Uniworld’s Queen Isabel to be christened by Hollywood actress Andie MacDowell

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will inaugurate their newest ship, the Queen Isabel, in Porto, Portugal on March 22, 2013. Uniworld named the ship Queen Isabel after one of Portugal’s most beloved queens from the late 13th – 14th century, and she will be christened by one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, Andie MacDowell. MacDowell’s many hits include the Academy Award nominated “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Sex, Lies and Videotapes,” and “Groundhog Day.”  MacDowell has also been a …

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Bratislava, Slovakia, is perhaps the world’s newest capital and it is polishing its image

  BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – The River Duchess left Vienna, Austria, at 3 a.m. this morning and traveled about 40 miles down the Danube to another country. In fact, a very brand new country: Slovakia.Over its long history, this small country has been ruled by many powers, including 400 years under the Hapsburgs, but is best known to most Americans as the Slovakia part of Czechoslovakia. That country was formed in 1918, after World War I, and was …

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Our first day on our first river cruise…we stay in Vienna, Austria

VIENNA, Austria– Check off another city on my to-visit list. The lovely city of Vienna, Austria. I had never been to this famous city of Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven and so was pleased to learn that we were going to spend a couple of days here at the beginning of our river cruise. Yesterday morning we flew from Amsterdam to Vienna and boarded Uniworld’s River Duchess at about 1 p.m. Everything went perfectly, from the airport pick-up …

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Tomorrow we begin our Uniworld river cruise: The Imperial Capitals of Europe

We have crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary 2 and spent two days in Amsterdam and a day at Floriade, the world horticultural exhibition located about two hours outside of that city in Venlo. (www.floriade.com) I will be writing about those is upcoming posts. However, tomorrow we fly from Amsterdam to Vienna, Austria, where we board the River Duchess for the beginning of a two-week river trip. It begins with a few days in Vienna, …

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