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Is This The End Of Cruising As We Know It?

If you’re waiting for the end of Covid-19 before you resume cruising, I have bad news for you: According to experts coronavirus is not going to end anytime soon. Is there a way we can enjoy the “new normal” of river cruising? Here’s my story. The post Is This The End Of Cruising As We Know It? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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AmaSiena & The Captivating Rhine: Final Thoughts

Though nearly three months have passed, my journey on board AmaSiena still sticks out strongly in my memory. AmaWaterways always provides a memorable experience. The crew on these ships in wonderful, especially during Covid times. The post AmaSiena & The Captivating Rhine: Final Thoughts appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Is This The End Of River Cruising As We Know It?

If you’re waiting for the end of Covid-19 before you resume river cruising, I have bad news for you: According to experts coronavirus is not going to end anytime soon. Is there a way we can enjoy the “new normal” of river cruising? Here’s my story. The post Is This The End Of River Cruising As We Know It? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Meet Me On Board: Riviera River Cruises’ 2022 Holiday Season Cruises Now Available

With December 2022 departures of Riviera River Cruises’ popular holiday season cruises now available, plan ahead to celebrate Europe’s Rhine and Danube Rivers in all their wintry splendor. I'll be hosting one of those cruises, beginning December 21, 2022. The post Meet Me On Board: Riviera River Cruises’ 2022 Holiday Season Cruises Now Available appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruise With Me In 2022: Budapest To Amsterdam or Christmas Markets

I’m hosting two new cruises in 2022, from Budapest to Amsterdam on Crystal Mahler and a Rhine River Christmas Markets cruise on Riviera. Learn more about these cruises and booking incentives for each. The post Cruise With Me In 2022: Budapest To Amsterdam or Christmas Markets appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Postcards From The Magical Moselle

Two years ago, I posted The Moselle: Europe’s Most Beautiful River – At Least During The Fall. The Moselle was just as enchanting when I cruised on Crystal Debussy earlier this month. The wine harvest was in full swing, with workers plucking grapes from vineyards that seemed to run straight up the steep hillsides. The weather was stunning along the Moselle, with sunny days and blue skies The post Postcards From The Magical Moselle appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Is Viking Orion The Safest Ship At Sea?

After almost a year and a half without stepping foot on a ship, I was invited on an ocean cruise. I emphasize ocean because I have had the privilege of taking four cruises, both river and ocean, within the span of just over two months. The first cruise that I took this year was a river cruise. The return to river cruising did not seem nearly as daunting as the return to ocean cruising did. When I got the invite from a river cruise company I automatically said yes, but when it came to ocean cruises I was a bit more hesitant. My main concern? My safety. The post Is Viking Orion The Safest Ship At Sea? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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I Cruised Crystal Debussy In October. Was This The Same Crystal That We Knew & Loved Before The Pandemic? What Changed & Why.

On my October 2019 river cruise, Crystal had set the bar high, and naturally I was curious to find out if the pandemic had forced the company to cut corners on my cruise in October 2021. Would the food quality have suffered due to cost-cutting? Would service be as exemplary as it had been on Bach? Would the champagne be poured as freely? And what about that caviar? Would they still be dishing that out? The post I Cruised Crystal Debussy In October. Was This The Same Crystal That We Knew & Loved Before The Pandemic? What Changed & Why. appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaSiena: My Overall Impressions

At the end of August, I was invited to sail on AmaSiena for its Christening cruise. This invitation was a big deal, not only because it was a Christening cruise but also because this was my first cruise back since COVID.  Though I feel like I have covered a lot about my sailing, I spent a lot more time covering COVID than I did the ship itself. So today, we will do just that.  The post AmaSiena: My Overall Impressions appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Help Wanted: Become A Sustaining Member

We’re doing something we haven’t done in nearly three decades of operation: asking for your help to sustain our websites and all the free stuff we provide: articles, guides, pricing charts, reviews, webinars as well as advice and guidance. The post Help Wanted: Become A Sustaining Member appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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We Cruised On Four Different Ships Since August – Here’s How Each Handled The ‘New Normal’

