Next year, Silversea will take delivery of its first brand-new, purpose-built luxury cruise ship in seven years: the 596-guest Silver Muse. Not only is she the newest ship in the Silversea fleet, she’s also the largest, carrying an additional 56 guests over her near-sister, Silver Spirit.

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The Passage to Eastern Europe Is A Pleasant Surprise

Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor

If you ever want to appreciate the value of a cruise, take a long-haul flight in economy class. I have two inches between my knees and the seat in front of me, and even less between my elbow and my […]

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Budapest On Foot

Friday, July 15, 2016

After beginning our Viking River Cruises’ Passage to Eastern Europe voyage in Bucharest, Romania last week, it’s now time to say goodbye: today, Viking guests enjoyed a day at their leisure in Budapest, Hungary to cap off this 10-day journey through some of Europe’s most fascinating countries.

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The Many Sides of Budapest

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Every time I come to Budapest, Hungary, it seems to look a little better than the last. In the five years that I’ve been coming here (this is visit number seven), I’ve seen a lot of changes. I’ve seen the addition of new restaurants, two new […]

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The Beauty of the Viking Longships

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Four motorcoaches pulled up on a dusty road outside of the ship this afternoon. I looked at them, then at the Hungarian family taking a picnic in the shade under the trees. It looked hot. I stepped outside the ship. It was hot. I looked […]

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The Real Passage to Eastern Europe

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

There’s nothing like seeing a bullet-riddled, half-collapsed building to make you grateful for what you have in life.

Today, Viking River Cruises’ Viking Embla arrived in Vukovar, Croatia. At Danube Kilometre Marker 1333, it is less than 200 kilometres further upstream than yesterday’s port […]

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Beautiful, Complicated, Belgrade

Monday, July 11, 2016

A shabby little red car pulls up in front of our motorcoach and Milos, our guide, jumps into action.

“See the car on your right, the red one with the short end. That’s the Yugo.” He goes on to describe the car and its infamous reputation for falling […]

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The Danube’s Iron Gates

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A field of high-voltage power cables are crackling above my head. It sounds like a cross between a bad Frankenstein movie (“It’s Alive!”) and a bowl of Rice Crispies. Snap, crackle, pop. It’s extremely audible, and almost disconcerting. I’m hesitant to turn on my camera for fear […]

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The Broken Dreams of Vidin

Saturday, July 9, 2016

It’s the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday. The temperature hovers near 32°C, and I can literally hear the sound of cheese pizza sizzling on the pavement. No, really: there are two slices of cheese pizza that someone has left on a concrete block next […]

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A Day in Bulgaria, and a Big Win for Viking

Friday, July 8, 2016

After a good night’s sleep, I was up early at six this morning, where I stepped onto the heated floor of my stateroom’s bathroom to begin my day. It’s such a simple luxury – not having cold feet first thing in […]

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