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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

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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Old World Tradition Meets New World Festivities on Tauck Christmas Market River Cruises

Christmas market

Tauck, the 92-year-old leader in upscale guided travel, sets sail along the Rhine and Danube to Europe’s famed Christmas Markets with two different eight-day river cruises in 2017. From Nürnberg and Vienna, to Strasbourg and Aachen, and several more markets in between, each Tauck River Cruising Christmas Market itinerary delivers hundreds of years of holiday tradition, insider access, and local…

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Katarina Line Adds New Deluxe Cruise Routes in Croatia

Katarina Line

Katarina Line, Croatia’s premier small ship cruise company and DMC, announced that it now features three new cruise routes for 2018 in response to the growing popularity of Croatia among North American travelers.  The routes, which highlight some of Croatia’s most popular port towns and attractions, include the 7-night “Adriatic Explorer” Opatija-Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik-Opatija one-way cruises that hug the country’s…

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AmaWaterways Launches Limited-Time Promotion on 2017 Christmas Markets Sailings

AmaWaterways Christmas Markets

AmaWaterways has announced the launch of a limited-time offer, giving travelers who book one of the company’s popular Christmas Markets cruise itineraries by July 31, 2017 up to $1,500 off their cruise fare.  The offer brings added affordability to those seeking an unforgettable journey exploring the Christmas magic of Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers. AmaWaterways’ Christmas Markets themed cruises are…

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CroisiEurope Inaugurates New Premium Ship, the MS Douce France II

ms douce

CroisiEurope has inaugurated its latest vessel, the MSDouce France II. After a complete renovation, the former MS Douce France has been transformed into the latest top-rated premium ships in CroisiEurope’s fleet. The ship’s redesign now features the highest-quality materials, and special attention has been paid to open spaces and natural light. Achieving contemporary elegance, maximum comfort and utmost safety, the MS Douce France…

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