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This Week Cruising The Douro River On AmaWaterways

Posted by on July 21, 2014

This week, we’re traveling from Copenhagen to Portugal to river cruise along the beautiful Douro River. We’ll be cruising through the heart of the Duoro Valley, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its wine production. In fact, ours is a special wine-themed cruise on AmaVida, operated by AmaWaterways.

Join us for an inspiring week in Portugal.We’ll be posting daily “video vignettes” each day of our voyage.  

Where We’re Cruising On AmaVida

The World’s Best Ship That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of? Our Europa 2 Video Review

Posted by on July 15, 2014

Our Europa 2 cruise review provides a quick look (5:41 minutes) at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ newest luxury vessel. If you have trouble viewing the embedded video, click here to view on Youtube.

Transcript of  The Avid Cruiser’s Europa 2 Video Review

VOICEOVER: Embark with me on a luxury cruise. I’m Ralph Grizzle, the Avid Cruiser.

Today I am boarding Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2. Together, we’ll explore this new ship and see what it has to offer. So sit back and relax as I take you cruising in high style.

Tauck Wins Travel + Leisure Award

Posted by on July 8, 2014

For the third time in four years, Tauckhas been named “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by readers of the popular Travel + Leisure magazine.

Tauck's new ms Inspire entered service in April 2014. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Tauck’s new ms Inspire entered service in April 2014. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

“We provide a complete destination experience with all of the various elements seamlessly integrated and meticulously choreographed,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “Our riverboats are thoughtfully and beautifully designed, and we also have 90 years’ experience immersing our guests into the history and culture of different destinations. The insider access and unique cultural experiences we build into our river cruises were instrumental in achieving this honor.”

Cruising The Caribbean & Saving On Silversea With Special ‘Silver Select’ Offers

Posted by on June 30, 2014
Silver Whisper in Dominica

Silver Whisper, docked in Dominica. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has expanded its Silver Select promotion beyond Alaska and the Mediterranean to include select voyages in the Caribbean. The Silver Select promotion enables guests to personalize their voyages with a choice of three enticing offers: a two-category suite upgrade, a $500 per person credit toward the purchase of the Silver Sky® air program, or a $500 per person onboard credit that can be used for shore excursions, spa treatments, specialty restaurants and more. Silver Select is available on new bookings made by August 31, 2014 for select voyages sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediterranean.

Cruise Specialists’ World Cruise Experts Provide High-Level Insights into Upcoming 2016 Grand World Voyage

Posted by on June 26, 2014

World cruise enthusiasts will be able to reserve their stateroom on just-announced 115-day Holland America Line 2016 Grand World Voyage starting today.

Uniworld To Resume Egypt River Cruises From September 2015

Posted by on June 19, 2014

Some fabulous news for those who have always wanted to visit Egypt: The Travel Corporation family of brands – which includes Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection along with noteworthy land-based operators Contiki, Insight Vacations and Trafalgar – will resume operations in Egypt for the 2014/2015 season.

Current plans call for Uniworld to resume cruisetour operations along the Nile in September 2015. Contiki and Busabout will resume this September, and Trafalgar and Insight Vacations will return to the region in January.

Uniworld Spices Up Holiday Sailings with Exclusive Excursions

Posted by on June 17, 2014

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection wants you to start thinking about the holidays and Europe’s stunning Christmas Markets. Special Christmas Market-themed river cruises are offered from the last week of November right up until December 20th or so, when river cruises spanning both Christmas and New Years are typically offered.

This year, Uniworld is spicing up its Christmas Markets cruises by offering A Taste of Christmas – a unique complimentary shore excursion program offered exclusively to Uniworld guests.

The Key To Good Memories From Your Cruises

Posted by on June 13, 2014
On Peter Deilmann's Heidelberg, brass keys were used for staterooms. © 2006 Ralph Grizzle

On Peter Deilmann’s Heidelberg, keys were used for staterooms. © 2006 Ralph Grizzle

“What is the one thing you wish you had known before embarking on your first cruise holiday?” That was the question posed to more than a dozen cruise bloggers/experts. Certainly, the question was thought-provoking, and it caused me to think back more than 20 years ago.

AmaWaterways Unveils Three Theme River Cruises for 2015

Posted by on June 11, 2014

One of the first proponents of themed river cruises, California-based AmaWaterways recently announced three brand-new theme voyages scheduled for 2015, revolving around the subjects of beer, art and jazz.

Beer aficionados can participate in AmaWaterways’ special Beer Cruise, which sails on March 31, 2015 aboard AmaLyra and again on December 14, 2015 aboard AmaPrima. Guests will be able to take part in shore excursions to historic breweries, beer tastings, and onboard lectures revolving around the rich history of beer in Europe.

My D-Day Story: A Startling Discovery At The American Cemetery

Posted by on June 6, 2014

In 2012, my son Alex and I visited the D-Day Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery. It was a powerful day for both of us, particularly because of what we discovered by chance at the end of the day. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

In the summer of 2012, while cruising on Avalon Creativity, I visited the D-Day Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery with my son Alex. Seeing how — and where — the invasions took place was both poignant and fascinating, but it was at the cemetery where we discovered something that took us by surprise: the grave of Garnie L. Grizzle.