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AmaWaterways Christens newest ship sailing on the Douro River

AmaWaterways recently christened one of it’s newest ships for 2019.  The AmaDouro will sail on the Douro River – featured on Portugal and Spain river cruise itineraries.

Often overshadowed by the Rhine and the Danube, Douro river cruises are growing in popularity.

The ship will sail on the Enticing Douro 7 night cruise from Porto back to Porto with an extension in Lisbon.

Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and to Port country— the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Sail roundtrip from Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; visit Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro; and marvel at Salamanca, the UNESCO-designated “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

The spectacular AmaDouro, in 2019.  Like Ama’s other ships, the AmaDouro will feature spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, most of which will include balconies to take in views of the breathtaking hills and terraced vineyards along the river.

Staterooms will also include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe.

The Panoramic Lounge will be a stylish and inviting space for a drink and nightly entertainment. The ship also features a massage room, fitness room, Sun Deck swimming pool and a gift shop, as well as the culinary delights of the Main Restaurant, where you’ll be able to sample the region’s famous Port wine.

To learn more, call us at 305-814-8184 or send us a note here!


 

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The Travel Event of the Decade – Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Preparations are underway for the travel event of the decade. 

Every 10 years, in the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau, the residents perform The Passion Play. 

The tradition dates back to the 17th century and it’s one of the world’s grandest religious spectacles.   

It started in 1633, when the villagers made a vow that they would perform the Passion Play if they were spared an epidemic of the plague.  After the vow, not a single person fell victim to the plague.  The Passion Play has been continued every 10 years as the community all come together to perform this ritual. 

Visitors from around the world descend onto Oberammergau to witness the performance.  The Passion Play will run from May to October 2020. 

The play is performed 5 days per week in an open-air theater which seats about 4,700 people.  The setting, with the mountains in the background, make this an unforgettable scene.   

There are several ways you can experience the Oberammergau Passion Play.  Several river cruise lines have itineraries that include this great spectacle.  Or if you prefer a land tour, most tour companies have itineraries that will include the Passion Play. 

We’d love to help plan your trip!  If you have any questions, please call us at 305-814-8184 or send us a note here!

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Crystal River Cruises announces 4 and 6 night Europe River Cruises

Looking for a shorter river cruise?  Crystal Cruises has you covered!

Explore more, savor more, enjoy more on a collection of luxury 4- or 6-night river cruises in the heart of Europe. All inclusive!

Fares start at just $1,349.

ITINERARIES INCLUDE
– Wachau Valley Getaway for 4 days from Vienna to Passau on March 29
– Danube Getaway for 6 days from Passau to Vienna on April 2
– Wachau Valley Getaway for 4 days from Vienna to Passau on April 30
– Danube Getaway for 6 days from Passau to Vienna on May 4

ALL-INCLUSIVE SIGNATURE HALLMARKS
– Europe’s only all-suite river ships featuring king-sized beds 
and personal butler service in every suite
– Farm-to-table dining featuring Crystal’s innovative 
and acclaimed Michelin-inspired cuisine
– Unlimited fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and beers
– Unmatched Complimentary Crystal Collection of Destination Experiences in each destination, and a Crystal Signature Event on every full itinerary
– Twice as many staff per guest as the industry average, 
and all staff are Crystal employees
– All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside, included. .

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Tauck Family Christmas River Cruise 2019 – Limited Availability!

So, how many people were excited that Hallmark Channel just recently announced that they will play Hallmark Christmas movies year-round!  I know several members of my family were super excited for that. 

It may be a bit early in the year to get excited for Christmas, but Tauck is giving you and your family a bigger reason to start that countdown!  By the way, it’s 316 as of today… 

Tauck has announced a family river cruises for 2019 on the Danube river.  It’s the Holiday Magic Danube Family River Cruise.  The itinerary starts in Munich and sails eastbound to Budapest on an 8-day river cruise. 

Your family will discover Europe’s 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season.  

Magic’s in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens.  

Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together – in Oberndorf, home of “Silent Night”… at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey… in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt… and in Budapest, “the Pearl of the Danube.”  

Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!

River Cruise Includes: 

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors, and Tauck Cruise Director 
  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,115  
  • A Tauck Exclusive evening at a private Viennese palace – with dinner, entertainment, and a waltzing lesson 
  • Visit to Oberndorf, birthplace of the carol “Silent Night”  
  • A visit to Baroque Salzburg and, weather permitting, a funicular ride up to the city’s hilltop fortress  
  • In Passau, a choice of a walking tour of Old Town and a sweets-making workshop at a local café; a guided geo-caching game in Old Town; or a guided hike with a holiday theme and storytelling 
  • In the Wachau Valley, a choice between a guided visit to Melk Abbey or a walking tour of Old Town Krems; and a choice between a wine tasting or a hike to Kuenringer Castle in Dürnstein (weather permitting) 
  • Visits to Schönbrunn Palace and the Prater amusement park in Vienna 
  • Medieval games, a walking tour, and a scavenger hunt in Old Town Bratislava 
  • A tour of Budapest taking in the castle district, Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes Square, and more  
  • Traditional European holiday dinner and events aboard the riverboat 
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks  
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted 
  • 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners); service charges, admission fees, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges 

There are only 2 family sailings and they will book up quickly!  Call or email us for a quote or if you have questions!

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Tauck will start sailing the Douro River in Portugal come 2020!

There’s a river that river cruisers often overlook when planning their European river cruise.  It’s known as the river of gold.  The river I’m referring to is the Douro River in Portugal! 

Tauck just recently announced that they will be cruising the Douro River starting in 2020! 

Tauck is an award-winning, All Inclusive river cruise line.  Tauck is a premium river cruise line and it’s the best of the best! 

The 8-day river cruise starts and ends in Porto and showcases an authentic taste of daily life in the Douro River Valley. 

Tauck is building a new ship specifically made for cruising the Douro called the ms Andorinha. 

The region is steeped in a legacy of wine making for over 2,000 years.  Enjoy wine tastings hosted by expert wine makers; go hiking and bicycling; visit villages, a museum, a palace and a prehistoric site. 

2020 itineraries are already available to book!  They’re super popular and some are selling out so please feel free to call or email us and we’ll help you plan your dream Tauck Douro River Cruise!

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