Christmas in Cologne aboard Viking Baldur

Today, Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur arrived just after 9 a.m. in the city of Cologne, passing near the shadow of the towering Cologne Cathedral, or Dom, which remains one of the city’s most instantly-recognizable (and admired) landmarks.

Aside from sparing the Cathedral, much of Cologne was completely destroyed […]

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The Rhine, Koblenz and the Legend of Lorelei

Guests aboard Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur awoke to a relaxing morning of scenic cruising as we made our way along the Rhine to the German city of Koblenz. While many guests took the opportunity to sleep in, I rose at my normal time of 6:20am to […]

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Viking Baldur arrives in Heidelberg and Rudesheim

Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur was already in Mannheim, Germany this morning when I woke up, preparatory to another morning of exploration – this time, in the nearby town of Heidelberg.

Located in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Heidelberg is renowned for its naturally-romantic setting that includes the […]

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Strasbourg: Capitale de Noel

Still blanketed in a thick cloak of fog and swirling mist, Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur docked this morning in the German town of Kehl. Our ultimate destination, however, was Strasbourg, France – located across the Rhine.

The Rhine acts as an informal border between the two countries, and our guide […]

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Breisach and the Black Forest

Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to visit Germany’s famed Schwarzwald – or Black Forest – region. Today, I had that opportunity as Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur came alongside in the quaint town of Breisach, Germany.

After a restful night’s sleep, I flung open my […]

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Arrival onboard Viking Baldur – In Style

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas when I stepped out the door this morning in preparation to flying to Europe to board Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur for a weeklong Christmas Markets cruise up the Rhine.

It’s been a week of below-average temperatures in my […]

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Exploring the Christmas Markets of the Rhine

Today, I am travelling from Vancouver to Basel, Switzerland for the start of yet another Live Voyage Report: a weeklong river cruise along the Rhine aboard Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur. But this is no ordinary European river cruise; instead, it’s a wintery journey through the Christmas Markets […]

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As I prepare to fly to Basel, Switzerland tomorrow by way of Frankfurt to embark Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur for a week along the Rhine, my friend and colleague Ralph Grizzle is already there, Avidly Cruising aboard A-ROSA A-ROSA Silva.

His journey so far has taken him from Frankfurt to Heidelberg, Strasbourg, […]

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A Look Behind the Scenes

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When I sailed aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Star this past summer from Rome to Nice, I was happy to see a number of crew I recognized from a voyage two years prior aboard the Click here to continue reading!

It may be the first week of December, but my mind is already on a voyage I’ll be taking eight months from now. Ever since I went to South Africa this past January – then to arctic Norway […]

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