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

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

Flavors Of Portugal & Spain

May 21, 2022 - 14 Days: Two iconic cities, Lisbon and Madrid, provide the perfect start and end to a grand journey through Portugal and Spain. Taste wines from these vineyards and discover the timeless traditions of Portuguese winemaking throughout your journey before visiting some of Spain’s glorious cities: the golden-hued city of Salamanca, the ancient walled city of Toledo, and cosmopolitan Madrid, renowned for its world-class museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars. 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

River Countess

11 Questions to Ask when Booking a River Cruise

  1. If you are working with a travel agency, ask if they (or a consortia they belong to) has group space on the sailing you wish to go on?
  1. Have you received any emails or mailings with special Promo codes Read more

Riches of the Mekong

November 1, 2022 - 16 Days: Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life. .. Read more