Sailing the Danube & Exploring Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning, guests aboard Tauck’s Swiss Jewel had their first experience with one of the many locks that line the Danube.

The Gabcikovo Lock is the largest one along our itinerary route, rising to an imposing 60 feet in height.  Tauck Director Andy had live commentary from [...]

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Exploring Buda & Embarking Tauck’s Swiss Jewel

I have to be honest: I could write a years’ worth of posts based on all that I saw and did today in Budapest, Hungary. Our second-full day of touring saw us visit some of Buda’s most spectacular sights, like the Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle, culminating with [...]

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Pardon The Interruption

On September 29, 2012 By

Shipboard internet access is an inexact science at best, and perhaps even moreso here on the rivers of Europe. It’s amazing that internet access is even possible while sailing the Danube; unfortunately, it isn’t always fast or reliable.

Tonight is proving to be one of those nights where access aboard the Swiss Jewel remains spotty [...]

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Adventures Ashore in Beautiful Budapest

Our first full day of touring with Tauck began today as we set out to explore the “Pest” side of Budapest (pronounced pesht) as part of a two-night stay in Budapest before embarking their Swiss Jewel here tomorrow.

Once again, things that could have turned into a little annoyance [...]

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Welcome to Budapest – Tauck Style!

I’ve often said that there are two kinds of vacations: the ones you spend on a beach nursing a drink with a little umbrella; and those that have the power to rock you to your very core.  And at the end of this first day, I feel I am [...]

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Tomorrow marks the start of another exciting Live Voyage Report, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be returning to Europe and the gorgeous Danube River.  For the next 12 days, I want to take all of you here reading this site on a magnificent journey with Tauck that will see us travel [...]

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Since I will be passing through there on Wednesday, I couldn’t resist the urge to post this news from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). They’ve just opened North America’s very first World Duty Free store in the International Terminal, and it’s hosting a very unique guest.

Between now and November 1, travellers passing [...]

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We love ships of all shapes and sizes; that much should be clear to anyone who’s taken the time to peruse this site for more than half a second.  So today, in honour of all the remarkable cruise ships that sail the seas and waterways of this World, we take a look at just a [...]

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What’s In Your Drink?

On September 21, 2012 By

Picture this: it’s a bright, sunny, Caribbean day and you’ve ambled up to the bar aboard your favorite cruise ship for a refreshing drink.  But have you ever considered what goes into making that drink?

The food and beverage department is a significant revenue generator both at sea and in land-based hotels, which is why [...]

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Every time I open a cruise brochure, I look rather longingly at the World Cruise.  It’s not its longevity that captures my imagination, but rather the ability to literally see the world – or a good chunk of it – in a single voyage.  Today, ultra-luxury line Silversea has unveiled their Continue Reading

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