Preview Uniworld’s Maria Theresa: Join Me For A European Jewels River Cruise

My journey aboard Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa winds its way through some of the most popular ports on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Illustration courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Channeling the Habsburgs on the Danube aboard S.S. Maria Theresa I’ve spent a lot of time recently sailing on the rivers of Europe, but no matter how many times I travel there, I always find something new to like and appreciate about the European culture and way of life. For many, a river cruise through […]

Scenic Jasper, Day 5, Excursions From Linz & A Dinner To Remember

Portobello restaurant on Scenic Jasper. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

What a gorgeous day in Linz, Austria. Again, as was the case yesterday, Scenic Jasper offered several complimentary tours. Some of the guests headed off for a full-day excursion to the Czech Republic, where they would explore the 13th-century town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Others headed to Salzburg, the setting for “The Sound of […]

Scenic Jasper, Day 4, Durnstein To Melk By Bike

bike © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

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 […]

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

Balcony Suite 231 © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

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 […]