Earlier this week, I was in Vienna for the christening of a new river cruise vessel from a company that I knew little about. Scenic (formerly Scenic Tours) launched its new Scenic Jasper alongside the Danube River in the lovely Austrian city.
As is customary at such events, the godmother, Australian novelist and comedienne Kathy Lette, made a speech and cut a ribbon that sent a bottle of champagne smashing against the hull.
Cruise Specialists is known worldwide for its hosted World and Grand Voyages.
The secret to our success: fabulous hosts.
Since these seasoned travelers sail a good part of the year, they have an ever-expanding portfolio of experience and knowledge about the itineraries – which they delight in sharing with our clients.
Plus, with any hosted group voyage, you’ll enjoy the unique Cruise Specialists touches you’ve come to appreciate, such as assistance with pre-arranged dining reservations and stateroom special requests.
Spring has sprung, which means now is the perfect time to start thinking about where you want to spend your summer!
The Draw: Amazing wildlife, in-your-face glaciers, iceberg strewn bays and outsize adventures.
Ever since the gold rush, our largest state has attracted folks with a thirst for adventure. Today’s explorers will discover riches on a grand scale: towering Mt. McKinley (aka Denali), the highest peak in North America; some 100,000 glaciers – including more than 50 named glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve; a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites; a staggering array of creatures – from black bears and bald eagles to humongous whales; and some of the most incredible seafood on the planet.
As far as suites go, Oceania Cruises sets the bar higher than most with its exquisite Owner’s Suites aboard its two newest vessels, Marina and Riviera. Though spacious, they’re not the biggest suites afloat, nor are they the flashiest.
What they are, however, is a modern take on the opulent and grand suites of the glory days of transatlantic ocean travel – and they’re some of my favorite accommodations at sea.
When AmaPura launched in 2014 it was done with the style and flair that AmaWaterways has become accustomed to providing. Guests onboard the AmaPura were greeted by a local dance group, who put on a spectacular cultural performance prior to the ship’s departure for Myanmar.
AmaWaterways has a new partner, BackRoads a leader in the active travel market! This new combination will provide the ultimate in both luxury and activity to river cruisers.
Wachau Valley Vineyards – Flickr photo by Jay8085
“In teaming up with AmaWaterways, we are excited to combine our trademark biking, walking and hiking experiences with the luxury of river cruising. With these ship-based adventures, guests will have the opportunity to conveniently explore European cities and countryside on a Backroads trip, with the bonus of only having to unpack once.” said Backroads Founder and President, Tom Hale.
Popular river cruise operator AmaWaterways has always pushed the envelope when it comes to pioneering new destinations. The line was one of the first operators to realize the full potential of sailing along the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia and to aggressively market the Mekong to North Americans alike.
The company also invested heavily in upgrading its ship along Russia’s Volga River, and currently leads the way in South Africa, where the 24-guest Zambezi Queen plies the Chobe as part of a comprehensive land-river-cruisetour.