American Cruise Lines Names 4th Modern Riverboat AMERICAN MELODY

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  GUILFORD, CT—August 12, 2019—American Cruise Lines announces American Melody as the name of the 4th new ship in their revolutionary Modern Riverboat Series. American Melody will showcase all the beautiful modern styling and state-of-the-art technical features synonymous with American’s groundbreaking series. The 4th ship in American’s exciting 5-ship series will have the distinctive opening bow and retractable gangway featured on the first 3 ships in the series—American Song, American Harmony, and American Jazz. American Melody is …

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Ocean-going Crystal Cruises Slides Smoothly Into the Luxury Niche on Europe’s Rivers

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  We were new passengers, my wife and I, when we boarded the Crystal Bach, docked at Mainz, Germany, on the River Rhine near Frankfurt. As we walked into the Palm Court lounge, fellow passengers made no secret of their curiosity. Most of them were at the midpoint of a two-week cruise from Amsterdam. Warm and friendly, they acted as if we were new members of their private club. “Welcome.” “You’re new, we haven’t seen you before.” …

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Douro- Day 2 on Viking Helgrim

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  Yes, Virginia, there IS a real Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and it’s in Portugal! On our way from Lisbon to Porto, 130 miles north of Lisbon, the Viking bus that was taking us from our Lisbon hotel to our ship in Porto made a lunch stop in the ancient town of Coimbra. There, on top of a mountain, as we stepped out of the bus, were a group of University of Coimbra law students …

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DouroAzul Named Europe’s Leading River Cruise Company

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  Porto, Portugal – 13 June 2019 – For the fourth consecutive year, DouroAzul, the leading river cruise company in Portugal, was named Europe’s Leading River Cruise Company at this year’s World Travel Awards Gala, held on the verdant island of Madeira. This is the fifth time the river cruise brand was recognized with the honour, with the first time in 2014. DouroAzul is a company owned by Mystic Invest Holding, a Portuguese company that also owns and …

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Tauck Announces Details of New Douro Cruises

  WILTON, CT (April 10, 2019) Tauck has revealed details of its three Douro cruises – its first ever on the river  – slated to launch in 2020. Earlier this year the company announced plans to expand to the Douro with three new cruises and a new ship, the ms Andorinha, and in the months since it has been busy finalizing details of those new itineraries. The three new cruises will include the travel industry’s first-ever family …

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American Harmony, 2nd Modern Riverboat Launched 4 Weeks Ahead of Schedule

American Harmony

Guilford, CT—November 20, 2018—American Cruise Lines announced today that it successfully launched its 2nd new modern riverboat American Harmony at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, on Saturday, November 17th. American Harmony is the 2nd modern riverboat in the U.S. and the 2nd of 5 planned ships in American’s revolutionary new series. The 1st ship in the series, American Song, began cruising a sold out inaugural season on the Mississippi this October 2018 and was the first modern …

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Visiting Nashville: Andrew Jackson said to still walk the grounds of The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson loved his home so much that he chose to be buried there with his beloved wife Rachel. Some say that the man known as “Old Hickory” keeps watch over his Tennessee plantation. “Many people don’t think that he has ever truly left,” tour guide David said. “General Jackson had such a strong personality that I think he has stayed around to watch over his home.” The Hermitage is preserved today almost as it was during …

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Visiting Nashville: Grand Ole Opry features legendary performers and newcomers

In the center stage of the Grand Ole Opry is a special piece of wood. It is from the old Ryman Auditorium. “Can you imagine what it has seen?” asks Dan Rogers, marketing manager for the Opry. “If it could talk, think about all the legends it could tell about.” Over the years, thousands of performers have stood on this circle – Hank Williams, Jim Reeve, Patsy Cline, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Johnny …

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Visiting Nashville: Known as ‘Home of 1,000 Hits,’ Studio B was a favorite of Elvis and other musicians

While most people were settling down for the night, Elvis Presley would slip into the nondescript building and sit at a well-worn piano. For the next couple hours, Elvis would warm up by harmonizing on gospel, often with the Jordanaires. Then he would get down to the serious business of recording songs. About the time the sun came up, Elvis would call it a night. “Elvis did most of his work here. He recorded 262 songs here, …

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Visiting Nashville: Johnny Cash Museum honors ‘The Man in Black’

When Bill Miller was 13 years old, he went to a Johnny Cash concert that changed the course of his life. “Johnny Cash played a harmonica and tossed it into the audience when he was done,” Miller said. “I caught it.” That was just the beginning. Over the years, Miller collected a treasure trove of Johnny Cash memorabilia and became friends with the legendary entertainer. “I honestly can’t tell you how many pieces I have. It’s in …

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