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OUR INSIDER PICKS FOR EXOTIC RIVER SHIPS

OUR INSIDER PICKS FOR EXOTIC RIVER SHIPS

While a European river cruise may be the most popular of all river cruises, the elegance and comfort found with companies such as AmaWaterways can take be found in the less traveled corners of the world as well. In today’s blog, we take a look at one of our favorite ships for Vietnam river cruises on the Mekong, and a top pic for an African river cruise on the Chobe on a waterborne safari.

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

There are a few different ways to explore Vietnam and Cambodia on a Mekong river cruise, but AmaWaterways has one of our favorite ships. The 124-passenger AmaDara made her debut in 2015 and is in a class unto herself with distinct French Colonial décor and accented by Mekong artifacts made by native craftsmen.

Elegantly appointed staterooms are 251 square feet and suites range from 366 to 502 square feet. Staterooms and suites feature twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include a cozy sitting area, climate-controlled air conditioning, in-room safe and mini bar. Spacious bathrooms have a shower, bathrobe, slippers and hair dryer. Suites have additional enhanced amenities with a large sitting area and bathrooms with both a shower and separate tub.

AmaDara offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a spa, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and Sun Deck pool. The stunning Saigon Lounge provides a wonderful place to meet fellow guests, and enjoy local entertainment. Savor authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the main restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant; and throughout your cruise, be treated to unlimited complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, as well as house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks.

AFRICA

AmaWaterways’ intimate 28-passenger Zambezi Queen made her debut in 2009 in one of the world’s most captivating places, Africa’s legendary Chobe River. Unlike a typical Chobe river cruise that travels from one port to the next, the Zambezi Queen was designed for an entirely different purpose—to facilitate optimal game viewing along the Chobe.

As this floating hotel drifts along the river, animals perceive no threat and come to the water to drink and bathe, affording you with an amazingly up-close view and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Additionally, to ensure no harm to the environment, the eco-friendly Zambezi Queen uses a water jet propulsion system, fuel-efficient and low-emission generators, and a solar heating system.

The Zambezi Queen provides guests with all the modern-day conveniences to ensure a perfect journey. The top deck features an enclosed air-conditioned dining room, lounge and bar, as well as an open-air Sun Deck complete with a plunge pool. Bountiful breakfasts and lunches prepare you for your invigorating daily adventures, and during the evening, enjoy multi-course dinners. Throughout the day, be treated to complimentary South African wines, beer, local spirits, soft drinks and bottled water. On one of the nights, enjoy an African-themed dinner with traditional dishes and entertainment.

The 14 suites, including four master suites, feature air-conditioning and a private balcony where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the river and African landscape. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight—all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed.

Ready to travel to exotic lands with the comfort, convenience and luxury you expect at home? Select Waterways has just the ticket.

SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN IN THE HEART OF EUROPE

SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN IN THE HEART OF EUROPE

In the world of European river cruising, we’ve that there is as much variety among ships as there is among destinations. However, Viking River Cruises has come up with a tried-and-true design of their Viking Longships that they have well over 50 in service and another half dozen on other. You may not realize that during the Age of the Vikings from 800 to 1100 or so, these savage warriors roamed deep into the heart of Europe in their shallow draft, dragon-headed longships. Viking River Cruises, proud of its heritage, coined the name Viking Longships for its popular class of vessels and incorporated modern Scandinavian design as an homage to the owner’s home country, Norway. The simple, uncomplicated interior design makes the myriad destinations the true star when floating down the Rhine, Danube, Seine, Po or Douro rivers. Here, then, is a photo tour of these beautiful vessels.

AQUAVIT TERRACE

Each Viking Longship features the inviting Aquavit Terrace, an open area at the very bow (front) of the ship that is the ideal spot to relax with a drink and watch the world pass by. This outdoor space is protected by large glass panels, so a hearty breeze is never an unwelcome guest.

ATRIUM

The atrium is the hub of every ship and is a showcase of clean Scandinavian design from the sleek stairs to the simple furniture and the abundance of glass and light. Everything aboard radiates from this central gathering point.

