river cruises – Canal Voyagers http://canalvoyagers.com/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 17:03:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://canalvoyagers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-6-83x150.png river cruises – Canal Voyagers http://canalvoyagers.com/ 32 32 11 reasons why we love river cruises in Europe https://canalvoyagers.com/11-reasons-why-we-love-river-cruises-in-europe/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 14:25:20 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/11-reasons-why-we-love-river-cruises-in-europe/ My wife and I have taken two European river cruises so far. One was on the Rhone in France. The other was on the Douro River in Portugal. Both were on AMAWaterways ships. And we hope for a third on the Garonne in the Bordeaux region of France. And a fourth on the Rhine for […]]]>

My wife and I have taken two European river cruises so far. One was on the Rhone in France. The other was on the Douro River in Portugal. Both were on AMAWaterways ships. And we hope for a third on the Garonne in the Bordeaux region of France. And a fourth on the Rhine for the Christmas markets. Needless to say, we enjoyed each one immensely and look forward to further adventures. River cruises are fun, educational and easy on the soul. They are also easy on the body. Here are 11 reasons we love them.

A luxury river boat on the Danube (Photo credit: Fabio Michele Capelli / Shutterstock.com)

1. Welcome aboard

River cruise ships are mobile hotels. Although they vary in size, most are between 260 feet and 443 feet in length and can accommodate 100 to almost 200 passengers. These purpose-built vessels all have low profiles in order to pass under bridges, many of which are notoriously low to water in Europe. (We went under a bridge near Lyon with a two inch clearance.) Being hotels, although mobile, they have comfortable cabins. Not big but well arranged. And there is a common lounge big enough to accommodate all passengers. There are also one or two dining rooms. One thing we really appreciated: there was no need to carry luggage or pack and unpack daily. Climb aboard and rest for the duration of your cruise.

2. Intimate Settings

Given the relatively small size of these ships, they are able to provide more informal and intimate settings compared to ocean cruise ships, which are usually much, much larger. It is impossible to get lost on these river vessels. They are comfortable without being cramped. Unfortunately, despite the elevators, these ships are generally not really wheelchair accessible. Check with the cruise line before booking.

3. Cast off all lines

One of the best parts of these cruises is being on the river, so to speak. Whether in your cabin looking out the window or sitting on your (small) balcony, in the saloon or taking in the fresh air on the upper deck, it’s fun to watch the world go by – the changing textures of the sky, of land and river as well as other boats and ships making their own voyages. River cruises offer a superb opportunity to relax, watching the sights and hearing the sounds as you ‘pass’, which is reason enough to take them.

4. Something for everyone

It’s easy to meet new people thanks to the many activities organized both on board and ashore. At the same time, it’s easy to find quiet spaces in the shared public spaces, especially on the open-air upper decks where there are walking/exercise tracks and canopied seating areas. I met very few people up there. (Of course, this could have been linked to the brisk November weather on both of our cruises as well as the mistrals, cold north or northwest winds, on the Rhône.) But I found it lovely, especially at night enjoying the stars and fires on land and on passing boats and barges.

5. Stand Up and To Them

One of my favorite times on river cruises is early in the morning. I often got up around 6 a.m., had a cup of coffee, and went up to the patio to meet the new day. There’s plenty to do: check the weather, watch the river, then take a few laps around the walking track, enjoying the quiet, the solitude, and my coffee. At 7 o’clock sharp, I went to the dining room to be one of the first in line. Tables are first come, first served, so I’d grab one by the windows and read while waiting for my wife. She usually arrived a few minutes later and we planned the day around breakfast. It’s a simple and pleasant start to the day.

Douro river and landscape in cloudy weather.
Douro River (Photo credit: John Edwards)

6. Rest or recreation

Each day brings a new port and a new optional day trip. We found these day trips both fun and educational. Skipping an excursion is not a bad idea if you need a break from the routine. Being on a quiet ship docked at the pier is a great way to spend a day. However, most passengers go on day trips. These shore excursions are led by knowledgeable and friendly guides. They are invariably well organized, well planned and, in our experience, well executed.

Pro tip: Sometimes an excursion may have difficult steps for those with walking difficulties. Also, getting on the transport bus can be difficult. Ask your guide for alternative activities. They are often available.

Excursion to the Pont du Gard during a cruise on the Rhône.
Gardon River (Photo credit: John Edwards)

7. Does the size of the river matter?

Certainly not. The Rhône, in terms of cubic feet of flow, is almost three times more massive than the Douro River. And while the Rhône is impressively wide in many parts, offering far-reaching views, the Douro River is noticeably narrower, compressed by steep cliffs or vineyard-covered hills on either bank. Our experience on each was exceptional, which surprised us. We thought the little river would be less exciting. Less attractive. Less attractive. We were wrong on all counts. Larger rivers may offer more expansive views. Maybe more drama. But small rivers are more available. Banks are closer. Views are more detailed. We loved both. And we hope to return for cruises on every type of river in the future.

