Getting Active, Learning New Skills, Experiencing History – All on an Active Discovery on Avalon

Approximately 5.7 million people took a river cruise in the past three years, a number that has more than doubled since 2009, according to data from Cruise Lines International Association. The overall appeal remains the same – the lazy pleasure of putting yourself completely in the hands of someone who will coddle you while steering you through new adventures. But river cruising is no longer a passive or unrefined experience. River cruise lines are developing programs that …

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Heading for a Christmas on the Rhine cruise aboard the AmaCerto

Heading for a Christmas on the Rhine cruise aboard the AmaCerto When I was a kid, the family friend who gave me my middle name (Marie) and braided my hair was from Germany. To keep my squirming to a minimum, Mrs. Schmidt used to regale me with German fairy tales and other stories while she did those taking-forever-to-do braids. Such a place as Germany seemed so faraway and unattainable to a young Midwestern girl. But soon I …

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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 a ship that launched in 2014 and won the “Best New River Ship” designation. I’m interested to experience this new ship, particularly …

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AmaWaterways- Seven Days on the Mosel and Rhine Rivers

Day 1. We met our guide at 10 AM at the Paris Est train station to board a high-speed TGV train bound for Metz, founded 3,000 years ago by the Gallic tribe of Mediomatrici from which it derives its name. The Old Town is grouped around arcaded Place St-Louis with its characteristic stone-buttressed houses from the 14th to 16th century. It’s a quite charming city and is famous for its yellow limestone architecture, due to the extensive …

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Spending the day on a KD riverboat and Castle Hunting in Germany

My friend, Richard Joseph, a foreign correspondent and overall great guy sent me some notes from his recent trip to Europe………..sounds like a lovely way to spend a summer day.  I thought I would share this day with you- and if you’re interested in making this day trip, you can find a similar tour here… Heidi Spending the day on a KD riverboat and Castle Hunting in Germany Hope you will enjoy my diary of a day’s …

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AMAWaterways November 2010 Wine Cruise

Attention, wine connoisseurs: AMAWATERWAYS has a fantastic new wine-themed cruise slated for November 12, 2010, on the MS Amalegro!  “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” will feature visits to world-famous wineries, off-site dinners hosted by renowned winemakers, onboard lectures plus much more! AMAWATERWAYS President  Rudi Schreiner will host the 7-night cruise, which will travel from Amsterdam to Trier, Germany.  (After the cruise, guests will head to Luxembourg for a city tour of the Grand Duchy, followed by …

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