Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Partners With Elisabeth Von Trapp in 2015

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will once again partner with Elisabeth von Trapp – granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music – in 2015 for a variety of special music-themed river cruises.

Uniworld's River Beatrice has won numerous awards and accolades from guests and media alike. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld’s River Beatrice has won numerous awards and accolades from guests and media alike. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Our Take On Quantum Of The Seas

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Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas Delivers

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas sails past the Statue of Liberty in New York on the evening of Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas sails past the Statue of Liberty in New York on the evening of Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Aaron Saunders, reporting for Avid Cruiser

The truth of the matter is that two days is not nearly enough to experience everything you can possibly do aboard Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum of the Seas. In fact, two weeks might not be enough. She’s not just a cruise ship that takes you from Point A to Point B; she’s a destination in her own right.

From Cape Liberty: Quantum of the Seas Live Voyage Report

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Our Journey to New York to see Royal Caribbean’s Latest Innovation(s)

Royal Caribbean's brand-new Quantum of the Seas sails into Southampton, England in late October. We'll join her this week in New York for a quick preview cruise out to the Atlantic and back. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean’s brand-new Quantum of the Seas sails into Southampton, England in late October. We’ll join her this week in New York for a quick preview cruise out to the Atlantic and back. Note the extended North Star capsule towering high above her. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Recapping Our Silver Wind Voyage: 10 Days Of Peak Experiences

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© 2014 Ralph Grizzle

One of the highlights of my voyage: visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

It’s hard to believe that we covered so much ground — and sea — during  our 10 days on Silver Wind.

To think that our voyage began about a week and a half ago seems unreal. How could we have possibly experienced so much in so little time?

Celebrity Cruises Begins Offering Ocean-River Cruisetour Packages

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Some interesting news for river cruisers and ocean cruisers alike: Celebrity Cruises is getting into the river cruise market by offering combination ocean cruise and river cruise vacations in Europe as part of its Celebrity Explorations brand. The line has partnered with Amras Cruises to provide river cruise vacations to Celebrity’s guests. Amras is the North American-branded arm of Austrian-based Luftner Cruises, which operates a fleet of 12 ships within Europe, almost all of which begin with the prefix, Amadeus.

On Silver Wind: Sneak Peak Of The New Production Show, Musica Maestro

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Musica Maestro' © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Cast of ‘Mind The Gap’ and ‘Musica Maestro’ on Silver Wind. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

In yesterday’s story, Silversea Entertainment: A New Production Rolls Out On Silver Wind, I wrote about being among the first to see Silversea’s elaborate new show “Musica Maestro.” Embedded below is a video that I produced to give you an idea of how the show plays out as well as interviews that reveal the thinking behind Musica Maestro and other shows that Luna Rossa Productions Ltd. has produced exclusively for Silversea.

On Silver Wind: A Moving Day In Jerusalem, Israel

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Silver Wind dumped half of its passenger load in Limassol, Cyprus. The reason: Our next two ports of call were in Israel, and apparently quite a few people were afraid to travel to this country in the Middle East. So they booked a half voyage. I can only say, Boy did they miss out.

My own mother opted out of this voyage for fear of “something happening.” A pity, because her lifelong dream had been to visit the Holy Land.

Silver Wind Dining: Steaks & Lava Stones, An Evening At ‘The Grill’

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Aghios, Greece

Morning in Aghios, on the island of Crete in Greece. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Silver Wind docked this morning in Aghios, Greece. All aboard was at 12:30, so we only had a few hours in this small town situated in Crete.

After a leisurely breakfast, we did what many of the other guests did, headed to a café for internet and the obligatory coffee. Returning to the ship at noon, we had lunch and a relaxed day on board as we sailed past Greek isles on a beautiful October day. Our big decision for the day: Where would we have dinner?

Host Notes Part 2: Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage

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Cruise Specialists Voyage host Tom Mullen has become a fixture on world cruises and grand voyages, helping to entertain and guide our guests. On the Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage on the Holland America Line ms Amsterdam he has been sending post cards to document their stops!

Read part one to see their kick off in Alaska.

Now Tom catches us up on their first stops in Japan.

Open For Booking: Uniworld’s River Cruises Through India

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Consider this a friendly reminder: one of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s newest and most unique river cruise itineraries is now open for booking.

Dubbed India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges, this 13-day itinerary traverses the exotic and complex country of India – one of the first of its kind to be offered by a North American-based river cruise line. Debuting in January 2016 aboard the newly-built Ganges Voyager II, this is the river cruise for those looking for something far removed from the ‘ordinary’ voyages along the Danube.