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Our Man in Havana: A Look At Viking Cruises New Cultural Cuba Itinerary

I’m currently sailing onboard Viking Cruises brand-new Viking Sun, bound for Miami after a week spent on the line’s new Cultural Cuba itinerary. This weeklong cruise is one of Viking’s newest itineraries, and considering this is only the fourth run that Viking Sun (and Viking Cruises) have made to Cuba, there is a serious level... [Read More] The post Our Man in Havana: A Look At Viking Cruises New Cultural Cuba Itinerary appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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New Video: Six Reasons To Cruise The Douro With Emerald Waterways

Currently, there are more than 20 ships operating Douro River Cruises, and that number is growing. See our story, Six Reasons Why You Should Do A Douro River Cruise Now. No wonder the Douro’s popularity is soaring. The Douro is a great destination for those wanting to explore Portugal’s natural beauty, its delectable food and wine, […] The post New Video: Six Reasons To Cruise The Douro With Emerald Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Profiling Crystal River Cruises’ Luxury Fleet

Even by the fast-paced standards of the river cruise industry, the debut of Crystal River Cruises on the waterways of Europe was lightning-quick. The river cruise arm of luxury oceangoing line Crystal Cruises went from being a dream to a one-line ship with an older, repurposed vessel (the elegantly-refitted Crystal Mozart), to a river cruise […] The post Profiling Crystal River Cruises’ Luxury Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Only Way to Cross: Our Updated Queen Mary 2 Review

On January 12, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 will officially celebrate 14 years of service since her debut back in 2004. It’s remarkably hard to believe: the ship, which underwent her most extensive refit ever in 2016, still sparkles like new. During a transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England earlier this year, I... [Read More] The post The Only Way to Cross: Our Updated Queen Mary 2 Review appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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American Queen’s Return to Pittsburgh

Few ships evoke the kind of nostalgia that the American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC)’s flagship, American Queen, does. Although thoroughly modern, her public rooms recall the grandeur of the American Victorian era, when the grand riverboats plied the waters of the United States. Glittering balustrades, elaborate chandeliers, and lacy filigree fill the ship’s interiors. Guests […] The post American Queen’s Return to Pittsburgh appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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One More Book Survey & Let’s Get Engaged In River Cruising

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I am extremely grateful to the nearly 500 of you who took time to participate in last week’s survey about delivery methods for my new book, Ralph Grizzle’s Ultimate River Cruising Handbook, 2018. Thank you! I’ve tallied the results and comments and will share those next week. But first, another short survey. To my surprise, […] The post One More Book Survey & Let’s Get Engaged In River Cruising appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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How To Use Our River Cruise Comparisons

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Nearly everyone who visits River Cruise Advisor has one thing in common: They want to know what makes one river cruise better (or worse) than another. Specifically, they want to know why Company A may be a better choice for them than Company B, or vice versa. It’s an understandable quest. After all, no one […] The post How To Use Our River Cruise Comparisons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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First Look: Silver Cloud Expedition

Last week, I sailed from Buenos Aires aboard Silversea’s fully-refitted Silver Cloud Expedition on what was to be her first voyage to Antarctica as part of Silversea’s luxury Silversea Expeditions brand of adventure cruises. Her recent two-month conversion into a proper, ice-strengthened luxury expedition ship marks a major milestone for the Silver Cloud, which debuted... [Read More] The post First Look: Silver Cloud Expedition appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Six Reasons Why You Should Do A Douro River Cruise Now

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Yes, you should do a Douro River Cruise. As soon as possible. Why the urgency? Because the Douro is still relatively undiscovered. That’s changing, though. “In 2017, we hope to achieve more than 1 million passengers on the Douro river,” says Helena Gomes Fernandes, marketing manager for the Port Authority of Douro, Leixoes and Viana do Castelo. Don’t […] The post Six Reasons Why You Should Do A Douro River Cruise Now appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Cruise Lines You Didn’t Know Offered Caribbean Cruises

