The post Riviera Will Launch A New All-Suite Ship In 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Using Medicare Abroad And Travel Anecdotes

This week on Avid Travel with Britton Frost I am joined by Elsa Nystrom. Join us as we sit to talk about using Medicare abroad, cruise cancelations due to low water, and share a couple of funny travel stories. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Using Medicare Abroad And Travel Anecdotes appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Using Medicare Abroad, Low Water Issues, And Travel Anecdotes

This week on Avid Travel with Britton Frost I am joined by Elsa Nystrom. Join us as we sit to talk about using Medicare abroad, cruise cancelations due to low water, and share a couple of funny travel stories. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Using Medicare Abroad, Low Water Issues, And Travel Anecdotes appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways’ Danube River Itineraries

AmaWaterways offers six Danube itineraries ranging from seven to 14-nights. While most of these itineraries are similar, or may have repeat ports, every itinerary has something that makes it unique. Let's take a look at what Ama has to offer. The post AmaWaterways’ Danube River Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Follow Us This Week On AmaMagna, Plus A Date With Samantha Brown

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This week, Britton and I are headed to Europe to board AmaWaterways' AmaMagna. There are several ways to follow us during our journey. The post Follow Us This Week On AmaMagna, Plus A Date With Samantha Brown appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Follow Us This Week On An Ocean-Like River Ship, AmaMagna, Plus A Date With Samantha Brown

This week, Britton and I are headed to Europe to board what just may be the most ocean-like of all river cruise ships operating in Europe. If you've been thinking about a river cruise, there are several ways to follow us during our journey on AmaMagna.  The post Follow Us This Week On An Ocean-Like River Ship, AmaMagna, Plus A Date With Samantha Brown appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Danube River Cruise Pricing Charts 2020

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hat is a Danube river cruise going to cost me and how does the cruise I am looking at compare to Danube river cruises offered by other companies? The post Danube River Cruise Pricing Charts 2020 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Pre-Cruise In The South Of Sweden: A Woman’s Perspective (with thoughts about shoes)

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Sweden has been on my bucket list for years, and although I had read quite a bit about Sweden, I still didn’t know quite what to expect. The post Pre-Cruise In The South Of Sweden: A Woman’s Perspective (with thoughts about shoes) appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cruising: The Case For Sustainability, Part Three

Whether it is minimizing single-use plastics, banning straws, or using higher grade fuels, there are many things that cruise lines can do to take steps toward becoming more sustainable. Today, we will look at three cruise companies who have taken their sustainability initiatives a bit further than others in the industry.  The post Cruising: The Case For Sustainability, Part Three appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Seabourn Unveils Seabourn Venture’s Submarines

Seabourn is preparing to take travelers into the depths of the ocean for the first time by revealing the design and details for its custom submarines that will operate excursions from the line’s two upcoming expedition ships. The post Seabourn Unveils Seabourn Venture’s Submarines appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic’s River Cruise Cover Program

Through Scenic's River Cruise Cover program, guests will be covered automatically once your cruise starts for any delays or cancellations due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns, or strikes. The post Scenic’s River Cruise Cover Program appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Countdown To AmaMagna

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This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, Ralph and I prepare for our upcoming trip aboard AmaMagna by highlighting some of the ship's unique features. Join us as we discuss what makes AmaMagna unique, and why she will appeal to river and ocean cruise guests alike. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Countdown To AmaMagna appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Planning Two Perfect Days In Prague

My father, Ralph, and I are going to cruise aboard AmaMagna from Budapest to Vilshofen, and I was given the task of planning a short trip to Prague after our cruise. How should we spend two days in Prague? Let's find out. The post Planning Two Perfect Days In Prague appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ponant Takes Delivery Of Newest Ship

On June 14, Ponant took delivery of Le Dumont-d’Urville as the ship left the port of Søvik, Norway for Bergen, ready to depart on her maiden cruise. The post Ponant Takes Delivery Of Newest Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Regent Seven Seas Navigator Sails First Voyage After Dry Dock

Regent Seven Seas Cruises celebrates the inaugural voyage of Seven Seas Navigator following her two-week refurbishment in Brest, France. The post Regent Seven Seas Navigator Sails First Voyage After Dry Dock appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Oceania Sirena’s Winter 2020-Spring 2021 Voyages

Oceania Cruises unveiled its most exotic collection of itineraries to date with in-depth explorations of the Holy Lands of Egypt, Israel, and Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Myanmar, and Indonesia. The post Oceania Sirena’s Winter 2020-Spring 2021 Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cruising: The Case For Sustainability, Part Two

After looking at the negative effects of cruising on the environment, we will look to three cruise lines to see what they are doing to help combat the negative impacts of cruising. The post Cruising: The Case For Sustainability, Part Two appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Sailing With Ponant & Backroads Featuring Guest Host Ralph Grizzle

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost I am passing over the torch, and the mic, to my father Ralph Grizzle as he discusses his recent Backroads sailing aboard Ponant's Le Lyrial. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Sailing With Ponant & Backroads Featuring Guest Host Ralph Grizzle appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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We’re Heading To Budapest To Cruise The New AmaMagna

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In a couple of weeks, we're headed to Budapest to board AmaWaterways' new AmaMagna. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this new ship. Here are a few things we look forward to. The post We’re Heading To Budapest To Cruise The New AmaMagna appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Backroads Active Adventures On The Oceans & Rivers

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On the rivers, Backroads Active Adventures partners with AmaWaterways, and on the oceans, Ponant. The post Backroads Active Adventures On The Oceans & Rivers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Broadway Star Rachel York Will Sail The Danube With Crystal

Rachel York will present Crystal River Cruises’ guests with her musical talents aboard Crystal Ravel’s September 1, 2019 sailing along the Danube River. The post Broadway Star Rachel York Will Sail The Danube With Crystal appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruising: The Case For Sustainability, Part One

In a two part series, we will not only look at the impact that cruising has on the environment, but also how certain cruise lines are trying striving to be more sustainable. The post Cruising: The Case For Sustainability, Part One appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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10 Reasons To Choose Barge Cruising

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There are river cruises, then there are barge cruises. The two are worlds apart, or at least waterways apart. River cruises take place on Europe’s major waterways on vessels that typically carry from 100 to 200 guests. By contrast, barge cruises operate on small canals (you could skip a stone across many of them) and […] The post 10 Reasons To Choose Barge Cruising appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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UnCruise Will Visit Belize, Guatemala, And Columbia In 2020

UnCruise Adventures is adding additional Latin American destinations in 2020 with Belize, Guatemala and Colombia chosen for new adventure cruise routes. The post UnCruise Will Visit Belize, Guatemala, And Columbia In 2020 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Bicycling Croatia with Backroads & Ponant

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After a week of cycling Croatia, I’m convinced there is no better way to experience this beautiful destination than with Backroads and Ponant. The post Bicycling Croatia with Backroads & Ponant appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – An Interview With Samantha Brown