EXPLORER SUITE

Viking Longships’ top accommodations are the Explorer Suites, measuring a generous 445 square feet and boasting a private wraparound veranda off the spacious living room with 270-degree views, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors (known as a French balcony) in the bedroom. A large bathroom features a shower, heated mirror & floor, premium bath products. You’ll also find thoughtful touches such as two 40-inch Sony flat-panel TVs, 220V and 110V outlets, telephone, refrigerator, safe, and hair dryer. Bottled water is replenished daily, and bathrobes and slippers are available upon request. You’ll also enjoy special early check-in (no later than 12 PM), private airport transfers in Europe, a complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package, Viking Air Plus services, laundry service, welcome champagne, daily fruit basket, mini-bar with wine, beer and soft drinks (replenished daily). There are even in-suite binoculars, coffee brewer, cashmere blanket and complimentary shoe shine service.

FRENCH BALCONY STATEROOM

By far the most popular staterooms onboard, the French Balcony categories measure a cozy 135 square and feature hotel-style beds (with optional twin-bed configuration), floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to create a French balcony, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, space under the bed for storing suitcases and a roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers. Naturally there is a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, a 40-inch Sony flat-panel TVs, and 220V and 110V outlets. Bottled water is replenished daily, and bathrobes and slippers are available upon request.

A REVOLUTIONARY NEW RIVER SHIP

A REVOLUTIONARY NEW RIVER SHIP

In the world of river cruising, something’s coming. Something big. AmaWaterways, one of Select Waterways’ favorite cruise lines and what we believe to be among the brands offering the best value for a European river cruise, has just released details about its upcoming Danube river cruise ship, the AmaMagna. Keep in mind that river vessels are constrained by the size of the locks they must sail through, and that’s why the biggest on the Danube are currently no more than 443 feet long. However, as long as a cruise line keeps its ship solely on the Danube, they can build it wider. Thus AmaMagna was conceived, a revolutionary ship that is nearly twice as wide as her peers. Though north of Passau, Germany, the locks are too narrow for an extra-wide river cruiser, the remaining length of the Danube offers a richly varied experience for a first river cruise, and here at Select Waterways we’re delighted that AmaWaterways is taking this all-new approach.

As imagined by AmaWaterways co-owner and president, Rudi Schreiner, the “godfather of river cruising,” the AmaMagna, years in the making, represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate river cruising to a new level. AmaMagna offers the luxury of more space than ever before, which means enticing new ways for every Select Waterways traveler to enjoy the journey, including a water sports platform. Both a sun deck pool and whirlpool give guests the option of taking a refreshing or soothing dip while enjoying the views. When she debuts with all her other exciting innovations in May 2019, AmaMagna will sail some of AmaWaterways most popular itineraries along the storied Danube River.

With a width of an amazing 72 feet, AmaMagna will be nearly twice as wide as traditional European river ships, and able to offer larger staterooms similar to those on ocean ships, plus more choices in onboard activities, dining, and evening entertainment. She is a compelling choice for ocean cruisers or any active travelers who value generous personal space and variety on board.

AmaMagna will boast multiple dining venues in addition to AmaWaterways’ signature Chef’s Table and main dining room. Look for a dedicated al fresco restaurant, and a wine bar & restaurant for intimate wine pairing dinners with friends. At the stern, a water sports platform will feature equipment including a Sundowner for intimate excursions. Up top, a large heated sun deck pool comes complete with a whirlpool and sky bar, while a multi-functional Health & Wellness Studio will be large enough to accommodate group classes. Those seeking extra pampering will find a hair salon, two massage spas and manicure/pedicure services. Despite her larger size, the AmaMagna will have smaller spaces such as a split-level lounge creating intimate pockets in which to relax unhindered.

 

In the world of river cruising, something’s coming. Something big. AmaWaterways, one of Select Waterways’ favorite cruise lines and what we believe to be among the brands offering the best value for a European river cruise, has just released details about its upcoming Danube river cruise ship, the AmaMagna. Keep in mind that river vessels are constrained by the size of the locks they must sail through, and that’s why the biggest on the Danube are currently no more than 443 feet long. However, as long as a cruise line keeps its ship solely on the Danube, they can build it wider. Thus AmaMagna was conceived, a revolutionary ship that is nearly twice as wide as her peers. Though north of Passau, Germany, the locks are too narrow for an extra-wide river cruiser, the remaining length of the Danube offers a richly varied experience for a first river cruise, and here at Select Waterways we’re delighted that AmaWaterways is taking this all-new approach.

