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Visiting Amsterdam? Get your Anne Frank Museum tickets in advance

Are you heading to Amsterdam and looking for some great places that are must visits? 

Then make sure to include the Anne Frank Museum in your itinerary. It’s a very emotional experience, but also very educational and humbling.

If you’re taking a tour or a river cruise, or just visiting Amsterdam independently, take a look at your itinerary to see if the Anne Frank house is on your schedule.  There’s a good chance that it’s not included as part of your tour.

 

If you do plan on visiting the Anne Frank Museum, make sure you get your tickets in advance.  You cannot buy tickets at the museum, they’re only sold online.

LINK TO PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Tickets become available exactly 2 months ahead of time.  

80% of tickets are released at the 2 month mark on their website and the remaining 20% are released on that actual day on their website.  

Do not wait. Reserve your tickets ahead of time and get the visiting time slot that you want.

 

Link to get tickets are below in the description.

If you’ve visited the Anne Frank Museum, drop a comment below and let us know your experience.

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U by Uniworld back for 2019 PLUS Camping on the Top Deck!

U by Uniworld river cruise line is back for 2019, and expanding!

U by Uniworld’s inaugural 2018 season was a success.  And they have awards to prove it!

They’re back in 2019 on the Seine, Main, Rhine and Danube rivers.  

There’s a new itinerary for 2019 and it’s the “Northern France at a Glance” on the Seine River.

This cruise starts on a Sunday in Paris but returns back to Paris on Friday so that you get Friday and Saturday day and night in the city of lights.  

This itinerary will be in demand as 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Lot’s of river cruise lines have sold out many of their Seine cruises. If not sold out, there’s limited availability.

U by Uniworld visits some amazing iconic cities and small villages.  But they’re also about having fun on board.

So they’re bringing back the Painting & Wine, Silent Disco, Mixology Classes and Yoga on the Top Deck.  They’ll be adding a rooftop BBQ, Karaoke, Giant Board Games, Themed Parties, Romance Packages, and much more!

  

And in my opinion, one of the coolest new things they’re going to be doing is Rooftop Camping.  You’ll spend the night under the stars with a nightcap and a breakfast picnic in the morning for 2!  How awesome is that?

In 2020 they’ll be adding a 3rd ship sailing on the Mekong river.  Stay tuned for information on that.

If any of that sounds fun to you, well then, U by Uniworld is perfect option for you!

If you have any questions about the le laperouse or the cruise line Ponant, please feel free to call us or send us a message here.

Uniworld River Cruises new Super Ship – Bon Voyage

Uniworld River Cruises converting the River Royale to a super ship!

The River Royale currently sails the Bordeaux region in France.  The ship will be renamed the S.S. Bon Voyage and will be launching next April 2019.

The Bordeaux region is a fantastic region to cruise if you’re a food and wine lover.  Food and beverage will be a main focal point in the transformation of the river ship.

In addition to the main dining area, there’s a new bistro inspired by the restaurant Bouillon Pigalle in Paris added at the bow of the ship.  

The top deck will be redesigned to include a swimming pool and lounge area.

Four new gorgeous suites will be introduced for those looking for larger river ship staterooms. All bathrooms on board will be redone in marble.

There will be less guests on this ship while Uniworld is increasing the number of crew members for a higher crew-to-guest ratio.  Uniworld already offers some of the best service on the rivers and it looks like it could even get better. Oh, and don’t forget that Uniworld is one of the limited number of river cruise lines that includes room service in all their staterooms.  

Uniworld is a boutique river cruise line that’s Ultra-Luxury and All-Inclusive!

Call us or submit a question here if you have any questions about the ship or the itineraries that this new river ship will be sailing on.

U by Uniworld river cruise PLUS the ultimate German experience of OKTOBERFEST

U by Unworld is a new cruise line started in 2018 that’s aimed at the river cruiser who wants a little more ENERGY in their vacation.  The stereotype that river cruising is just for the mature traveler is no more.

U by Uniworld is a spin off from the ULTRA LUXURY Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.  Uniworld is a 5 star all-inclusive river cruise line that’s ranked as one of the best river cruise lines.  This tells you that U by Uniworld is not just another new kid on the block. They have the experience and know how to put an adventure together!

Oktoberfest is the celebration of the Bavarian culture and each year over six million people travel to Munich to celebrate with beer, music, and DELICOUS German food!