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, I am joined by Samantha Brown. You probably know Samantha Brown from her many TV shows on the Travel Channel. But this year, she is reintroducing herself as the godmother of AmaMagna. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – An Interview With Samantha Brown appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Family River Cruises With AmaWaterways

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at the most family-friendly river cruise lines. This week, we will look at AmaWaterways' family friendly river cruises. The post Family River Cruises With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Guest Post: Uniworld’s Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise Review

Guest writer Paulette Hannah files her third review for River Cruise Advisor. This time, Paulette reflects on a recent trip to Bordeaux aboard Uniworld's S.S. Bon Voyage.  The post Guest Post: Uniworld’s Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise Review appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Photography Tips & Tricks

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, Mike Louagie joins us to give some tips on photography - specifically while cruising.  The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Photography Tips & Tricks appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Traveling With Children On Premium, Upper-Premium, And Luxury Cruise Lines

Traveling as a family can be extremely stressful, and it doesn’t always allow parents their much needed vacation downtime. That's why parents are so appreciative of the various kid's programs offered on different cruise lines. Let's take a look at the programs offered by premium, upper-premium, and luxury lines. The post Traveling With Children On Premium, Upper-Premium, And Luxury Cruise Lines appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Helsingborg: The Real Sweden

In this video we hit the highlights of South Sweden's Skåne, from Helsingborg's city center, with its beautiful North Harbor and Sweden's oldest pedestrian shopping street; to the open-air museum Fredriksdal, larger than Stockholm's Skansen; to the gardens (named Europe's most beautiful) and palace Sofiero; and on to Mölle, the birthplace of Swedish sin. At Mölle, we stop for a round of golf at nature's playground, Kullaberg, which has been described as a compact New Zealand and is also noted for hiking and biking trails, as well as porpoise safaris. We leave the Kulla peninsula to visit the home of one of the world's greatest sopranists, Birgit Nilsson, and a museum dedicated to her, before continuing on to beautiful Båstad, Sweden's riviera and home to the Swedish Open Tennis Tournament. We conclude our visit at one of Northern Europe's most important weaveries, founded by seamstress Märta Måås Fjätterström, before heading back to Helsingborg. Helsingborg is situated only one hour from Copenhagen and directly across from Elsinore (home to Hamlet's Castle) at the narrowest part of the sound between Denmark and Sweden. Cruise passenger disembarking for the day in Helsingborg have remarked more than once that now they were seeing "The Real Sweden."
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Antarctica On Silver Explorer

Join us on a journey to one of the world's most spectacular regions.
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Defining 'The Seabourn Difference'

Seabourn is in the ultra-luxury cruise segment. But what does that mean to you as a cruise passenger? Come along with me, and I'll show you The Seabourn Difference.
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That's Entertainment, Seabourn Style

When evening falls on Seabourn, that's when the real stars come out. Each night of your Seabourn cruise, a talented cast of performers, singers, dancers and musicians give their all to make sure that you are thoroughly entertained. During the day, attend lectures featuring noted experts in an ongoing enrichment series known as Seabourn Conversations — or head up to the Pool Deck for parties under the sun and later, under the stars. That's Entertainment, Seabourn Style
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The Observation Bar On Seabourn

Ten decks up and at the front of the ship on Seabourn Quest is an oasis of tranquility known as the Observation Bar. Walk through the doors into a beautiful space, where during the afternoon you'll find sweets and soft music along with an elegantly served high tea. The same space transforms in the evening to one of the most attractive public rooms afloat. As day gives way to night, the Observation Bar becomes a place for piano music, cocktails, conversation and the warm glow of candlelight. The Observation Bar is also a beautiful space to appreciate the views, with floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of exterior desk space to watch the early-morning approach into a new port or to ponder the vastness of sea and sky on those glorious and relaxed days at sea. So come on up to the Observation Bar for afternoon tea, good music, canapés, cocktails, conversation and much more, all included at no extra charge when you're cruising on Seabourn.
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Seabourn Trailer For New Web Series

I’m Ralph Grizzle, the Avid Cruiser. For more than two decades, I’ve cruised the Seven Seas on some of the world’s most luxurious ships. I write about my experiences on avidcruiser.com. My goal is to help people like you make informed decisions about your cruise vacations. Join me today as I explore one of world’s finest cruise ships. Welcome aboard Seabourn.
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An Evening At Ephesus On Silversea Cruises

Silversea offered a wide selection of shore excursions in Kusadasi. We talked to one couple who went tandem sky-diving (their first time), a shore excursion offered on Silver Spirit. Others visited Ephesus and the Home of the Virgin Mary in the morning, and some even returned for the evening concert. Golf excursions were offered as were wine tasting excursions. We chose to visit Ephesus in the evening for several reasons: 1) With temperatures in the 90s, we figured we could avoid touring Ephesus during the hottest parts of the day; 2) There would be no crowds, as Ephesus was open only to our group from Silver Spirit; and 3) We would get to experience Ephesus at sunset, something few people in life ever experience. When our tour concluded, we were happy with our choices. It was an evening that we’ll never forget. Read the rest at http://www.avidcruiser.com/2013/07/11/silver-spirit-evening-in-ephesus/
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Sunset On Silversea

Take two minutes to escape reality and experience the sensation of being at sea on Silver Spirit. This video was shot as we cruised the Adriatic Sea toward Montenegro.
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Visiting Olympia, Small Group, Great Tour Guide

On A Silversea Shore Excursion, we visited Olympia, Birthplace Of The Olympics. Our Silversea guide was Saskia Alting, a native of the Netherlands who has been living in Greece for more than two decades. Indeed, it is the quality of the guides that distinguishes Silversea's shore excursions. Our small group saw the Temple of Hera, destroyed by an earthquake in the early 4th century AD, and never rebuilt — as well as the Temple of Zeus, built between 472 and 456 BC. We even visited the Stadium, where my son and I were invited to run the nearly 700 feet from one end to the other. We ended our visit at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, where we saw beautiful statues, including the Hermes bearing the infant Dionysus and we learned about the Statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World until its destruction during the 5th century. Thanks to Silversea and our guide Saskia for a wonderful tour of ancient Olympia. See http://www.avidcruiser.com/2013/07/13/visiting-olympia-birthplace-of-the-olympics-on-a-silversea-shore-excursion/
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Royal Princess New Deluxe Balcony Stateroom Tour

During my June 2013 voyage, I stayed in Deluxe Balcony Stateroom on Royal Princess. Check out the video, where you'll get a sense of the size of the stateroom as well as the balcony, which is large enough for relaxing or light dining, and comfortable furniture to accommodate either. For more information and additional photos, see http://www.avidcruiser.com/2013/06/24/royal-princess-staterooms/
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Up In The Air: 16 Decks Above The Sea On, The SeaWalk on Royal Princess