As imagined by AmaWaterways co-owner and president, Rudi Schreiner, the “godfather of river cruising,” the AmaMagna, years in the making, represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate river cruising to a new level. AmaMagna offers the luxury of more space than ever before, which means enticing new ways for every Select Waterways traveler to enjoy the journey, including a water sports platform. Both a sun deck pool and whirlpool give guests the option of taking a refreshing or soothing dip while enjoying the views. When she debuts with all her other exciting innovations in May 2019, AmaMagna will sail some of AmaWaterways most popular itineraries along the storied Danube River.

With a width of an amazing 72 feet, AmaMagna will be nearly twice as wide as traditional European river ships, and able to offer larger staterooms similar to those on ocean ships, plus more choices in onboard activities, dining, and evening entertainment. She is a compelling choice for ocean cruisers or any active travelers who value generous personal space and variety on board.

AmaMagna will boast multiple dining venues in addition to AmaWaterways’ signature Chef’s Table and main dining room. Look for a dedicated al fresco restaurant, and a wine bar & restaurant for intimate wine pairing dinners with friends. At the stern, a water sports platform will feature equipment including a Sundowner for intimate excursions. Up top, a large heated sun deck pool comes complete with a whirlpool and sky bar, while a multi-functional Health & Wellness Studio will be large enough to accommodate group classes. Those seeking extra pampering will find a hair salon, two massage spas and manicure/pedicure services. Despite her larger size, the AmaMagna will have smaller spaces such as a split-level lounge creating intimate pockets in which to relax unhindered.

 

But the additional space really comes into play in the suites and staterooms. Her 182 guests will find luxurious accommodations, the majority with outside balconies measuring 205-355 square feet, 25% to 100% larger than on similar, narrower ships. Six Grand Suites at 474 square feet and an Owner’s Suite measuring an impressive 710 square feet with spacious seating areas and beds facing the river are the crème de la crème.

River cruising’s popularity continues to grow and even though AmaMagna’s debut is 14 months away, we urge you to give Select Waterways a call at 1.844.792.7847 if you want to be one of the first to sail the remarkable new vessel from AmaWaterways.

A TASTE OF VIENNA

A TASTE OF VIENNA

One of the joys of a river cruise, especially a European river cruise, is the ample time in ports of call to explore. Since river cruising gets you up close and personal in each city, we like to experience the cuisine of the land while touring ashore.  At Select Waterways, one of our favorite memories is exploring the city on foot, after getting our bearings with the complimentary guided motorcoach tour during a recent stop in Vienna on a Danube river cruise with AmaWaterways. On a misty afternoon, we popped into the Demel Bakery some coffee and a slice of Sachertorte, a Viennese specialty. To this day, we’ll crave a Sachertorte on a cool, misty afternoon and reminisce about that perfect moment in Vienna.  Thanks to our friends at AmaWaterways, what follows is a bit of history about this glorious chocolate confection and, more importantly, the recipe!

The crème-de-la-crème of cake wizardry in Vienna is the iconic Sachertorte, available at the renowned Hotel Sacher. Rich dark chocolate, apricot jam and utter deliciousness will send your taste buds spiraling into sensory overload. Always served with a side-dollop of schlag, aka whipped cream, this cake promises to indulge your most delightful champagne wishes and decadent dreams.

Celebrating its own national holiday on December 5th, the Sachertorte had its not so-humble beginnings in 1832 when Franz Sacher first created the dessert for Prince Wenzel von Metternich and his very important guests. Just sixteen years old at the time, the young chef-in-training received this lucky break when his boss, the Prince’s actual chef, fell ill. It’s been said that the older man cautioned his apprentice with ‘Let there be no shame on me tonight!” — and the rest, as they say, is the chocolate history dreams are made of.

Fueled by the cake’s immense popularity, Sacher’s son Eduard ultimately built the Hotel Sacher, a luxury hotel which has hosted such notable guests as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, JFK, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Leonard Bernstein over the years. Some of these guests’ famous signatures can even be found on one of four tablecloths the hotel keeps on display.

There is also a stunning art gallery with works from the 19th century, so stop by here for an extra slice of culture. Of course, you can find variations of the Sachertorte throughout the city (most notably at the Demel Bakery, which waged a legal war for decades for the right to the name), but many consider the hotel’s to be the most authentic. While in Vienna, experience a true taste of Austria. It is a treat for the taste buds as much as the senses.

