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Welcome to Premier's Spotlight Series
Articles and Reviews on... Cruise Lines. Itineraries. Ports. Ships.


 

Written by Premier Team members, the Spotlight Series features four distinct areas pertaining to all aspects of river cruising to provide our customers and site visitors with unique and informative articles that will help them select, plan and prepare for their river cruise vacation. Click on the subject below to skip down to read your favorite section... the newest article is always listed first!
Spotlights on Cruise Lines
Spotlights on Itineraries
Spotlights on Ports
Spotlights on Ships

Our informative Spotlight Series is yet another reason to work with one of our Personal Travel Planners who are experts on all things to do with river cruising. Why? They’ve all been to the river cruise countries, personally experienced the river cruise lines and their ships, and they’ve ferreted out the secrets of all the best things to see, do, explore and participate in at all the most popular destinations. They have all the answers for you as you book, plan and prepare for one of the most memorable vacations you’ll ever take!

But, the Spotlight Series is really just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to making sure all of our customers know everything they need to know about their river cruise vacation destination, ship, and upcoming experience. When a customer books with Premier, they also receive a copy of one of our exclusive, destination-specific COMPASSPOINT Guides. Each Guide in the series is chock-full of valuable information and details that will help you plan, prepare, and pack for your vacation... right down to what the temperature will be when you cruise!

Want to know more about us? Click here to read about the Premier Difference and discover the many aspects of what sets us apart from the rest of the agencies that book river cruise vacations — great cruise values, 25+ years of travel expertise, professionalism, best price guarantee, and great, old-fashioned personal customer service.

Thanks for visiting! If you have any comments regarding one of our Spotlight Series, or anything else you’ve read, feel free to email me at rickkaplan@premierrivercruises.com. If you have any questions, or you're ready to book, just call 1.855.255.1200 toll-free and talk with one of our Personal Travel Planners.

Bon Voyage!

Rick Kaplan
President, PRC

 


Itinerary Spotlights
Each Itinerary Spotlight highlights one fabulous river cruise itinerary and provides in-depth insights and perspective on that itinerary. These are firsthand accounts written by members of our staff soon after their visit, and are sure to provide you with valuable information about the incredible countries and regions visited, the remarkable cities explored, and a better understanding of the day-by-day experience you can expect on the particular itinerary. Read our current Itinerary Spotlights...
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A TALE OF TWO WANDERERS ON A DRIVE AND  CRUISE THRU BURGUNDY & PROVENCE — My wife (EJ) and I headed to Europe in April 2017, to explore and enjoy a few days on a driving trip across the Provence region, then take a 7-night Burgundy & Provence river cruise aboard Emerald Waterways beautiful new ship, the Liber†é. Was our trip a success? You bet!
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WHAT'S NEW AND HOT FOR 2018! — Today's river cruise buyers want more and more variety in their onboard and shore side experiences. River cruise lines are trying to get everyone engaged no matter what aspect of travel they most enjoy. The incredible variety of new, included shore excursions continues to expand each year, and 2018 will be the most diverse ever! This article is a definite MUST READ!
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DOURO RIVER VALLEY — What you may remember about Portugal, or more likely the wines of Portugal, will probably take you back to your college days of drinking a bottle of Mateus Rosé wine and then placing a candle in the bottle to form a drip candle. What you probably didn't know: at that time, Portugal’s Douro Valley was the world’s first officially designated wine region. No, not France. Not Germany. Not even the Napa Valley. The Douro was the first!
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PASSAU TO BUDAPEST — 7 Blissful nights on the beautiful Blue Danube... a perfect blend of cruising, touring and relaxation. We’ve been to Europe plenty of times, usually just traveling around on our own by car or train. Frankly, we were tired of all the time spent getting to/from airports and train stations to those places we were truly interested in seeing. When an opportunity to take a river cruise on the Danube came up we jumped at the chance. That was a great decision!
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Tulip Time in the Netherlands. The most colorful river cruise in the world! We’d like to recommend a sure-shot for creating new memories… a Tulips & Windmills or another river cruise through the Waterways of Holland & Belgium. The first thought that entered my mind is that anyone who has ever taken or thought about taking a fall New England car trip to view the changing of the colors will love these itineraries; it’s like New England on steroids!
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Port Spotlights
This Spotlight is one of the “funnest” parts of the series. Each article delves into just one of the world’s great river cruise ports, and is geared to provide you with a wonderfully clear picture of what it’s like to visit that city, town or village. Here’s just a glimpse of what is covered in this Spotlight... highlights of the best sites to see and locations for some of the best photo ops, great places to eat, local culinary and beverage favorites to sample, the best items to purchase to take back home (Like exquisite Czech crystal in Prague!), concerts and special events that are not to be missed, and so much more. Read the current Port Spotlight...
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BUDAPEST...Regarded by many experienced travelers as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, visiting Budapest on your Eastern European river cruise is like winning the lottery — twice! This exciting 1,000 year old city straddles the beautiful Danube River for several miles.

