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  Here is a story courtesy of our guest writer, Georgina Roake who traveled on Viking Cruise Line touring the Danube River.  -Heidi The stars are in line, the money’s in the bank and its finally time to go on that cruise you’ve always dreamed of. Imagine exotic lands, beautiful scenery, fantastic food and entertainment – it’s not hard to see why cruising is one of the most popular forms of travel. But before you book your …

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Crystal River Cruises Announces New Prague Extended Land Program for 2020

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  MIAMI, September 16, 2019 – Guests sailing on dozens of 2020 voyages aboard Crystal Ravel and Crystal Mahler can extend their luxury Crystal vacations with in-depth exploration of Prague, as Crystal River Cruises unveils its new “Prague Discovery” Extended Land Program for next year. The three-night immersive program is offered pre- and post-cruise from Regensburg on voyages between Regensburg and Budapest and includes luxury accommodations at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the heart of the …

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American Queen Steamboat Company Launches Bahamas Relief and Recovery Fund Efforts on all Riverboats

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  NEW ALBANY, IN, September 10, 2019 – American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), a leader in U.S. river cruising, set-up a donation system on all riverboats to aid the Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Additionally, AQSC is committed to contributing other supplies such as clean towels and linens, soaps and essentials to be loaded in Miami and sent to the islands via ships. Guests and crew can easily contribute to the relief efforts …

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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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