Cantilevered 28 feet beyond the edge of the new Royal Princess and 128 feet over the water, the SeaWalk invites us for a stroll.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On Cannes, Antibes & Golfe Juan, Plus A Visit To Grasse

In this episode, we visit Cannes, Antibes & Golfe Juan, plus we visit the perfume factories in Grasse.
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Visiting Villefranche & Nice, Plus Eze & Saint Paul de Vence

In this episode, we visit the popular cruise destinations Villefranche & Nice, and we set out on shore excursions to Monte Carlo, Eze & Saint Paul de Vence.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On Porquerolles, France

In this episode, we visit Porquerolles, France
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On Les Embiez, France

In this episode, we visit the beautiful island of Les Embiez, France.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On Le Levandou, France

In this episode, we visit the charming seaside town of Le Levandou, France.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On: Gorges du Verdon, Europe's Grand Canyon

In this episode, we visit Gorges du Verdon, Europe's Grand Canyon.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On: Cavalaire-Sur-Mer

In this episode we visit Cavalaire-Sur-Mer, France.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On: Bandol

In this episode, we visit Bandol, France, known for its wine and beaches.
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Beautiful Bormes-les-Mimosas

In this episode, we walk through the beautiful village known as Bormes-les-Mimosas.
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Saint-Cyr-Sur-Mer

In this episode, we visit Saint-Cyr-Sur-Mer.
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Saint-Raphael & Frejus

We visited Saint-Raphael and its old town, where we climbed the bell tower of a 12-century church for some spectacular views of the harbor where Napolean Bonaparte sailed into in 1799. In the distance, we could see not only Saint-Tropez but also the neighboring twin city Frejus, the Romanesque city that we visited next.
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Cotignac

The village of Cotignac sits in the trees at the base of its famous cliffs, where cave people lived long ago.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On Port Grimauld

A taste of Venice, in France.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On Le Castellet

Le Castellet is a small feudal village perched on a cliff edge and the most popular shore excursion in Var Provence.
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French Riviera Port Operations

A video showcasing the various port operations in the French Riviera.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On Le Thoronet Abbey

The Avid Cruiser explores the beautiful Cistercian Thoronet Abbey in the Var region of southern France.
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The Avid Cruiser Takes On: The Eastern French Riviera

The Avid Cruiser, Ralph Grizzle, explores several cities in the Eastern French Riviera.
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A 15-Second Break From Real Life: At Sea On Silversea

Step out on my balcony to enjoy the sun and the sounds of the sea as Silver Cloud crosses the Atlantic Ocean. For move videos and photos featuring Silversea, visit avidcruiser.com
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Terry Waite, hostage negotiator, presenting on Silversea Cruises

In 1987, while negotiating the release of hostages in Beirut, Terry Waite was taken hostage himself and held in captivity for 1,763 days. As one of the many distinguished guest lecturerers on Silversea Cruises, Waite reveals how he survived solitary confinement for nearly five years.
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Silver Whisper Leaving Lisbon

Watching our ship depart Lisbon after a 9-day cruise.
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In Hot Pursuit Of The Trams In Lisbon With Tour Designer Mary Goudie

Following our cruise on Silver Whisper, we saw Lisbon with tour designer Mary Goudie, beginning with following the trams down the narrow streets of Lisbon. Lots of fun. All aboard!
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A Day With Our Lisbon Tour Designer

Touring with Mary Goudie, our Lisbon Tour Designer, our next stop was at “Pastelaria Aloma” in Campo de Ourique, which holds the distinction of making Lisbon’s best Pastel de Nata (an egg tart pastry). We visited a local market, a wine shop, Vista Alegre’s flagship store with its beautiful Portuguese ceramics, had a wonderful lunch with Portuguese wines at Cantinho do Avillez and ended our day marveling at the Church of Sao Roque. You can see it all in the video that we will post tomorrow.
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Silver Whisper: A Shore Excursion to Saint-Emilion

My daughter Britton and I had signed up for a half-day half-day sightseeing excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Saint-Emilion. If you appreciate wine, you may know of Saint-Emilion’s celebrated vineyards and its delicious wines. In fact, the vineyards reach all the way up to Saint-Emilion’s ancient town walls.
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The Butler Did It, All — On Silver Whisper

Silversea Cruises had democratized butlering. Everyone who cruises on the luxury line can enjoy the services of their butlers. There’s no class division here. No matter what category you’re booked in, you’ll have a butler waiting on you.
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Hemingway's Pamplona, Silversea Cruises Shore Excursion

My daughter Britton and I awoke early for our 8:30 a.m., eight-hour tour to experience Hemingway's Pamplona on a so-called Silver Shore Collection excursion from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, where Silver Whisper was anchored. Ernest Hemingway first visited Pamplona in July 1923 during the San Fermin Festival. The city's atmosphere and the Running of the Bulls made such an impression on Hemingway that he chose the fiesta as the backdrop for his first successful novel, The Sun Also Rises.
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On Silver Whisper: Amazed By The Cider Pouring In Gijon, Spain

Today, Silver Whisper called on Gijon, in northern Spain. We took Silversea's free shuttle service between the ship and city center, about 20 minutes. On larger ships, I've had to pay for shuttle service, as much as 8 euros per person (about US$10). We were impressed by the city itself, but we were blown away by the tradition of cider pouring. My understanding is that you only buy cider by the bottle in so-called siderias, or cider houses. That's when the show begins. The bartender uncorks the bottle, lifts it above his head and pours the cider into a glass below his waist, both arms fully extended. Missing the glass: remarkably little.
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On Silver Whisper: A Special Shore Excursion To Bilbao & The Guggenheim

This morning, Silver Whisper docked at the Port of Bilbao, about 20 minutes from the city center of Bilbao and its famed Guggenheim Museum. Here are the highlights from our day.
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Silver Whisper City Tour Of A Coruna, Spain

We've been on a port-intensive cruise since departing Southampton last week on Silver Whisper. Each day, we've enjoyed some memorable tours, with only one sea day to rest, and that was on the first full day of the cruise. So when Silver Whisper docked in the city center of A Coruña on Thursday, we chose a tour that allowed us to sleep in and get a good overview of the city.
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Avid Cruiser Feature Video, Venice, Italy

No matter where you look in Venice, there's a photo waiting to transformed into a lasting memory. And no matter where you end up in Venice, there's always something to delight the senses. Welcome to a city built on the water, a city where you get around on foot or by boat. You simply cannot come to Venice for the first time without getting out on a gondola.To be paddled along the Grand Canal is something you will never, ever forget. I enjoy the small side canals also, having to duck my head under the low bridges. Gondolas and boats rule in Venice, but it's also fun to explore by foot. And remember it's okay to lose yourself inVenice.You never know what you could discover. Travel by boat to the charming island of Murano, home to some of the world's most famous glass artists.You can tour a factory and even see how the masters craft hot glass into works of art. On the nearby island of Burano, lace-making is an old tradition, and here too you will see works of arts of a different sort being crafted. Venice seems to bring out the inner artist in everyone.To create your own art, you'll definitely want to have your camera handy, especially at sprawling St. Mark's Square. St. Mark's is almost as well known for its pigeons as it is its beautiful cathedral, and certainly pigeons have made for many fun photographs. My advice is to get out an explore on foot and on the canals. Stop in a bar for a Venetian spritz, just as the locals do.Then head out for one last look as the sun begins to set to release your inner artist and capture one final lasting memory. For more about Venice, visit avidcruiser.com
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Avid Cruiser Feature Video, Var Provence

