12 Things To Like About The New AmaPrima

The New AmaPrima Arrives

After a much-welcomed thunderstorm last night, we stepped off AmaPrima this morning in Vilshofen, Germany, ending five days on board AmaWaterways‘ newest vessel and temperatures in Austria and Germany that were often above 90F. The storm started as we were enjoying a gala dinner in Erlebnis, AmaPrima’s gourmet restaurant, situated aft and featuring gourmet cuisine, […]

Continuing Our AmaWaterways Reviews: Introducing The New AmaPrima

Pushing Water AmaPrima

As part of our continuing series of AmaWaterways reviews for River Cruise Advisor, I’m in Vienna, Austria, to experience innovations on the newly-launched AmaPrima — including a heated swimming pool with swim-up bar and an aft-facing specialty restaurant. The views should be spectacular as we cruise along the Danube river through the middle of next week. On Tuesday, I’ll […]

River Cruise Trends


A mere 12 months ago, you could describe the entire river cruise industry as being “hot” and getting hotter. After all, more new vessels were coming on-line than at any other point in history, and that explosive increase in capacity was largely fueled by increased demand from guests. This year though, river cruising isn’t merely […]

Water Levels and European River Cruising

Water levels along the rivers of Europe can adversely affect your river cruise - but only sporadically. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

This week, Avid Cruiser Ralph Grizzle is sailing aboard Viking River Cruises’ elegant new Viking Odin, one of six Viking Longships that entered service this year, and part of a larger order that will see ten brand-new Longships enter service in 2013, followed by an additional eight in 2014. But for all their technological innovations […]

A Day in Vienna, Austria

A trip to a Viennese Cafe is a must on any visit to Vienna, or Wien, as it is known in Austria. Here, onlookers gather outside the shop window for the famous Cafe Demel. Photo © Aaron Saunders

A few weeks ago, guests aboard Tauck’s Swiss Jewel — including myself — had the opportunity to spend the day at their leisure enjoying all that the historic city of Vienna had to offer. What follows is my first-hand report of a wonderful day spent enjoying Vienna’s sumptuous “cafe culture.” Once again, getting into Vienna couldn’t […]