Vineyard at Quinta Da Avessada in the hills of the Douro River.
Vineyard at Quinta Da Avessada from the hills of the Douro River (Photo credit: John Edwards)

8. Day trip

One of our favorite things to do on these cruises was the day trips. As stated, the excursions are interesting, well planned and well executed. Places we visited included notable nearby towns and villages, museums, wineries, restaurants, buildings, churches and structures of historical and cultural significance, even a truffle farm with a truffle hunting demonstration. truffles and a truffle tasting to follow! All at no additional cost. The duration of each outing varies. Some last a few hours. Others are all-day affairs. But either way, you’ll be back on the ship in time for dinner and evening entertainment.

9. Speaking of entertainment…

Most evenings there is entertainment of one sort or another. It’s usually local bands or singers, but it can also be a disco party, photo contest, quiz contest, or just happy hour at the Ancient. All were fun and an added bonus to our overall experience.

10. The Crew!

The crew members were the sine qua non of our pleasure. Overall, on both cruises, the crews made the difference. Shared between the ship’s operating staff (captain, navigation, engineering) and hotel staff (cruise director, excursion guides, catering, housekeeping), we had some exceptional experiences. They were first and foremost professionals. Additionally, they were friendly, fun, attentive, honestly caring, and available when needed. Humorous too! Without the excellence of the crew and staff, our cruises would have been lesser experiences.

11. Add to the fun

If you want to extend your trip, you can inquire about pre- and post-cruise extensions. Several cruise lines offer them. They organize transport, food and accommodation to interesting nearby destinations accompanied by outings of one kind or another. While you’re there, you might as well see everything you can. It’s like the proverbial icing on the cake!

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River cruises offer their own charms, by travel writers https://canalvoyagers.com/river-cruises-offer-their-own-charms-by-travel-writers/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 08:08:58 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/river-cruises-offer-their-own-charms-by-travel-writers/ By Victor Block One evening a few years ago, my wife Fyllis and I were enjoying a sumptuous four course gourmet dinner accompanied by locally produced wines. More recently, we have listened carefully to lectures by knowledgeable experts on a variety of issues, some controversial, in several Eastern European countries. The setting for these experiences […]]]>

By Victor Block

One evening a few years ago, my wife Fyllis and I were enjoying a sumptuous four course gourmet dinner accompanied by locally produced wines. More recently, we have listened carefully to lectures by knowledgeable experts on a variety of issues, some controversial, in several Eastern European countries.

The setting for these experiences could have been a five-star hotel or resort, and indeed, in terms of atmosphere and attractiveness, they deserved that rating. What sets them apart is that they take place on small vessels plying some of the most famous and legendary rivers in the world.

Currently, a number of ocean-going vessels have canceled sailings and in some cases faced an outbreak of coronavirus among passengers and crew. This can be frustrating for the many people who love to take to the seas. But there is an alternative that allows frustrated sailors to leave dry land, enjoy a different way of playing sailor, and enhance their journey on the ocean. water in a way that is not available on the world’s oceans.

Inland waterways may lack appeal for those who prefer the allure of the high seas, but they can more than make up for it in other attributes. These include panoramic views of stunning landscapes, opportunities to explore the history and cultures of the countries the ships pass through, and onboard activities that are often linked to these places.

Although usually called river cruises, they can cross bays, lakes, fjords and canals. This delicious dinner that Fyllis and I enjoyed was served aboard a French Country Waterways barge moving leisurely through the canals that run through some of the most scenic regions of France.

The vessels operated by the American company give new meaning to the word “barge”. They offer the gracious ambience of a beautiful country inn in an atmosphere of informal elegance. Meals are often made with fresh ingredients bought ashore, including breakfast bread and still-warm croissants from the bakery.

The philosophy of Grand Circle Cruise Line and its sister company, Overseas Adventure Travel, is summed up in the phrase “learning and discovering”. This often meant delving into topics such as the refugee situation in the four Eastern European countries our riverboat passes through.

There’s also time for fun and games, what I call “at home” entertainment in contrast to the big flashy reviews common on huge ocean-going ships. Our crew members participated in a hilarious karaoke contest and put on a badly butchered performance of the “Swan Lake” ballet, prompting the ship’s captain to join the passengers in pleading with the passengers, “Remember, what happens on the ship stays on the ship”.

