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.
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?
Throughout this week, River Cruise Advisor’s Aaron Saunders will be bringing us daily reports from a recent trip on AmaWaterways’ AmaLotus through Cambodia and Vietnam.
Check out our stateroom on A-ROSA Stella. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
This past Saturday in Lyon, France, we stepped off the river cruiser A-ROSA Stella following a weeklong cruise on the Rhône and Saône rivers in southern France.
The itinerary was gorgeous, with visits to vineyards, bicycle trips through the French countryside, fine dining, sunsets on the rivers and the chance to stroll through charming villages, cities and towns such as Avignon and Arles. Of course, the French wines, included at no extra charge — as were all beverages — were refreshing, delicious and generously poured.
Reporting From The New AmaPrima
As part of our continuing series of river cruise reviews for Cruise Specialists, I’m on the Danube, en route to Melk, Austria, experiencing some of the innovations on the new AmaPrima. After pedaling 25+ kilometers today on bicycles provided free of charge on AmaPrima, I’m looking forward to a dip in the swimming pool and perhaps a glass of champagne from the swim-up bar as we cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley from charming Durnstein to mystical Melk.
As river cruising continues to grow in both leaps and bounds, experienced river cruisers and adventurous travellers alike are actively seeking out longer and more exotic itineraries. Because of this, river cruising throughout Asia is expanding at a rapid rate.
If you’re new to the European river cruising scene, the sheer amount of cities, towns and villages visited within a single weeklong itinerary can seem rather daunting. Travellers want to know how to maximize their time — and what to see. If you only have a day in Vienna, do you go to the theatre, take in a museum, or spend some time doing relatively little in one of the city’s many cafes?