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River Cruises– Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Five

Paul and Elizabeth sail on AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, through the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best.

It’s a chance to experience a river cruise and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk. The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre.

The ship’s final stop is Amsterdam, where Paul and Elizabeth visit the Van Gogh Museum. Recently redone, the museum puts the great artist’s work into historical context. As they think about the ending of this week-long cruise, Paul and Elizabeth also share more about what life aboard ship is like and what each of them thinks was the best part of this remarkable river cruise.

 

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River Cruises– Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Four

A week of river cruises aboard AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, Paul and Elizabeth continue their journeythrough the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best.

It’s a chance to experience a river cruise  and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk. The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre.

Today, the ship stops in Rotterdam, where Paul and Elizabeth take the excursion to The Hague. Here, they visit the Mauritshuis, a former mansion that today houses some stellar paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Rubens. They also stop at the city’s legendary cafe Dudok, where they indulge in the best apple cake yet, served with cinnamon ice cream and a bowl of whipped cream.

 

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River Cruises– Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Three

Paul and Elizabeth sail on AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea. River Cruises through the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in Apri are at their best. It’s a chance to experience a river cruise and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk.

The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre. Today the ship stops in Middleburg, where Paul and Elizabeth hire a taxi to take them to nearby Veere, home of Elizabeth’s ancestors.

In the 1600s, four Vandeveer brothers left from Veere to sail to what was then New Amsterdam and settled in what is now Flatbush. Three centuries later, the descendant of one of those brothers gave birth to Elizabeth’s mother, Marian Vandeveer Harryman. A visit to the town’s museum and a stop for apple cake and tea round out the day.

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River Cruises — Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Two

Day Two of Paul and Elizabeth’s River Cruise adventure aboard AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, headsthrough the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best.

It’s a chance to experience what river cruises have to offer and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk.

The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre. A highlight of any trip to the Netherlands this time of year is a visit to Keukenhof, the spectacular gardens outside Amsterdam. Each spring, the gardens open for just eight weeks. During that time, visitors can see the most amazing displays of tulips and other flowers.

Paul and Elizabeth took the bus there from Haarlem. You can also take a bus to Keukenhof from Amsterdam or from Schiphol Airport. It’s easy and affordable; they show you how to do it and share what it’s like to be in these amazing gardens in spring.

 

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River Cruises — Tulip Time In The Netherlands

Paul and Elizabeth sail on AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, through the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best. It’s a chance to experience a river cruise and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk.

The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre. Before boarding the vessel in Amsterdam, Paul and Elizabeth spend two nights in nearby Haarlem, home to the Netherlands’ oldest museum, the Teylers, as well as the Frans Hals Museum, and the inspirational Corrie Ten Boom House. And they share what it was like to be in the Netherlands on King’s Day.

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Cruises — Josh Leibowitz of Cunard Talks WWII Crossing On Queen Mary 2

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On this episode of Traveling, Josh Leibowitz joins to talk about Cunard teaming up again for another transatlantic voyage with The Greatest Generations Foundation. It remains a once in a lifetime transatlantic cruise from Southampton to New York, and pays tribute to the heroes of World War II. Cruising aboard the Queen Mary 2, this trip will relive the days of the original Queen Mary being a troop transport and honor our nation’s veterans with a unique enrichment program. 

 

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People — Tor Hagen Talks Luxury Cruising on Viking

Torstein Hagen is Chairman of Viking Cruises, which includes river and ocean cruise lines. Viking was established in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. In 2000, the company purchased Europe’s KD River Cruises in order to grow its fleet, to leverage 40 years of river cruising experience and to acquire rights to prime docking locations in key European cities. 

The creator of a truly unique luxury cruising product on both the oceans and the rivers of the world, Hagen talks with Paul and Elizabeth about his thoughts on what is making Viking such as success.

 

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People — Janice Wald Henderson Explores Antartica

Janice Wald Henderson heads for Antarctica on the new Silversea expedition ship. She chats with Paul about the trends in luxury expedition travel and also the challenges of voyaging to distant destinations.

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Holland America Line’s Executive Chef Rudi Sudaimin Talks Food

Award winning Holland America Line executive chef Rudi Sudaimin joins us to talk about the great food you get when going on a Holland America cruise. 

 



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Crystal Cruises And The Cruising World of Janice Wald Henderson

Award-Winning Cruise Journalist/Culinary Travel Expert Janice Wald Henderson talks with Paul about Crystal Cruises newest developments, as well as what they both agree are the best cruise cabins afloat on board the Regent Seven Seas Explorer.

But you can bet that their conversation will inevitably include the latest food trends that are catching on while dining at sea.



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