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054: Cruise on the Columbia River in the Northwest

Sherry just returned from a river cruise on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the northwest part of the United States. Sherry shares her adventure and gives us a full trip report. It was a very interesting time to travel because of the wildfires impacting the area and the Hurricanes back on the east coast.

Duration: 00:20:36

053: Spending the Day in Venice, Italy

After a recent trip to Venice, Italy, we talk tips on navigating the city and how to get around.

Duration: 00:20:13

RCR Unschedule Break in Programming

Taking a break this week because of Hurricane Irma. Will resume next week. Thank you so much for being here and subscribing.

Duration: 00:01:15

052: European Christmas Market Questions | River Cruise

On this episode, we answer some of your questions about European Christmas market river cruises. We talk about the general vibe at the actual Christmas markets, what to expect, excursions and activities themed around the sailing itself, and a good entry-level Christmas market cruise to take. Special thanks to Simon Duvall, Community Manager at Cruiseline.com for taking the time to answer some of these questions. Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net

Duration: 00:14:11

051: Sailing North America Rivers | River Cruise

We are taking a break from European river cruises and heading to our own backyard this week! Chris Gray Faust from CruiseCritic.com joins us to talk about her recent adventures cruising North American waters.

Duration: 00:12:34

050: River Cruise Trends, Newer Ships, and Upcoming Itineraries

Every once in a while I come across a guest who can give us a lot of information on river cruises and offer some raw data. On this episode, the ceo of CruiseDirect.com stops by and we discuss river cruise trends, new European river ship launches, and upcoming itineraries that people are booking. Comments or would like to share a review? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net.

Duration: 00:13:19

049: Talking to a River Cruise Skeptic

We talk with a river cruise skeptic, Tommy Casabona from the Always Be Booked Podcast, who isn't the least bit interested in taking a river cruise. When he told me this, it fascinated me, so I turned the mic on and we chatted about the reasons why.

Duration: 00:16:31

048: Azamara Club Cruises vs River Cruises

This week we answer a listener request comparing an Azamara Club Cruise to a Viking River Cruise in Europe. Is there a difference? Simon from Cruiseline.com stops by to compare and contrast the two.

Duration: 00:15:16

047: Best River Cruises For Your Interest

Ever wonder what European river cruise might be for you? Or maybe it's not Europe - maybe it's one somewhere else. Editor and river cruise guru, Chris Gray Faust from Cruise Critic joins us to match the right cruise with your interest. We discuss wine/food cruises, art sailings, river cruises with active excursions, scenic and history based river cruises, and others if you're looking for something different.

Duration: 00:12:38

046: Creating Your Own Shore Excursion + River Cruise Packing Essentials

This week we answer two more of your listener questions. 1. A couple excursions don't look appealing to us. What is the best way to approach building our own food and wine tour? 2. What are the packing essentials for a river cruise? Send us your river cruise question to be answered on the show, doug@cruiseradio.net.

Duration: 00:11:44

044: Difference Between American and Europe River Cruises

This week we break down the difference between European river cruises and river cruises that are sailed on American waters. We talk about the types of cruises, excursions, onboard atmosphere, and key distinctions.

Duration: 00:11:56

043: Scenic River Cruise from Paris | Beaches of Normandy

Howard and Alex just returned from an 11-night European river cruise on Scenic River Cruises, roundtrip from Paris. The couple normally sails Viking River Cruises but Normandy and Paris have been on their radar for a while and they decided to check it out. Hear a Scenic River Cruises review, what it was like visiting the beaches of Normandy, and what they thought of the voyage. Share your river cruise on the show: doug@cruiseradio.net.

Duration: 00:27:32

042: Shore Excursions on a European River Cruise

A river cruise is all about the destination so today we are going to talk about shore excursions offered on river cruises and how to pick them. We will tackle: Share your river cruise review: doug@cruiseradio.net.

Duration: 00:17:34

041: Food on a European River Cruise

Paul wrote in and told us that he's taking a Christmas market cruise with Viking River Cruises. He told us we should talk more about dining on European river cruises. On this episode, we attempt just that! Ask your questions: doug@cruiseradio.net.

Duration: 00:19:26

040: Getting to Europe for a Viking River Cruise

Chris and his wife are on a 14-night cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. We last talked to Chris as he was getting ready for his journey. On this episode, Chris talks about his journey to Europe and the airline part of the European river cruise. He also talks to us about his mindset of traveling in Europe after the latest terrorist events overseas.

Duration: 00:12:42

039: Preparing for a Grand European River Cruise

Chris and his wife are about to fly to Budapest for a 15-day, 14-night river cruise to Amsterdam. This voyage is coined the Grand European Tour and travels throughout the heart of Europe, often docking in small towns along the way. Chris talks about the Viking River Cruise pre-cruise experience, getting there, and what to expect along the voyage. Be on the show: doug@cruiseradio.net.

Duration: 00:15:29

038: AmaKristina River Ship Christening Review

Theresa Norton just returned from the christening of AMAKristina, a brand new river cruise ship from Ama Waterways. Her itinerary from was Amsterdam to Switzerland. We talk about the design of the cruise ship, the dining options onboard, the stateroom, and the ports of call she went to. Share your river cruise review: doug@cruiseradio.net.

Duration: 00:12:36

037: Dissecting River Cruise Lines

Chris drops by this episode to chat with us about the where the river cruise industry is at and where it's going. We discuss: What about ocean cruising - are the river cruise lines trying to capture the ocean cruise market? How to align what river cruise itinerary would match your personality or your cruising style? Demographic in river cruises. More younger folks are surfacing on river cruise lines - is this going to be a trend or just a fad? Listener Q from Maria in...

Duration: 00:12:52

036: Review of Avalon Artistry II | Avalon Waterways

Sherry Kennedy links up with us this week from Europe where she just stepped off Avalon Waterways' Artistry II. She was sailing on a seven-night Northern Holland and Tulips cruise. This is a seasonal sailing that Avalon offers. We hear about: Her pre-cruise adventure How embarkation was different than other sailings she's been on The thoughts of the ship How the food was What ports she visited (it was a lot!) Details on her excursions How her connectivity was on the ship Tips...

Duration: 00:20:55

035: River Cruise Godmother + Avalon Waterway Changes

This week I had a chance to chat with Vanessa Lee, river cruise expert, and Godmother of the Avalon Vista. I've known of Vanessa for years and finally had a chance to meet her on a Holland America sailing in 2016, we quickly became friends. We chat about: Being a Godmother of a river cruise ship Where she thinks river cruising is going Are world events causing people to hedge with river cruising Terri Burke has been on both side of the cruise industry, once on the consumer side...

Duration: 00:15:01

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