Six Things to Know about River Cruising in Russia Right Now

We’d already tossed back several varieties of Russian vodka, each accompanied by pastrami, pickles and expert commentary from Yulia, our  maitre’d on Viking Truvor. But the best, a smooth blend of chili pepper and honey, had been saved for last. “This is our only foreign vodka. From Ukraine,” said Yulia, her chilled glass raised high […]

We Try It: Roadtesting a Butler on a River Cruise

Unless you live in a stately home, the closest you’ve probably gotten to a butler is watching "Downton Abbey." Until recently, I could say the same. Two consecutive river vessel christenings brought back-to-back butlers into my life. Once the preserve of country estates and seagoing ships, butlers have become an increasing presence on river cruise […]

Just Back from AmaWaterways’ AmaSerena: Hits & Misses

We’re just off a Danube River cruise with AmaSerena, the latest ship from AmaWaterways. Like Viking River Cruises with its Longships or Scenic with its ‘Space Ships’, AMA has a series of modern, sleek ships that are all but identical, (though they have not followed the fashionable trend of giving the ship series a name). […]

Behind the Scenes: Why Cruise Lines Cancel River Cruises

My bags were packed. I had my passport, cruise docs and euros ready to go. It was the day before I was supposed to hop a plane to Amsterdam, and suddenly I got the news no cruiser wants to hear: my river cruise was canceled. Right now, I am supposed to be aboard Uniworld Boutique […]

You Might Like Emerald Waterways If…

Voted Cruise Critic’s Best New River Ships of 2014, Emerald Waterways launched in 2014 with twin vessels: 182-passenger Sky and Star. This year, it unveils another dynamic duo, Sun and Dawn. With bold and modern designs, Emerald appeals to young cruisers and travelers looking for moderately priced, all-inclusive journeys along the Rhine, Danube and other […]

Just Back From…Loire Princesse

Within the space of a couple of hours, I watched a 40-foot elephant lumbering along the shore, stepped over a giant tape measure, spotted one house perched on top of a chimney and another partially submerged in the Loire River. My eyes weren’t deceiving me, as I hadn’t even had my first sip of the […]

You Might Like Scenic If…

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours’ expansive “space ships” may be for you, if you want room to stretch out while on a river cruise.

You Might Like AmaWaterways If…

AmaWaterways manages to offer both a personalized feel as well as the consistency that is a hallmark of larger companies.

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