On Scenic Jasper: Big Suites, Plus Bicycling From Durnstein To Melk, A Beautiful Day On The Danube 

Scenic Jasper, Day 4, Durnstein To Melk By Bike

I've heard it said that true luxury is about choice. Whether or not that's true, I do know that as a traveler, I appreciate choice. One of the arguments against cruising, in fact, is that it can be too confining, too restrictive, too few choices, especially when it comes to river cruises. The herd is forced to follow the lollipop (the signage that …

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Scenic Jasper, Day 3, A Comprehensive Look At Suites & Staterooms

Scenic Jasper features a mix of staterooms and suites, ranging from 160 square feet (15 square meters) to 475 square feet (44 square meters). The major distinguishing factor of a Scenic stateroom is the "Sun Lounge," a mix of open-air balcony/solarium in all but the baker's dozen of standard staterooms. Uniworld's S.S. Catherine and the newer S.S. Maria Theresa feature retractable windows, but …

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Scenic Jasper, Day 2, Focus On The Sun Lounge

After a gorgeous night of sightseeing last night in Budapest, I had a chance to explore Scenic Jasper today. She’s a beautiful vessel from a company that aspires to be to river cruising what Regent Seven Seas is to ocean cruising, which is to say that Scenic wants to be the most-inclusive luxury player in the river cruise segment. With that …

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Silver Wind Middle East Adventure Day 11: Port Said

Adventures in Port Said Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports After a full night transit of the Suez Canal, Silversea’s Silver Wind arrived in Port Said, Egypt at about the same time I arrived in La Terrazza on Deck 7 aft for my breakfast. I sat on the outer terrace and watched, for the 35 minutes it …

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Loire Princesse: Day 5, Visiting The Beautiful Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Today, the motorcoach's engine was revving at 8:30 a.m., and with all seated comfortably, we pulled away from Loire Princesse to begin a full-day excursion to visit some of the most beautiful châteaux in the Loire region. Unlike the other excursions on our cruise, which ranged from €37 per person to €71 per person, the Châteaux of the Loire Valley excursion was …

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Silver Wind Middle East Adventure Day 10: The Suez Canal

Transiting the Suez Canal Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Originally, Silversea’s Silver Wind was supposed to be in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt today – but as we’re learning, our transit of the Suez Canal is a complicated affair wrapped with the same delicious layer of indecision and bureaucratic red tape that is symptomatic of much of …

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7 Days Of All-Inclusive Barging, Plus Three Hotel Nights & Tours, $3,995 Per Person

Ready to go barging with our group of intrepid travelers? We have a great trip planned — a really great trip — and at a great price, $3,995 per person, double occupancy.

You'll need to contact me directly to get this price, and it's easiest to do so by using this link

Here's what is included:

• Six nights/Seven days of all-inclusive barging from Arles to Sete*

• Tours included everyday of the barge trip.

• PLUS two pre-hotel nights in a five-star hotel in Arles, including breakfast**

• PLUS one post-hotel night in a four-star hotel in Montpelier, including breakfast**

• PLUS three additional exclusive tours: Avignon, Pont du Gard & Chateauneuf du Pape, Sete Gourmet Markets Tour & Montpelier Tour

• For only $3,995  per person

* Transfers to Arles at the beginning of the trip and from Montpelier at the end of the trip are not included ** Note that a few lunches and dinners are not included for the pre/post days

I believe this trip offers an exceptional value. Barge trips nearly always start at more than $4,000 per person. And those are the beginning prices for the barge portion only. We're adding three extra nights at four- and five-star hotels, plus we're also adding special tours. All for $3,995 per person. CroisiEurope's price for the barge cruise alone is $2,824.

You'll find all of the details of the trip here.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to book space by contacting me through the form at this link.

I'm excited about taking you along and showing you some of my favorite places in one of my favorite regions of the world - and via a mode of travel that I think you'll find particularly appealing, barging.

Bon voyage, Ralph Grizzle

Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise

In this free special report, I’ve put together a half dozen actionable items that can make the difference between cruise vacations that are memorable and others that fail to measure up to all you had hoped they would be. I’ve cruised on hundreds of ships, as a solo traveler and with family and friends.  — Ralph Grizzle, The Avid Cruiser

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