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.
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?
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.
Cruise Specialists welcomes clients to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
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.
More good news coming out of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collectionheadquarters 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
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.
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.
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
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.