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This Week Cruising The Douro River On AmaWaterways

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This week, we’re traveling from Copenhagen to Portugal to river cruise along the beautiful Douro River. We’ll be cruising through the heart of the Duoro Valley, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its wine production. In fact, ours is a special wine-themed cruise on AmaVida, operated by AmaWaterways.

Join us for an inspiring week in Portugal.We’ll be posting daily “video vignettes” each day of our voyage.  

Where We’re Cruising On AmaVida

Tauck Wins Travel + Leisure Award

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For the third time in four years, Tauckhas been named “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by readers of the popular Travel + Leisure magazine.

Tauck's new ms Inspire entered service in April 2014. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Tauck’s new ms Inspire entered service in April 2014. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

“We provide a complete destination experience with all of the various elements seamlessly integrated and meticulously choreographed,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “Our riverboats are thoughtfully and beautifully designed, and we also have 90 years’ experience immersing our guests into the history and culture of different destinations. The insider access and unique cultural experiences we build into our river cruises were instrumental in achieving this honor.”

Uniworld To Resume Egypt River Cruises From September 2015

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Some fabulous news for those who have always wanted to visit Egypt: The Travel Corporation family of brands – which includes Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection along with noteworthy land-based operators Contiki, Insight Vacations and Trafalgar – will resume operations in Egypt for the 2014/2015 season.

Current plans call for Uniworld to resume cruisetour operations along the Nile in September 2015. Contiki and Busabout will resume this September, and Trafalgar and Insight Vacations will return to the region in January.

Uniworld Spices Up Holiday Sailings with Exclusive Excursions

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection wants you to start thinking about the holidays and Europe’s stunning Christmas Markets. Special Christmas Market-themed river cruises are offered from the last week of November right up until December 20th or so, when river cruises spanning both Christmas and New Years are typically offered.

This year, Uniworld is spicing up its Christmas Markets cruises by offering A Taste of Christmas – a unique complimentary shore excursion program offered exclusively to Uniworld guests.

AmaWaterways Unveils Three Theme River Cruises for 2015

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One of the first proponents of themed river cruises, California-based AmaWaterways recently announced three brand-new theme voyages scheduled for 2015, revolving around the subjects of beer, art and jazz.

Beer aficionados can participate in AmaWaterways’ special Beer Cruise, which sails on March 31, 2015 aboard AmaLyra and again on December 14, 2015 aboard AmaPrima. Guests will be able to take part in shore excursions to historic breweries, beer tastings, and onboard lectures revolving around the rich history of beer in Europe.

My D-Day Story: A Startling Discovery At The American Cemetery

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In 2012, my son Alex and I visited the D-Day Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery. It was a powerful day for both of us, particularly because of what we discovered by chance at the end of the day. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

In the summer of 2012, while cruising on Avalon Creativity, I visited the D-Day Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery with my son Alex. Seeing how — and where — the invasions took place was both poignant and fascinating, but it was at the cemetery where we discovered something that took us by surprise: the grave of Garnie L. Grizzle.

AmaWaterways Announces New 2015 Mekong Program

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AmaWaterways has just announced details of its 2015 itineraries along the Mekong, including the launch of the brand-new AmaDara, which will make her inaugural sailing on August 17, 2015.

River cruise lines can have different beverage policies for cruises sailing to different regions of the world. Shown here is AmaWaterways' AmaLotus. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

AmaWaterways’ 124-guest AmaLotus will be getting a new sister along the Mekong in 2015. She’s shown here in Tan Chau, Vietnam. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Rooms With A View: River Cruise Windows, French Balconies & Verandas Defined

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River cruising can be a confusing business. There are so many new ships coming online and so many destinations to choose from that future travelers can find themselves bogged down with questions. Recently, we received one question that is likely on the minds of many who have yet to take their first trips along the waterways of Europe:

How is a French balcony different from a veranda?

A French balcony aboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Odin. Note the railing just beyond the open glass door.

A French balcony aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Odin. Note the railing just beyond the open glass door. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

AmaWaterways waives solo supplements on select sailings

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There’s good news for solo river cruisers this week: AmaWaterways is waiving their single supplements on a wide variety of river cruises in Europe and abroad.

River cruise lines can have different beverage policies for cruises sailing to different regions of the world. Shown here is AmaWaterways' AmaLotus. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

AmaWaterways is waiving solo supplements on a variety of sailings, including select departure dates along the Mekong River aboard AmaLotus. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Guests wishing to travel solo are typically required to pay a supplement known as a “Single Supplement.” Depending on the itinerary and stateroom category, these supplements can sometimes be as much as 100 percent of the per-person fare; the equivalent of paying for another person to share the same stateroom.

12 new ships, two new Rhine itineraries for Viking River Cruises in 2015

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Hot on the heels of christening an astonishing 18 new vessels last month in Europe, Viking River Cruiseshas firmed up their plans for 2015 that include the launch of another 12 river cruise shipscomprised of 10 Viking Longships and two brand-new “Longship-esque” vessels on the Elbe River. The expansion will bring Viking’s total fleet to 64 vessels by the end of 2015.

Viking will take delivery of 12 new river cruise ships in 2015, including two "Longship-esque" vessels along the Elbe River. Rendering courtesy of Viking.

Viking will take delivery of 12 new river cruise ships in 2015, including two “Longship-esque” vessels along the Elbe River, above. Rendering courtesy of Viking.