Viking River Cruises Outlines Special Fall Offers

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With fall officially here, this is typically the time of the year when those looking to take a springtime cruise in 2015 can really cash in.

Viking River Cruises is kicking off fall by offering a new promotion on their most popular river cruise itineraries in Europe, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. From now until October 31, guests can take advantage of an Early Booking Discount that applies to all European departures in March and April of 2015, and all 2015 Southeast Asia departures. Savings include 2-for-1 cruise fares and up to 2-for-1 on international airfare.

Host Notes from the Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage

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Cruise Specialist host Tom Mullen has become a fixture on world cruises, helping to entertain and guide our guests. On this his 20th world cruise he is sharing moments from the trip with us via old fashioned postcards and we are thrilled. There is something truly wonderful about opening the mailbox to find a handwritten note!

Launching the Grand Pacific World Cruise on the Holland America Line ms Amsterdam.
It’s the 1st day of the wonderful voyage. Seeing may familiar faces of past cruises. It’s like home away from home!

Shore Excursions From Kusadasi, Much More Than Ephesus

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Holland America Line’s Ryndam calls on Kusadasi © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

A lot of cruise passengers depart the dock in Kusadasi, visit the ancient historic site of Ephesus, and think they’re done. Having padded the fabled Marble Road (which connects the Celsus Library and the Great Theater in Ephesus), they check Kusadasi off their lists. Been there, done that.

I confess to being among that group. I characterized Kusadasi as offering only two things: 1) the town itself, a seaside resort, and 2) the ancient Greek, later Roman, city of Ephesus, about 30 minutes away from Kusadasi’s waterfront.

Cruise Specialists Introduces Amazing Aussie Adventure: 2015 “Boomerang Voyage”

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Today, Cruise Specialists is publicly announcing details of its “Boomerang Voyage” to Australia, February 8, 2015 to April 6, 2015.

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The special two-month vacation package is incredibly unique, because it allows travelers to cruise roundtrip between the United States and Australia with no international flights aboard two of Cunard’s famed ships – the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. Plus, Cruise Specialists’ discerning clientele taking advantage of the special Boomerang Voyage will enjoy an amazing 8-day Australian land package inserted between the two cruises.

Uniworld Offers Family Friendly Sailings

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River cruising isn’t just great for couples – it’s ideal for families as well. Being able to unpack once, yet sail to a number of exciting European towns, cities and landmarks takes away the logistical hassles that can plague land vacations. There’s no early hotel check-outs, no repeated loading of luggage onto motorcoaches. For families with kids or teenagers (and plenty of luggage), a river cruise is like the ideal vacation, wrapped up in a neat little package.

Medieval Villages, Flower Markets, Beautiful Villas & Monte Carlo Chic On Shore Excursions From Monaco

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@ 2014 Ralph Grizzle

In the gardens of Eze, high above the French Riviera. @ 2014 Ralph Grizzle

On shore excursions from Monaco, you can choose to visit the hilltop villages of Saint Paul de Vence or Eze, tour Vieux (Old) Nice and its famed flower market, visit Villa Rothschild and its gardens in Cap Ferrat, or spend time absorbing the sights and sounds of Monte Carlo. And that’s just for starters.

Medieval Villages, Flower Markets, Beautiful Villas & Monte Carlo Chic On Shore Excursions From Monaco

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@ 2014 Ralph Grizzle

In the gardens of Eze, high above the French Riviera. @ 2014 Ralph Grizzle

On shore excursions from Monaco, you can choose to visit the hilltop villages of Saint Paul de Vence or Eze, tour Vieux (Old) Nice and its famed flower market, visit Villa Rothschild and its gardens in Cap Ferrat, or spend time absorbing the sights and sounds of Monte Carlo. And that’s just for starters.

AmaWaterways Offers National Cruise Vacation Week Savings

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Did you know this week is National Cruise Vacation Week? We have to admit it snuck up on us, too. However, you didn’t have to know this week was a special one in the world of cruising to take advantage of a special offer from AmaWaterways.

AmaWaterways' AmaLyra docked in Melk, Austria.  Photo ©  Aaron Saunders

AmaWaterways’ AmaLyra docked in Melk, Austria. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Between October 6 and October 13, 2014, AmaWaterways is offering $200 off per stateroom on any 2014 or 2015 river cruise departure for new bookings made during National Cruise Vacation Week.

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

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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?