Grand Circle offerings include sailing along the Seine through France, a romantic getaway on the Blue Danube in four countries, and a grand European cruise that covers eight countries over 29 days. Avalon Waterways covers some of the same European territory, offering shore excursions ranging from lessons in French cooking and Dutch painting to meeting an Austrian count at his castle.

Its Storyteller series brings together well-known authors who discuss their books. The Suite Ships, which sail in Europe and Southeast Asia, feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of the passing landscape.

The landscape is different for passengers aboard a Fred Olsen ship exploring the Norwegian Fjord, a flagship destination for this company. It is a wonderland of towering mountains, deep valleys and mighty waterfalls interspersed with charming villages. Norway’s arctic north is a region of remote islands and unspoilt wilderness that is sometimes blanketed by the impressive Northern Lights.

On the other side of the planet, Lindblad Cruises, the so-called adventure cruise specialists, take passengers along the rivers that run through Cambodia and Vietnam to see palaces, temples and floating villages. Other Lindblad ships follow the Nile and Amazon rivers.

Of course, you don’t have to leave the United States to experience the pleasures and benefits of ships plying non-oceanic waters. In 2022, American Cruise Lines has 15 small ships and riverboats operating in 31 states. Nine routes follow the Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland rivers between New Orleans and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Along the way, passengers visit Civil War battlefields, hear the beat of traditional American music in Memphis and Nashville, and relive the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn where Mark Twain created them in Hannibal, Missouri.

From gourmet meals to the sounds of music, from the pyramids of Egypt to the floating villages of Asia, small boat cruises offer a surprisingly wide choice of places to explore, cultures to discover and other attractions to enjoy. At present, they can be a welcome alternative for those who wish to set foot on a boat deck other than that of a large ocean-going vessel.

WHEN YOU GO

Due to their low passenger capacity and coronavirus safety procedures, smaller ships are generally less likely to face the challenges that plague some ocean-going vessels. Still, check ahead to make sure the trip you want to take is a chance.

www.fcwl.com

www.gct.com

www.avalonwaterways.com

www.fredolsencruises.com

www.lindbladcruises.com

www.americancruiselines.com

The American Constellation, a ship of the American cruise line, sails in Alaska. Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines.

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    A group of musicians entertain themselves aboard a French Country Waterways ship.  Photo courtesy of French Country Waterways.

A group of musicians entertain themselves aboard a French Country Waterways ship. Photo courtesy of French Country Waterways.

Victor Block is a freelance writer. To read articles by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

A Grand Circle cruise ship plys the waters of the Seine in Paris, France. Photo courtesy of Grand Circle Cruise Line.

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American Cruise Lines offers free flights with select river cruises https://canalvoyagers.com/american-cruise-lines-offers-free-flights-with-select-river-cruises/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 13:35:20 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/american-cruise-lines-offers-free-flights-with-select-river-cruises/ You can buy a cruise and get your plane ticket for free, but you have to act fast. American Cruise Lines is offering free domestic airfare with select upcoming river cruises. The deal ends March 5. Free plane ticket Promotion is valid only on cruises along the Mississippi River, Puget Sound, or Columbia and Snake […]]]>

You can buy a cruise and get your plane ticket for free, but you have to act fast. American Cruise Lines is offering free domestic airfare with select upcoming river cruises. The deal ends March 5.

Free plane ticket

Promotion is valid only on cruises along the Mississippi River, Puget Sound, or Columbia and Snake Rivers through the end of May 2022. Offer is valid for new bookings and covers domestic travel only. If you are not interested in the selected departures included in the offer, you can always take advantage of the company’s flat rate airfare option. Airfare is available during the booking process and will not fluctuate.

American Cruise Lines is also offering a complimentary hotel stay before your cruise and new land-based packages that include deluxe options. On some voyages, the cruise line also offers free shore excursions.

About US Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines prides itself on providing intimate, upscale travel experiences. Its fleet of 15 vessels includes riverboats, paddle steamers and small cruise ships, each with a capacity of less than 200 people. Each route is specially designed to enjoy the sights at a slower pace where customers enjoy the camaraderie between fellow passengers and staff. On board the boats, guests enjoy elevated all-inclusive meals, entertainment, and more spacious rooms (most with balconies).

The size of American Cruise Lines’ fleet has doubled in the past five years. The company now operates in 31 states, with 19 different departure cities in the United States. All of his itineraries are US-only and focus on small towns and history. Find out why we think these routes are perfect for river cruising. And as you travel along the Mississippi River, grab your binoculars and look for eagles, or check out these sights in Seattle before exploring the Puget Sound cruise.

