River Cruising Wish List: Build the Ideal Sun Deck

Cruising along the Danube in sweltering heat several weeks ago, I took several dips in the small plunge pool on AmaWaterways’ new ship, AmaPrima. Strangely, I had the pool to myself, every time. There’s supposed to be a swim-up bar at one end of the pool but it was always closed, so we collared a […]

Live From….AmaPrima: Hits and Misses

The latest stage in AmaWaterways‘ ambitious growth plan – since its founding in 2002, it has introduced 15 ships! – feels more like a boutique hotel than a riverboat. Christened last week in Vilshofen, Germany, AmaPrima felt intimate and cozy, with a crew that offered sublime service (it’s been in service since April). The 164-passenger ship […]

Introducing River Cruises From Scenic Tours

If you’ve never heard of Scenic Tours, don’t worry — I hadn’t either. The Australian river cruise line, part of a larger tour company, has only recently begun to market its cruises to North Americans; currently, the majority of its passengers are from Down Under. And if you’ve got the time for a two-week European […]

Steal of the Week: Free Single Supplement on Europe River Cruises

Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags. THE DEAL: Avalon Waterways is offering free single supplements for a variety […]

Hurricane Season on the Rhine?

When talking up the benefits of river cruising, we might mention calm waters (compared with ocean waves that can lead to seasickness) or the lack of hurricanes that will wreck your itinerary and drench you with rain. So imagine my surprise, on my first ever river cruise, a Rhine run on Scenic Cruises‘ Scenic Jewel, […]

River Cruising, African-Style?

Deepest Africa isn’t a place normally associated with cruising. But on a small stretch of the Chobe River, a sometimes mile-wide waterway forming part of the border between Namibia and Botswana, there’s an unexpected and thriving boutique riverboat operation, the elegant, 28-passenger Zambezi Queen.

Snagging a Guinness World Record Isn’t Easy

With a naming ceremony introducing eight new ships in just one day, Viking River Cruises joins an illustrious collection of Guinness World Records’ competitions that includes the fastest half marathon pushing a pram, the highest reverse bungee jump, the largest collection of (air) sick bags – and – the heaviest weight lifted by tongue. As […]

“Downton Abbey’s” Many Links to Cruising

Even if none of the main characters from the spectacularly popular “Downton Abbey,” part of the PBS’ series Masterpiece, have stepped foot onto a cruise ship gangway, the show still has some surprising connections to cruising. As any fan of the series, which begins its third season premier on January 6, will recall, the original […]

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