I stood with my fellow passengers on the sundeck watching A-ROSA Silva bring us closer and closer to Cologne. The anticipation of seeing a new place was palpable. Cameras were snapping as one cityscape after another revealed itself to us. Finally, the Cologne Cathedral came into view. More cameras snapping. The captain steered A-ROSA Silva toward the bank, securing a dock that would put us within walking distance of the cathedral and the city center.
Ready For Christmas? Ours Starts Tuesday. Come Cruising With Us On Two Christmas Markets’ River Cruises
Beginning Tuesday, we’re going to take you on a walk through winter wonderland on two river cruises along the Rhine River.
There’s no guarantee that snow will blanket the ground as we cruise between December 3 and December 17 (fingers are crossed), but the Christmas Markets will be in full swing.
What are Christmas Markets? Check out our Christmas Markets River Cruise primer on River Cruise Advisor.
The river cruise industry is growing at such a rapid pace that it’s sometimes difficult for us here at River Cruise Advisor to know where the next big trend will come from. But during the course of this year, one rather surprising destination has emerged as a serious contender.
The Peruvian Amazon has long fascinated explorers and travelers. Second in length only to Egypt’s Nile, the Amazon River discharges more water than the world’s seven largest waterways combined. It runs for nearly 7,000 kilometers – or approximately 4,345 miles. And it’s quickly becoming a popular river cruising destination.
The Danube is one of the most popular waterways in the world when it comes to river cruising. Much has been written about journeys that take travelers from the Hungarian capital of Budapest to Nuremberg and points beyond, but the eastern Danube – or Lower Danube - is often overlooked.
From April until October of 2014, Avalon Waterways operates a 10-night Balkan Discovery voyage that highlights some of the most important sights and ports of calls along the Lower Danube. Sailing aboard the Avalon Luminary and Avalon Illumination (constructed in 2010 and coming in 2014, respectively), these voyages operate from Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania or reverse.
To know the history of Azamara Club Cruises it helps to know the history of Renaissance Cruises. Originally founded in 1989 by a concern in Oslo, Norway, Renaissance Cruises was later purchased by Edward Rudner, founder of Alamo Rent A Car.
The pride of Renaissance fleet was eight brand new 684-passenger R-Class ships named R One, R Two, R Three, R Four, R Five, R Six, R Seven and R Eight — all built between 1998 and 2001.
One of the most common questions we get asked – particularly from those who are considering a river cruise for the first time – is this: Is it worth it?
What they’re referring to, of course, is the fact that your standard river cruise carries a price tag that is higher than, say, a weeklong cruise to the Mediterranean on a mainstream line. But what they don’t realize is just how much more they’re saving by taking a river cruise.
For more than two decades, I’ve cruised the Seven Seas on some of the world’s most luxurious ships. My goal is to help people like you make informed decisions about your cruise vacations. Join me over the coming weeks as I explore some of the world’s finest cruise ships in a new video series featuring Seabourn.
We kick off the series with an inspiring trailer that embodies the spirit and ambience of what Seabourn is all about. Enjoy!
We recently received a question from a reader concerning the viability of river cruising for those with mobility issues. Because it’s so applicable — and surely on the minds of other potential river cruisers — we thought we’d share it here.
Q: Are the Viking Longships handicapped accessible? What about the guided shore excursions? I need to use a mobility scooter: Would this be possible on river cruises?
The 75-day Grand Asia and Far East Voyage on Holland America Line is an annual cruise that is eagerly anticipated at Cruise Specialists. Some of the cruise agency’s 155 guests were venturing on the exotic adventure on the ms Amsterdam for the first time, and for others, the trip is a special voyage they look forward to each year.
I typically characterize small ships as those carrying 1,000 or fewer passengers, or guests, as the cruise lines like to refer to the warm bodies that inhabit their vessels. However, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the best luxury cruise ships carrying fewer than 600 passengers.