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Nile Cruise: River Cruises in Egypt onboard… https://canalvoyagers.com/nile-cruise-river-cruises-in-egypt-onboard/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 14:53:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/nile-cruise-river-cruises-in-egypt-onboard/ Credit: Shutterstock/Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey Nile cruises have long been a popular option for those looking to explore several of Egypt’s hotspots. With the new Death on the Nile movie now out, what does a Nile cruise look like? For years, I wanted to sail the Nile. Not with hundreds of other passengers on a modern, glass-encased […]]]>

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Nile cruises have long been a popular option for those looking to explore several of Egypt’s hotspots. With the new Death on the Nile movie now out, what does a Nile cruise look like?

For years, I wanted to sail the Nile. Not with hundreds of other passengers on a modern, glass-encased ship, but in style and with as few passengers as possible.

It was by reading an interview with the famous interior designer Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen, who descended the Nile with his wife for their 30th wedding anniversary, that I showed the way. I finally got the name of a ship that just might tick all the right boxes: the SS Sudan.

The search for the SS Sudan brought back memories of Agatha Christie’s book Death on the Nile, the later 1978 film version starring Peter Ustinov as Detective Hercule Poirot, and the 2004 television version starring David Suchet, which I loved it.

A new version of Death of Death on the Nile hit cinema screens this month, starring Kenneth Branagh as Poirot, catering to a hungry audience that loves a little sleep with an exotic and stylish setting.

The books and the three films have one thing in common: the Steamship Sudan. This is the ship Agatha Christie sailed on in 1933 and started her book, as all three films were shot aboard the SS Sudan, called SS Karnak in the book, and although the films took some liberties with achievement, it is easily recognizable.

Today, the ship still encompasses the glamor of 1930s travel, with wood-panelled staterooms opening onto wide teak verandahs, floating white canvas blinds, gleaming brass fittings, comfortable wicker armchairs and a ratio of 63 crew members for about 45 passengers.

The SS Sudan is one of two steamships that Thomas Cook used to transport wealthy travelers between Luxor and Aswan in the early 1900s, when archaeologists making spectacular discoveries of ancient Egyptian treasures along the Nile attracted wealthy tourists in Egypt on the so-called Grand Tour. , then in vogue.

– LEARN MORE: The best world-class cultural cruises –

With the Old Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor and the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan and the SS Sudan in between, luxury could be assured every step of the way, forgoing most of the climatic and logistical challenges tourists potentially faced. in Egypt at that time.

After some gentle restorations and modernizations over the years, the SS Sudan remains the only true and original paddle steamer on the Nile and retains the glamor of the old world of travel throughout her journeys on the Nile.

Boarding the SS Sudan, now owned by a French travel agency, I got a first glimpse of my fellow travelers. I was joined by passengers from France, Switzerland, the UK and Spain.

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Nile Cruise: The SS Sudan remains the only true and original paddle steamer on the Nile. Credit: Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey

There were few enough guests to allow for the feeling of exclusivity, but enough to make the trip worthwhile. A six-day, five-night voyage awaited us, with scheduled excursions, meals on board, even a screening of the film Death on the Nile on the itinerary, in the very bar used as the murder scene in the film.

The ship’s five suites and 18 staterooms are all on one level, above the restaurant and bar, and below the sundeck, with the superior suites at the bow and stern. The cabins are comfortable, with double or twin beds, armchairs, a minibar, wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms.

– LEARN MORE: Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit on a cruise –

Outside each cabin there is a wicker table and chairs, but the best view is from the sundeck, where wide armchairs and lounge chairs invite you to relax and watch life go by. the banks of the Nile.

Each day offers an excursion, from Qena, a little downstream from Luxor and home to the temples of Abydos and Dendera, to a return to Luxor for the night and a visit to the Valley of Kings, Queens, Nobles and artisans The next morning.

Other stops upstream are Edfu and the Temple of Kom Ombo, and Aswan, with a visit to the fantastic island temple of Philae. And while each day offers an excursion, each day brings a few hours of daylight sailing, allowing passengers to not only enjoy the weather on the ship and the views along the river, but also to see the spectacular sunsets over the west bank of the Nile.

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Nile Cruise: Each day offers an excursion to highlights such as the Valley of the Kings. Credit: Shutterstock

Tours to ancient Egyptian temples are simply awesome, literally: stunning, historical, larger-than-life reminders of a mighty civilization. And, with a guide looking after each of the small groups brought together by their preferred language remaining on board throughout the trip and leading all the tours with your group, you learn an incredible amount.

But, although the wonders of ancient Egypt are the reason we’re all on board, I sometimes felt “tempted” enough, to coin a phrase. These peaceful hours of sailing provided a well-deserved respite from an avalanche of mind-blowing information and breathtaking views each day.