In this Avid Cruiser feature video, we explore the French ports of call, Toulon, Sanary-Sur-Mer, Saint Tropez, La Seyne-sur-Mer.
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Luxury Cruises: What Silversea Does Differently

What Silversea Cruises does differently
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Touring New Zealand's 'Geothermal Wonderland'

When Silver Shadow called in Tauranga, New Zealand, we boarded a bus for Rotorua, hotbed of geothermal activity, and one of the most important places for the indigenous Maoris.
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Silver Shadow Shorex: Mission Estate Winery

Founded in 1851, the Mission Estate Winery in Napier is New Zealand's oldest and the birthplace of New Zealand wines. Our half-day excursion included a tour, wine tasting and gourmet lunch.
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Silver Shadow Shorex: Taieri Train Gorge Railway

This half-day excursion began pierside in Dunedin, New Zealand, past some of the country's best scenery.
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Silver Shadow Cruises New Zealand's Milford Sound

It was raining when Silver Shadow cruised New Zealand's stunning Milford Sound, but the rain created an extraordinary spectacle, waterfalls.
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Tasmanian Devils, Convicts, Koalas & Kangaroos

From Hobart, Tasmania, a full-day Silversea Cruises shore excursion allows us to feed koalas and kangaroos at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the Port Arthur Historic Site. For more, see avidcruiser.com/blog.
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Cute, Cuddly, Koala Bears: Silversea Cruises Tour

This morning, Silver Shadow docked in Melbourne, Australia. I opted for a full-day tour called “Puffing Billy, Wildlife & Dandendnongs.” See the full story at http://j.mp/AlTHms
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Silversea's Sydney

In Sydney, Silver Shadow was docked in the best possible position, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. There's not a better place in Sydney to board a ship — and definitely no better place to overnight.
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East Coast Canada Avid Cruiser Overview

The Avid Cruiser takes on the East Coast of Canada! Credits: The Avid Cruiser: Ralph Grizzle (http://www.avidcruiser.com) Camera: Chris Stanley (http://www.amberpacificstudios.com) Editor: Jake Dunbar
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Halifax, NS, Canada Avid Cruiser Overview

The Avid Cruiser takes on Halifax, NS, Canada. Credits: The Avid Cruiser: Ralph Grizzle (http://www.avidcruiser.com) Camera: Chris Stanley (http://www.amberpacificstudios.com) Editor: Jake Dunbar
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St. John, NS, Canada Avid Cruiser Overview

The Avid Cruiser takes on St. John, NS, Canada. Credits: The Avid Cruiser: Ralph Grizzle (http://www.avidcruiser.com) Camera: Chris Stanley (http://www.amberpacificstudios.com) Editor: Jake Dunbar
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Charlottetown, PEI, Canada Avid Cruiser Overview

The Avid Cruiser takes on Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. Credits: The Avid Cruiser: Ralph Grizzle (http://www.avidcruiser.com) Camera: Chris Stanley (http://www.amberpacificstudios.com) Editor: Jake Dunbar
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Sydney, NS, Canada Avid Cruiser Overview

The Avid Cruiser takes on Sydney, NS, Canada. Credits: The Avid Cruiser: Ralph Grizzle (http://www.avidcruiser.com) Camera: Chris Stanley (http://www.amberpacificstudios.com) Editor: Jake Dunbar
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Corner Brook, NL, Canada Avid Cruiser Overview

The Avid Cruiser takes on Corner Brook, NL, Canada. Credits: The Avid Cruiser: Ralph Grizzle (http://www.avidcruiser.com) Camera: Chris Stanley (http://www.amberpacificstudios.com) Editor: Jake Dunbar
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Two Perfect Days Stockholm: An Avid Cruiser Feature Video

How do you spend two perfect days in Stockholm before or after your cruise? Avid Cruiser Ralph Grizzle shows you in this 10-minute show.
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Silver Explorer Ship Tour

For the full review, visit http://www.avidcruiser.com/cruise-line-profiles/luxury-cruises/silversea-cruises/prince-albert-ii/
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Sønderborg, Denmark: A New Cruise Destination

This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in a destination that eagerly wants to welcome your cruise ships. Sønderborg, Denmark, is a small city with a natural harbor and a variety of attractions to offer your guests. I was fortunate enough to experience some of the activities during my visit. Large ships will need to drop anchor, but small ships, up to 135 meters, can tie up along the harborfront, which has amazing access to all that Sønderborg has to offer. As an avid cruiser, I know it is exceptionally rare for ships to dock in a location that puts guests within easy walking distance of an ancient castle, a charming city center and an extended network of hiking and biking trails, but when your ship ties up in Sønderborg, your guests will have access to all of this — and much more. Sønderborg Castle is only a few steps away. The castle has not only a fascinating history, which is interpreted in the castle museum, but also a rousing event called the Tilting of the Rings. I know your guests will enjoy the event as much as I did. If your guests want to stretch their legs, they can step off the ship and onto a nature trail that runs for more than 70 kilometers. There are also many opportunities for extended shore excursions. Just 10 minutes away, there's a historic battlefield where living history exhibits tell a story similar to the American Civil War. Your American guests will recognize the date, 1864, when their country was embroiled in a deadly war. A similar battle was taking place in Denmark, and the story is well-told Not far from the battlefield is the summer residence of Denmark's Royal family. When Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik occupy Gråsten Palace, there is a changing of the guard just like in Copenhagen (although this one is smaller). If your ship carries families, you'll be pleased to know that there is a theme park called Danfoss Universe less than 45 minutes drive. Although particularly suitable for kids, visitors of all ages will enjoy this fun immersion into physics and natural science. So where is Sønderborg? It's near Denmark's border with Germany so your guests can actually enjoy a visit to two countries on one stop. You may want to be a well-established player in the region should Sønderborg succeed in being nominated European Capital of Culture in 2017 So I encourage you to consider putting Sonderborg on your cruise itineraries. The city warmly welcomes you. This is Ralph Grizzle. Thanks for tuning in.
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Celebrity Solstice Video Review

