Riverside Luxury Cruises, Mozart Sails in Style


The Riverside Mozart is an exceptional phenomenon. As one of the largest river cruise ships on the Danube, and certainly the most well-appointed, she knows – just like her famous namesake – how to captivate and constantly surprise her guests.  A river cruise aboard the Riverside Mozart means luxury, local culture and loving life. No sense is left untouched. Dine in one of the first-class restaurants. Decompress in the spa with sauna and massage. Discover another world on an excursion. Or simply delight in an Earl Grey or a Taittinger on the Vista Deck as you sail serenely through the landscape of the Wachau Valley. It’s one big treat for the senses.

Time ticks differently on the Riverside Mozart, as does the ship itself. It sets the standard for true luxury on the river. Enjoy suites instead of staterooms, the smallest alone measuring 215 square feet, while the Owner Suites deliver an expansive 883 square feet. No other river cruise ship on the Danube offers so much space combined, with a suite to crew ratio of 1:1. The service on board is exceptional, catering to standards enjoyed in luxury hotels the world over. When it comes to styling, different tastes can certainly divide opinion – but this ship is without a doubt uncompromisingly beautiful.

No day on the Riverside Mozart is like the other. But each one is unforgettable. Every route has its charm and every city is special. You enjoy the finest cuisine and sleep in exclusive suites.





Taste wine, marvel at the sculptures in the garden or just take off in a helicopter? Wherever the Riverside Mozart docks, we offer our guests special excursions in exclusive small groups. You can book as many as you like, but you can also explore the cities on your own.

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Anyone who now thinks that he or she will leave the Riverside Mozart like an apricot dumpling after the trip is mistaken. Because in addition to the numerous excursions, there are opportunities for sports on board and of course for relaxation afterwards.

BEAUTIFUL INSIGHTS FOR GOOD PROSPECTS, It’s not just the head that decides to go on a cruise, but also the heart. Be inspired by our pictures. And then nothing stands in the way of your trip.
The bathroom of the Mozart Suite in light marble with bath, shower and washbasin.Mozart's board bistro with round tables, white-grey chairs and warm light.A long, set table with green velvet chairs on the MS Mozart.

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Authentic River Cruises in Africa


Africa is home to a variety of rainforests and rivers that provide habitats for endless species of exotic plants and animals. Explore Africa onboard one of these three river cruises.

Viking River Cruises – Cairo to Cairo

Viking cruise MS Antares
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Viking’s MS Antares is a sixty-two passenger river vessel built specifically to sail the Nile river. The Antares features staterooms with French balconies, fifty-five-inch flat screen TVs, private bathrooms with jetted tubs and showers, a stateroom steward and twice daily housekeeping service. All rooms have toiletries, robes, and slippers available and the ship offers a laundry service. The sundeck offers a pool as well as shaded lounge areas and there is an onboard health club, spa, sauna, library, and bar. The Cairo to Cairo cruise offers twelve days exploring ancient Egyptian cities, temples, tombs, and monuments. Egyptologist guided tours are offered for passengers to explore areas and learn about the pyramids and hieroglyphics. Felucca (wooden sailboat) rides down the Nile are offered throughout the trip as well as time to explore local spice markets, bazaars, and museums.

CroisiEurope – Southern Africa River Cruise

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CroisiEurope’s MS African Dream features balcony cabins with exterior lounge chairs and sofas, a sundeck with a jacuzzi. The glass-walled restaurant, bar, and lounge offer unique viewing in an elegant setting. Traditional African foods are served throughout the cruise and passengers will have lunch at a floating restaurant. Africa’s Matusadona National Park with its many islands and inlets will be explored via water safari. Passengers have up-close encounters with  elephants, hippos, buffalo, and crocodiles. Big cats, sea eagles, storks, and herons can be seen as well. A helicopter tour of the world-famous Victoria Falls is also an option for cruise-goers.

