France Cruises: Could I possibly adjust to the slow paced nature of a canal barge cruise?

Could I possibly adjust to the slow paced nature of a canal barge cruise? That was the big question as we embarked on the Esperance, a hotel barge that sails through the Midi Canal in the south of France. After several months of fast-paced travel where other people and impersonal companies were always dictating my itinerary, arranging a six night stay on the Esperance was a breath of fresh air, if not just a little bit unnerving. …

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Joie de Vivre brings a French effervescence to Uniworld’s Seine cruises from Paris into Normandy

PARIS-You don’t need to speak French to sail on the new Joie de Vivre, cruising the Seine out of Paris. But you will know from your first step aboard, at the dock about a 20-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, that you are in France. With its French fabrics, foie gras, daily arrays of local cheeses, and its hallways dressed in early 1900s caricatures by artist George Goursat (known as Sem), the Joie de Vivre is true …

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Le Boat begins Rideau Canal, UNESCO World Heritage destination bookings for 2018 cruising season

Le Boat, Europe’s largest operator of self-drive boating vacations, is now taking reservations for its first North American destination in Ontario, Canada’s historic Rideau Canal for the 2018 boating season. With no experience required, Le Boat makes it easy for vacationers to discover the unparalleled natural scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lined with rich history and a vibrant culture, the route takes travelers down a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals between Ottawa and …

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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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Rhine River Cruise aboard the Viking Hlin: A highlight, Cologne

ABOARD THE VIKING HLIN – Thus far on our river journey, we have focused on both sides of the river. Thus, France to the West and Germany to the East have pretty much received equal attention. But yesterday and today that all changed. It has been all about Germany. In truth, I have never traveled extensively in Germany so it has been quite interesting to get some deeper insight into the culture which is not all brats …

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Rhine River Cruise aboard the Viking Hlin: Rüdesheim and Koblenz

ABOARD THE VIKING HLIN – Last night’s party was certainly a rousing good time and I believe even Chet enjoyed it. It was an optional excursion ($69 each) and 30 passengers from our ship and 55 from the sister ship, the Viking Kara, participated in dinner and dancing at the Rüdesheimer Schloss restaurant. This village, which we also visited last year, is one of my favorite stops on the Rhine. You can walk on and off the …

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Viking River Cruises unveils new all suite ship design in Egypt

Viking River Cruises today announced details of the newest addition to its river fleet, Viking Ra™. Recently acquired, the vessel has been stripped down to the steel to undergo a complete renovation that will reflect Viking’s award-winning Scandinavian design. Tailored to an intimate sailing experience for just 48 guests, Viking Ra will sail the Nile River on a new Egypt cruisetour, Pharaohs & Pyramids, that will launch in March 2018. “Egypt is one of the most intriguing countries …

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Rhine River Cruise aboard the Viking Hlin: Beginning the cruise sailing from Basel

ABOARD THE VIKING HLIN– The past couple of days have flown by. What with some 19 hours  of traveling, getting accustomed to the ship and taking the first set of tours there hasn’t been much time to digest it all. But today we slowed the pace. This is our first trip on Viking River Cruises and we find the port-a-day pace a tad daunting. So today, while most passengers were touring the castle at Heidelburg, Germany – …

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Heading off again, this time on a Viking river cruise

I’ve dragged the suitcase out again and it is just about full. I’ve changed purses, taking out all of the unnecessary credit cards. I have send my children emails of how to reach us and I am about to clean any leftover fresh produce from the fridge. That’s a sure sign that I am heading out again, this time to Europe for a fairly short trip – a one-week sailing on the Rhine river aboard the Viking …

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Peeking behind the former Iron Curtain – River cruise opens doors in Eastern Europe

By Katherine Rodeghier  Ten of us sat around a kitchen table in a tidy home in eastern Croatia. Over cake and coffee, our hostess answered questions about life in villages still reeling from the effects of a war that ended on paper more than two decades ago. Fields still laced with land mines. Rampant unemployment. Young people fleeing to bigger cities to find a better life. Suzi Petrijevcanin wasn’t complaining, just telling it like it is to …

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