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What's on your "Bucket List"?
I would hazard a guess that most of you saw Jack Nicholson’s entertaining movie, “The Bucket List.” For many, it memorialized — or, should I say... crystallized our thoughts and wishes regarding our need to travel and experience different lands and cultures.

No matter what you call it… "bucket list," "wish list," "to do list," or even the “honey-do list,” etc.,... it all boils down to the fact that we "pre-boomers" and "boomers" are not getting any younger. I enjoy using the term “people of age” when referring to those of us with lots of energy, a great kindred spirit, the will to do it all, and who just happen to be north of 55. If you’re like me, age is merely a number with a finite ending point. My wife and I do have our own personal “list” of places and things we want to do. Don’t you? I bet you do!

I think most of us who are “of age” look at travel differently now. We kind of look at it like our “birth right,” not as a privilege. You know... we’ve worked hard to get where we are, probably don’t feel as compelled as we used to about leaving everything to the kids — and of equal importance, WE see travel as a way to rejuvenate our spirit while enjoying and experiencing all those places we’ve added to our “bucket list.”

It's time to enjoy the incredibly rewarding experiences of a river cruise.
Today’s modern river cruise ship can take you on an imaginary ride back into history to ancient or biblical times (Egypt river cruise), or even to your “roots” (Europe river cruise) in comfort and style that is unmatched by other modes of travel. Many people who've enjoyed traditional “deep water” ocean cruises and then experienced a river cruise know how much more enjoyable, rewarding and affordable an exciting river cruise can be.

What moves you when see a TV show on Europe? Its history and plethora of UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Is it Europe’s spectacular scenery, so evocative and picturesque? The food and the wine? The people and their myriad cultures? Or, is it merely your need to be rejuvenated and feel the urge to sit at a sidewalk café on a cobblestone street and watch the world go by? Well, it’s all there waiting for you! A luxurious European river cruise can take you effortlessly from Amsterdam all the way to the Black Sea and Istanbul, taking in 2000+ years of history as you delightfully float down the Main, Rhine, Danube, and Moselle rivers. Or, if you want to experience the culinary excellence, vintage wines, and lavender fields of France — then the Seine, Saône and Rhône river cruises are for you.

Perhaps you've always wanted to ride a camel past an Egyptian pyramid. Wouldn’t that make a great blog post to friends back home? Now you can walk in the footsteps of the Pharaohs on a Nile river cruise where Cleopatra and Ramses once reigned, but do it in the air-conditioned comfort of a deluxe river cruise ship.

If you’re family roots are like mine in Eastern Europe, you can visit the onion domes in Moscow’s Red Square, cruise along the majestic Danube to Budapest, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and even Bulgaria with stops along the way in places like medieval Salzburg or picturesque Vienna. What about Prague, the Blue Mosque of Istanbul, or the captivating but lesser known city of Bucharest?

Have you traveled extensively through Europe and now look toward the east and mystical Southeast Asia for your next exciting travel experience? Well, you’re in for a treat as you travel back in time some 5000 years ago to places most of us are the least familiar with: China, Tibet, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia! Imagine your sense of history as you walk upon China’s Great Wall, stand in the Forbidden City, wonder at the lush gardens of the Summer Palace, or be awestruck as you view the incomparable terra cotta warriors of X'ian. And, of course, you'll experience the incomparable Yangtze River. Or, maybe the mighty Mekong River is for you. Float through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodian on a Mekong cruise, you’ll touch five countries, each with their own fascinating histories of ancient empires and religions. Whatever your choice, a cruise in China or Southeast Asia — you can’t go wrong!

For a more comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the various regions and rivers of the world you can visit aboard a luxurious river cruise ship, please read through our Regions, Rivers, and Cruise Line Sections.

Are you a first time river cruiser? We’ve earmarked several value-packed itineraries that would make an ideal first river cruise... click here to view these fabulous cruises!


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