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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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Beautiful Drone Videos From An AmaWaterways Cruise Manager

I'm a big fan of Raul Dederichs' aerial imagery. Raul is a cruise manager for AmaWaterways. Here are a few snapshots of his drone images. The post Beautiful Drone Videos From An AmaWaterways Cruise Manager appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Holland America Line Introduces New Ship, ms Nieuw Statendam

Bookings are open for the Premiere Voyage and 2018-19 inaugural Caribbean cruise season of Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam. Due for delivery Dec. 1, 2018, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet currently is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. When Nieuw Statendam departs the yard, it will be delivered in... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Introduces New Ship, ms Nieuw Statendam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Scenic and Emerald Launch Deposit Protection Plan

Scenic Luxury  Cruises and Emerald Waterways, both part of the Scenic family of brands, are offering cruise travelers some peace of mind with their newly launched Deposit Protection Plan. Working in conjunction with the brands’ River Cruise Travel Guarantee, guests know that they are well protected against many of the elements that can make vacation planning difficult. The Deposit […] The post Scenic and Emerald Launch Deposit Protection Plan appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Diana Gabaldon, Author of the Outlander Series to Host an Avalon Waterways Cruise in 2018

Author of the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling Outlander series, and godmother to the Avalon Tapestry II, Diana Gabaldon is hosting an author cruise with Avalon Waterways in 2018. “For years, Diana Gabaldon has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives, inviting readers to see the world differently while also inspiring them to travel,” said Terri […] The post Diana Gabaldon, Author of the Outlander Series to Host an Avalon Waterways Cruise in 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Royal Caribbean Offers Multiple Opportunities to Explore Cuba

Royal Caribbean offers more opportunities than ever to explore Cuba with new sailings to Havana on Empress of the Seas.  Royal Caribbean International’s newly refreshed ship will sail 58 cruises of 4- and 5-night itineraries from January 2018 through March 2019, more than half offering overnight stays in the city. Empress’ Western Caribbean and Havana sailings... [Read More] The post Royal Caribbean Offers Multiple Opportunities to Explore Cuba appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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What I Learned About Viking River Cruises While Cruising The Rhine

Viking Hlin
Koblenz, Germany — It had been awhile since I was on a Viking Longship, and although I had attended christening events and even did a couple of weeklong cruises on Viking a few years ago, too much time had passed since I’d stepped on a Longship. Last Sunday that changed when I boarded Viking Hlin in […] The post What I Learned About Viking River Cruises While Cruising The Rhine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Celebrity Constellation to Undergo Renovations

Celebrity Constellation entered dry-dock this past Friday, May 12, 2017, and will emerge in two weeks on Friday, May 26, 2017. During the ship’s revitalization, it will be fitted with venues, including brand new culinary concepts and a few guest favorites. “We are continually pushing the boundaries of the cruise experience, so we are adding some... [Read More] The post Celebrity Constellation to Undergo Renovations appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Silversea’s 2019 World Cruise Now Open for Booking

Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 — a 132-day voyage from San Francisco to London — is now open for reservations. Hosted aboard the Silver Whisper, travelers will voyage to 52 ports in 31 countries across five continents. With 16 overnight calls and numerous late-night stays, guests will have ample time to delve deeper into destinations. This... [Read More] The post Silversea’s 2019 World Cruise Now Open for Booking appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Regent Seven Seas Announces New Seven Seas Wellness Program

Announced in March 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new holistic wellness program is now available for Seven Seas Voyager guests to reserve on this summer’s Mediterranean voyages. Seven Seas Wellness combines low-impact activity in 10 Mediterranean destinations with one of five treatments in the onboard Canyon Ranch SpaClub. “The response to the initial program announcement... [Read More] The post Regent Seven Seas Announces New Seven Seas Wellness Program appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways Announces Plans for the Biggest Ship Ever, AmaMagna

Today, May 12th, AmaWaterways announced plans for AmaMagna, their biggest ship ever, to be launched in 2019.  AmaMagna represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate the modern luxury market.  Twice the width of traditional European river ships, the latest AmaWaterways innovation welcomes 194 guests and affords living spaces, multiple dining options including an al […] The post AmaWaterways Announces Plans for the Biggest Ship Ever, AmaMagna appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Welcomes AmaKristina To Its Fleet

AmaWaterways officially welcomed the company’s newest vessel, AmaKristina, to its fleet during a christening ceremony in Lahnstein, Germany on May 10. The namesake of AmaWaterways’ Co-Owner and Executive Vice President Kristin Karst, AmaKristina represents the company’s commitment to design and guest comfort and service. The special ceremony celebrates the arrival of the company’s 20th ship and marks […] The post AmaWaterways Welcomes AmaKristina To Its Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Noteworthy Features Of Silversea’s New Silver Muse

Ultra-luxury line Silversea recently took delivery of its newest and largest ship to-date, the 596-guest Silver Muse. Christened last month in Monte Carlo, Silver Muse represents the latest evolution of the line that began offering luxury voyages around the world in 1994. I had the opportunity to sail last month on a four-night media preview voyage... [Read More] The post Five Noteworthy Features Of Silversea’s New Silver Muse appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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AmaWaterways Launches 2018 Europe, Asia & Africa Brochure

