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Advantages of an Extended Stay on a Cruise

Advantages of an Extended Stay on a Cruise 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 [...]

Advantages of an Extended Stay on a Cruise2016-12-29T16:42:29+00:00

Take the Whole Family

Multi Generational  Family Travel Family life has changed drastically from what it was fifty years ago, even from that of ten years ago. Families are smaller, usually both parents work, and grandparents may be working longer too. So, other than holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, getting everyone together to spend quality time can be [...]

Take the Whole Family2019-06-06T14:12:51+00:00

Transylvania Churches ~ Worth a Visit

When traveling in Europe, popular types of places to visit, besides museums and castles, are the churches and cathedrals. You’ll most often find these on the itineraries of guided tours and river cruise shore excursions. The cynical may comment the reason for this is that these buildings have free admission, but then the cynical are [...]

Transylvania Churches ~ Worth a Visit2016-12-29T16:42:31+00:00

The Western Isles

The Hebrides Many North Americans have connections to Scotland, and many of those connections are to the islands lying to the west of that country, the Hebrides. It is a pilgrimage, a curiosity and maybe even a calling that so many wish to retrace the footsteps of their ancestors in this remote section of the [...]

The Western Isles2016-12-29T16:42:31+00:00

Celebrate Carnival in Venice – 10 Things to Know

Here are a few interesting facts about Venice’s Carnival: Elaborate Costumes with Volta Masks Think Carnival in Venice is a recent phenomenon? Think again! It has its beginnings in the Dark Ages and survived until the early 19th century when it was banned under the rule of Austria, and then it was brought [...]

Celebrate Carnival in Venice – 10 Things to Know2016-12-29T16:42:31+00:00

Castles Along the Rhine

The Middle Rhine The Middle Rhine is between Mainz and Cologne (or Köln) but the section of maximum interest for river cruisers is between Koblenz and Rűdesheim. This section is where they keep some of Germany’s best kept medieval keeps - 20 of them, some ruins, some preserved, all surrounded by vineyards and with quaint [...]

Castles Along the Rhine2016-12-29T16:42:31+00:00

Avalon Tapestry 2011

From Budapest to Prague, July 2011 We were excited to arrive in Budapest, despite the late hour, and arriving at the Intercontinental Hotel on the banks of the Danube, it was wonderful to look across the river to see the Fisherman’s Bastion and Mattias church, so nicely framed in the glowing lights. Our cruise featured [...]

Avalon Tapestry 20112016-12-29T16:42:32+00:00

Windstar’s Windsurf, August 2013

Scotland, N Ireland & Golf! I was very glad to have taken this cruise on Windstar's Windsurf, as it is very different from any other ship I have been on. Although the small ship ambience was similar to Silver Cloud, the clientele were radically different – more casual and more "down-to-earth". Also Wind Surf had [...]

Windstar’s Windsurf, August 20132016-12-29T16:42:32+00:00
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