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Riverside Chat Episode 2: Rhone River Cruises

Transcript Hi, I’m Ralph Grizzle. I run rivercruiseadvisor.com and this week I’m on the Rhone River. What I love about this river is that it combines the beauty of the river with the charm of Provence. I get a lot of questions about the Rhone and about France in general. Here’s our Riverside Chat featuring […] The post Riverside Chat Episode 2: Rhone River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Summer Plans? Book Your Christmas Markets River Cruise, Naturally.

Summer has officially arrived! While sugarplums and candy canes might not be dancing in your heads, it’s a sweet time to book a holiday-themed river cruise. Don’t delay, as these sailings fill up quickly. Case in point: Emerald Waterways 15-day “Christmas Markets of Europe” cruise is already fully booked for 2017, but that being said, […] The post Summer Plans? Book Your Christmas Markets River Cruise, Naturally. appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Holland America Line Announces Enhancements to Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam

When Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam emerged from a 12-day dry dock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy, in late April, the ship debuted major renovations that added many new public spaces and amenities, including two firsts for the fleet: Explorations Central, or EXC, in the Crow’s Nest and Rijksmuseum at Sea. Westerdam also received the popular Music Walk... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Announces Enhancements to Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Carnival Ecstasy Adds More Dining and Beverage Options after Renovation

The Charleston, S.C.-based Carnival Ecstasy has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that has added a variety of new dining and beverage innovations. The features were incorporated during a two-week dry dock that took place from Jan. 10-24, 2017, in Freeport, The Bahamas. Following the renovation, the ship returned to Charleston yesterday to resume its year-round schedule... [Read More] The post Carnival Ecstasy Adds More Dining and Beverage Options after Renovation appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea Announces 2017 Enrichment Programs

Opera and ballet fans, food and wine connoisseurs, bridge players, wellness enthusiasts and lifelong learners will appreciate indulging their passions with Silversea’s exciting onboard enrichment program in 2017. “We are delighted to feature such an inspiring collection of renowned artists, experts and guest speakers on our voyages,” said Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s chief marketing officer. “Our... [Read More] The post Silversea Announces 2017 Enrichment Programs appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic Announces Free Airfare on 2018 Mekong Cruises

It is never too early to plan a Mekong cruise – especially as Scenic announces free airfare for guests booking the 13-day Treasures of the Mekong cruises. Guests get to explore and learn about the cultures and histories of the cities, towns and villages that reside along the banks of the 2,700-mile long, six-country river. […] The post Scenic Announces Free Airfare on 2018 Mekong Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Announces Sponsorship of PBS’s Great British Baking Show

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, working in partnership with PBS National Sales, has announced its sponsorship of the fourth season of The Great British Baking Show, airing Fridays at 9 p.m. as of June 16th. The Great British Baking Show (known as The Great British Bake Off in the UK) became successful in Britain, one […] The post Scenic Announces Sponsorship of PBS’s Great British Baking Show appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Uniworld Announces Fully Inclusive Cruise and Air for Select 2018 Itineraries

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announced the launch of The Masterpiece Collection, a selection of 2018 itineraries fully inclusive of cruise and air.  The offering, valid through September 30, 2017, applies to all departure dates on select 2018 itineraries, including Gems of Northern Italy, Splendors of Italy, Paris & Normandy, Remarkable Rhine, European Jewels, Legendary […] The post Uniworld Announces Fully Inclusive Cruise and Air for Select 2018 Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Releases Expanded List of Vietnam and Cambodia Itineraries

AmaWaterways released the company’s expanded list of exotic itineraries in Vietnam and Cambodia, providing travelers with even more options to experience Southeast Asia. In 2018, guests will have the flexibility to sail the Mekong for seven nights upstream or downstream aboard the AmaDara and extend their vacation by adding a choice of pre and post-cruise […] The post AmaWaterways Releases Expanded List of Vietnam and Cambodia Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope Inaugurates its Latest Vessel, MS Douce France II

CroisiEurope has inaugurated its latest vessel, the MS Douce France II. After a complete renovation, the former MS Douce France has been transformed into the newest ship in CroisiEurope’s fleet. The ship’s redesign now features the highest-quality materials, and special attention has been paid to open spaces and natural light. Achieving contemporary elegance, maximum comfort and utmost […] The post CroisiEurope Inaugurates its Latest Vessel, MS Douce France II appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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In Bordeaux, What Scenic Does Differently