In 2008, I wrote that Celebrity Solstice breaks the mold in every conceivable way. From such innovative features as grass lawns to thoughtfully designed staterooms, Celebrity Solstice-class vessels are strong contenders for your vacation dollars. But how do you know that Celebrity Solstice is right for you? Watch the video for a tour of Celebrity Solstice. Meantime, Celebrity Solstice and all three of its sisters – including Celebrity Silhouette, which will set sail next year – will operate in Europe during the summer of 2011. When Celebrity Silhouette sets sail for the first time in July 2011, she will offer a unique maiden voyage from Hamburg to Rome and a special nine-night Mediterranean voyage. Then, she will offer a series of 12- and 13-night Holy Land sailings roundtrip out of Rome. Celebrity Equinox also will sail from Rome, offering 10- and 11-night roundtrip Mediterranean cruises. http://www.avidcruiser.com/2010/10/02/feature-video-avid-cruiser-celebrity-solstice-review/ Celebrity Solstice will offer a series of 12 night round-trip itineraries out of Barcelona, and Celebrity Eclipse will offer a similar line-up from that same port.
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Two Perfect Days Copenhagen

Throw back the sheets, slide into your bathrobe and slippers, and pull back the curtains. From your suite, you see that the sun is shining on Kongens Nytorv and colorful Nyhavn. You can’t wait to get outside. Now go back to bed: It’s 4 a.m. What were you thinking? How could you have known? During the summer, it gets bright early here in Copenhagen, which is situated at the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska. For more, click on http://www.avidcruiser.com/port-profiles/europe/northern-europe/denmark/cruisingfromcopenhagen/two-perfect-days-2/
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Silversea's Splendors Of Luxor

“Tourists have been coming back to Egypt since early March,” our tour guide told Silver Spirit guests as we began the “Splendors of Luxor” tour from Safaga. “We appreciate you and those of you who are coming back. We really need visitors to return.”Our fist stop: The Temple of Dandara, a well-preserved temple complex, about two hours from Safaga, Egypt, where Silver Spirit is docked. Building began by Ptolemy XII and was dedicated to the goddess Hathor, commonly depicted as a cow goddess with headdress of horns and a sun disk. The 13.5-hour shore excursion was provided free of charge for Silversea passengers.
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A Silversea Fine Dining Experience In St. Paul de Vence

On a Silversea shore excursion, many of went to St. Paul de Vence, where we stepped inside the Relais & Châteaux property ;Hotel Le Saint Paul
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Come Casual To Silversea's Outdoor Dining Venue: The Grill

For an evening of fun, Silversea's outdoor dining venue uses the Black Rock concept to allow guests to cook at their tables.
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Silversea Enrichment Lecturer Nigel West

An expert on intelligence and espionage, Nigel West packs the room when he lectures on Silversea Cruises. What's he saying that intrigues us so much? Watch our interview with West.
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Silversea's Sintra, Portuguese Charm On A Shore Excursion

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - This morning in Lisbon, I joined a Silversea shore excursion called Romantic Sintra & Portuguese Riviera. The 4.5-hour tour on a modern and uncrowded motorcoach took us to the enchanting fairy-tale town of Sintra, a mountainous and multi-castled town that was once a favorite destination of 19th-century aristocrats. We had about 90 minutes to tour the town with a guide or on our own. We then went to Cascais, a fishing village turned resort on the Portuguese Riviera, where we spent about an hour before heading back to Lisbon. The tour also gave us time to explore Lisbon (our guide gave us an overview and pointed out some of the key attractions on the way out of - and into - the city), and fortunately, Silver Spirit was docked within walking distance of the city center. And as in most destinations where Silver Spirit calls, complimentary shuttles also operated between the ship and city center for those who preferred not to walk. For more information, visit avidcruiser.com
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Quintessential Capri

On a beautiful morning in the ;Mediterranean, Silver Spirit is making her way toward Sorrento and the enchanted island of Capri. Exceptionally beautiful and peaceful from a distance, Capri can be extremely crowded and chaotic up close. To beat the crowds and make the most of your day in Capri, choose an exclusive tour. "If we have a line of 1,000 people, the passengers of Silversea will not wait a minute," says Monica Greico, a guide for Silversea Cruises.
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Silversea's Sicily: Market Visit & Cooking Class In Catania

In Sicily, our Silversea Silver Shore Collection tour took us to one of Sicily's oldest markets in Catania, then to an 18th-century home for a lesson in Sicilian cooking. ;
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Igaliku, Greenland

The Avid Cruiser visits ;Igaliku, Greenland.
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Qaqortoq, Greenland

The Avid Cruiser 's visit to Qaqortoq, the fourth-largest town in Greenland, with a population of just over 3,000. ;
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Ipiutaq Guest Farm In South Greenland

Video of Ipiutaq Guest Farm in South Greenland.
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Narsarsuaq, Greenland

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Exploring Narsaq,Greenland

I enjoyed my day in Narsaq, a Greenlandic town poised at the edge of Greenland's ice cap. Narsaq is situated in the heart of an ice-choked fjord, with icebergs and mountains setting the backdrop from this town of 1,700. For more information: http://www.nto.gl/
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A Cruise Passenger's Guide To Exploring Venice

Hi, I'm Ralph Grizzle, and I'm in Venice, Italy. In this video, we're going to look at some of the arts and crafts that have kept this city alive and that give Venice its life. I hope that on your next cruise to or from Venice, you'll take time to visit some of these hidden gems. If you really experience Venice, you could not do better than meeting the people who make up this great city's cultural heritage. They are the merchants of Venice, the artists and craftsmen. Their shops are all within easy reach of the Venice Passenger Cruise Terminal, and you'll enjoy getting to their workplaces as much as you enjoy meeting the people who create Venice's greatest treasures. You can visit textile shops that boast the world's finest fabrics; glass artists who carry on one of Venice's finest traditions; lace makers who artfully needlework intricate designs to create world-renown Venetian lace; ;the master craftsmen who build gondolas and the accessories that steer the gondolas; you'll meet mask makers and costume makers; and artists who work with paper as well as silver and glass. These are just a few of the people who make Venice so special. And by visiting their shops and purchasing their goods, you support local artisans and craftsman, so you can feel good about how you spend your time and money in Venice. If you're staying in Venice before or after your cruise, I recommend the newly opened Molino Stucky Hilton. A long-neglected 19-century flour mill, the much-loved landmark was transformed into a luxury hotel. The Molino Stucky is a good base to begin your adventures in Venice, and it's right next door to the first of our featured artists.
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Fact Or Fiction? Crystal Cruises, World's Best?

