Strasbourg, Enchanting City

Strasbourg, Enchanting City One visits many memorable cities whilst on a Rhine River cruise, but my personal favourite is Strasbourg in France. Its name does not sound French but like many border cities, it has a very ‘To and Fro" past. Covered Bridges with Hans von Altenheim Tower and Henry Tower Our guide [...]

2017-01-26T13:49:46-05:00January 26th, 2017|DESTINATIONS, EUROPE, RIVER CRUISING|

The Lure of the Lorelei

A Rhine River Tale The story of Lorelei is a romantic tale authored by Clemens Brentano at the beginning of the nineteenth century which evolved into or became blended with another story of a woman made famous in a poem of the same name later in the century by H.Heine. Was the tale based on [...]

2016-12-30T16:31:16-05:00November 23rd, 2016|ATTRACTIONS, RIVER CRUISING|

Tulip Time in Europe

The Perfect Time to Visit Holland One of the most spectacular spring holidays one can take is a trip to the Netherlands when the tulips are blooming. There are many towns and gardens around the world that also have vast displays of tulips and/or tulip "festivals" – for example Ottawa, Canada or Holland, Michigan – [...]

2016-12-30T16:31:16-05:00October 27th, 2016|ATTRACTIONS, EUROPE, RIVER CRUISING|

Choosing a River Cruise

River cruising is the fastest growing segment of the cruise vacation choices that folks are choosing these days. With the major uptick in popularity over the last couple of years, the options presented to the river cruiser are beginning to get as wide and varied as that of ocean cruising. Choosing the river cruise that best suits [...]

2016-12-30T16:31:16-05:00August 23rd, 2016|RIVER CRUISING|

Charming Oporto, Portugal

Unless you are a cruiser, most travellers in North America would not be familiar with the second largest city in Portugal, the quaint town of Porto, or Oporto as most English speaking folks say, on the Portuguese coast. This Mediterranean looking city is located on the Douro River on the northwest coast of Portugal. It [...]

2016-12-30T16:31:16-05:00July 28th, 2016|DESTINATIONS, EUROPE, RIVER CRUISING|

A Visit to Bordeaux

Highlights of A Visit to Bordeaux When one hears the word"Bordeaux", it immediately calls to mind French wine and all its pleasant associations. Bordeaux is actually both a region and a city in France where one finds the vineyards, the grapes and the wineries that produce this distinctive wine named for the region in which [...]

2016-12-30T16:31:16-05:00May 26th, 2016|DESTINATIONS, EUROPE, RIVER CRUISING|

6 Reasons to Cruise Tour

Many ocean cruises and river cruises often come with the option of extending your stay, either pre or post cruise, with a land tour. One of the most popular and widely known cruise tours are those associated with Alaska cruises. These land tours can encompass up to a week’s extra stay. A popular river cruise [...]

2016-12-30T16:31:16-05:00March 28th, 2016|OCEAN CRUISING, RIVER CRUISING, TOP 5 ...|

Does the Early Bird Get the Worm?

Advantages of Early Booking If you have been cruising for a long time, you probably don’t need to read this article. You've been booking your cruises well in advance – most of the time – so chances are, you are not going to change. But come-lately cruisers or those new cruisers accustomed to all inclusive [...]

2016-12-30T16:31:17-05:00February 26th, 2016|ADVICE, OCEAN CRUISING, RIVER CRUISING|

How Safe is Cruising?

Nothing can be said to be of an absolute certainty in this world – as I am sure it could be said at any age in history. So is cruising safe? The following is this writer’s perspective on the question. I have vacationed by car and by plane, have stayed in all inclusive resorts, experienced [...]

2016-12-30T16:31:17-05:00December 31st, 2015|ADVICE, OCEAN CRUISING, RIVER CRUISING|
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