AmaWaterways launched the company’s 2018 Europe, Asia & Africa Brochure. The company will in 2018 debut its newest ship, AmaLea, eight new itineraries, more wine-themed cruises, a ‘Sip and Sail’ complimentary cocktail hour and an expanded list of excursions and programs. “AmaWaterways is proud to expand our options for travelers in 2018 and roll out […] The post AmaWaterways Launches 2018 Europe, Asia & Africa Brochure appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking River Cruises Announces New Ship, Viking Ra

Viking River Cruises announces details of the newest addition to its river fleet, Viking Ra™. Recently acquired, the vessel has been stripped down to the steel to undergo a complete renovation. A small ship, hosting only 48 guests, Viking Ra will sail the Nile River on a new Egypt cruise tour, Pharaohs & Pyramids, that will launch in March 2018. “Egypt is […] The post Viking River Cruises Announces New Ship, Viking Ra appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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On Our Bucket List: CroisiEurope’s Africa, Nine Days From US$6,319

CroisiEurope has officially kicked off its newest river cruise tours: combination land-and-cruise voyages that explore Africa’s Chobe and Zambezi rivers. The journeys include a four-day voyage aboard the African Dream, a brand-new luxury river cruise vessel that carries only 16 guests in its eight suites. The cruise portion is coupled with a land-based tour that explores the […] The post On Our Bucket List: CroisiEurope’s Africa, Nine Days From US$6,319 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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American Queen Steamboat Company Showcases the Culinary Diversity of America

It’s hard to talk about river cruising through any destination without mentioning the importance of regional cuisine. Local ingredients, flavors and specialties reveal much about the history and culture of some of river cruising’s most important destinations, from the vineyards of Bordeaux to the oldest “wurst” kitchens in Germany. But cuisine also plays an important […] The post American Queen Steamboat Company Showcases the Culinary Diversity of America appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Of all the cruise destinations in Europe, Belfast, Northern Ireland is one of those ports that somehow does not capture the imagination, as do such romantic destinations as those of the Mediterranean or the magnificent scenes people envision on a Norwegian fjords cruise. Yet Belfast is a city that has a rich, and often troubled... [Read More] The post Belfast, Northern Ireland appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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How To Maximize Your Cruise To St. Petersburg, Russia

Summer Baltic Sea cruises are among the most popular and sought after of sea voyages. And the crown jewel of each itinerary is the visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. Yet the majority of those who cruise the Baltic do not fully maximize their time when in St. Petersburg. Many cruise itineraries offer only an overnight... [Read More] The post How To Maximize Your Cruise To St. Petersburg, Russia appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Rhine Getaway On Viking River Cruises

May 7-14, 2017, I’ll be cruising from Amsterdam to Basel with Viking River Cruises. The eight-day journey promises plenty of castles and cathedrals as we cruise along one of Europe’s best-beloved rivers. We’ll also experience a wonderland of beauty and culture as we visit Strasbourg, with its rich culinary traditions of Alsace. On a visit to the […] The post Rhine Getaway On Viking River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Beaucoup Savings: Arles To Marseilles Airport for 12 Euros

This past Thursday, I needed to get from Arles to Marseille for my flight home. Taxis were pricing out at 125 euros, as was Uber, with low availability, unlike in Paris, where Uber is Uberiquitous. Luckily, river cruisers dock right across the street from Gare d’Arles, the local train station. Cost from Arles to MRS […] The post Beaucoup Savings: Arles To Marseilles Airport for 12 Euros appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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From Amsterdam To Paris On An Avalon Waterways’ Active Discovery Cruise

What. A. Great. Trip. In early April, I cruised with Avalon Waterways on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The itinerary, bookended by Amsterdam and Paris, served up some of the same stunning scenery that inspired Dutch landscape painters such as Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruisdael. Just look at the photo below, for example, unfiltered and untouched, […] The post From Amsterdam To Paris On An Avalon Waterways’ Active Discovery Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways Unveils 2017 Christmas Cruise Itineraries

Avalon Waterways is unveiling 16 cruises that invite travelers to delight in Central Europe’s Christmas markets while sailing Europe’s waterways. “Travelers looking to see the world differently will enjoy every moment of our Christmas cruises,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “To cater to the growing popularity of festive cruises, we have increased and expanded […] The post Avalon Waterways Unveils 2017 Christmas Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Avalon Waterways Waives Single Supplement on European Departures

Avalon Waterways is celebrating solo travelers by waiving the single supplement on every Europe departure and select departures on the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers in Southeast Asia. “Is there such a thing as a typical traveler? Not anymore. Travel preferences have never been more diverse nor has traveling the world been more accessible and appealing, especially to […] The post Avalon Waterways Waives Single Supplement on European Departures appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Overnight In Tournon, On AmaWaterways

After a 25-kilometer morning bike ride through gorgeous French countryside, we departed Vienne, France, this afternoon on one of the most beautiful days I have experienced on the rivers of Europe. The landscape was stunning, with the nascent blooms of spring bathed in the buttery brightness of a perfect May day. AmaCello was taking us […] The post Overnight In Tournon, On AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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