We’ve just returned from a series of cruises: AmaWaterways on the Rhine, Viking Ocean Cruises in Bermuda, Crystal River Cruises on the Rhine & Moselle, and Avalon Waterways on the Rhone. This webinar replay from October 20, 2021 covers a wide range of topics from testing before leaving home to life on board and more. The post We Cruised On Four Different Ships Since August – Here’s How Each Handled The ‘New Normal’ appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Explore The Christmas Markets Of The Rhine

Over the past two months, I have done three cruises. The return to cruising has been so wonderful that I am craving more, and I am eager for you all to get on board as well. This fall I have teamed up with A Passport To Travel for a special Christmas Markets offer from Scenic […] The post Explore The Christmas Markets Of The Rhine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Testing, Masks & Vaccines: How Three Different River Cruise Companies Are Handling The Comeback

In the past two months, Britton and I have traveled to Europe for three river cruises. Britton cruised on both Avalon Waterways in France in early October and on AmaWaterways on the Rhine in August. I cruised on Crystal Debussy on the Rhine and Moselle rivers, having returned just yesterday. All three cruises were wonderful, and we’ll be writing much more about our trips in the coming weeks. For now, however, we summarize how three different cruise companies handled testing, vaccine and masking requirements.  The post Testing, Masks & Vaccines: How Three Different River Cruise Companies Are Handling The Comeback appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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A Taste Of Crystal Debussy: The Vintage Room

One day after disembarking Crystal Debussy, I received a phone call from one of the six guests who accompanied me. “Possibly the best cruise ever,” the experienced cruiser said. I had to agree. Just as was the case with Crystal Bach on the Rhine and Moselle in October of 2019, Crystal Debussy exceeded our expectations. The post A Taste Of Crystal Debussy: The Vintage Room appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Using An eSIM For Blazingly Fast Internet On The Rivers Of Europe

I don’t think I will ever travel to Europe again without adding a local eSIM to my iPhone and iPad. For less than I would pay T-Mobile I get blazingly fast speeds in Europe. And I can do this while keeping my T-Mobile service active. The post Using An eSIM For Blazingly Fast Internet On The Rivers Of Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Exploring The Pre-Pandemic World Before Boarding Crystal Debussy: Welcome To Amsterdam

I am among those who feel like a canary in a coal mine. This afternoon I boarded Crystal Debussy. Before doing so, however, I had to show a negative Covid test. Crystal provided the testing and fast results, and thankfully, my results were negative. If I can continue to show negative tests, including the one before flying back to the United States, this canary in a coal mine will be signaling the way ahead for others who long to visit Europe. The post Exploring The Pre-Pandemic World Before Boarding Crystal Debussy: Welcome To Amsterdam appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Waldorf-Astoria Amsterdam: A One-Night Stay Before Boarding Crystal Debussy

To sum it up: Divine. My 24 hours at the Waldorf-Astoria Amsterdam served as the perfect precursor to what’s to come on Crystal Debussy this week. The post Waldorf-Astoria Amsterdam: A One-Night Stay Before Boarding Crystal Debussy appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Covid Testing Challenges

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My Covid test posed a problem. The pharmacist said I could expect results in 48 to 72 hours. But, I said, I flight tonight. You'll need a rapid diagnostic test, she said. But that's what I ordered. It's too late to change, she said. What happened next? The post Covid Testing Challenges appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Follow Me On Avalon Poetry II

Just after the weekend, I am headed to France to sail the Rhone with Avalon Waterways. It feels like its been years since my first podcast with Avalon Waterways, where I was introduced to their Active & Discovery cruises. Finally, I have the chance to do one of my own. The post Follow Me On Avalon Poetry II appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaSiena: COVID-19 Protocols & First Impressions