– READ MORE: Best river cruises for families in 2022 –

It was the SS Sudan itself with its working steam chimney and ever-turning paddle wheel, the attention of the staff, the wonderful meals on board and the afternoon tea with delicacies freshly baked sweets that made sitting on decks while sailing such a treat.

The books I had brought, which I had imagined myself reading while sitting on the wicker chair outside my cabin, remained closed, instead I drank in the sights along the Nile and the life that happens there.

I lost count of the number of children I waved at, how many donkeys and water buffaloes I saw, how many egrets floated upright past on islands of tiny swimming grass, and how often I simply didn’t bother to take down the camera, but just kept clicking.

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Nile Cruise: The bar aboard the SS Sudan used as a murder scene in the movie Death on the Nile. Credit: Steam Ship Sudan

We’ve passed other cruise ships, with people splashing around in the onboard pool or even dancing in the onboard club. The SS Sudan had none of this equipment, and yet, dare I say it? I felt sorry for those passengers on the glassy, ​​characterless ships.

Being on the SS Sudan was a bit like being in a time warp, being transported back to the great old days of travel, with comfort, style and understated luxury that made me prefer to sit on the sundeck with a gin and tonic in hand, watching the green banks dotted with fishermen and children playing, the houses with women hanging the laundry on the line, the small farms and some large communities passing by, and feeling completely comfortable.

The onboard Wi-Fi was too spotty to be useful, keeping me cocooned from the outside world. Which, after a hectic few hours initially, ultimately added to the allure.

– READ MORE: How to choose a river cruise cabin –

One evening we were all invited to the bar and watched David Suchet’s Poirot solve the diabolical murders that Agatha Christie had engineered on this very ship, probably on this very part of the Nile.

The ship’s director proudly told us that he was given a cameo role in Kenneth Branagh’s new 2022 release while filming on board, and I just can’t wait to see the movie and relive my Nile cruise .

They say time travel is not possible, but sailing on the last steamer on the Nile, surrounded by history that is quite overwhelming at times, watching a day-to-day life barely changed for hundreds of years. ‘years that take place next to an ancient river, I dare say it’s entirely possible. Even if only for six days.

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Adventures by Disney opens books on European river cruises 2023: Travel Weekly https://canalvoyagers.com/adventures-by-disney-opens-books-on-european-river-cruises-2023-travel-weekly/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 15:35:53 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/adventures-by-disney-opens-books-on-european-river-cruises-2023-travel-weekly/ Adventures by Disney is now taking bookings for river cruises on three of Europe’s most popular waterways in 2023: the Rhine, Danube and Seine. On Rhine cruises, passengers explore villages in Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Highlights include a toboggan ride through the Black Forest, high-adrenaline activities in a covered winter park, and a […]]]>

Adventures by Disney is now taking bookings for river cruises on three of Europe’s most popular waterways in 2023: the Rhine, Danube and Seine.

On Rhine cruises, passengers explore villages in Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Highlights include a toboggan ride through the Black Forest, high-adrenaline activities in a covered winter park, and a trip through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley that offers up-close views of 30 castles.

The Danube cruises will visit eight destinations in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

• Related: Adventures by Disney Offering Arctic Cruises

Seine cruises will allow guests to visit the beaches of Normandy, Monet’s house and gardens and the spectacular cliffs of Etretat as well as Paris and all that the City of Lights has to offer.

Some itineraries such as Food and Wine and Oktoberfest cruises will be reserved exclusively for adults traveling without children, while other itineraries, such as holiday cruises that visit Europe’s popular Christmas markets, are open to families as well as adults. to guests without children.

Pre-cruise trips for guests booking Seine cruises can be added to three-day, two-night Paris Escape packages, where passengers can expect on-board dinners in front of the Eiffel Tower, private culinary tours at foot and an immersive visit to the Louvre.

All Adventures by Disney cruises are aboard AmaWaterways ships. To learn more, visit www.adventuresbydisney.com/river-cruising-with-disney.

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Riviera River Cruises offers discounts of over $500 through February https://canalvoyagers.com/riviera-river-cruises-offers-discounts-of-over-500-through-february/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/riviera-river-cruises-offers-discounts-of-over-500-through-february/ In response to increased demand, Europe’s leading UK-based river cruise operator, Riviera River Cruises, has expanded its North American reservations team, dedicated to serving the travel agency community. Together, newcomers Bhavna Mistry and Boyana Ahmetovic have over 25 years of experience in the travel industry. Rather than selling directly to customers, Riviera accepts bookings exclusively […]]]>

In response to increased demand, Europe’s leading UK-based river cruise operator, Riviera River Cruises, has expanded its North American reservations team, dedicated to serving the travel agency community. Together, newcomers Bhavna Mistry and Boyana Ahmetovic have over 25 years of experience in the travel industry.

