RIVER CRUISES

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.

Three Tips To Help You Know When To Book Your River Cruise

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There’s no time like now to begin planning your river cruise holiday.

When it comes to planning a holiday, booking a river cruise is an entirely different process than booking a hotel or even a traditional oceangoing cruise. Here are three tips to help you know when to book your river cruise for the best values — and least chance of disappointment.

AmaWaterways to Welcome AmaSerena, AmaVista in 2015

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It’s been a busy summer for AmaWaterways. Hot on the heels of the christening of AmaSonata, the popular river cruise line has confirmed they will introduce two new Certo Class river cruise ships in Europe next year.

Currently under construction in the Netherlands, AmaSerena and AmaVista will be capable of carrying 164 guests and will represent the latest evolution of one of AmaWaterways’ most popular designs that began with the launch of the AmaCerto in 2012. Launching in 2015, AmaSerena and AmaVista will sail the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers.

Tauck Increases 2014 Christmas Markets Sailings

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Popular tour and river cruise operator Tauck has recently announced it plans to increase its Christmas Markets river cruise offerings for the upcoming 2014 winter season by 67 percent, adding additional ships and increasing their Christmas-themed departures.

Europe's Christmas Markets are a stunning tradition and vacation opportunity rolled into one. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Europe’s Christmas Markets are a stunning tradition and vacation opportunity rolled into one. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Tauck will add their new ms Inspireand ms Savoron the highly-popular Christmas Markets runs that occur every year from November 25 to December 24. They will join the line’s existing ms Treasuresand ms Swiss Jewel.

AmaVida Day 6 – Castelo Rodrigo, Scenic Cruising & Quinta da Avessada

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Ralph Grizzle is currently sailing onboard AmaWaterways’ AmaVida along Portugal’s Douro River.

What’s on tap for today?

After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets. Among the sights is the Chafariz dos Pretos in the market square, a one-of-a-kind fountain decorated with striking black faces. Enjoy a tasting of honey, nuts and olives, then have lunch on board followed by a wine tasting as the ship sails to Regua. After arriving this evening, you will be treated to Moscatel de Favaios (a sweet fortified wine) and traditional Portuguese foods at a wine estate, Quinta Avessada. Your dinner with the quinta’s owner and his delightful family will be an unforgettable highlight of your trip. The ship moors overnight.

AmaVida Day 5 – Salamanca Flamenco Show, Rejoining AmaVida in Barca d’Alva

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Ralph Grizzle is currently sailing Portugal’s Douro River onboard AmaWaterways’ AmaVida.

What’s on tap for today?

Drive to Salamanca for a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region of Spain. During your guided city tour, you will see the University buildings, the Salamanca Cathedral and the House of Shells. Enjoy a flamenco show as you dine on a lunch of delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine in a local restaurant. Later, spend some time exploring on your own, perhaps visit the locals’ “living room,” known as the Plaza Mayor. Rejoin the ship in Barca d’Alva, where we moor overnight.

AmaVida Day 4: Shrine Of Our Lady Of Remedies & Scenic Cruising On The Douro

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Ralph Grizzle is currently sailing onboard AmaWaterways AmaVida through Portugal’s Douro River Valley.

What’s on tap for today?

Today, we visited picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). There are more than 600 steps to ascend to the top – but fortunately we’d be starting at the top and walking down! It was still a very memorable experience. To think that the pilgrims who visit here actually go up on their knees…