Why Take A River Cruise?

Unless you have had your head buried in the sand for the past couple of years, you are probably aware that River Cruising has become increasingly popular. Most commonly thought of in Europe, on the Rhine, Danube, Seine, Douro Read more

What the River Cruise Lines Say About Themselves

Let’s visit how several of the river cruise lines position themselves in the market, in alphabetical order.

Michael & Kelly Graham sailing the Seine river on the AmaLyra (AmaWaterways, France)

Amawaterways

From the beginning, our goal was to create Read more

A Visit to Portugal & Spain

I am an Air Force Brat.  During my father’s time in the service he twice had the opportunity to be stationed in the Azores on the island of San Miguel, which is part of Portugal.  This base served as Read more

How to get the Right Cabin on your next River Cruise

Cabin type (or category) is an important factor in deciding on which river cruise line is for you. All claim to have the best cabins of course, and there is quite a bit of innovation among the different companies. Even if you have decided on which line, there can be quite a cost & experiential difference depending on the cabin category you select... Read more

Bringing Grandkids on a River Cruise

Don’t do it!  Well, there are some important exceptions, but let’s be clear: there are only a few situations where kids under 18 should be on a river cruise.   In some cases, such as with Viking,  they are Read more

Treasures of Egypt and Jordan

November 2, 2021 - 14 Days: WAITLIST See world heritage icons in the comfort of small group private travel in November 2021.  Watch the video here... Read more

Active River Cruise on the Rhône ’22

July 19, 2022 - 8 Days: Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Port-Saint-Louis to Lyon - through Provence regions of France including Cote du Rhone. Take a kayak excursion or linger in a corner cafés; stroll Avignon’s papal palace or attend a wine tasting in an under-ground cave. Admire the lovely views of the French countryside, or join a culinary walk to discover architecture and local specialties, or take a cooking class in Lyon. Read more

Water Levels and Your River Cruise

A particular river has certain size locks and bridges that drive the dimensions of a river cruise ship.  However, on occasion a change in water levels can cause those dimensions to go from tight to impassable.   When Read more

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Will there be Stacking (Rafting) on my River Cruise?

You will find when river cruising along most rivers that Riverships need to share the limited docking spaces.  When they do, they will “raft” (also known as “stack”).  This simply means that the ship closest to land Read more

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What is Barge Cruising?

Barge cruising is much better than it may sound at first!  Originally they were actual barges, but then retrofitted to be lovely little country inns.  Barges are essentially extra small Riverships that are designed to cruise the same rivers Read more