AmaWaterways – Wildlife and the Falls Cruise

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The Zambezi Queen ship takes passengers through Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. This twenty-eight passenger ship with  staterooms and balcony suites with a pool and a bar is beyond comfortable!  The cruise offers  morning and evening safaris in the Greater Kruger National Park, a 4×4 safari tour through Chobe National Park, and a Chobe River safari. Can’t miss activities include a guided tour of Victoria Falls, with sunset dinner and cocktails onboard a vintage steam train. 

Last-Minute Savings with Avalon Waterways

No other fleet of river cruise ships offers you a view of the world like Avalon Suite Ships,® featuring Avalon Panorama SuitesSM. Thirty percent larger than the industry standard, they’re actually river cruising’s only Open–Air Balcony® — with nothing between you and the view. While other river cruise cabins are designed with beds against a wall for a view of another wall, our Comfort Collection BedsSM actually face the view with the widest-opening, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows in river cruising. Think of it as a view with a room!

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River cruising offers you the ease, the breeze and the do-as-you-please experience you’re looking for. With cabins featuring the widest-views in river cruising, not to mention award-winning European and Southeast Asia Suite Ships with wide-open spaces, fresh air and fresher perspectives – plus more excursions with fewer passengers – we’ve got the cure for your Cabin Fever!

Enjoy suite, safe sailing with Avalon Waterways. Here’s your window of opportunity on some featured cruise deals and offers!

Amazing GAdventures, Travel Deals and Asia Travel Tour Asia:

 Everything, everywhere, all at once, all the time Sum up touring Asia in a paragraph? Good luck. Positively massive by just about every measure, the sole thread that unites this diverse continent is the sheer diversity of experiences it presents to travellers. Arid deserts and towering peaks; secluded temples and bustling markets; tiny villages and sprawling cities; ancient history and cutting-edge modernity; teeming crowds and places so remote you won’t find another human being around for miles—Asia encompasses all this and so, so, so much more. Don’t expect to absorb it all; dive on in and let it seep into your skin. 


Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My): Cu Chi Tunnels

Step back in history as you explore tunnels dug up to 36 feet below the earth stretching all the way to Cambodia. Explore the tunnels, used by Viet Cong fighters during the Viet Minh fight and Vietnam War, which still display meeting rooms, kitchens, guerrilla tools, and weapons.

Halong Bay/Hanoi (Cai Lan): Halong Bay / Luon & Sung SOT Caves

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Take a scenic boat ride along Halong Bay, the World Heritage Site, brimming with over 3,000 limestone Islands and islets contrasting against the emerald waters. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at islands along the way. But, don’t miss one of the most popular natural wonders, Thien Cung Grotto and Dau Go Cave, revealing beautiful stalactites.


Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang): Batu Caves

Explore the sacred temple complex along the limestone hill brimming with statues, caves and long-tailed macaque monkeys. One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, Batu Caves, draws thousands of visitors each year for the Hindu festival of Thaipusam.


Singapore Zoo

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A modern metropolis with a deep-rooted past, the city offers a vast array of exciting excursions, from beautiful botanical gardens to a river cruise. We suggest spending the day at the Singapore Zoo only because it’s considered one of the best in the world. Nestled in a rainforest environment, animals roam freely within “natural boundaries.”

Private Feng Shui Heritage Tour

Dive deep into the philosophy of Feng Sui with visits to a Hakka cemetery, a monastery, the Marina Bay Sands, and Orchard Road and discover how home elements can be used for harmony. Explore sites built around the yin- yang concept and the five elements of nature.


Phuket: Phi Phi Island

Known for pristine beaches and breathtaking coastline, Phuket is home to Phi Phi Island. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling in the crystal waters, climbing the dynamic rock formations or relaxing on the splendid beaches. On the drive back you have the opportunity to visit the charming town of Phuket and a  local monastery.

Bangkok: Grand Palace & Chao Phraya River cruise

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Laem Chabang, the gateway to Bangkok exudes excitement. Visit the Grand Palace, the gem of the city, and former residence of the royal Siamese court. The most sacred temple in Thailand is not only an architectural masterpiece but boasts a beautiful emerald, Buddha.  After, glide along the Chao Phraya river for a fantastic view of the picturesque shores and the mystical sights along the way. Find out why this charming town is dubbed “Venice of the East.”