Ingredients

  • 4.5 oz. butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 7 egg whites, whipped
  • 7 oz. flour
  • 2 tbsp. apricot Jam

Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 stick butter

Preparation Method

Mix butter, sugar, and egg yolks together until creamy. Fold the melted chocolate into the mixture. In a separate bowl, fold the whipped egg whites and flour together. Combine with the egg yolk and chocolate mixture. Pour into a greased 9” round cake pan. Bake for approximately 45 min. at 370 F°. Let the cake cool and remove from pan. When fully cooled, cut the cake in half horizontally. Fill with apricot jam and glaze top of cake with the ganache. Makes 8 servings.

Recipe courtesy of AmaWaterways

OUR TOP 3 RIVER SHIP DINING INSIDER PICKS

OUR TOP 3 RIVER SHIP DINING INSIDER PICKS

When travelers are selecting a river cruise, especially a European river cruise or American river cruise, we’re often asked about our favorite ship dining experiences. That’s always a tough question to answer, since river cruising affords so many culinary delights. While where to dine ashore is best left to a future series of blogs, dining aboard a river ship is a bit easier to narrow down. Of course, it’s all about the food but don’t forget the importance of ambiance as well. At Select Waterways, we have a few clear favorites. Our choice on AmaWaterways is all about the presentation, sweeping river views and the intimate room with only a handful of diners. On American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Queen, the largest vessel ever built for US river cruising, the throwback décor and soaring windows are the star. With Uniworld, it’s solely about the extraordinary food, especially since they are such a gastronomic star in European river cruises. Here then, without further ado, are our Top 3 River Ship Dining Insider Picks:

The Chef’s Table

AmaWaterways (All European Ships) Join a few of your fellow travelers at The Chef’s Table, where the fully visible kitchen becomes part of the entertainment. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the chef prepare a special, multi-course meal right in front of you. The menu here is unique, making this a truly distinct gastronomic experience. Indulge in delectable dishes paired with unlimited fine wines, hand selected just for this dinner. You’ll need reservations but don’t worry—everyone aboard gets their chance. We always try to dine at The Chef’s Table on the last night of our voyage. It ends the cruise on a culinary high note.

J .M. White Dining Room

American Queen Steamboat Company (American Queen) With its ornate fretwork and galleries rising two decks high framed by narrow, Victorian-draped windows, this elegant room is one of our favorites because it feels completely authentic. It’s easy to imagine you’re drifting along the Mississippi with Mark Twain as a charming table companion 125 years ago. Along the way, indulge in Southern favorites like bourbon pecan pie, Cajun shrimp and cheese grits, spicy gumbo, fried green tomatoes and, of course, a refreshing mint julep.

All restaurants

Uniworld River Cruises (All European Ships) Uniworld boasts the only Zagat-rated restaurants on the rivers, and it shows. When dining onboard, you’ll be treated to world-class cuisine made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced from the destinations you visit. For example, a dinner menu on the Catherine, enroute to Avignon, features delicacies such as cod loin in bouillabaisse jus, barigoule artichoke, broad beans and saffron potatoes; roasted rack of lamb in mustard herb crust, olive and sweet garlic sauce, eggplant mash, tomato provençale and boulangère potatoes; iced Montélimar nougat parfait with red berry sauce; and French lemon tart with homemade melon ice cream. Delicious!

THAT PERFECT MOMENT

THAT PERFECT MOMENT

As you can guess by our passion, there is something special about river cruising. But like any vacation, a river cruise is often remembered for those handful of special moments where time seems to stand still, and the world’s focus is on you, and only you. You know that moment we’re talking about. You might have forgotten every detail of a vacation from two or three decades ago except for that one special event, amazing day, incredible meal, or special feeling that still comes up in conversation today. What we love about European river cruises is that it’s not just one of these moments that stand out, it’s several.

One of our favorite memories is from a recent Danube river cruise with AmaWaterways. It was a wonderful day exploring Budapes that turned into an absolutely unforgettable evening. AmaWaterways has a complimentary specialty restaurant they call the Chef’s Table. Each guest makes reservations once during the cruise and the experience is heavenly. It was the last night of our Danube cruise and with the addition of the Chef’s Table, it was already building into a memorable evening.