It's our last day here on Crystal Symphony. Over the last 11 days we put Crystal to the test to see if it lived up to its world's best status? We've experienced a variety of choices, including enrichment programs and Broadway-style shows, that only a large luxury ship can deliver. And the quality and level of service is what we would have expected of a world's best resort. No other large ship can match Crystal Cruises. So Kudos to Crystal.
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Passengers Discuss The Value Of Cruising Crystal: Up To $1000 Per Person Credits

Interviews with passengers aboard our Crystal Symphony sailing about the value of cruising Crystal Cruises.
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Time Lapse Panama Canal: A Full-Day Transit In Less Than Two Minutes

The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel, with three series of locks lifting ships 85 feet above sea level, to cross the Continental Divide and one of the world's largest manmade lakes. ; In1880, the French attempted to to cut a sea-level canal across the Isthmus of Panama, but their efforts were continually flooded out.
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Interview With Guests About Crystal Symphony's Deluxe Staterooms

Crystal Symphony's Deluxe Staterooms measure just 202 square feet with a large picture window or 246 square feet with verandah. Too cozy for comfort? Rather than answer myself, I put the question to passengers staying in those staterooms (as well as a few staying in Penthouses) on my sailing. ;
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Dining On Crystal Symphony, Perfect Choice, Prego & Other Options

[Transcript] You can't say you have the world's best resort unless your dining has incredible quality, variety and flexibility. Crystal says its Perfect Choice Dining gives you a taste of true freedom. Let's see if they live up to to the claim. "Remi, what are our dining options here in the main dining room?" Remi: "You can enjoy traditional dining, either main seating or late seating. Or take advantage of our open dining by reservation." If you choose the traditional dining, early or late, you enjoy the benefits of having the same waiter every night, who gets to know your preferences and dietary needs. And you have the opportunity to build a friendship with the staff. If you prefer more freedom when you dine, you can choose open dining by reservation and reserve a table in the Crystal dining room at a different time and at a different table every night, giving you the opportunity to dine with new-found friends. Whichever you choose, you'll still get the gracious service from Crystal's European-trained waiters serving you the award-winning cuisine. Of course, variety is the spice of life, and Crystal offers a multitude of dining options outside the main dining room, including Prego, serving the flavors of Italy and featuring the menu of legendary restaurateur Piero Selvaggio. There's also Nobu Matushisa's Japanese cuisine in Silk Road and the sushi bar. Crystal also offers in-room privacy dining as well as casual dining on deck on some nights of the cruise. All are complimentary, except for the intimate and beautiful Vintage Room, which pairs gourmet courses with extraordinary wines. ; So did Crystal live up to its claim of offering quality, variety and flexibility? With seven venues for lunch or dinner including Perfect Choice dining,
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Crystal Symphony, But Is It A Real Nobu Experience?

I'm here at Silk Road and the Sushi Bar featuring the world-renowned cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa. You can easily spend a few hundred dollars for a night of dining at Nobu restaurants around the world. Crystal charges nothing for dinner, but is this a true Nobu experience? Let's find out. Nobu himself created the menu, and it includes many of his innovative dishes, which we've come to love. I learned the chefs are Japanese and trained by Nobu himself. They're responsible for maintaining Nobu's high standards and for ensuring the quality of the seafood is what Nobu would expect. The presentation of the food and selection of the ingredients reflects Nobu's vision. And the quality and grade of the fish meet his uncompromising standards. Crystal does an impeccable job executing the Nobu experience, and Nobu himself often comes on board to ensure his standards are maintained. Well, that was an extraordinary meal, as great as I would expect at any Nobu restaurant worldwide. Nobu at sea, it's the real deal.
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Crystal Spa, A Day Of Pampering - For Men

We're at one of the most popular places on Crystal Symphony, the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa. I'm looking forward to splurging on a few treatments. Let's see how Crystal handles the art of pampering for men. ; My shave treatment began in a real barber's chair. Crystal has mastered the art of shaving and my barber Kayoko has perfected it. She began by applying a hot towel wrap, giving me a light facial massage and a cleansing. She practically lulled me to sleep. Kayoko worked her magic to whip up a specially formulated shaving cream. It reminded me of when I was a boy going to the barber shop with my dad.
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Crystal Cruises, Meet The Tech Concierge & CU@Sea

A lot of cruise lines have a concierge, but Crystal Cruises has taken it one step further, with a technology concierge, where you can get one-on-one personalized instruction to help you the master the latest gadgetry. ;Learn more about the tech concierge and Crystal University At Sea in this video.
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Crystal Cruises, Staterooms & Suites

I'm on the veranda of a deluxe category stateroom on Crystal Symphony. As you can see, this category stateroom offers gives you an open window on the sea. What a gorgeous day. The deluxe veranda stateroom is certainly comfortable, but if you want to take full advantage of staying at the world's best resort, you'll need to take it up a deck. This is the Penthouse Suite, it's hard to imagine more luxurious living at sea. ;Just take a look at this gorgeous room. But if you really want the ultimate indulgence, take a look at the Crystal Penthouse. It's like having your own apartment on the ocean.
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Cruising Greenland

Cruising stunningly beautiful Greenland with Avid Cruiser host Ralph Grizzle.
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The Spa At Silversea

As if you weren't already pampered enough on Silver Spirit, welcome to The Spa at Silversea. The largest spa in Silversea's fleet, the spa on Silver Spirit is an extremely attractive addition to Silversea's newest vessel. ; The Spa at Silversea is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. You'll find a wide range of relaxing spa treatments, including the Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy and the popular Bamboo Massage. Afterward, you may want to relax in the ceramic-tiled Thermal Suite, an exclusive spa area furnished with heated lounge chairs. You'll also find a sauna and steamroom and an attractive outdoor relaxation area that offers bar service, so go ahead and order up that complimentary bottle of champagne before or after taking a soak in the expansive whirlpool. For those who want to keep up their fitness routines while at sea, the spa also features an exercise facility with state-of-the-art training equipment. Your spa experience doesn't have to end at the spa, by the way. Silver Spirit serves up a spa menu, not only delicious but healthy, and a great way to start the day with breakfast at the Pool Grill.
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Celebrity Summit To Receive ‘Solstice” Style Makeover

Celebrity Summit will become the third Millennium Class ship to complete “Solsticizing,” the term Celebrity Cruises coined for its initiative to complement its Milllennium Class ships’ style and design with some of the most popular attributes found on its Solstice Class ships. Among the highlights: AquaClass, Celebrity’s spa-inspired veranda-category accommodations, paired with the Mediterranean-themed specialty
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Cruising To La Rochelle

Cruise passengers calling on ;La Rochelle
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Oceania Marina Owner’s Suite Decked Out In Ralph Lauren: Interview With The Designer

Oceania Cruises’ new ;Marina
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Mary Hart Christens Oceania Marina in Miami

Oceania Cruises' newest ship, Oceania Marina christened in Miami
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My BEST AquaDuck Video, Disney Dream

My BEST AquaDuck Video, Disney Dream
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Silversea's Lower Old Town & Medieval Monastery Tour

A Silversea shore excursion that takes visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Lower Old Town, then to a Medieval Monastery, where they will hear Gregorian chants. ;
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Laura Shulz

Silversea Guest Interview
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Don Cox

Silversea Guest Interview
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Ann Lee Gibson

Silversea Guest Interview
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Silversea Staff Video

Silversea staff interviews
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Seabourn Brand Essence

