Cycling Bamberg in Avalon’s Magnificent Europe

Monday, September 18, 2017

The rain held off this morning on what has been an unseasonably cold September trip through Germany. This morning, Avalon WaterwaysAvalon Expression arrived at our remote docking location near the start of the Main-Danube Canal, which was completed in 1992 and […]

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Walking Wurzburg

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I always like walking tours, particularly in Europe where everything is just so darn pedestrian-friendly. On river cruises, however, my chief complaint about walking tours is that there is less walking and more shuffling along. I’ve even had so-called walking tours that have bussed guests from the pier to […]

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A Day in Miltenberg with Avalon Waterways

Saturday, September 16, 2017

It feels more like December outside than September. I’ve taken a few fall European river cruises before, and I can’t recall one where the weather was as cold as this. Our temperature this morning was a sweltering 5°C, complimented with the thickest pea-soup fog […]

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Coffee and Wine in Rudesheim

Friday, September 15, 2017

I can’t get enough of this massive, wall-to-wall panoramic window in my Panorama Suite aboard Avalon WaterwaysAvalon Expression. Every morning, I open my curtains to reveal another amazing tableau on the Rhine River.

Today’s scene: a striking sunrise over the hills and […]

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Cologne, Active Discovery Style

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The laundromat looked like something out of a David Lynch film – lots of crimson reds combined with a thuddingly mechanical soundtrack created by dozens of dryers rotating in unison. Just when I think Mr. Roque is going to roll out of nowhere carrying some lint, […]

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Amsterdam, Two Ways

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Unbeknownst to me, I managed to time my voyage aboard Avalon Waterways’ 166-guest Avalon Expression with a major weather system that yesterday brought damaging winds and heavy rains to parts of the UK. Today, Storm Aileen moved into the Amsterdam area. The Dutch Meteorological Office […]

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Joining Avalon Expression in Amsterdam

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of my favorite European cities. It’s hard to not fall in love with the narrow, slanted buildings that line its canals, and with its plethora of attractions, both famous and obscure. The Dutch passion for life […]

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Hurricane Irma is sending the cruise industry’s Caribbean-based fleet scattering, as the region prepares for what could be one of the worst storms to make landfall in recent memory.

UPDATED 09/06/2017 7:54AM PST/10:54AM EST – The number of voyages cancelled/shortened or rerouted continues to grow as Irma makes its way west across […]

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One Last Day At Sea, Recapping Our Voyage to Cuba with Carnival

August 18, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise is at sea today, slowly winding her way back to Tampa, Florida, where our journey to Cuba began on Monday.

This has been one of the most pleasantly surprising voyages I’ve taken […]

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Viva La Habana!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

You could feel it in the air: an electricity pulsating across the decks of Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise as she made her way into Havana, Cuba for just the third time in her 19 year career.

Rarely have I ever seen people line the decks […]

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