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BUCHAREST... Like Paris, Bucharest enjoys a vibrant street scene with strolling musicians and roving gypsy bands, remarkably beautiful tree-lined boulevards such as Victoriei and Dacia (the former leading to the Romanian version of the Arc d’Triomphe) along with majestic parks and “green spaces.” Discover its Old Town district, eclectic styles of architecture, incredible boulevards such as Mircea, Eliade, and Soseaus Kisileff, and so much more in the "Paris of Eastern Europe."
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AMSTERDAM... You can call their country the Netherlands. You can call it Holland. Or, just as my wife and I do, you can call it the most fun-seeking, open-minded and safe city in the world. Amsterdam combines the best of the New York and Paris food scenes, has more colorful canals than Venice, offers locals and tourists the best collection of museums anywhere (And that includes the Louvre!), and it is the perfect gateway from which to begin your Rhine or Danube river cruise voyage.
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PRAGUE... Prague is an unknown city to most Americans even though we’ve read about it in history books or vaguely remember Czechoslovakia’s attempted bloody breakaway from Communism in the late 60s. For most, Prague is better known for its Czech crystal and world-renowned marionettes. After your visit, we think you’ll say it’s a picture postcard at every turn and a delight for all seasons.
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Ship Spotlights
The Ship Spotlight is a guest favorite as it allows one to gain a discerning introspective of a recently launched or soon-to-be-built ship. Our aim here is to tease and titillate you with the inside scoop on new, innovative river cruise ships. You’ll get a sense of what it’s like to be on board from the comfort of your living room – and then you’ll know why they are in such demand! Don't miss this great Ship Spotlight...
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Introducing AmaWaterways new megaship, the AmaMagna. AmaWaterways decided to throw their hat — er, that is, their own megaship — into the ring. And, for good reason! AmaWaterways and its ships have led the river cruise industry in design innovations for a number of years now and garner almost every top consumer award for design, service and, of course, for their incredible cuisine. The AmaMagna is the brainchild of Rudi Schreiner, Co-owner and Founder of AmaWaterways. According to Rudi, “I’ve had this unique ship on my mind for many years and am confident that now is the time to introduce my vision.” That vision will become a reality when AmaMagna makes her debut on the Danube River in May 2019.
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2017. New river cruise ships review. Choices, choices, and more choices. The explosive expansion and popularity of river cruising is one of the most remarkable travel industry growth stories of the last 7+ years. In recent years we have seen as many as 20 new ships entering service each year. Now, for the first time in about five years, there is a brief pause in construction with only about ten new — or completely rebuilt — ships entering service. But, these 10+ ships are exceptional to say the least!
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Uniworld's new WOW ship, the ss Antoinette. Launched in March 2011, Uniworld’s “Super Ship” is a full-bodied river ship some 443 feet in length, but her “SS” designation is less about her girth and more about enjoying the luxurious appointments, spacious accommodations, extraordinary cuisine and personal service. Guy Young, President of Uniworld, made this observation, “What began as an inspiration, a dream without limitations, has become the ship you’ll never forget.” He is so right. You’ll see why, as we count the ways...
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Avalon Waterways' new ship — the Panorama. Have you ever looked at a word, known what it meant, frequently used it, but were not quite sure of its current context? I have. As we put this article together, that word was “inspired.” We pulled out our old Webster’s unabridged dictionary, and “the light went on.” Besides inspired, the other two most relevant words we came up with were “brilliant” and “creative.” We then completely understood why Avalon Waterways chose “inspiring” to primarily describe the extraordinary features to be found on their newest ship, the Avalon Panorama.
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Cruise Line Spotlights
The Cruise Line Spotlight focuses on one cruise line per article, and offers a distinct perspective about their heritage, product offerings, ownership and future plans. Experienced and "first-time" river cruisers should not miss these Spotlights... Read on!
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A SNEAK PEAK AT SOME OF OUR HOTTEST DEALS FOR 2019. All indications are that 2019 will be even more in demand than 2018. Reasons for that include the ever-growing popularity of river cruising worldwide, and the fact that only a few new ships will be launched for the 2019 season. Due to that fact, large discounts for 2019 will be few, and far between, but we DO have some great Early Booking discounts for Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Solo Travelers, and Family-Friendly river cruises if you book very, very soon...
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A LOOK BACK AT 2017... A WAKE-UP CALL FOR 2018. The 2018 river cruise market is booming. In order to truly understand why, we had to take a quick look back at what the cruise lines did to stimulate 2017 bookings. To those of us selling river cruises, 2017 will be remembered as the year of the "perfect storm" — a combination of market events that caused the super-fast “disappearing deals” of 2017. Everyone was caught a bit off-guard by the strong demand in 2017 after two really miserable years (2015/16). No one knew what to expect, so cruise lines kicked off the 2017 sales season with very aggressive offers designed to stimulate early bookings — and, boy, did they.
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New Innovations in River Ship Dining. There are quite a few very nice new innovations from a number of our favorite river cruise brands such as Scenic, AmaWaterways, and the newest river cruise line, Crystal, that we would like to tell you about in this article.
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Viking River Cruises... In today’s complicated world, who you are, what you stand for, your experience, and pride of workmanship SHOULD be very important. For over 15 years, Viking River Cruises has evolved a strong lineage and demonstrated a wealth of experience in delivering quality river cruise vacations. That experience has paid off, winning prestigious awards from the likes of Condé Nast’s Traveler and Travel & Leisure Magazine...
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AmaWaterways River Cruises. River cruising in Europe and other destinations is quickly becoming the cruise vacation of choice for discerning Boomers and pre-Boomer travelers looking for an in-depth experiential vacation that is also an exceptional value and includes all the essential elements of a five-star resort stay. If that's what you're looking for, look no further than an exciting Premium river cruise on AmaWaterways.
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