Five companies operate river cruises in Bordeaux: AmaWaterways, CroisiEurope (with two ships), Scenic, Uniworld and Viking. All five companies run similarly sized vessels, similar itineraries and similar land programs, and visit more or less the same destinations. Libourne, with excursions to nearby Saint-Émilion; Pauillac, for outings in the Medoc region; Blaye, with its impressive fortress; […] The post In Bordeaux, What Scenic Does Differently appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Emerald Waterways Announces New Itineraries for 2018

Emerald Waterways is adding three new cruise itineraries on the Rhine river in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium to its 2018 lineup. Additionally, the Australian river cruise line is expanding its popular EmeraldACTIVE program, and has added a River Cruising Guarantee to automatically cover every guest for delays or cancellations due to weather, high […] The post Emerald Waterways Announces New Itineraries for 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Scenic Diamond & Scenic Sapphire Reviews Updated

In the spring of 2017, Scenic upgraded and reconfigured its France-based ships, Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire, both built in 2008. During an extended drydock, Scenic removed six staterooms on each ship to reduce the passenger count from 167 to 155 and to add additional features. New on Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire: two 47-square-meter (510-square-foot) Royal Owner’s Suites, expanded […] The post Scenic Diamond & Scenic Sapphire Reviews Updated appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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CroisiEurope Announces Family Club Cruises With Included Second Cabin

CroisiEurope is further cementing its reputation as a family-friendly company with the introduction of the Family Club cruises. In addition to CroisiEurope’s standard offering of all meals, unlimited beverages and excursions on all programs, this new Family Club product allows children under 16 to cruise for free and includes a second cabin* so that families […] The post CroisiEurope Announces Family Club Cruises With Included Second Cabin appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Announces New Wellness Program

AmaWaterways announced it has launched a wellness program onboard AmaLyra’s Paris & Normandy sailings. The program – led by “Sports Scientist” Selina Wank features four to six classes daily, including morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio and core strengthening and circuit training. Activities will be complemented by discussion groups with a focus on healthy eating and […] The post AmaWaterways Announces New Wellness Program appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Video: Viking River Cruises ‘Affordable Luxury’

Transcript: Hi, I’m Ralph Grizzle, editor of River Cruise Advisor. I recently sailed from Basel to Amsterdam on Viking River Cruises. Eight days on Viking Hlin allowed me time to fully explore – and appreciate – Viking’s “affordable brand of luxury.” Named for Norse gods and goddesses, Viking River Cruises’ Longships are among the most […] The post Video: Viking River Cruises ‘Affordable Luxury’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Last Time On Scenic Was A Good Time: Will This Time Impress As Much?

Royal Panorama Suite 337. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
In 2015, I spent six nights on Scenic Jasper, sailing from Budapest to Vienna. What I learned was that Scenic serves up a quality experience at a high level. The Australia-based company may already represent the most-inclusive river cruise company in the marketplace, though Scenic must contend with the likes of Crystal, Tauck and Uniworld. In addition to […] The post My Last Time On Scenic Was A Good Time: Will This Time Impress As Much? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New Nashville Holiday Cruises Highlight the Antebellum South

December is an unquestionably festive time of year. For those who love to cruise, there are no shortage of holiday getaways available, from the rivers of Europe to the warm sun and sand of the Caribbean. But America’s mightiest river – the Mississippi River – is also a viable alternative, with all of its history, […] The post New Nashville Holiday Cruises Highlight the Antebellum South appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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She’s Going To Be A Beauty: CroisiEurope’s African Dream

It was already the number-one river cruise on my bucket list: CroisiEurope’s New Africa Cruise-Tour. Renderings of the gorgeous, new build African Dream, which I obtained from CroisiEurope only this week, did nothing but heighten my desire to experience the combination land-and-cruise voyages that explore Africa’s Chobe and Zambezi rivers. The journeys include a four-day voyage aboard the […] The post She’s Going To Be A Beauty: CroisiEurope’s African Dream appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Reviewed: Paris To The Swiss Alps With Viking

You know a river cruise is good when the temperature dips below zero and central Europe is plunged into an unusual springtime cold snap, and you’re still having fun. That was the case for me last month, when I travelled with Viking River Cruises on one of its newest itineraries: a 12-day journey from Paris […] The post Reviewed: Paris To The Swiss Alps With Viking appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Bordeaux Affair: Cruising Scenic Diamond With Its New Cooking School