U by Uniworld has 2 itineraries in October that coincide with Oktoberfest:

  • Germany’s Finest is an 8 day river cruise from Frankfurt to Regensburg starting on September 22.
  • The Danube Flow is an 8 day river cruise from Regensburg to Budapest starting on September 29.

Each of these 2 departures will include the option to join in on the Oktoberfest festivities.  The VIP Package includes a host/hostess that will take you to your private table in one of the Oktoberfest Tents.  

What’s included:

  • Reserved seating at a table from 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Traditional Bavarian meal including starters, main course, and desert.
  • Unlimited beer, wine, soft drinks and water.
  • Transfer from and to the ship.

You’ll also have access to select beer tents (Schützenzelt, Weinzelt, Marstall Zelt or Ochsenbraterei) with high-quality service and live music from Bavarian bands.

This optional tour is priced at just $359 per guest.  This is a FANTASTIC value considering the all-inclusiveness of the tour.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 305-814-8184 or send us a question here.


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Wine River Cruise in the U.S. on the Columbia and Snake River

When you hear the words “wine river cruise”, you automatically think France’s Bordeaux region, Burgundy and Provence in the south of France, a Rhine or Danube river cruise with their hillside vineyards.

These certainly are great experiences and I am a huge fan of a European river cruise.  If you have not yet done one, put it on your bucket list as they are an unforgettable vacation.

Columbia River, Mount Hood

BUT, you don’t have to go that far to enjoy a wine themed river cruise.  There’s a spectacular one right in our backyard!  Uncruise has a wine cruise that sails the Columbia River and the Snake River.  Cruise in the footsteps of two legendary explorers, Lewis and Clark.

The areas along the Columbia and Snake rivers are like California’s Sonoma Valley winemaking region.  It is a blossoming wine region and the quality of wine is astounding!  There are new award-winning wineries opening all the time.

Fields of Grapes

Uncruise has a wine themed river cruise called Rivers of Wine and it’s a 7-night cruise aboard the S.S. Legacy that starts and ends in Portland, Oregon.  Portland is a vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest with magnificent coffee shops, brunch spots, food trucks, microbreweries, book stores and some amazing natural scenery of the Willamette River and Mount Hood.  Worth a visit!

Grapes before wine

Highlights of the “Rivers of Wine” cruise:

  • Sommelier and guest wine expert join you on board for the week
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • 5 Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley (An AVA basically requires that 85% or more of the wine is derived from grapes grown within the boundaries of the area)
  • Lunch at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
  • Maryhill Museum and Winery tour and tasting
  • Explore Palouse Falls canyon and Multnomah Falls
  • Discover Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Watch for Wildlife along the way
Palouse Falls, WA

The S.S. Legacy is a beautiful ship that’s a replica of a turn of the century coastal gold rush steamer.  Featuring elegant carved wooden cabinetry, a well-stocked whiskey saloon, and spacious Owner’s Suite.

Ship – S.S. Legacy

Visits to:

  • Hood River Springhouse Cellar Winery, Columbia River Gorge (show pics)
  • Hood Winery, Columbia River Gorge
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Basel Cellars Estate Winery, Walla, Walla Washington
  • Dunham Cellars, Walla Walla – Small unique winery
  • The town of Walla Walla is wonderful!  You’ll want to do a walking tour.
  • Palouse Falls
  • Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center – a great place to taste wines from the region
  • Terra Blanca Winery & Vineyard, Red Mountain.  One of the largest wineries in the area.  You’ll get to go down to the barrel caves.
  • The Dalles & Willamette Valley
  • Hawks View Cellars
  • Ponzi Vineyards
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate

Uncruise is an adventure cruise line that’s been in the adventure travel business since 1996.  They specialize in soft adventure travel…  With activities like kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, hiking and more.  Nothing too extreme, but active adventure is the name of the game.

The Rivers of Wine itinerary, is an exception.  It’s more about the wine than the activities.  You will still be able to do some hiking, but mostly hiking through vineyards and wineries.  If you want to sail the Columbia and Snake rivers but prefer a bit more adventure and activity, Uncruise does have itinerary options for that as well.

If you’ve sailed or toured this region before, please let us know what your experiences were below.  We’d love to hear about it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or submit a question to us here.