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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. To read all the current Spotlights, just click on the bold titles; or CLICK HERE for a Sneak Peek of the articles below!

This 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” though 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


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 Spotlight...

PASSAU TO BUDAPEST — 7 Blissful nights on the beautiful Blue Danube... a perfect blend of cruising, touring and relaxation.

The first evening aboard saw us enjoying the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Gala and delicious cuisine. The first day’s cruising took us to Linz, Austria. Linz has a small and fairly well preserved old town, but the main reason for docking in Linz is to take a marvelous, complimentary (Ocean cruise lines, are you listening?) full day guided excursion through the incredible “Sound of Music” city of Salzburg. On our guided tour, we visited several of the spots highlighted in that film and also spent a few hours on our own strolling and shopping along the Getreidegasse, a delightful street filled with quaint and unique shops.

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. Please read the current Port Spotlight...

Prague... A Diamond in the Rough!

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.

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...

Uniworld's new WOW! Ship... the ssAntoinette
During the past ten years, river ships have made truly phenomenal strides in design, comfort and amenities. So much so that it’s hard to believe they’re from the same mold as their predecessors. Larger river view staterooms most with balconies, queen and king-size beds, luxury linens, plush towels and bathrobes, flat-screen TVs, and sensational cuisine and wines are only a few of the many customer-focused changes that make river cruising the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry.

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!

Viking River Cruises... History and Lineage

Currently, Viking has an incredible array of remarkable, custom-designed “Long Ships” being built for Europe itineraries. These six breathtaking “state-of-the-art” vessels, soon to be launched for the 2012 season, will provide Viking guests with a disproportionate share of the newest and most contemporary ships sailing in Europe. We’re sure that these “Long Ships” will elevate the Viking product to effectively compete with any of the other river cruise products in Europe. To read more about the new “Long Ships,” click here to read our current Spotlight Series article on Viking River Cruises.

Budapest, Hungary

Tulip Time in the Netherlands
Avalon Waterway's Panorama
AmaWaterways River Cruises
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