Rather than selling directly to customers, Riviera accepts bookings exclusively from travel advisors, directing those who contact the company to book through their own travel agent or, if they don’t already have one, route the asks for a nearby advisor with whom Riviera has a relationship.

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Winter promotion discounts are available on new bookings made with a non-refundable deposit of $400 per person until February 28, 2022.

For more information, visit rivierarivercruises.com/winter-promotion.

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New ships take American Cruise Lines beyond river cruises: Travel Weekly https://canalvoyagers.com/new-ships-take-american-cruise-lines-beyond-river-cruises-travel-weekly/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/new-ships-take-american-cruise-lines-beyond-river-cruises-travel-weekly/ Nicole Edenedo When it comes to the simple luxury of river cruising and the adventurous spirit of expedition cruising, the best of both worlds may soon not be too hard to find aboard a new fleet of American Cruise ships. Lines. So says the luxury cruise line about its planned collection of 12 catamaran-style ships […]]]>

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When it comes to the simple luxury of river cruising and the adventurous spirit of expedition cruising, the best of both worlds may soon not be too hard to find aboard a new fleet of American Cruise ships. Lines.

So says the luxury cruise line about its planned collection of 12 catamaran-style ships currently under construction, including the first it plans to unveil next year.

Designed to navigate both river cruises and the inland coasts or bays that take passengers where larger ships can’t go, American Cruise Lines said its Project Blue hybrid ships will offer river cruise faithful a improved experience on the water – and new reasons for travel advisors to sell local.

“Right now, the two trips we offer in the Chesapeake Bay are roundtrip from Baltimore,” Charles Robertson, the line’s president, said of its current U.S. coverage area, which will also serve inspiration for the new routes of the inaugural year. hybrid river vessels.

“We could do a round trip from Washington, D.C. which would spend more time in the Potomac River and then explore more of the Carolinas and Virginia tides. We’re already in all the major operating geographies in the country and c So it’s just a deeper expansion into areas where we’re already going.”

• Related: An overview of Project Blue

And if there’s one trick travel advisors have learned to keep their sleeves up in pandemic-era travel, it’s the options for national holidays — no passports or re-entry requirements necessary. .

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A rendering of a large suite on an American Cruise Lines Project Blue ship. The new ships are expected to debut in 2023. Photo credit: American Cruise Lines

The new ships could also impact popular Mississippi River routes. While a typical river cruise may start in the Mississippi and end long before reaching the Gulf of Mexico, the new ships will allow American Cruise Lines to travel beyond New Orleans and transform into a different kind cruising, Robertson said, thanks to the way these new ships are built.

“These Project Blue ships will give us enormous versatility to easily transition from rivers to oceans, protected coastlines and inland waterways/bays, in addition to lakes,” Robertson said, taking care to point out that these hybrids will never leave the view of landing on these future river-ocean links.

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Beyond the dual-action performance of these ships on the water, Robertson also said there’s a kind of river cruiser elegance that these Project Blue hybrids will also be able to capture for river cruise enthusiasts alike. edge.

“The smallness of the ship, the space you have when you’re actually on board, and the customization are the real elements of that authentic, luxurious sophistication,” Robertson said. “You can navigate your way. You have plenty of tour options. If one of these isn’t exactly what you’re interested in, we can really pick something specifically for you and help you put something else together. You have a lot of flexibility on board. We can respond very effectively to individual requests.”

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Best Family River Cruises 2022 https://canalvoyagers.com/best-family-river-cruises-2022/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 17:21:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/best-family-river-cruises-2022/ Credit: Shutterstock/A-Rosa/Tauck Family river cruises are growing in popularity and becoming more feasible as cruise lines diversify. That’s why you should consider river cruises for families in 2022. Once upon a time, you would never hear the words “river cruise” and “families” spoken in the same sentence. However, river cruises are no longer for mature […]]]>

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Family river cruises are growing in popularity and becoming more feasible as cruise lines diversify. That’s why you should consider river cruises for families in 2022.

Once upon a time, you would never hear the words “river cruise” and “families” spoken in the same sentence.

However, river cruises are no longer for mature travelers and recent years have seen an increasing number of family cruises designed to suit everyone. whatever their age.

Explore fairytale castles on the Rhine, meet French “cowboys” in the Camargue, search for clues on a treasure hunt at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and prepare local specialties such as apple strudel in Vienna and pasta in Italy is one of the fun activities organized on multigenerational cruises.

Read on to find out more.

Why are river cruises fun for families?

First, they allow families to spend quality time together. Unlike large ocean-going vessels, where kids can spend all day and evening in kids’ clubs while parents do their own thing, riverboats are much smaller.

