Packing Passions for 2019 Avalon River Cruises

Avalon Cruises Wine Tasting

A vacation to the legendary riverbanks of the world offers travelers a break from the ordinary; but not from their extraordinary interests. In 2019, Avalon Waterways will offer travelers its most dynamic “Special Interest” cruises to date, inviting them to explore their hobbies and passions on vacation. “From beer and wine to history, music and Christmas cruises, Avalon’s Special Interest…

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Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam to Explore Norway, Baltic, Iceland

Holland America Nieuw Statendam

Following an inaugural season island-hopping throughout the Caribbean, Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam will cross the Atlantic Ocean in late April 2019 and spend the summer and fall exploring northern Europe and the Mediterranean. The new Pinnacle Class ship will homeport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the summer. Offering an enchanting collection of seven- and 14-day itineraries to the Norwegian…

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Recreate The Bachelor Paris Experience with U by Uniworld

u by uniworld

Looking to recreate The Bachelor Paris experience (sans awkward Arie/Lauren date and without Krystal, obviously)?  U by Uniworld, the first-ever river cruise experience designed exclusively for 21-45 year olds, was featured on this week’s episode and is rolling out its “U Get a Rose” package. Now bookable via, the package mirrors some of the best moments experienced in Paris…

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Luxury Cruising on the Danube River with AmaWaterways

AmaViola on the Danbe

By Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher Having relished extensive ocean cruising the past two decades, in recent years we’ve added several river cruises in the mix, with great delight. Our latest, aboard the 158-passenger AmaViola provided several check-offs on our must-see list: the Danube, Prague, Budapest and one of the newest ships from highly-rated AmaWaterways. “Ama” comes from the…

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CroisiEurope Introduces Extended Loire Itinerary for 2018

CroisiEurope Loire

Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, is introducing a brand new extended Loire River itinerary for 2018: Chateaux of the Loire Valley. This new 7-day cruise program features their popular Loire cruise combined with a trip to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley and an overnight stay in Paris. Prices for this 7-day program start at $2,417 per person with multiple departures…

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Celebrity Edge Offering European Vacations In Summer 2019

Celebrity Edge iconic suites

From Athens to Barcelona to Reykjavik, Celebrity Cruises has all of Europe covered with the brand’s award-winning fleet that delivers unrivaled modern luxury vacations. In 2019, Celebrity will have five stunning ships, including the newest, Celebrity Edge, sailing in the region. With stops in 27 different countries, overnight stays in 16 cities, and visits to more than 90 ports of…

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Experience the Magic of Christmas in Europe this Holiday Season with CroisiEurope

CroisiEurope Christmas

Believe it or not the holiday season is just around the corner and CroisiEurope is announcing some new additions to their popular Christmas cruises, including the Black Forest, Paris and the South of France. These itineraries are in addition to existing popular holiday-season itineraries: A Bountiful Christmas in Alsace and the Black Forest Christmas cruises through Alsace and the Black…

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Valletta, Malta Named a Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Cruise Destination


Valletta, Malta has just been named #3 on the Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Cruise Destinations in Cruise Critic’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards are given based entirely on consumer feedback submitted on the Cruise Critic website over the past year. According to Cruise Critics, sailing into Valletta, Malta, is akin to stepping into the pages of a J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy; once you are in…

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Savings on European Waterways Barge Cruises in France During 2017 Grape Harvest Season

European Waterways

Luxury hotel barge cruising specialist European Waterways is offering a wide selection of 2017 Fall season specials that are up to 20% off for cabins and whole boat charters. The specials apply to some of its most popular vessels, including hotel barges that cruise France’s famous wine-making regions during the annual grape harvest season.  These include L’Impressionniste in Burgundy, Anjodi…

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