RIVER CRUISES

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Partners With Elisabeth Von Trapp in 2015

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will once again partner with Elisabeth von Trapp – granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music – in 2015 for a variety of special music-themed river cruises.

Uniworld's River Beatrice has won numerous awards and accolades from guests and media alike. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld’s River Beatrice has won numerous awards and accolades from guests and media alike. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Open For Booking: Uniworld’s River Cruises Through India

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Consider this a friendly reminder: one of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s newest and most unique river cruise itineraries is now open for booking.

Dubbed India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges, this 13-day itinerary traverses the exotic and complex country of India – one of the first of its kind to be offered by a North American-based river cruise line. Debuting in January 2016 aboard the newly-built Ganges Voyager II, this is the river cruise for those looking for something far removed from the ‘ordinary’ voyages along the Danube.

Viking River Cruises Outlines Special Fall Offers

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With fall officially here, this is typically the time of the year when those looking to take a springtime cruise in 2015 can really cash in.

Viking River Cruises is kicking off fall by offering a new promotion on their most popular river cruise itineraries in Europe, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. From now until October 31, guests can take advantage of an Early Booking Discount that applies to all European departures in March and April of 2015, and all 2015 Southeast Asia departures. Savings include 2-for-1 cruise fares and up to 2-for-1 on international airfare.

River Cruising: What’s Making It Such A Hot Trend?

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From the Danube to the Mekong, we just can’t get enough of river cruising. And we’re not alone.

River Cruising has taken off in ways that even we couldn't have anticipated when we started this site. Photo ©  2014 Aaron Saunders

River Cruising has taken off in ways that even we couldn’t have anticipated when we started this site. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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?

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.