Emerald Waterways’ Gastronomic River Cruise Through Burgundy and Provence Offers Foodies and Oenophiles the Best Way to See France

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    Boston, MA (July 2019) –  The Burgundy and Provence regions of France are considered culinary and wine meccas for travelers worldwide. While river cruises typically offer glimpses of the gastronomic riches here, Emerald Waterways will offer a more in-depth culinary journey in 2020, dedicated to putting guests in the vineyards and farms that make this area so special. The new, eight-day Flavours of Burgundy and Provenceitinerary will sail round trip from Lyon—the gastronomic capital of France—starting …

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Emerald Waterways Opens Books for 2020-21 Mekong River Cruises Aboard Newest Ship, Emerald Harmony

Boston, MA (April 2019) – With the inaugural sailing of the highly anticipated Emerald Harmony Star-Ship just a few months off—and with the 2019-2020 season nearly sold out—Emerald Waterways is pleased to announce that they are now taking Mekong River bookings for the 2020-2021 season. And better yet, guests who book a sailing of 13 days or more will receive free round trip airfare to Asia, or $2,500 savings per couple when booked by June 29. With …

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Cruising in France: Day 3 on the Burgundy Canal

  The cruise this morning took Le Belle Epoque from Montbard to Ravieres. For breakfast, individually prepared poached eggs were prepared by Chef Bryan who gave instructions on how to properly cook the eggs (the secret is to boil the eggs for ten seconds in their shells so the whites will adhere to the yolks before cracking them open and boiling them in the swirling water of large pot). A unique character, Bryan began his fascinating culinary …

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Day 6: Coming full circle in Porto, an incident and final thoughts on Emerald Radiance

As we rounded a bend in Portugal’s Douro River headed toward the first and last port of call on Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Radiance, I could see the Luis I bridge in the distance. The double-deck iron bridge designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame is a Porto landmark. Passing beneath its graceful arches I caught a glimpse of young people jumping off its lowest railing into the river below, a rite of passage …

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Day 5: Life is a feast Portuguese style on Emerald Radiance

No one goes hungry on a cruise, but on our journey down the Douro River on Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Radiance Bill and I not only ate well we got an education in Portuguese food and wine. All Emerald Waterways river cruises include wine and beer at lunch and dinner in the fare, and except for last night’s dinner after our excursion into Spain, the wine comes from the Douro River Region, part of which is a UNESCO …

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Day 4: A day in Spain on Emerald Radiance

It became a running joke, this good-natured rivalry between Portugal and Spain, on Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Radiance. Luis, our Portuguese cruise director, was full of wisecracks and puns in his afternoon briefing as we cruised toward our easternmost port on the Douro River. We’d dock for the night at Vega de Terron, Spain, he told us, but there’s nothing to see, just one house and a coffee bar. Don’t bother. Indeed, the border with Spain on the …

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Day 3: 686 steps heavenward from Emerald Radiance

Emerald Waterways’ new ship Emerald Radiance offers passengers four types of cabins. Top of the line are two Riverview Suites wrapping around the stern on the upper deck with gorgeous views of Portugal’s Douro River on two sides, a spacious sitting area and oversized bathroom with shower and tub. Two slightly less heavenly Owner’s Suites sit next door. At the other end of the price spectrum, Staterooms on the lowest deck have a window and standard bath. …

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Day 2: Ducking through the Douro locks on Emerald Radiance

Cruising the Douro River offered a lesson in engineering as Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Radiance passed through five locks on its way east across Portugal. All five were completed in the 1970s and ’80s for flood control, power generation and ease of navigation from the mouth of the river near Porto to the border with Spain about 210 kilometers away. The largest of the five locks, at the Carrapatelo Dam, was the first built and the difference in …

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Day 1: That new ship smell, Emerald Radiance

Gleaming in the midday sun at the Douro River dock in Porto, Portugal, the Emerald Radiance lived up to its name. The newest in the Emerald Waterways’ fleet of seven river vessels was about to embark on its 11th cruise and my husband Bill and I were happy to step aboard. Like a car driven off a dealer’s lot, it even smelled new and we didn’t see a smudge or scratch on it. Not only was the …

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Looking forward to unraveling the ‘Secrets of the Douro’ on Emerald Waterways’ new ship Radiance

Portugal’s a hot destination this year, popping up on lists of places to visit at Travel + Leisure and Fodor’s among others. My husband Bill and I are looking forward to seeing this slice of the Iberian Peninsula on a river cruise. We’ll be aboard Emerald Waterways’ new ship Emerald Radiance on its new “Secrets of the Douro” itinerary through the Douro River Valley. Meaning “River of Gold” and now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the …

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