Bike excursion in Paris/U by Uniworld
Bike excursion in Paris/U by Uniworld

European river cruises don’t come cheap, but there’s now a more affordable option that’s available only to younger travelers. Uniworld has launched a new brand, U by Uniworld, aimed at ages 21 to 45 — and the cruises are less than half the cost of their regular sailings. Starting next... Read More

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 Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas & Orangutans / copyright Orangutang Foundation International
Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas & Orangutans/Orangutan Foundation International

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. Silversea‘s passengers will no doubt go ape over renowned scientist and conservationist Biruté Mary Galdikas, who is lecturing on the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer in October. Galdikas is famous for her... Read More

The Wave of the Danube Meets Wave of the Vils River sculpture in Vilshofen, Germany
The Wave of the Danube Meets Wave of the Vils River in Vilshofen, Germany/Dana Rebmann

Europe and art go hand in hand — especially when you’re visiting the iconic cities on the Danube river. We recently took the AmaWaterways Melodies of the Danube river cruise and found that art has a way of popping up all along the river when you least expect it. You don’t even... Read More

Undoubtedly, cruisers used to bargain-basement fares on mass-market mega-ship cruises to Mexico or the Caribbean might experience some initial sticker shock when first considering a European river cruise vacation. Granted, sailing the storied waterways of the European heartland – from Lorelei’s Rhine to Strauss’s Blue Danube – does indeed... Read More

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Last week, Avalon Waterways christened another new ship, the Avalon Felicity in Volendam, Netherlands with opera singer Measha Brueggergosman serving as the ship’s godmother. The introduction of Felicity marks Avalon’s ninth new ship in Europe since 2004 – and yet another is slated to debut this August. Felicity will... Read More


After a night stranded in Vienna airport due to the winter storm in Washington, D.C., I’ve made it back safe and sound from my Viking Christmas Market cruise along the Danube. Although it was bitter cold throughout my trip, there was a gentle snow fall in every port that... Read More


When I left sunny Fort Lauderdale in the middle of December for a week long vacation on the frigid Danube River I began to question my sanity. Further doubts arose after the all-stars at United botched the connecting flight and lost our luggage which contained my winter wardrobe. Our... Read More