Do You Care About Your Docking Location?

Viking ships docked near the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam in March. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

If you’re in the market for some good week-end entertainment, pop some popcorn and head on over to CruiseCritic, where several posters are whipping themselves into a veritable frenzy…over docking locations. Just when you thought every conceivable dead horse had been sufficiently beaten, along comes a series of accusations about docking locations – or, more […]

Can I Combine a River Cruise and an Ocean Cruise?

AIDA Cruises' AIDAmar docked at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam - just half a block from the river cruise ship docks. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

“Can I combine my river cruise with an ocean cruise?” It’s a question we’re hearing more and more as travellers look to offset the relatively high cost of transatlantic air travel by maximizing their time in Europe. Unfortunately, it’s a question that doesn’t have a lot of easy answers. The short answer is yes, you […]

River Cruising and Water Levels: A 2015 Primer


With summer just around the corner, this is an excellent time to revisit a not-so enjoyable topic that we like to call high water / low water. Essentially, a high water situation – usually caused by prolonged periods of heavy, intense rain – can result in river cruise ships in Europe being unable to pass […]

Uniworld Offers Family Friendly Sailings

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offers numerous family-friendly sailings. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

River cruising isn’t just great for couples – it’s ideal for families as well. Being able to unpack once, yet sail to a number of exciting European towns, cities and landmarks takes away the logistical hassles that can plague land vacations. There’s no early hotel check-outs, no repeated loading of luggage onto motorcoaches. For families […]