The brand essence of The Yachts of Seabourn
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Seabourn Sojourn Yacht Overview

Avid Cruiser hosts Ralph Grizzle and Monica Bengtsson take you on a tour of the Seabourn Sojourn.
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Silversea Introduces Innovative ‘Mid-Voyage’ Land Adventures

Seven new land adventures are among dozens of extended mid-voyage excursions Silversea Cruises is offering in 2011. Unlike a partial-day shore tour, these single- or multiple-day inland adventures offer travelers a more intimate, in-depth and personal encounter with the local people, history, wildlife and natural attractions that lie just beyond the ports of call. “We
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Seabourn Sojourn Stateroom Review

A look at the Seabourn Sojourn's staterooms and amenities.
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Celebrity Infinity To Receive Major Revitalization

Celebrity Cruises coined the word “Solsticized” in 2011 and brought its meaning to life for guests who set sail on Celebrity Constellation following an ambitious 15-day revitalization in April. During that time, Celebrity complemented the ship’s design with some of the most popular venues on the line’s Solstice Class ships, including: the Tuscan Grille steakhouse
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Video: The Faroe Islands

Decades ago, I was leafing through the pages of ;National Geographic
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Azamara Club Cruises, Offering 'Extraordinary' Value Now & Going Forward

"[Azamara] is clearly being redefined as Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s boutique brand," Larry Pimentel, president and CEO tells the Avid Cruiser. "It will absolutely be in the up-market space, but because we have very few people who are dedicated to it, we'll offer extraordinary value. I think we'll be in a very interesting value position going forward, which I believe will make us grow a great deal."
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'Seabournizing' Azamara Club Cruises

Larry Pimentel’s strategy for Azamara Club Cruises benefits from his more than 25 years of travel industry experience catering to high-end consumers.
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The Evolution of Azamara Club Cruises, Crew Enthused, Wine Uncorked

Larry Pimentel is president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. The changes that Larry Pimentel and his team brought to Azamara Club Cruises have infused the on-board staff with enthusiasm. "What's really occurred here is magic with the crew," said Pimentel, interviewed this week on a sailing on Azamara Quest. "And that's the secret ingredient. This crew is fantastic." Pimentel also discusses the inclusion of boutique wines with wine and dinner, complimentary shuttle service into towns and other services now provided free of charge to guests.
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Azamara Cruises Brand Awareness

Larry Pimentel discusses Azamara's brand awareness
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Seabourn Dining

This is a highglight of the different dining venues aboard The Yacht's of Seabourn's newest ship, Seabourn Sojourn
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Hamburg Cruise Center

Video provided by Hamburg Cruise Center
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Cork, Ireland

Video featuring Cork, Island.
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Crystal Expands Dinner Options To Offer Open-Seating Dining (In 2011)

Announced at Miami’s Cruise Shipping Conference: Crystal Cruises will introduce an option for open-seating dining in the main dining room. Crystal is the only luxury cruise line not offering open seating. The new program begins in January 2011, and will offer open seating, by reservation only, between 6:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., while leaving in
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Sampling Silver Spirit's Dining Venues

Silversea Cruises' new Silver Spirit features six restaurants, including Seishin, an Asian fusion restaurant, where the signature item will be Kobe beef, served with sushi, sashimi, exotic sakes (the rice wine), and more.
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Reaching The Port Of Perfection: Saint-Malo

This past fall, I had the good fortune to visit Saint-Malo, France. Knowing little about the destination before I arrived on Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, I found myself astounded by the region’s rich diversity.One of France’s most attractive coastal towns, Saint-Malo has something to offer all cruise ship passengers: sublime scenery, bustling bars, trendy restaurants and cafes, cultural attractions, outdoor activities and Brittany’s best beaches.In a single day, I walked the ancient city wall above and around the town of Saint-Malo; visited Dinard, with its lovely sea promenade and Victorian-era homes; dined exquisitely (for lunch, no less) on shellfish in Cancale, known throughout France for its mussels; and stood in awe at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont Saint Michel.Saint-Malo is situated on the English Channel, in Brittany, on France’s west coast. The port is ideally situated between northern and southern Europe.Oceania Cruises' Regatta anchored in Saint-Malo, France.Getting AshoreMeasuring more than 150 meters in length, Regatta was required to tender passengers ashore from its anchorage between Dinard and Saint-Malo. The city can accommodate four ships at once. Vessels measuring less than 150 meters can dock at the terminal (a new terminal will open in the spring of 2010). Ships from 150 meters to 240 meters can anchor only a few minutes away by tender. Both the terminal and the tender landing are within less than a five-minute walk to gates of the walled city.Exploring Saint-MaloI recommend that cruise passengers begin their exploration of Saint-Malo by walking the town wall. Allow at least 30 minutes to walk the entire wall (an hour allows a more leisurely pace), taking in the views of the city and sea on either side.Mont-Saint-Michel Bay, where Saint-Malo is situated, boasts Europe’s most dramatic tides, so you can count on a view that is ever-changing. The tidal range can be as much as 15 meters between high and low water, and the sea can recede as much as 15 kilometers. During low tide, you can walk to nearby islands that you’d have to swim to during high tide. The force of nature here is remarkable.Saint-Malo also boasts something else that few, if any, other destinations in France can claim: Shops that are open on Sundays.Few things are more disappointing to sea-faring passengers than to arrive in port and find the shop doors shut. Saint-Malo is open for business, however, with lots of good shopping, cafes and a must-see “gourmet” street, otherwise known as rue de l’Orme.There’s lots more to see, including the home and tomb of the writer Chateaubriand; and the Privateer’s House known as La Demeure de Corsaire, a ship-owners house built in 1725. But the real pleasure of Saint-Malo is to permit yourself to wander and to enjoy and to sit down and relax in a cozy cafe.Into The CountrysideOnly a few minutes from Saint-Malo, cruise passengers can visit beautiful 18th-century country homes, known as malouinières. Built by wealthy corsairs (French privateers and pirates), the homes are grand estates with a trove of treasures inside. One of the corsairs was Jacques Cartier, who sailed into the Saint Lawrence River and is credited as the discover of Canada.Saint-Malo’s architectural heritage claims more than 800 chateaux manor houses and malouiniéres. Some of the malouinières are open to the public for tours.One option for lunch in Cancale: Fresh oysters overlooking Mont Saint Michel Bay.The World Is Your OysterOften, cruise passengers rush back to the ship for lunch. After all, lunch is free on board.Don’t make that mistake when you’re ship calls in Saint-Malo. The region boasts one of Europe’s highest concentrations of seafood restaurants, and in nearby Cancale you can dine in a village known throughout France for its oysters. You can buy freshly harvested oysters and dine on a bench overlooking Mont Saint Michel Bay, or you can dine at one of the restaurants, taking a table on the terrace to enjoy a seafood platter that you’re not likely to forget anytime soon.You’ll want to spend at least 30 minutes before or after lunch for a stroll through Cancale, making sure to see the oyster beds if you failed to see them earlier and the views of your next destination across Mont Saint Michel Bay.Mont Saint MichelSaint-Malo boasts the shortest — and most scenic — route to Mont Saint Michel, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This marvel of the Western World is only 30 minutes to 40 minutes from the docks in Saint-Malo. But there’s no rush. The road along the Emerald Coast makes for a beautiful drive to get to Mont Saint Michel.
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The Avid Cruiser: Baltic Cruises

