While I was in Europe last week, floating down the Rhine, one piece of cruise news came across my virtual desk that nearly resulted in my morning coffee being ejected from my mouth: Royal Caribbean’s decision to homeport the forthcoming Quantum of the Seas in Shanghai, [...]

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It’s almost the start of the Alaskan cruise season here in Vancouver, and that has me thinking about the royal blue-hulled ships of Holland America Line.

Alaska is one of my favorite cruise destinations. It’s second only to Europe, in fact. But it’s not the towns that entrance me in Alaska. Though they can [...]

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Commemorating World War I and celebrating the new ms Inspire

Over the course of nine days, my Belgium & Holland in Spring itinerary aboard Tauck’s beautiful new ms Inspire took us from the forward-thinking Dutch city of Amsterdam to the bilingual Belgian city of Brussels. What I discovered was an experience that was [...]

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Wrapping up our Tauck adventure in Brussels

Today, guests disembarked Tauck’s beautiful new ms Inspire in the port of Maastricht as the cruise portion of our Belgium & Holland in Spring itinerary draws to a close. But there’s still one more full day of touring ahead of us, as we travel to Brussels [...]

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Chateau Neercanne, Maastricht, and the Fog of War

The river cruise portion of our journey through Belgium and the Netherlands aboard Tauck’s beautiful new ms Inspire is slowly drawing to a close. Today is our last full day aboard the river cruise ship before our nine-night Belgium & Holland in Spring itinerary concludes tomorrow [...]

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In Flanders Fields the Poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row

Today is a very special day aboard Tauck’s beautiful new ms Inspire, as we wind our way towards Brussels as part of this Belgium & Holland in Spring river cruise itinerary. Not only do we get to visit Antwerp, we’re setting out [...]

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Veere, Middelburg and the Delta Works

Tauck’s beautiful new ms Inspire was bathed in the amber glow of sunlight filtered through a thin layer of wispy fog as dawn broke on the day that was to be Saturday, April 12, 2014. It was one of those bizarrely perfect sunrises; the ones where everything seems [...]

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An Inspiring Morning in Rotterdam

The sun was out in full force early this morning to welcome Tauck’s beautiful new ms Inspire to the famous Dutch port of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands but, unlike Amsterdam, it didn’t escape the Second World War unscathed. The Rotterdam Blitz occurred nearly 74 [...]

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The Battle of Arnhem and an evening in Nijmegen with Tauck

This morning, those of us aboard Tauck’s new ms Inspire were able to kick back and enjoy an unexpected second cup of coffee. Owing to heavy congestion at the locks in our path, our arrival into the Dutch city of Arnhem was delayed [...]

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Cheese, Windmills and Cycling the Dutch Countryside aboard ms Inspire

A beautiful morning filled with brilliant sun and blue skies greeted Tauck’s new ms Inspire this morning in Hoorn, Netherlands, and the options available to guests today were as excellent as the weather.

Today, guests could choose to take part in tours of a [...]

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