The food on the new Panorama is exceptional, as are the dining facilities

My husband always teases me that I am more interested in the food when I travel than the museums. I strongly deny that, but I admit that poor food on a trip really detracts from its charm for me. And it is true that I usually come home with local food specialties as souvenirs instead of posters or knickknacks. So I was so happy to discover that the dining on board the Panorama was divine. It always …

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Cruising the Rhine and Moselle: Morning on the river

My sleeping patterns always change when I travel. I seem to need less sleep, and wake up at crazy early hours. But that’s okay on this cruise on the Panorama, because it gives me lots of time to experience the ship before everyone else is up. First I head to the club lounge for a cup of coffee. The Melitta coffee machine produces a cup of cappuccino. There’s usually one or two people to chat with for …

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It’s official: Avalon Waterways names its new river cruiser the Panorama

Under overcast skies, but in a celebratory mood, the official christening ceremony for Avalon Waterway’s newest ship took place at 5 pm on May 14 in Mainz, Germany. The Panorama will now sail the rivers of Europe, joining her eight other sister- river cruise boats in the Avalon fleet. Guests, media and dignitaries gathered on the dockway to watch as the godmother, Lisa Wilkinson, cut the rope to send the champagne bottle swinging — and breaking perfectly …

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Frankfurt, Germany: First shore excursion from the new Panorama river cruiser

Frankfurt, Germany Saturday, May 14, 2011 Before our still nameless ship even left its docking station on the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany, we were treated to a shore excursion – a two-hour walking tour of the city. Frankfurt surprised me — I knew little about the city beforehand and had no high expectations. But guide Jens-Peter showed us a city that pulsed with life and that is routinely rated as one of the most liveable cities …

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A first look at Avalon Waterways’ new Panorama river cruiser

Friday, May 13, Frankfurt, Germany I really should refer to this boat as ‘an Avalon river boat’ as she won’t be officially christened until tomorrow, and so has not received the blessing of her name yet. But “the ship” is ready, and she’s beautiful! Everything is shiny and new, and the staff are obviously proud and a little nervous that everything will go well. And so far all is unfolding as it should. Passengers began arriving at …

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Traveling in just one carry-on bag: Packing tips from Barbara Ramsay Orr

New ATC Blogger Barbara Ramsay Orr departs today for Germany where she will sail on the inaugural cruise of the Panorama, the new river cruiser from Avalon Waterways. I always struggle to pack light, especially when I’m heading for a cruise. There are usually some formal nights, as well as a need for active wear and smart casual outfits for daytime. It’s really difficult to pare things down, and it is always tempting to throw that last …

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A room with a view on the brand new Panorama river cruiser

Welcome new blogger Barbara Ramsay Orr! My last river cruise was on a very traditional Peter Deilmann cruise boat, sailing the Rhine on a twelve-day return tour.  I loved that experience, and remain a total fan of river cruising.  I believe the finest views and the best introduction to these fabled European cities is to be had through a river arrival. This last river cruiser was very Germanic in style, with everything happening at precise times, arranged …

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Barbara Ramsay Orr’s Bio

Barbara Ramsay Orr fell in love with cruising on her very first sailing, on the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1987. She has sailed on several Cunard Queens since, has experienced the thrill of small ships, river boats and intimate barges and explored the many attractions of the other large ladies of the seas. It has remained her favorite way to see the world. Barbara is the President of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and has …

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