What happened next was completely unexpected. In recent years thanks to a grant from UNESCO, Budapest has been able to dramatically light its awe-inspiring architecture at night, from the stunning Parliament building to its many graceful bridges. Visitors to Budapest regularly book evening river cruises on small dinner boats, paying a pretty penny to traverse the river and see the amazing light show. As our vessel, the AmaSerena, began to pull away from the dock, we realized we were going to have the same experience, all included in our fare.

We finished our dessert and champagne in the Chef’s Table and then headed up on deck. This is where things fell into place and perfection became the order of the evening. It was a chilly night in November and as we settled into a deck chair on the top deck, we learned what a luxury river cruise is really all about. A staff member passed by, handing out cozy wool blankets, which we wrapped around our legs. Just as the warmth was starting to cradle us in its comfortable embrace, we passed the Parliament building, looking for all the world like a fairytale castle or elaborate gingerbread house. The elegant Chain Bridge draped across the river just ahead and to the other side, the Hungarian National Gallery glowed atop the bluffs overlooking the water, its reflection sparkling like diamonds. It was positively sublime.

But premium river cruises are about more than just the sights. From the darkness came a parade of twinkling lights onto the upper deck. We turned away from the picture postcard view for a moment and squinted our eyes. A white gloved gentleman bent down, and we saw that surrounding a single candle in the middle of a tray were several small glasses with an enticing amber liquid. He explained that it was a peach liqueur, produced and bottled in Durnstein upriver. We took the glass and sipped the nectar of a drink so deliciously European, so delightfully unexpected, and so utterly ideal for that moment.

For that moment, everything was utterly, impossibly, and wonderfully perfect. We knew we would talk about that evening for years.

These are the moments that all of us at Select Waterways wants to create for you. We are your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. We also offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

VIKING ORDERS SEVEN NEW RIVER SHIPS FOR 2019

VIKING ORDERS SEVEN NEW RIVER SHIPS FOR 2019

Viking, the world’s leading river cruise line, today announced it has placed an order for seven new river ships that will debut in 2019. The newbuild order includes six additional award-winning Viking Longships, which will sail the company’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, and one additional vessel, inspired by the Longships and specifically designed for Portugal’s Douro River. This announcement comes on the heels of Viking being named the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. With the addition of the new river ships, Viking will operate a fleet of 69 river vessels around the world in 2019.

“We knew there was an opportunity to do things differently when we started this company 20 years ago,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “In the last two decades, we have led the industry to define what modern river cruising looks like today. We continue to lead the industry with the largest fleet, the widest selection of itineraries and stateroom categories, and the most awards of any river cruise line. The Viking way of exploration has resonated with our target audience of experienced travelers, and this new ship order is a reflection of strong demand for more destination-focused cruises.”

Of the seven vessels on order for 2019, six are Viking Longships, which have amassed a long list of prestigious awards since their debut. Viking’s accolades include recognition by the editors of Cruise Critic as “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s “Editors’ Picks Awards.” More recently, Viking topped USA Today’s annual Readers’ Choice Cruise Poll for “Best River Cruise Line,” and was named “Best Danube River Cruise Operator” in AFAR magazine’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Viking Longships integrate a patented corridor design and cutting-edge technology with comfortable amenities that reflect guest preferences and current travel trends. These features include a revolutionary all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace that reinvents the onboard lounge experience by bringing the panoramic outdoor river scenery indoors with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors and allows guests to enjoy the views and dine al fresco.

Accommodating 190 passengers in 95 staterooms, Viking Longships have a patented layout that allows for two Explorer Suites – the largest river cruise suites in Europe – as well as seven two-room Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom; 39 Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas; and 22 French Balcony Staterooms. Staterooms include comfortable amenities such as hotel-style beds, heated bathroom floors, mini fridge, and both U.S. and EU outlets. Additionally, all Viking Longships have sustainability upgrades, such as onboard solar panels and organic herb gardens, and energy-efficient hybrid engines that also reduce vibrations for a remarkably smooth ride.

Viking’s additional ship on order for 2019 will be designed specifically for the company’s Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary. As a result of high customer demand, the new sister ship will join Viking’s existing fleet of three ships on the Douro. Hosting 106 passengers in 53 staterooms, the Douro ships are smaller than Viking Longships, but feature many of the same popular features – including an Aquavit Terrace, a wide variety of stateroom choices, onboard solar panels and an organic herb garden, as well as Viking’s signature Scandinavian design aesthetic.

