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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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