St. Petersburg Comes To Amsterdam: The New Hermitage

New museum offers opportunities for those cruising to or from Amsterdam this summer. On June 20, 2009, a major new European cultural destination situates itself in Amsterdam. Hermitage Amsterdam opens its doors to welcome visitors to an elegantly restored 17th-century building that will serve as the only dedicated, independently managed venue in the West of… [Read More]

InterContinental Amstel: Amsterdam’s Grande Dame

Editor’s Choice: InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam’s Grand Dame The Facts — Commanding an awe-inspiring view overlooking the Amstel River, the palatial InterContinental Amstel is Amsterdam’s regally impressive Grande Dame. And as a grand old lady who holds high status and a degree of respect among her peers, the Amstel claims her spot as Amsterdam’s best hotel… [Read More]

InterContinental Amstel: Amsterdam's Grande Dame

Editor’s Choice: InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam’s Grand Dame The Facts — Commanding an awe-inspiring view overlooking the Amstel River, the palatial InterContinental Amstel is Amsterdam’s regally impressive Grande Dame. And as a grand old lady who holds high status and a degree of respect among her peers, the Amstel claims her spot as Amsterdam’s best hotel… [Read More]

Lock Your Bike Please

Bicyclists parked (and locked) at Amsterdam’s Central Station. In the Netherlands, it is said, there are more bicycles than people. The statistics, thanks to the web site Amsterdamize: Population: 16.5 million Bikes: 18 million New bikes sold a year: 1.35 million Bikes stolen a year: between 1.2 and 1.4 million Bike rental companies repeatedly warn guests… [Read More]

One Perfect Day In Port: Copenhagen

You could spend a week in Copenhagen and feel as though you did not get enough. In fact, any time spent here leaves visitors wanting to return. The wonderful Danish capital ranks among Europe’s most vibrant cities. From charming outdoor cafes along the beautiful harbor Nyhavn to Europe’s longest pedestrian street, Strøget, and on to… [Read More]

The Baltic: A Fascinating Voyage

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Cruising into Baltic Sea ports is an exhilarating experience. From the 50-mile transit to Stockholm’s city center through a beautiful archipelago of 30,000 islands and islets to slow transits past castles, palaces and fortresses to reach St. Petersburg, few regions come close to offering such diverse cruise experiences. Fortunately, because many Baltic Sea cruises are… [Read More]