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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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: 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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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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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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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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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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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: 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: 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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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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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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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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