Viking Longships 2015 Christening – Day 2

Viking River Cruises founder Torstein Hagen, center, flanked by some of the Godmothers for the 12 new river cruise ships christened on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking River Cruises Christens 12 New Ships in Amsterdam Tuesday, March 24, 2015 After a morning of touring the beautiful Dutch city of Haarlem, guests returned to Viking River Cruises Viking Skirnir, where the red carpet had been rolled out at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam for the big event: the christening of 12 brand-new vessels […]

Viking Longships 2015 Christening – Day 1


Live From Amsterdam Aboard Viking Skirnir Sunday, March 22, 2015 We’re here in the gorgeous Dutch capital of Amsterdam once again for an event that has become something of an annual pilgrimage for us each March: the christening of the newest Viking Longships to join the ever-expanding Viking River Cruises fleet. Our home for the […]

Six-Plus Weeks Of River Cruising On Live Voyage Reports

Aaron Saunders, Ralph Grizzle

Now through the middle of May, Aaron Saunders and I will be reporting from Europe, live from four river cruises. Aaron is already in Amsterdam, ready to cover the naming of 12 Viking Longships. That’s right, a dozen new Longships. Next week, I’ll fly to Nantes, France to paddlewheel along the beautiful Loire River. Because […]

Who Is Duoro Azul? The River Cruise Line You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

AmaVida entered service along the Douro in 2013. She is shown here in Porto, Portugal. Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways.

Douro Azul is a leading river cruise company that operates on the Douro River in Portugal. The company opened for business in 1993 under the name of Ferreira & Rayford, LDA. It began operating on the Douro River with only one boat – the View Douro. In 1996 the Douro Azul brand emerged with two more ships – the […]