When most people picture a cruise to the Caribbean, they envision a massive ship carrying thousands of people pulling up alongside a sun-splashed island paradise. The fact remains that not all Caribbean cruises are created equal, and those seeking a more relaxed, premium, even luxury in experience in the Caribbean have plenty of options to... [Read More] The post Five Cruise Lines You Didn’t Know Offered Caribbean Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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New: Ultimate River Cruising Handbook, Free Gift For Your Thoughts

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I am in the final stages of producing a new book about river cruising, and I am reaching out to you for help in determining how to deliver the book. Naturally, I’ll have a digital version. But which format? Kindle, iBook or PDF? I’m considering a printed version also. I could use your help to […] The post New: Ultimate River Cruising Handbook, Free Gift For Your Thoughts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Introducing Riviera River Cruises

As river cruising becomes more popular, companies that traditionally catered to one or two European markets are beginning to expand, courting North American guests with diverse itineraries, unique features, and different ships. One such company is Riviera River Cruises. The river cruising arm of UK-based Riviera Travel recently set up offices in the United States, […] The post Introducing Riviera River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Douro River Cruises: Six Reasons To Choose Emerald Waterways

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With more than 20 ships operating Douro River Cruises, your choices are abundant. Why choose Emerald Waterways? After spending eight days on the new Emerald Radiance during November, I identified six ways that the company differentiates itself from its competitors on the Douro. 1. Emerald Radiance is among the newest ships on the Douro. Built […] The post Douro River Cruises: Six Reasons To Choose Emerald Waterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Are Holiday Cruises Worth the Extra Cost?

On the surface, it sounds like an idyllic way to escape from winter’s cold clutches: a holiday cruise. Whether over Christmas or the New Year, holiday cruises offer plenty of benefits for families looking to vacation and celebrate this special time together. Christmas Cruises are stocked with plenty of festive treats and surprises, while New... [Read More] The post Are Holiday Cruises Worth the Extra Cost? appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Unique Itinerary: Cruising Japan

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Although cruises around Asia are more popular than ever, voyages around Japan have been something of a slow burn. Princess Cruises made a huge commitment to the region a few years ago, deploying Diamond Princess to Japan year-round and refitting her with a number of interesting features designed to court both the English and Japanese-speaking... [Read More] The post Unique Itinerary: Cruising Japan appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Peeks at Shore Excursions for Scenic Eclipse’s First Season

As the debut of world’s first Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse, draws closer, Scenic is offering a bigger peek at the details of many of the shore excursions available to guests during the ship’s inaugural season of cruises. And as is the case on all Scenic cruises, Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich excursions are included in the company’s... [Read More] The post Scenic Peeks at Shore Excursions for Scenic Eclipse’s First Season appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Cunard Returns to Alaska with the Queen Elizabeth

A series of voyages beginning in May 2019 will combine the magnificence of Alaska with the luxury of Cunard as Queen Elizabeth sails from Japan to Alaska and then remains in the region through June. The ship will then transport passengers down the West Coast of the United States, through the Panama Canal to New York, on to Iceland and the British Isles. “Cunard is thrilled to make our return to Alaska with our youngest ship... [Read More] The post Cunard Returns to Alaska with the Queen Elizabeth appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Celebrity Announces 2019 European Sailings

From Athens to Barcelona to Reykjavik, Celebrity Cruises has all of Europe covered with the brand’s five ship fleet fleet. In 2019, Celebrity will add its newest ship, Celebrity Edge, totaling five ships sailing in the region. With stops in 27 different countries, overnight stays in 16 cities, and visits to more than 90 ports of call... [Read More] The post Celebrity Announces 2019 European Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Windstar’s Flagship Vessel Receives New Set of Sails

Windstar Cruises’ flagship sailing vessel Wind Surf, one of the largest motor sail yachts (MSY) in the world at 14,745 GRT, recently received crisp new sails, nearly half a football field worth of sturdy Dacron sail-cloth measuring 21,570 square feet. Wind Surf’s five new sails were hand-crafted in France by a world-class team of maritime designers and... [Read More] The post Windstar’s Flagship Vessel Receives New Set of Sails appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Azamara Announces 2018 and 2019 Sailings for New Ship, Azamara Pursuit

