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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Emerald Waterways completes handover of a trilogy of new ships

April and May have been busy months for Emerald Waterways, during which the growing river cruise line has taken delivery of three innovative new Star-Ships—Destiny, Liberté, and Radiance—bringing its total fleet to seven. Each of these three new state-of-the-art ships has been built to follow the design specifications of its already successful fleet, and customized to sail a variety of Europe’s most-iconic rivers. The 186-passenger Emerald Destiny was christened on May 9 in Vienna by Godmother Coleen …

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Best cruising experiences require pre-trip plan-From $100 lunch in Italy to advice from a Headhunter in Borneo

Travelers booking a cruise typically spend lots of time deciding on a ship, cabin and itinerary, but often wait until boarding day to consider what they will do in various ports along the voyage. Yet planning ahead for port stops may yield one of the highlights of your cruise. Here are some of my favorite cruise moments during 2015. Most were off the ship, involved eating, and were the result of significant planning using the Internet. Nearly …

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New itineraries and lower fares on board for Emerald Waterways’ 2016 season

Emerald Waterways, Europe’s newest deluxe river cruise company, has announced exciting additions to their 2016 River Cruising program, including two new itineraries in Europe; a 16-day Southeast Asia sailing on the Mekong River; a new addition to the company’s fleet of award-wining Star Ships; and fare reductions of up to 21% off 2015 pricing. All detailed in new 2016 brochures. For US travelers interested in experiencing the growing trend of riving cruising, there’s never been a better …

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Lessons learned: What to do when a cruise goes wrong

Day 8: Saturday The cruise that wasn’t is over – after breakfast in the hotel, passengers are bussed to the nearby Schiphol Airport for their flights home. And I know that I would love to do this trip again, next timeon a boat!  Lessons Learned: What To Do When A Cruise Goes Wrong 1. Make sure you are booked with a reputable cruise line. Emerald Waterways did everything possible to overcome the obstacles thrown in the way …

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Day Seven: What happens when a cruise goes sideways

Barbara Orr just had a very unusual cruise experience. Over the next few days she will explain what happens when a trip does not work out as planned. We thought it important to share this information with you, our readers, because these things do happen when you travel and it is wise to think ahead as to how you might react in a similar situation. — Cynthia Boal Janssens, editor Cruises are expensive investments of money and …

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Day Six: What happens when a cruise goes sideways

Barbara Orr just had a very unusual cruise experience. Over the next few days she will explain what happens when a trip does not work out as planned. We thought it important to share this information with you, our readers, because these things do happen when you travel and it is wise to think ahead as to how you might react in a similar situation. — Cynthia Boal Janssens, editor Cruises are expensive investments of money and …

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Day Five: What happens when a cruise goes sideways

Barbara Orr just had a very unusual cruise experience. Over the next few days she will explain what happens when a trip does not work out as planned. We thought it important to share this information with you, our readers, because these things do happen when you travel and it is wise to think ahead as to how you might react in a similar situation. — Cynthia Boal Janssens, editor Cruises are expensive investments of money and …

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Day Four: What happens when a cruise goes sideways

Barbara Orr just had a very unusual cruise experience. Over the next few days she will explain what happens when a trip does not work out as planned. We thought it important to share this information with you, our readers, because these things do happen when you travel and it is wise to think ahead as to how you might react in a similar situation. — Cynthia Boal Janssens, editor Cruises are expensive investments of money and …

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Day Three: What happens when a cruise goes sideways

Barbara Orr just had a very unusual cruise experience. Over the next few days she will explain what happens when a trip does not work out as planned. We thought it important to share this information with you, our readers, because these things do happen when you travel and it is wise to think ahead as to how you might react in a similar situation. — Cynthia Boal Janssens, editor Cruises are expensive investments of money and …

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