Activities are designed to engage the whole family, whether it’s taking a shore excursion or heading out along the river bank on the fleet of bicycles that are carried on board. They are also convenient and much less tiring than land tours.

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On a river cruise, families can explore multiple destinations and countries in the space of a week without having to constantly pack and unpack. Ships often sail at night, with the thrill of waking up in a new place the next day, and with the ever-changing landscape, there are no “boring” days at sea.

Luxury river cruise lines such as Tauck and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offer all-inclusive prices that cover meals, drinks, excursions and gratuities, so parents can easily budget and not have to worry about expenses. growing.

There are also excellent family cruise offers on the CroisiEurope line at good value for money.

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A-Rosa Sena was created with families and multi-generational groups in mind. 1 credit

European river cruises for families

A-Rosa Family River Cruises

In a first for river cruising, A-ROSA launches the first dedicated family river cruise ship.

The line is already renowned for its relaxed family sailings and the launch of the 280-passenger A-ROSA SENA in May 2022 will take the concept to a new level. It will be the first European river cruise ship to feature a dedicated family pool and kids’ club.

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The pirate-themed treasure island features a slide, rock climbing area, cave areas, craft and paint corners, and a chill-out area with large cushions designed to look like rocks.

The ship was created for families and multi-generational groups and the entertainment program will include treasure hunts, craft sessions, cocktail parties and cinematic experiences.

A-ROSA SENA will have 12 very spacious family cabins that can accommodate up to five people and meals will include a special children’s buffet for younger passengers while older children can compose their own favorite dishes from the main buffet if they wish. prefer it.

There is also a separate family area in the restaurant where families can eat together. The onboard experience will continue ashore with family excursions such as a trip to Madurodam Miniature Park in the Netherlands and Chocolate Nation in Antwerp.

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A-Rosa Sena: Pirate-themed Treasure Island features a slide, rock climbing area, caves and more. 1 credit

An added benefit for environmentally conscious parents and children is that the A-ROSA SENA is the first river vessel to feature “E-motion” technology. The hybrid propulsion system allows the vessel to switch to battery power when entering and leaving port, meaning arrivals and departures are quiet and emission-free.

Lucia Rowe, Managing Director of A-ROSA River Cruises UK & Ireland, said of the new ship: “We have been welcoming families on our cruises since 2014, but with A-ROSA SENA we have taken things to a any other level. We’ve taken the insights we’ve gained over the past few years about the needs and wants of families and incorporated it into the design of A-ROSA SENA from the outset.

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“It offers many innovations in family cruising on the rivers of Europe, with the first dedicated kids’ club room on a river cruise ship where children can romp, play, relax and get to know each other.

“There is also the children’s pool on the sundeck in addition to the main pool, plus the family area, all the necessary ingredients for the perfect family vacation. We know that the children who sail today are the cruisers of the future, and if they have a good time sailing with their parents and grandparents, I’m sure they’ll be cruisers for life.

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offers all-inclusive rates. Credit: Uniworld

Family river cruises

Tauck was the main pioneer of family river cruises in 2010 when he first introduced the Tauck Bridges program with navigation on the Danube. These all-inclusive itineraries have since been extended to the Rhine, Rhône and Seine.

Highlights of the Rhone cruise include a private visit to a ranch in the Camargue where families can meet some of the region’s famous white horses and the guardians, or Provençal cowboys, who tend to them before heading off. attend a spectacular horse-riding show.

Navigation on the Rhine includes a visit to Strasbourg and the opportunity to become French for a day, learn French phrases, participate in a song and enjoy a chocolate tasting.

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Uniworld family river cruises fall under the line’s Generations collection and operate on the Rhine, Danube and Italian Po rivers.

Also all-inclusive, they include family-friendly shore excursions led by local experts, special children’s menus, and a dining table for young travelers reserved on certain evenings for children and the two family hosts who accompany each cruise and supervise activities.

In addition to a young traveler lounge and games room, there are kids-only movie nights with popcorn and a VIP ship tour with the ship’s captain or hotel manager.

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Uniworld family river cruises operate on the Rhine, Danube and Italian Po. Credit: Uniworld

Keep an eye out for special offers from the CroisiEurope Family Club which offer free cruises for young people under 16 on a selection of crossings in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Children over five can also sleep in a cabin next to their parents and there are no expensive solo supplements for single parents. Family Club cruises also offer a children’s menu and onboard entertainment with hosts.

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Far from the designated family crossings, many lines welcome children on their regular crossings. In particular, AmaWaterways family river cruises can be found aboard AmaStella and AmaViola, both of which have connecting cabins that can accommodate families of up to five people.

