Luxury Travel

River Cruise Review: Avalon Waterways

by Gabriella Le Breton. Posted Oct 25th 2013 09:53 AM

With some of the newest, quietest and most spacious ships on Europe's rivers and an extremely loyal following, Avalon Waterways has made big waves in the river cruise industry since its launch in 2004.
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River Cruise Review: American Queen Steamboat Company

by Gabriella Le Breton. Posted Oct 25th 2013 09:47 AM

Perhaps more than any other river and ship, the Mississippi and the American Queen steamboat evoke the grandeur and history of a bygone age. The world's largest paddlewheel steamboat, the American Queen is resplendent in her white wedding cake design with gingerbread trim, iron railings and bright red paddlewheel.
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River Cruise Review: AmaWaterways

by Gabriella Le Breton. Posted Oct 25th 2013 09:42 AM

Since its launch in 2002, AmaWaterways has carved out a name for itself as one of the world's most luxurious river cruise lines. With a fleet of 15 custom-designed ships operating in Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa, AmaWaterways covers an impressive geographical range. It also has some of the most personalized service in the industry -- the family-operated company's owners regularly join cruises and make changes based on their experiences.
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5 Tips for River Cruising

by Jess Moss. Posted Oct 24th 2013 02:00 PM
danube river cruise passengers
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You've chosen your cruise operator and picked which river you want to explore. Your airline tickets are booked and you're eager to relax with a glass of wine as a dreamy landscape passes by. Before you go, here are five tips to help you make the most of your river cruise adventure.
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Is River Cruising the Right Vacation for You?

by Jess Moss. Posted Oct 23rd 2013 03:00 PM
austria river cruise
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A castle looms larger as it gets closer, jutting out over terraced vineyard hills that slope down to the cloudy river water. A crew member appears, clean gray vest buttoned over a white collared shirt, asking if you'd like another glass of wine. You smile, nod, sink deeper into the sundeck chaise lounge and watch as your river cruise ship floats serenely along.

Dream trip, right?
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River Cruising: Do You Get Your Money's Worth?

by Jess Moss. Posted Oct 22nd 2013 11:07 AM
Wachau Valley Castle River Cruise
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One of the biggest draws of river cruising is that you pay a lump sum and your entire vacation is handed to you on a silver platter (or a black neoprene travel folder in Viking's case).

Included in the package are your hotel, which travels with you (unpacking only once, score!); all meals, some of which are three courses or more; ground transportation (again, the traveling hotel); and local tours and information. Perks can include air conditioning (rare in parts of Europe that can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in summer) and a full-service staff to keep you informed and oriented despite any local language and cultural barriers.

The ease of travel is enough to justify a river cruise's price tag for many. Others, myself included, who are used to coordinating every element of a trip, may wonder whether the cost is worth it. If you DIY, how much money would you save?
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Danube River Cruise Through Germany, Austria and Hungary (PHOTOS)

by Jess Moss. Posted Oct 22nd 2013 11:00 AM
river cruise boats Vienna Austria
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Onion-domed churches, vineyards chiseled into hills, ancient castles and grand palaces: a river cruise on the Danube is a scenic affair. In August I joined Viking River Cruise's Romantic Danube trip from Nuremberg to Budapest. Along the way the boat stopped at historic riverside towns and cities, including Regensburg, Passau, Melk and Vienna.

Follow along in the slidehsow below to see what it's like to spend a week on the water cruising one of Europe's grandest rivers.
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River Cruise Timelapse Video: 8 Days in 2 Minutes

by Jess Moss. Posted Oct 21st 2013 03:00 PM
Danube River Cruise Timelapse

One of the best things about river cruising is the slow pace of the trip. Boats float along peacefully and stop regularly at towns and cities for on-the-ground explorations. But if you're short on time, you can see what an 8-day river cruise looks like in less than 2 minutes.

In August I rode on Viking's Romantic Danube river cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest. Here's a view from the bow as the boat sailed from Germany to Austria to Hungary.
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The Stylish Traveler: Cute Clutter Busting Passport Wallets

by Marielle Bingham. Posted Jul 20th 2011 03:30 PM
The Stylish Traveler: Cute Clutter Busting Passport Wallets

Courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

Modern traveling may feel like a chore at times, but that doesn't give anyone an excuse to look like a scullery maid when flying coach. That's why we're here with a series highlighting the fashion forward travel accessories for those ready to splurge or those looking to snag an affordable steal.
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