Azamara Club Cruises revealed its 2018-19 sailings for the brand’s newest addition, Azamara Pursuit. The Azamara Pursuit, announced in September, joins sister ships Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey in providing guests with experiences and access to destinations around the globe. “We’re thrilled to announce Azamara Pursuit’s voyages,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “By expanding our destination offerings,... [Read More] The post Azamara Announces 2018 and 2019 Sailings for New Ship, Azamara Pursuit appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Richard Branson’s Company Virgin Group Begins Construction on First Ship

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin hosted a ‘Ship Tease’, where key details were revealed about what sailors can expect on the first of three ships, coming to the high seas in 2020. Live from Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa, Italy, they also celebrated the laying of the... [Read More] The post Richard Branson’s Company Virgin Group Begins Construction on First Ship appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Offers Free Shore Excursions on Caribbean Cruises

To take the chill off the coming winter, Silversea Cruises has launched a limited-time offer of free shore excursions on sailings to the Caribbean. On select 2018 voyages of the all-suite, butler-serviced Silver Wind and Silver Muse, guests may enrich their Caribbean cruise experience with a free shore excursion in every port of call. Whether it’s exploring Antigua’s historic... [Read More] The post Silversea Offers Free Shore Excursions on Caribbean Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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U By Uniworld, According to Ellen Bettridge

At Uniworld, the differences are not limited to the fleet’s existing ships, many of which feature fantasy-like interiors. “My customers are 50-plus, 60-plus,” said Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of Uniworld. “I want to figure out how to bring more customers into my travel space.” Enter U by Uniworld. “This is for someone between the […] The post U By Uniworld, According to Ellen Bettridge appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Will Expand Wellness Program to Five Ships in 2018

AmaWaterways announced that the company’s Wellness Program – tested earlier this year onboard AmaLyra – will be expanding to six ships in 2018. The first in the river cruising industry to offer bicycles onboard, AmaWaterways practices active cruising through its new Wellness Program, which includes morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit […] The post AmaWaterways Will Expand Wellness Program to Five Ships in 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Breaking News: Scenic & National Geographic Expeditions Team Up

  National Geographic Expeditions and award-winning operator Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These new offerings will combine Scenic’s truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic’s 129-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create an unforgettable experience for travelers. Each […] The post Breaking News: Scenic & National Geographic Expeditions Team Up appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Queen Steamboat Company’s Civil War History Cruises

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) offers an astonishing number of themed river cruises throughout the United States, from bourbon-themed sailings to voyages that focus on southern literature and even quilting. One of AQSC’s most enduringly-popular itineraries, though, are its Civil War themed cruises. Two nine-day Civil War themed river cruise departures are on-tap for next […] The post American Queen Steamboat Company’s Civil War History Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Announces Plans for Seven New Ships

Viking announced it has placed an order for seven new river ships that will debut in 2019. The new build order includes six additional Viking Longships, which will sail the company’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, and one additional vessel, inspired by the Longships and specifically designed for Portugal’s Douro […] The post Viking Announces Plans for Seven New Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Details 2018 and 2019 SE Asia Sailings

Scenic’s new 2018-2019 SE Asia brochure offers details on the company’s varied cruises and land-based add-ons. Sailing along the historic Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia or on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River is a bucket list trip for many travelers, and the company’s two luxury Space Ships – Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura – often book up well in advance. […] The post Scenic Details 2018 and 2019 SE Asia Sailings appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Voted Best River Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Viking has been voted the Best River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Viking has scored in the top of the list every year since the river cruise category was introduced. With the #1 winning score, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Viking higher […] The post Viking Voted Best River Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riviera River Cruises Ramping Up In North America

A well-known operator in the United Kingdom for nearly a decade, Riviera River Cruises is expanding its operations in North America. Riviera is known for offering low prices on its well-received river cruisers. Last week, the company hired Nicola Iannone as its vice president of sales. Iannone will oversee a team of dedicated Regional Sales Directors and help […] The post Riviera River Cruises Ramping Up In North America appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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