Last month, I was invited to the Christening of AmaSiena. When I got back from my trip, I shared how I prepared for my trip from what I packed to dealing with entry requirements. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at what it was like to cruise for the first time since the Pandemic started, as well as what it’s like to sail on the gorgeous AmaSiena. The post AmaSiena: COVID-19 Protocols & First Impressions appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Travel Insurance Blunder

I goofed. I thought I was all set when I purchased travel insurance that covered Covid-related expenses, including the cost of lodging when having to quarantine. But the fine print had a secret lurking. The post Travel Insurance Blunder appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Live From Crystal Debussy

I'm cruising October 4-14, 2021 on Crystal Debussy and posting daily during my cruise. Be sure to follow my live stories on @avidcruiser. Coverage begins on October 2 as I prepare for my trip and board KLM for Amsterdam. The post Live From Crystal Debussy appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Webinar: Our Experiences On Four Different Ships

We’ve just returned from a series of cruises: AmaWaterways on the Rhine, Viking Ocean Cruises in Bermuda, Crystal River Cruises on the Rhine & Moselle, and Avalon Waterways on the Rhone. Join us as we answer all your questions about cruising today. We’ll cover a wide range of topics from providing tips about getting the best value to discussing the daily differences of life on board. Registration required. The post Webinar: Our Experiences On Four Different Ships appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Your Questions Answered: Snagging Deals On Business Class & The Waldorf Astoria

Last week, I told you that I was preparing for my first trip to Europe since October of 2019. I promised to answer your questions about how I was gearing up for this trip, which is on Crystal Debussy, cruising the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Many of you wanted to know about Covid protocols and […] The post Your Questions Answered: Snagging Deals On Business Class & The Waldorf Astoria appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Webinar: Our Experiences On Four Different Ships

We’ve just returned from a series of cruises: AmaWaterways on the Rhine, Viking Ocean Cruises in Bermuda, Crystal River Cruises on the Rhine & Moselle, and Avalon Waterways on the Rhone. Join us as we answer all your questions about cruising today. We’ll cover a wide range of topics from providing tips about getting the […] The post Webinar: Our Experiences On Four Different Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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River Cruising In Europe: Go Now Or Wait? Why We’re Going Now

Before I fly to the Netherlands, I will address your (and my) concerns about returning to the rivers of Europe and provide answers to questions that many of us have. The post River Cruising In Europe: Go Now Or Wait? Why We’re Going Now appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Double Dutch Fuss: Netherlands Reverses Quarantine Requirement For Vaccinated Americans

We were all set for our October 4, 2021 Crystal Debussy cruise on the Rhine. Flights booked, hotels booked. Ready. Set. Go. Not so fast. The Dutch imposed a mandatory quarantine for vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans - this week they reversed it. The post Double Dutch Fuss: Netherlands Reverses Quarantine Requirement For Vaccinated Americans appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Don’t Forget Your Mask: Preparing For A River Cruise During Covid

I could not wait to get back on a river cruise, but as my sailing approached, I found myself questioning my decision to cruise during Covid. I realize that many of you are considering river cruises as well but traveling during the pandemic leaves you with similar questions, which I want to share with you how I prepared for my return to Europe. The post Don’t Forget Your Mask: Preparing For A River Cruise During Covid appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Silversea’s Silver Moon Sets Sail

Delayed for months by the never-ending pandemic, Silversea’s magnificent new vessel, Silver Moon finally welcomed her first passengers this Spring. Silver Moon began a series of cruises beginning and ending in Athens. And each and every one of them showcased what’s on board this wonderful ship. The post Silversea’s Silver Moon Sets Sail appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Viking Says ‘Welcome Back’ To Europe’s Most Fabled Rivers

After what Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen describes in television commercials as a period like “ a long, long Norwegian Winter” the line is back doing what it does so superbly: introducing its life-long learners to its ‘thinking man’s cruises’ on Europe’s most fascinating rivers.  The post Viking Says ‘Welcome Back’ To Europe’s Most Fabled Rivers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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