Avalon Waterways coming to Murrells Inlet!

Avalon Waterways is coming to Murrells Inlet for an exclusive TipsForShips.com presentation! Hosted by Eric Kelly of Avalon Waterways and Michael Graham of MGA Travel.

CRUISING ELEVATED: Innovative, transformative, original. Avalon Waterways has redefined cruising by going against the Read more

River Cruise Bible

This is your guide to finding the river cruise that is exactly right for you. From Europe to Asia to the USA, there are many different cruise lines, often with vastly different pricing. The River Cruise Bible gives comprehensive comparisons between the major river cruise lines and explains what they share in common and how they differ. Arm yourself with this book to save money and ensure the best experience when booking your cruise. You will find out how to navigate tricky advertising gimmicks, which is the best river, how to properly book a river cruise... Read more

Scotland Barge Charter ’23

WAIT LIST April 21st, 2023: 10 nights - An exclusive and private barge cruise charter of the Spirit of Scotland limited to 12 guests. In addition we will have 3 nights in Edinburgh, 1 night in Inverness and a few other surprises. Read more

Christmas Markets River Cruise ’23

December 9, 2023 - 11 days: From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube River cruise vacation takes you to four countries each with its own beauty, history, and cultural treasures. Sail through a winter wonderland and revel in the Advent season as each town is festively lit and decorated, and Christmas markets selling traditional wares, abound. Enjoy three nights in the “golden city” of Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities... Read more

River Cruising Adventure for Active Travelers

Avalon Waterways has been rated in the top for river cruising. I recently got to experience a European river cruise on the Avalon Expression. I’m 37 and my friend is a very fit 58-year old, so we chose the Read more

Mighty Mississippi River Cruise

May 3, 2024: 8 day trip along the Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans. Experience the history and beauty of America, enhanced with amazing riverlorian Read more

Columbia River Cruise on the American Empress

September 3, 2023: 8 day trip along the Columbia & Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest USA. Read more

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking a River Cruise

Frequent mistake #1:  Not understanding the various advertising gimmicks. Cruise line promotions can be confusing and misleading, and river cruises are no exception.   

Frequent mistake #2: Forgetting to ask the 11 must-ask questions.

Photo by the author in Read more

Which River Cruise Line is the Best?

To try and answer this question, we had a panel of the big 8 river cruise brands each give their “elevator pitch” on why they are the best.

Have you ever wanted to know which is the BEST river Read more

River Cruise Innovations & Inventions

In addition to cabin & layout innovations, here are some other “firsts” from innovative river cruise companies.  I interviewed several river cruise lines and asked each what they consider to be their key innovations, inventions, or ideas that Read more