The impressive ship of the line, the AmaMagna, which is twice the width of traditional river vessels, offers spacious accommodation and public facilities ideal for families, including a swimming pool and a theater where youngsters can watch films and to play video games.

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Adventures by Disney Rhine, Danube and Seine cruises return in 2023 https://canalvoyagers.com/adventures-by-disney-rhine-danube-and-seine-cruises-return-in-2023/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/adventures-by-disney-rhine-danube-and-seine-cruises-return-in-2023/ Adventures by Disney has announced the return of its Rhine, Danube and Seine cruises in 2023. Family holidays in the heart of Europe Sailing with AmaWaterways, a leading luxury river cruise line, eight-day, seven-night Adventure by Disney river cruises are packed with active and immersive experiences. On Rhine cruises, passengers will explore storybook villages in […]]]>

Adventures by Disney has announced the return of its Rhine, Danube and Seine cruises in 2023.

Family holidays in the heart of Europe

Sailing with AmaWaterways, a leading luxury river cruise line, eight-day, seven-night Adventure by Disney river cruises are packed with active and immersive experiences.

On Rhine cruises, passengers will explore storybook villages in Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Highlights include a toboggan ride through the Black Forest, adrenaline thrills in an indoor winter park, and a journey through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley offering up-close views of 30 majestic castles.

Danube cruises visit eight unforgettable destinations in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, where adventurers will traverse medieval ruins, climb treetop rope bridges and marvel at hills made famous in “The Sound of Music”.

Seine cruises will celebrate the magnificence of rural France with visits to quaint provincial towns, historic Normandy beaches, Monet’s home and gardens, the dramatic cliffs of Etretat and Paris – the “City of Lights”.

Plus, Adventures by Disney guests can extend their Seine cruise vacation with a three-day, two-night Parisian escape. From spectacular views of the ‘City of Lights’ to a private culinary walking tour and an immersive visit to the Louvre Museum guided by a local expert, you won’t want to miss this pre-cruise package.

Specialized, seasonal and themed departures

In 2023, the Adventures by Disney line of river cruises includes a variety of specialty cruises that feature themed offerings onboard and ashore, in addition to the excursions and entertainment already built into each itinerary.

Special adults-only vacations include themed Oktoberfest cruises on the Danube and food and wine cruises on the Rhine, each offering an extra helping of sophistication and fun for food connoisseurs and ‘gourmets’. Also on the Danube and the Rhine, families can experience the spirit of the end-of-year celebrations during festive Christmas Market cruises.

Reservations will open to the public on January 28, 2022. Guests looking to book a river cruise in 2023 can take advantage of Adventure by Disney’s early bird offer saving $500 per person. There’s also savings of $500 per person on the 2022 Adventures by Disney River Cruise Deal on select Rhine or Danube river cruises. The availability of these offers is limited.

Adventures by Disney previously announced cruises to the Arctic, Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands for 2023.

To learn more about Adventures by Disney or to book a vacation, customers can visit AdventuresByDisney.com, call 1-800-543-0865 or contact a travel agent.

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National Geographic unveils 2023 cruises and river tours : Travel Weekly https://canalvoyagers.com/national-geographic-unveils-2023-cruises-and-river-tours-travel-weekly/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/national-geographic-unveils-2023-cruises-and-river-tours-travel-weekly/ National Geographic Expeditions has announced its new 2023 lineup of river cruises and shore excursions. National Geographic river cruises, operated by AmaWaterways, are returning to European waterways. Each departure is accompanied by a historian, author or archaeologist, known as a National Geographic Expert, who will give onboard presentations and accompany passengers on daily excursions. A […]]]>

National Geographic Expeditions has announced its new 2023 lineup of river cruises and shore excursions.

National Geographic river cruises, operated by AmaWaterways, are returning to European waterways.

Each departure is accompanied by a historian, author or archaeologist, known as a National Geographic Expert, who will give onboard presentations and accompany passengers on daily excursions.

A National Geographic photographer also joins guests on the excursions and provides professional advice on technique and artistry while capturing the moments of the trip.

New this year as part of Iconic Overland Expeditions is Costa Rica: Wildlife and Conservation, a reimagined journey that will offer travelers a journey through the country’s rich biodiversity and conservation efforts.

The eight-night trip will include visits to wetlands and rainforests; a family plantation of cocoa, coffee and sugar cane; an excursion to a research center at the Monteverde Institute; and the chance to see native wildlife in their natural habitat and conservation environments.

Groups of 16-25 people will enjoy educational opportunities with conservationists and researchers during their journey, which includes stays at four different accommodations.

Other iconic overland expeditions are offered in Patagonia, Egypt, India and Borneo.

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