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Douglas Ward talks River Cruising

Douglas Ward, the world’s leading expert on cruising and the author of the latest edition the Berlitz: Guide to River Cruising in Europe joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about the positives of a river cruise vacation. The discuss why its so popular and which lines appeal to different markets and why. Find out which line served Paul the finest food he has ever had afloat.

 

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Cruising Ganges With Pandaw: A New Way To See India

Paul talks with Marco Rosa about the remarkable history of Pandaw Cruises and the company’s relationship with Myanmar and Southeast Asia. They also talk about the new cruises in India which open up a new and very comfortable way to see the country from its rivers.

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Rivercruises– Dining On The Rivers Of Europe With Janice Wald Henderson

Paul chats with correspondent Janice Wald Henderson about the dining experience aboard river cruises like the cruise Paul and Elizabeth just finished on AMA Waterways AmaLea. Both he and Janice found the cuisine on different cruises to be exceptions. Not fussy, creative and reflecting the countries the ships sailed through. They also talked about cruises aboard Uniworld ships where both the decor and the cruisine are kicked up a notch. Elizabeth and Paul sailed on the inaugural of the Catherine a couple fo years ago and found the food exceptional. Janice remembers the food being really innovative on her cruise.

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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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Anna Hobbs Cruises The Rivers Of France

Anyone who has traveled the waterways of France knows that it can be quite a majestic experience. Travel writer Anna Hobbs joins us to talk about the advantages of an Emerald River Cruise and the unique experience of traveling through France and its rivers.  

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Joni Reins Of Scenic River Cruises and Emerald Waterways Talks River Adventure

Joni Reins joins Paul to talk about how Scenic has established itself as the premier river cruise company in Europe. She discusses how it is totally all-inclusive and provides a truly personalized experience for each passenger. 

 

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