The Interesting Success Of Viking Cruises At Twenty Years

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Viking Cruises, parent to Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.  Beginning in 1997, the carefully-planned growth of Viking River Cruises has made the fleet of Viking Longships the largest in the world.  Rightfully so, the product is unique, an outstanding value and totally Read More …

Reviewing Relevant River Cruise Travel Apps

Before any major trip, it is a good idea to consider the travel apps we might bring along for the ride.  If it has been a while since your last dance, new apps might be available.  Specific destinations, travel mode, safekeeping and other concerns necessitate different travel app needs.  Even savvy road Read More …

Exploring Amsterdam Before, After Your Cruise

Amsterdam is a popular port of call for cruise ships of all sizes.  The port of Amsterdam sees over 700,000 cruise travelers every year, embarking on any one of over 140 ocean and 1500 river cruise itineraries.  Some of those ocean and river ships will overnight in port, enabling passengers to Read More …

First Time River Cruise Questions Answered, Verbally

European river cruising remains a hot topic with experienced cruise travelers, especially those who have not done one yet.  Rightfully so, the rivers of Europe connect a shared history and culture that goes back hundreds of years. Cities along those waterways have been the site of evolving civilization, scientific breakthroughs, conflicts and Read More …

The New Mexico Port You Never Heard Of

Familiar cruise destinations in Mexico include Cozumel, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Costa Maya.  Acapulco?  Not so popular as Holland America Line skips the resort city, sailing to other destinations in the country “due to recent security concerns.”  Looking for new places to stop in Mexico, on the Read More …

River Cruise Drydock: Not Like Big Ships

Like any other sailing ships, river cruise ships to perform maintenance when no passengers are on board.  European river cruise companies commonly do this between the end of one year’s season and the beginning of the next.  Decks are resurfaced, carpets replaced and other scheduled maintenance is performed at shipyards.  In Read More …

Viking Longships Illustrated

To take a fresh look at the ships of Viking River Cruises we recently traveled to Germany to create Viking Longships Illustrated: A Resource For Your Cruise Planning Pleasure. The occasion: the christening of two new Viking Longships at a riverside ceremony in Koblenz, a favorite stop I enjoyed first on Viking’s Grand European Tour Read More …