Next week, I’ll fly to Bordeaux to board Scenic Diamond for an eight-day voyage in France’s renowned wine-producing region. The itinerary is impressive, which I’ve outlined below, but it’s the ship that I am most curious to see. Scenic redesigned its France-based Space-Ships this year to include a private cooking emporium offering tailored cooking classes. Scenic Culinaire is a new onboard cooking school using dedicated space […] The post A Bordeaux Affair: Cruising Scenic Diamond With Its New Cooking School appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Forming Friendships on the Rivers

For me, the most important part about cruising has always been relationships. Whether it was hanging out with Charlotte, the director of the kids club on my first Carnival cruise, or meeting VC Andrews, the author of Flowers in the Attic, on Silver Whisper, I love meeting new people, and that is one of the […] The post Forming Friendships on the Rivers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways ‘Taste Of Bordeaux’

Christophe Tissinier, assistant director of Bordeaux Excellence, a company that provides incoming tourism services for cruise lines, river cruisers and visitors to the Bordeaux region. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
A driver brings me to a wine warehouse in downtown Bordeaux. I am here not to purchase wine, however, but to meet with Christophe Tissinier, a colleague and friend whose company Bordeaux Excellence specializes in cruise operations and other tourism services. “Can you smell it?” Tissinier asks as we enter the ground floor of his offices. […] The post AmaWaterways ‘Taste Of Bordeaux’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Q&A From My Viking River Cruises Rhine Getaway Cruise

Viking Hlin
My post, What I Learned About Viking River Cruises While Cruising The Rhine, drew a lot of questions from readers. Chief among them were questions about food & service and the quality of the excursions. Reader Dianne Slotnick was among those who asked about the dining experience, including the quality of wine served free of charge during […] The post Q&A From My Viking River Cruises Rhine Getaway Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Windstar Adds New Itineraries for 2018 Sailings

Windstar Cruises continues to make big changes to its deployment, announcing eight new itineraries in Northern Europe and 12 new Mediterranean itineraries, bringing Windstar’s total itineraries in Europe for 2018 to  40. The itineraries beget 26 new European ports, increasing the company’s global number of maiden ports to 93 for 2018. The sailings, running April... [Read More] The post Windstar Adds New Itineraries for 2018 Sailings appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Crystal Announces a New Lineup of Arctic Adventures

Crystal Serenity returns to the Arctic north for the second transit of the Northwest Passage, she will navigate a route through territories of Alaska,  Canada and Greenland that are rarely explored by recreational travelers. During Crystal’s 2017 “Northwest Passage Explorer” voyage, guests will have more opportunities than ever to immerse themselves in local communities and... [Read More] The post Crystal Announces a New Lineup of Arctic Adventures appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Keels Laid for Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel

Crystal River Cruises ushered in the next phase for its expanding “Rhine Class” fleet of river vessels, as the keels were laid for the company’s next two new-builds, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel at a ceremony at MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany. In spring 2018, the two all-balcony, all-suite vessels are set to embark on […] The post Keels Laid for Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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EmeraldACTIVE Offers New Excursions for 2018

As European river cruising reaches peak popularity with younger travelers joining the river cruising crowd, companies are finding new ways to augment the atmosphere of sailing on a small ship with more active programs and shore excursions. Emerald Waterways answered the call in 2016 when they announced the launch of their EmeraldACTIVE program, and they’ve upped […] The post EmeraldACTIVE Offers New Excursions for 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Super-sized Ships: Exciting Times On The Danube

You may have missed the news last week. AmaWaterways is going big. The company is building a double-wide river cruiser for the Danube. Construction on AmaMagna started in March. The new ship will set sail in 2019. It will be interesting to see what AmaWaterways brings to the table – or rather, to the Danube. […] The post Super-sized Ships: Exciting Times On The Danube appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking River Cruises: Rhine Getaway Excursions, My Favorites

Following last week’s post, What I Learned About Viking River Cruises While Cruising The Rhine, many readers asked about excursions along the Rhine river on Viking River Cruises eight-day Rhine Getaway. There are two things you should know. First, there are optional excursions. For those, I’ve listed prices and my advice, based on my experiences and conversations […] The post Viking River Cruises: Rhine Getaway Excursions, My Favorites appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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