Shore Excursions From Marseille Reveal The Beauty Of Provence & UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica

In Marseille, we visited Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, a symbolic beacon and religious monument built on the site of a fortress. © 2014 Chris Stanley

We began exploring in Marseille by climbing to the highest point in the city to Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. The views of Marseille, its old port and the sea beyond were stunning from our vantage point, situated more than 500 feet above sea level. If for no other reason, the photographs alone make a visit to Notre Dame de la Garde worthwhile.

River Cruising: What’s Making It Such A Hot Trend?

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From the Danube to the Mekong, we just can’t get enough of river cruising. And we’re not alone.

River Cruising has taken off in ways that even we couldn't have anticipated when we started this site. Photo ©  2014 Aaron Saunders

River Cruising has taken off in ways that even we couldn’t have anticipated when we started this site. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

There’s no getting around the fact that river cruising is red-hot at the moment, not just in Europe but around the world. As more travelers uncover the magic of sailing the Danube, they become comfortable exploring other destinations by river as well; exotic destinations like Vietnam and Cambodia, China, and even Myanmar (Burma). So what makes it so alluring?

Killer Whales By The Hundreds, 21 Brown Bear In A Single Day: On Silver Discoverer

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Trouble viewing the video? Click Killer Whales By The Hundreds, 21 Brown Bear In A Single Day: On Silver Discoverer, An Interview With Expedition Team Member Chris Cutler.

In this video, I interview Silver Discoverer Team Member Chris Cutler about highlights during our two-week voyage in Russia’s Far East. Chris cites seeing hundreds of killer whales, 21 bear in a single day, meeting the elusive reindeer herders and more. Also, be sure to see Silver Discoverer: Our Video Ship Review and Trip Interrupted: We Now Resume Our Regularly Scheduled Broadcast Featuring Silver Discoverer.

The Most Beautiful Accommodations At Sea? Check Out Our New Video Featuring Europa 2′s Suites

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Enjoy our video featuring the range of suites and accommodations on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2. Also be sure to see, The Avid Cruiser’s Europa 2 Video Review and check out live coverage from Europa 2 this week as Aaron Saunders sails from Istanbul to Kusadasi.

Special Send-Off for Grand Voyage for “Village” of Cruise Specialists Travelers

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Over the weekend, Cruise Specialists, America’s leading World Cruise and Grand Voyage agency, hosted a very special party for 120 of its clients. They were being feted prior to embarking on a 78-day cruise on board the ms Amsterdam to Asia and the Pacific, including China, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam, along with Australia and Fiji.

Travel agents at airport with signs

Cruise Specialists welcomes clients to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Silver Discoverer: Our Video Ship Review

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Silver Discoverer: Ship Review from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo.

Transcript:

This beach in this remote village in Russia’s Far East marks the end of wonderful two-week voyage on Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Discoverer. We witnessed spectacles of nature. We spent time in Zodiacs photographing walruses. We saw whales and hundreds of Orcas and we saw lots of bear.

Uniworld Recognized For Culinary Offerings

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More good news coming out of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection headquarters this week: the line recently announced it has been honoured with the Reader’s Choice Award for Best “Culinary Cruise Line” in the 2014 SAVEUR Culinary Travel Awards.

Uniworld has won an award recognizing their culinary offerings both onboard and ashore. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld has won an award recognizing their culinary offerings both onboard and ashore. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Chosen by the magazine’s 1.6-million readership comprised of food and travel enthusiasts, the SAVEUR Culinary Travel Awards recognize outstanding contributions to culinary aspects of the travel experience.

Six Frequently Asked Questions: Cruising the Mekong

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The Mekong River continues to grow in popularity for river cruisers and the companies that operate along the storied waterway. AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, CroisiEurope, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Viking River Cruises all offer journeys along the Mekong. Accordingly, we get a lot of questions here on River Cruise Advisor about Mekong River cruises. Here are the top six.

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo ©  Aaron Saunders

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo © Aaron Saunders

1: Do you need Visas for Cambodia and Vietnam?

Uniworld To Offer Ganges River Cruises in 2016

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Fans of exotic river cruises have much to look forward to. Last week, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announced a brand new addition to its fleet and its itinerary lineup in the form of the Ganges Voyager II. It’s an all-suite ship that, as its name suggests, will operate Uniworld’s first boutique river cruises in India.

Austrian-based Luftner Cruises is expanding into Asia in 2014 - including river cruises along India's famed Ganges. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will begin offering river cruises along the Ganges in 2016. Shown here is Varanasi, India. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Eight Videos: Cruising Portugal’s Douro River

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I’ve just posted eight videos that highlight our recent voyage along Portugal’s Douro River with AmaWaterways. The journey, back in July, was one of the more interesting river cruises I have experienced. The region was beautiful, the Portuguese were extremely warm and welcoming (both those who worked on the ship and the people we encountered ashore), and the food and wine – priceless. Highly recommended.