Once a busy trade route, the Upper Rhine now offers history without crowds … River cruising in Germany and France

(Story and photos by David G. Molyneaux) … NEUF-BRISACH, France — On a pleasant morning before the summer vacation season was in full swing, the bicycle shop in the Rhine River port city of Breisach, Germany, was closed. So my wife and I walked into France. We crossed the wide river bridge and trekked about three miles of quiet country roads to Neuf-Brisach. Neuf means “new” in French (except when neuf means nine), and Neuf-Brisach was new …

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17 Things That Are (Likely) Complimentary On Your Next Cruise Vacation

(Story by Bryce Sanders) … Cruises might be the original all-inclusive vacation. Yes, they charge for drinks and land packages. They have specialty restaurants. There is still a lot of stuff included as part of your basic cruise fare. Are you taking advantage of these opportunities? Editor’s Note: For a comprehensive list across many cruise lines, All Things Cruise has a great chart here that covers: • 24 hour cabin service • Stocked in-cabin mini bar • …

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Costa Rica in the Rainy Season

My friend Richard Joseph recently sent me this story from Costa Rica … With beautiful fall weather at home Costa Rica seemed like an odd choice for a vacation, but the price was right, maybe too right, we feared because it’s “the rainy season”. Nevertheless we packed our raincoats and umbrellas arriving in the capital San Jose to a suspiciously dry airport tarmac. The moment we got outside, however, it started to pour. Maybe this was an …

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Windstar Completes First Milestone on Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative

Fincantieri Cuts Windstar’s Star Breeze in Half, Inserting 84-Foot (25.6 Meters) New Section in Palermo, Italy PALERMO, ITALY, October 17, 2019 – It’s only appropriate that the culture that gave birth to the Renaissance is where Windstar Cruises ushers in a new era as the leader in small ship cruising by making the final cut to the hull of Star Breeze to “stretch” the first of its three ships and begins the process of inserting a new …

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Why Cruising With Friends Is Better Than Flying Away

(Story by Bryce Sanders) One of the easiest ways to end a friendship is to travel with friends, Yet most of us, myself included, think this is a good idea, Choosing a cruise vacation will give you the greatest chance of maintaining that friendship when you return to the real world. Why Friends Travelling Together Often Ends in Disaster You know your friends in a certain context. It might be work. They might be neighbors or gym …

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A Culinary Journey Onboard Scenic Eclipse

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Boston & Vancouver, October 2019 – As Executive Chef for Scenic Eclipse, Tom Goetter has set himself the challenge to reinvent dining on the high seas, and that means ensuring his guests enjoy an ever-changing selection of flavors throughout their cruise. “We have a total of 2,500 recipes across our eight restaurants,” Goetter says. “You would need to be on board for one and a half months to eat every dish.” Dining on board Scenic Eclipse is …

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New Expedition Leaders Announced For Crystal Endeavor’s Bold Adventures, Ship to feature up to 22 expedition guides across various disciplines

MIAMI, October 14, 2019 – As the countdown to Crystal Endeavor’s August 2020 launch progresses, Crystal Expedition Cruises announced today that naturalists Boris Wise and Eva Molin Westerholm have joined the Crystal team as expedition leader and assistant expedition leader, respectively. The two are working with Crystal experts to build the team of expedition guides that comprises a comprehensive roster of subject matter experts relevant to the destinations Crystal Endeavor will explore. The expedition guides will share …

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Gerry Barker: Cabo San Lucas, Carnival Miracle’s Last Stop Before Cruise Ends in Long Beach

CABO SAN LUCAS – Here we are — Carnival Miracle‘s last stop before we end our cruise in Long Beach in two days. From our balcony we can view the Cabo’s iconic rock formations, including the famous arch where the blue-green surf sprays into the air. While the weather is beautiful, the morning is off to a rocky start onboard the ship. Apparently we have arrived later than planned, which has delayed the shore excursions and all …

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Gerry Barker: Carnival Miracle Visit to Guatemala (Antigua)

PUERTO QUETZAL, Guatemala – After two days at sea, including a driving overnight thunderstorm with unbelievable lightning, we arrive at this Central American country famous for its Mayan heritage, coffee, sugar cane and volcanoes. “Quetzal” refers to the famous, vibrantly-colored Central American bird of the same name, the national bird of Guatemala and also the name of its currency. This is our first time to experience Guatemala, which plays hosts to over 100 cruise ship visits yearly. …

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Steel Cutting Ceremony Begins Countdown to New Cunard Ship – The yet unnamed ship will be the second largest to fly the Cunard flag

VALENCIA, Calif., October 11, 2019 – Today, luxury cruise line Cunard celebrated the beginning of construction on the line’s 249th ship with a steel cutting ceremony at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia Shipyard in Italy. The first piece of steel cut will be used as a sculpture displayed on the new ship for guests to enjoy and marks a landmark moment in the company’s 179-year history. The yet unnamed ship will be the second largest to fly the …

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