Ever so quietly, Viking River Cruises introduced what many river cruisers have not-so-secretly been hoping for since the line announced back in 2013 that it would construct a fleet of oceangoing cruise ships: combination river and ocean voyages. This year, Viking is testing the first two river and ocean cruise combination itineraries out, and although they are still months away from departing, it looks like the experiment has worked.
What becomes quickly apparent after spending only a few minutes at Cruise Terminal Rotterdam is just how much of an institution Holland America Line has become here in this beautiful city on the banks of Nieuwe Mass channel. Across from the cruise terminal is Hotel New York, where Holland America Line set up shop when it began operations in 1873…. [Read More]
Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands but, unlike Amsterdam, it didn’t escape the Second World War unscathed. The Rotterdam Blitz occurred nearly 74 years ago, on May 14, 1940, when Adolf Hitler ordered the city bombed as part of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands. Nearly the entire city centre – save for… [Read More]
The Battle of Arnhem and an evening in Nijmegen with Tauck Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports This morning, those of us aboard Tauck’s new ms Inspire were able to kick back and enjoy an unexpected second cup of coffee. Owing to heavy congestion at the locks in our path, our arrival into the Dutch city of Arnhem was delayed… [Read More]
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports A beautiful morning filled with brilliant sun and blue skies greeted Tauck’s new ms Inspire this morning in Hoorn, Netherlands, and the options available to guests today were as excellent as the weather. Today, guests could choose to take part in tours of a cheese factory and one of the… [Read More]
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports It was an early wake-up call for many aboard Tauck’s new ms Inspire this morning, with an impromptu excursion to the Tulip Auction here in the port of Amsterdam. A last-minute addition to the itinerary, guests were notified last night that they could take part in this unique experience to… [Read More]
At the Cruise Europe AGM in Le Havre, cruise line execs spoke about 2014/15 deployment patterns and itinerary trends for cruising Europe.
Following a naming ceremony here last week, I am just now concluding my stay in Amsterdam, where the bar was raised for maritime records: In Photos: 10 Ships Christened In Amsterdam, A World’s Record. One of the challenges that some have with this country is what to properly call it. It’s not Holland. There is no country… [Read More]