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Aboard Renaissance: Visiting Fountainebleau

ABOARD RENAISSANCE-I have a new definition of bliss: sitting on deck as the Renaissance slowly slides through the Loire countryside, watching as we hit our first lock of the day, then returning to the cabin for Chef Luke’s blueberry pancakes before hitting the deck again for more observation of the French way of life. Spring […]

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Aboard La Renaissance: First Day aboard

ABOARD THE LA RENAISSANCE-A thickness settles on the brain after a transatlantic flight that even a sunny day in Paris cannot lift, although we certainly tried. Lunch at the elegant Cafe de la Paix overlooking the gloriously ornate Paris Opera came close. A walk down to the still being renovated Ritz at the Place Vendom […]

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Seabourn partners with world-renowned chef Thomas Keller to create new menu items and signature restaurant for all Seabourn ships

Dining is about to reach new heights in the cruise industry as Seabourn announces its partnership with world-renowned American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller. The culinary genius behind a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants – The French Laundry, Per Se, and Bouchon – Keller will bring his award-winning French and American cuisine to the ultra-luxury cruise line […]

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Cruise through France’s finest wine regions on a hotel barge with European Waterways

For those people who enjoy a glass of fine wine – perhaps a crisp Chablis or a full-bodied Minervois red; maybe an aromatic Riesling, or that aristocrat of sparkling wines, champagne – many of our hotel barges cruise right through the regions of France where these wonderful wines are produced. For example, Panache, a 12-passenger […]

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Celebrity Cruises receives “Autism Friendly” certification from Autism on the Seas

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Autism on the Seas™ (AotS), the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities, today announced that Celebrity Cruises has received the Silver Level “Autism Friendly” certification from AotS. The important designation qualifies the modern luxury cruise line’s efforts to accommodate guests with autism and […]

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Aboard the American Empress: Showboat

ABOARD THE AMERICAN EMPRESS—I’m here to tell you that this ungainly looking river vessel with its fake smoke stacks and barely functioning paddle wheel has managed to come up with a fair number of pleasant surprises. As a veteran of more than 60 cruises, I swear to you this one has collectively the friendliest and […]

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Cake and cuckoo clocks on the rivers of Europe

I’m not big on jewelry, despite the fact that my sister-in-law is a jewelry designer and my husband turns to her for every birthday present he has to get for me. Usually I’m ‘take it or leave it’ about such things. But I’m excited about this gem – The Emerald Sky – a jewel of […]

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Norwegian Cruise Line introduces all-inclusive cruising, now with free unlimited premium open bar

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that beginning January 2016 all guests sailing aboard Norwegian Sky from Miami will enjoy an even more all-inclusive cruise experience with dining, entertainment and now free unlimited beer, wine and premium spirits included. Whether they choose white or red, shaken or stirred, on the rocks or straight up, Norwegian Sky […]

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Aboard American Empress: Visiting Stevenson, Washington

ABOARD THE AMERICAN EMPRESS—On Wednesday many of the cruisers on the Columbia River Gorge met Janet. Actually she was much more under the river than on it. Our Victorian-style paddle wheeler docked at a rather rustic-looking Washington town named Stevenson. Once more on the free hop-off, hop-on bus, we stopped at the Bonneville Lock and […]

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Aboard American Empress: Tuesday on the Columbia River

ABOARD AMERICAN EMPRESS–Tuesday on the Columbia River – Throughout our third day today, our paddlewheeler was followed by a great white ghost. The snowy pyramid form of Mount Hood seemed to be always hovering in the back yards of all the forests and towns on the Oregon side while we progressed smoothly along the river. […]

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Aboard the American Empress: We wake to fog in Astoria

ABOARD THE AMERICAN EMPRESS-Monday night on the Columbia River—Our morning curtains opened to nothing but bright fog today. Allegedly our boat had arrived at the historic town of Astoria, Oregon, where the river meets the ocean in a never-ending contest of wind and waves. The paddle wheeler was quiet and safe, but we couldn’t see […]

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MSC Divina – A Toast to Italy

From guest writer Kay Showker The arrival of the new MSC Divina in Miami last November marked a milestone for MSC Cruises as the first ship of the fast growing cruise line to sail year-round from her home port in Miami to the Caribbean. Since 2005, the line had offered only seasonal fall through winter sailings […]

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A better angle for cruising, Avalon’s beds that face the river

On a recent river cruise up and down the Seine, between Paris and the beaches of Normandy, the crew played a little trick on the travel writers aboard. This was a preview voyage, at the beginning of the season for Avalon Waterways’ new Tapestry II in France, and the company wanted to prove a point […]

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