Some River Cruise Updates and Podcast on Ocean Cruises … from Travel Weekly

Some good-news excerpts courtesy Travel Weekly About River Cruises, Plus Podcast on Ocean Cruises Stirring moments on AmaLucia sailing … There were only 28 passengers aboard the AmaLucia as the ship departed Amsterdam. But the small crowd brought big energy. River cruise lines continue to operate in Hungary … Even though the country has banned most air travel from the U.S., an exception has been carved out for river cruisers whose sailing departs from Budapest. European river …

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The Great American Cruise- American Cruise Lines keeps it domestic

Thinking of taking a cruise, but don’t want to fly internationally?  There are a large number of domestic ports, so most of us can sail on a cruise without ever having to fly.  (See a map of U.S. cruise ports here.)  From these ports, you can cruise close to home, or go almost anywhere in the world. If you really want to stay domestic, though, you might start taking a look at U.S. river/coast cruises.  There are …

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Pandaw launches river expedition in Kalimantan, Borneo

Pandaw, the luxury river ship operator, has launched a new ‘Into the True Heart of Borneo’ seven-night river expedition on the Kapuas River System in western Kalimantan; the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. The river system is the largest in Borneo flowing over 700miles (1,100km), fringed with rainforest and surrounded by mountain ranges. The seven-night expedition on the RV Katha Pandaw takes in the upper part of the Kapuas, a voyage of over 500km that …

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A highlight on the Scenic Opal: Dinner at a local Dutch restaurant

ABOARD THE SCENIC OPAL – The third day of this cruise was quite lovely. We cruised all morning and reached the Dutch town of Veere just about noon. This little burg of 1,800 residents has a very long history and we learned all about it during a 40-minute walking tour. It is located among dikes, dams and locks and is very near the North Sea. This was also the first day for bike touring and 28 hardy …

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Before our cruise, we visit lovely Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain –– A 40-minute walk from our hotel, including one wrong turn, finally brought us to our restaurant in el Raval district, about 20 minutes late for our 8 p.m. reservation. We found the lights out and the door locked. A man greeted us. He said they had a problem with the water and were closed. He had reserved a table at a nearby sister restaurant—but because of our tardy arrival that table had been taken. …

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Don’t have a lot of time? Four-night river cruises offered on the Queen of the Mississippi

River cruising isn’t just in Europe, you know. We have plenty of rivers here in the U.S. as well. American Cruise Lines has announced the addition of four-night cruises to the Queen of the Mississippi’s 2013 schedule. The cruise line notes, “three days shorter than the standard itinerary length on the Mississippi River, the new cruises will focus on the various plantations found along the river.” The new cruises are round trip from New Orleans and include …

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Luxurious river cruise line A-ROSA is entering the North American market

The river cruise market in Europe is really heating up with yet another premier company going after North American travelers. A-ROSA River Cruises, established in 2000, operates river boat cruiseson the Rhône/Saône, Rhine/Mosel/Main and Danube rivers. 2013 marks the first time that the brand’s ships will be devoted exclusively to the North American market. “In 2013, A-ROSA will be one of the most inclusive river boats in Europe by including complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the …

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Getting deeper into the Balkans: The towns of Mohacs and Pecs, Hungary

  MOHACS, Hungary – The past two days have absolutely sped by. We toured for most of the day both days in wilting heat. (I don’t think I have ever experienced such a stretch of 100-degree days anywhere.) As a result, when coming into the cool River Duchess at the end of an afternoon, all you can think about is a shower…and, just maybe…a nap. After several visits to large European capitals, these days were spent visiting …

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Uniworld offers savings on its holiday river cruises if you book by Aug. 31

For those seeking an old fashioned holiday atmosphere, Uniworld’s 2010 Europe Holiday Boutique River Cruises are a great option. Plus, by paying in full by August 31, 2010, with Uniworld’s “Double Early Booking Savings,” couples can enjoy a savings of $600 and solo travelers can save $300. Imagine storybook villages and majestic cities adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and stars, grand Christmas trees decorated from top to bottom, melodious carolers and choirs with sweet sounding voices, …

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Uniworld River Cruises will introduce the River Antoinette on the Rhine River

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will launch River Antoinette, the sister ship to the majestic River Beatrice, in March 2011 along the Rhine River. Using the same high quality décor and design standards as the River Beatrice, the new River Antoinette will be the premiere ship to sail the Rhine River on Uniworld’s popular Castles Along the Rhine itinerary. “With the great success of the River Beatrice sailing on the Enchanting Danube, one of Uniworld’s most popular itineraries, …

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