Designed for discerning travelers, Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. The Viking Difference is providing guests with extraordinarily well-designed cruises that bring them closer to the cultures of the world. Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local culture at night or evening performances. And only The Viking Way of exploration brings guests itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences.

Select Waterways are your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. We also offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

OUR FAVORITE CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES FOR 2019

OUR FAVORITE CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES FOR 2019

Crystal River Cruises recently announced their 2019 itineraries and we were excited to see shorter options highlight European journeys along the Rhine, Danube, Moselle and Main rivers for the fleet of five luxury river ships. The itineraries span the most beautiful waterways in Europe, with each ship offering varied routes focusing on the Rhine and Danube rivers, with sojourns along the Moselle and Main Rivers incorporated into select sailings. We love that each itinerary has been carefully crafted to showcase not only the medieval and modern towns along the rivers’ shorelines, but the tranquility, intimacy and beauty of river cruising itself. Crystal sailings offer more extended and overnight stays in port, complimentary Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port, and a host of world-class culinary and cultural pursuits to enhance the journey. Major hubs of commerce and government like Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, Budapest and Basel display their prominence in the modern global landscape while paying homage to their storied pasts at every turn. Our four favorite new itineraries for 2019 feature quaint towns boasting cobbled alleyways and pristinely preserved historical landmarks, along with welcoming hospitality and charm:

Wonders of the Danube, 7 days, Linz to Budapest/Budapest to Linz
Crystal Mahler, Crystal Ravel
Bookended with overnight stays in Budapest and Linz, this voyage also offers two full days in Vienna, plus calls to Krems and Melk, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Danube Dreams & Discoveries, 7 days, round-trip Vienna
Crystal Ravel, Crystal Mozart
Venturing from Vienna to Hungary’s Esztergom and Budapest (overnight), and Bratislava, Slovakia, this itinerary returns to Austria to visit Melk, Spitz (overnight) and Krems before concluding with an overnight in Vienna.

Magnificent Christmas Markets, 7 days, Passau to Budapest/Budapest to Passau
Crystal Mahler
Showcasing the glittering sights and sounds of the traditional holiday festivities, this itinerary offers longer stays in port throughout, with overnights in Passau, Vienna and Budapest, plus a visit to Linz.

Grand Danube Celebration, 11 days, Budapest to Nuremburg
Crystal Mahler
This singular Christmas holiday voyage features a double overnight stay in Budapest, with Christmas Day spent sailing the Danube River. New Year’s Eve will call in Regensburg, Germany, with other destinations including Bratislava, Vienna (overnight), Krems, Melk, Linz, Passau and ending with an overnight in Nuremberg.

Select Waterways are your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. We also offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

HURTIGRUTEN BUILDING UP TO FOUR NEW SHIPS

HURTIGRUTEN BUILDING UP TO FOUR NEW SHIPS

There’s big news from the expedition cruising arm of legendary Norwegian coastal operator Hurtigruten. They’ve signed an agreement with the Kleven Shipyard for the construction of up to four new explorer ships. The first vessel is to be completed the summer of 2018. We’re excited not just because I’m part Norwegian, but because this is the largest investment in Hurtigruten’s more than 120-year history. It is a milestone for the Norwegian travel industry and the Norwegian shipyard industry. I have no doubt they will build the most formidable expedition ships in the world. The agreement ensures Hurtigruten’s position as world leading within adventure tourism in the Arctic and in Antarctica. The agreement includes the construction of two new Hurtigruten vessels designed for exploring polar waters and an option for the construction further two explorer ships.

The ships are designed and developed by Rolls-Royce with the assistance of the renowned Norwegian ship designer Espen Øino. The ships are customized for adventure-rich expedition voyages and can also operate on the Norwegian cost. Knowing Hurtigruten’s reputation, we’re confident that the ships are in the very forefront when it comes to utilizing new environmental technology, on board and for the propulsion systems. Hurtigruten has taken a leading role when it comes to green shipping. Sustainability is given top priority and new technology contributes to reducing emissions. We can’t wait to see these new ships in service, bringing the remotest destinations to our doorstep with concern for the environment and plenty of amenities for their guests.

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