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River cruising online #6

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A cruise through the rivers of France: guest blog entry

If you’ve never taken a river cruise, there’s several significant ways it differs from its larger ocean relations. The ships are smaller (ours, the Scenery, carried 121 passengers), the staterooms are bigger (think of a decent-sized hotel room, with floor to ceiling sliding windows) and the service is more attentive (you and the staff quickly know each other’s names). But what we loved best was the fact that in each city, you dock downtown. No bothersome launches to the shore, no lengthy bus rides to the place you wanted to visit. Nope, just finish breakfast each morning, walk down the gangplank and meet the well-trained guide who’s ready to take you on a walking tour of that day’s destination.

Personalised travel by river cruise

How safe is river-cruising? In fact, after guests at the christening voyage attended a safety briefing, one of them remarked that even if the ship was to sink to the bottom of the river, they could have a barbecue on the topdeck while awaiting rescue! For those prone to sea-sickness, take heart. River-cruising is so stable and peaceful that you would only know the ship is moving by watching farmhouses pass by.

Top 10 river cruises: Explore exciting cities on these waterway getaways

A river cruise is a great way to explore cities and landscapes without sacrificing your creature comforts. Whether you want to see Holland, France, Russia or China, here’s our guide to 10 of the best..

Tauck Forecasts Growth In French River Cruising

Tauck offers good news for travel agents selling river cruises with its decision to expanded its ships and itineraries on the Rhone, Seine and Saone rivers for 2014. Since its debut on the Rhone in 2011, Tauck reports French river cruise bookings have increased 137 percent, and the company has gone from zero itineraries in France in 2010 to a total of seven for its 2014 operating season. This includes three popular specialty cruises for families, food lovers, and art aficionados, Tauck notes.

River cruising: An easy way to explore and experience Europe

Europe is a popular destination for international travelers looking to visit the world’s great capitals such as Paris, Amsterdam and Prague; to experience European culture; and to explore charming small towns. But planning a European trip can be daunting because it involves a lot of research to decide where to go, how to get there, and what to see. River cruising offers an excellent solution to this travel challenge for these reasons:

Record French season for Tauck

Swiss Sapphire is to sail two new itineraries on the Seine next year, doubling the number of ships Tauck deploys in France. The 14-day ‘Cruising the Seine Plus Versailles, Paris and London’ will begin with a two-night stay at London’s Savoy hotel, a nine-day cruise along the Seine on Swiss Saphire, a three-night stay in Paris and a two-night stay in Versailles at the Trianon Palace Versailles.

Travel expert christens new river cruise vessel

APT and partner AmaWaterways have celebrated the christening of their newest ship, AmaPrima in Vilshofen, Germany, this week with the highlight of the event a traditional christening of the vessel, by her honorary godmother, Valerie Wilson, founder, chairman and CEO of New York City-based Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc.

Travellers rushing to sign on for leisurely, luxurious river cruises

On a recent river cruise up the Rhine, I started my morning with breakfast on the boat. Then, while some passengers stayed on board to read, snooze or watch the world go by, I disembarked along with several dozen others for a guided walking tour of the city of Cologne. We strolled through cobblestone courtyards past cafés famous for their Kölsch beer and by the ruins of a former Jewish ghetto and saw an astonishingly intact mosaic floor installed by the Romans about AD 220.