This 25-minute travel show highlights cruising the Baltic on Regent Seven Seas Voyager, from Stockholm to Copenhagen.
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Oceania Cruises' Regatta

Ralph Grizzle's update on Oceania's Regatta.
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Silversea Cruises: Silver Spirit Sea Trials And Walk-Through

Join Avid Cruiser Ralph Grizzle in Ancona, Italy, for Silver Spirit's sea trials and a walk-through of Silversea's newest ship with Christian Sauleau, executive vice president, fleet operations; Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's culinary director; and Silver Spirit's two captains.
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Oasis of the Seas: Revolutionary Ship

Raimund Gschaider, project director for hotel operations for the Oasis-class vessels, tells why Oasis is revolutionary.
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Cunard’s three Queens to make royal rendezvous in New York

That's because three luxury ocean liners from Cunard Line -- Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria -- will make their second Royal Rendezvous, three years to the day after the first one. ... While certainly a marketing milestone for Cunard, the three ships do stand out as the standard-bearers of the glory days of ocean cruising, and any time they are in the same port, let alone the gateway to the New World, it's a special event, particularly for the guests on board.
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QM2 explores her extended empire in 2011

The voyage starts in New York, and after a call in Fort Lauderdale, the ship will head to the Caribbean and South America, calling on Barbados, Brazil and Uruguay before arriving for an overnight stay in the magnificent city of Cape Town in South Africa, the ship’s second visit to this exceptionally beautiful destination. ... From here, Queen Mary 2 will call in Egypt before making a transit of the Suez Canal that will take her to European calls in Italy, Monaco, Spain and the United Kingdom, her last call before ending her 103-day odyssey in New York.
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Queen Elizabeth set for maiden world cruise in 2011

Cunard's 2011 world cruises -- on the Queen Elizabeth as well as the flagship Queen Mary 2 -- go on sale next week, and Cunard is offering some significant early-booking incentives. For her first world voyage, Queen Elizabeth will offer a complete 103-day circumnavigation of the globe from her home port of Southampton, crossing the Atlantic en route to New York.
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Princess scores coup with Declaration of Independence for July 4

Princess Cruises will have an original copy of the Declaration of Independence on board its ships in Alaska during the week of July 4, and passengers will be invited to see this historic statement written and signed by the founding fathers of the United States. In partnership with the non-profit organization Declare Yourself, the declaration will
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Princess adds cruise samplers to menu of West Coast itineraries

Looking to attract more first-time guests who may want to dip their toes rather than dive into a cruise vacation, Princess Cruises has announced 18 shorter itineraries from the West Coast for during the spring and fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011. Ranging from as little is one night to seven days, these shorter
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Visions of the Arctic Circle with Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean recently announced that its Vision of the Seas will be dedicated to Nordic cruises in the North and Baltic seas next year from April to September, and a highlight, from this perspective, is the 11-night Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen. Of course, we love just about any cruise that carries us to the exciting
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Crystal Cruises’ Vintage Room

Crystal Cruises Vintage Room pairs some of the worlds best wines with specially prepared dishes. With a capacity for 12, the special dinners are served in a private dining room. Patrons, who pay on average $210 per person depending on the wines they have selected, are attended to by the ships head sommelier. Want to
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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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One & Only Palmilla

Interview with Jorge Villareal, director of sales for One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
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Mexican Riviera Cruises

Fifteen nautical miles off the coast of Baja California, Holland America Line's Oosterdam is making 21 knots toward San Diego. For the more than 1,800 passengers on board, seven days of ocean cruising ends tomorrow. The excitement on the last full day at sea, however, is as palpable as it has been on preceding days. Dolphin and whale sightings send spectators scurrying to the over-sized windows in Windstar Cafe, the ship's coffee and pastry shop. Each time a whale blows its spray, a chorus of oohs and aahs competes against the steamy hiss of the espresso machine.An alternative to Caribbean cruising, the Mexican Riviera is where Tecate (one of the national beers) and tequila meet whales and cacti --and where seven- and 10-day sailings expose travelers not only to marine wonders but also to Mexican culture. Mixed among such shoreside activities as swimming with dolphins and sport-fishing are cooking classes where participants learn to make six types of salsa before being instructed in salsa dancing.Increasingly also, cruisers are getting away from the docks and into the interior. "As popular as the ocean is, Cabo's desert side is getting more attention," says Sunny Irvine, a tour operator in Cabo San Lucas. Rounding Cabo, some ships even head up into the Sea of Cortez to call at Loreto and La Paz as well as the melodic-sounding Topolobampo, where cruisers can jump ship to explore scenic Copper Canyon by train. Cruise ships sail roundtrip from Los Angeles and San Diego fall through spring to explore Mexico's Riviera.One of the highest-rated shore excursions in Mazatlan, Mexico, Salsa and Salsa combines cooking and dancing. First, learn to make six different types of Salsa, then learn to dance the Salsa. Available on Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and others.
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Salsa & Salsa

Highlights from one of Mazatlan's most popular shore excursions.
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Touring The Milestone's Apartments

Touring The Milestone's Apartments with Deputy General Manager Frits Potgieter
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The Milestone's Stables Bar & Conservatory

Touring the Milestone's Stables Bar & Conservatory with Deputy General Manager Frits Potgieter.
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Touring The Milestone's Health Club & Spa

Touring The Milestone's Health Club & Spa with Deputy General Manager Frits Potgieter.
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The Milestone's Prince Albert Suite

The Milestone's Prince Albert Suite. Touring with Deputy General Manager Frits Potgieter.
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Touring London's Milestone Hotel and Apartments

Touring London's Milestone Hotel and Apartments with Deputy General Manager Frits Potgieter.
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Touring Hotel 41

Touring London's Hotel 41 with Assistant Resident Manager John King.
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Video Tour: The Milestone's Room 301

Video Tour: The Milestone's Room 301
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Nicolas Clerc: The Milestone's Award-Winning Sommelier

Nicolas Clerc: The Milestone's Award-Winning Sommelier.
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VIP Treatment: Extras Just For Booking With Signature Travel Network

An interview with Dirk Crokaert, general manager of The Montague on the Gardens, about extra services and amenities guests receive just for booking through Signature Travel Network.
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The Milestone's Star Food & Beverage Manager

Interview with The Milestone's Star Food & Beverage Manager Stefan Otto.
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Superior Staff at The Rubens

Meet some of the superior staff at The Rubens in London.