Probolinggo: Mt. Bromo

Lush landscape and beautiful beaches infiltrate Indonesia. Be sure to visit the highlight of Probolinggo: Mt. Bromo. The active volcano is one of the most visited areas in East Java where you can discover the myths and legends surrounding the mountain.



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If you’re in search of idyllic white sand beaches, this is your port. With its crystal waters, Sihanoukville is the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Don’t forget to stop by the nearby villages for fresh seafood.

The Safest Cruise Destinations

We love that cruises are heading to exotic locales. But, we also understand some travelers may harbor hesitation when it comes to traveling certain destinations. If you want to cruise, but are erring on the side of caution, these are the safest cruise destinations around the globe. Remember always be aware of your surroundings, regardless of where you are traveling, and check government websites for the latest travel updates.

Pacific Northwest

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From Washington’s dramatic coastline to the lively metropolis of Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest offers some of the world’s most magnificent scenery and adventurous excursions. Whether you’re marveling at the natural beauty of the Puget Sound or getting a bird’s eye view of Vancouver via seaplane, the Pacific Northwest is all about nature’s beauty.

St. Bart’s

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The crème de la crème of the Caribbean when it comes to an upscale, island getaways, St. Bart’s draws an A-list crowd looking for a quiet reprieve. Celebs have been flocking to the destination for years. And, with for some of the world’s most pristine beaches and Rodeo Drive style shopping, it’s easy to see why.  The small, quaint feel makes St. Bart’s a hidden gem in the French West Indies.

New Zealand

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Ahhhh Auckland, New Zealand. Where the local greeting is ‘Kia Ora,’ meaning “Stay Well”. With its distinct beauty, spectacular wildlife, and gourmet goodness, New Zealand has so much to offer in addition to safety.

Turks & Caicos

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With little rain, perfect 80-degree year-round weather, and idyllic waters, the Turks & Caicos are one of our top picks for safe and fabulous cruise destinations. The British Overseas Territory of the Bahamas consists of an archipelago of more than 40 islands, including the famed Grace Bay Beach.


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Another tropical paradise and British Overseas Territory, Anguilla is a hot spot for celebs and luxury travel enthusiasts. Anguilla’s low crime rates consistently make it one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. Whether you are looking for adventure, family fun, a romantic escape or relaxing spa retreat, Anguilla has it all.


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From snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef to cuddling Koalas; from sampling botanical infused gin to tasting gastronomical delights, Australia offers a host of exciting options.


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Unlock the mysteries of the far north and uncover some of the earth’s most remote and peaceful locations. Beautiful fjords and acres upon acres of nature reserve, make Iceland a truly unique destination. To truly experience the magic of the north, consider a luxury expedition cruise on PONANT.


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Japan may not be the first destination to come to mind when planning a cruise. However, a cruise to the Far East offers a bounty of culture, ancient empires, and cosmopolitan cities. Visit volcanoes, Edo Period gardens and a range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A world of amazing destinations await. Cruises offer a hands-off approach for those looking to travel to safe locations in a secure environment.

American Queen | Mississippi River Cruising

American Queen Voyages has announced its most comprehensive voyage in its history with the Grand Ohio & Upper Mississippi Rivers.

On July 24, 2023, the ship will set sail from Minneapolis for a 23-day journey.  Including exploring the 1,772-mile route of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

“Guests have made the 16-day Mighty Mississippi voyage between Minneapolis (Red Wing) and New Orleans one of our most popular itineraries. The sailing from Minneapolis to Pittsburgh will pass through ten states.  Marietta,

Premium and included shore excursion highlights of the itinerary include: “A Story of Cinema: The “Field of Dreams” Experience”, in Dubuque, IA, “The National Quilt Museum”, in Paducah, KY, as well as “Tracing the Trail of Tears”, in Cape Girardeau, MO.

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Five Reasons to Sail the New Emerald Harmony Along the Mekong River

If you’ve bucket listed the Mekong River, now is the time to make your dreams a reality. Emerald Waterways’ recently launched their brand new Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony and the groundbreaking vessel is sailing the Mekong River.  If you need a little nudge, we are giving you five reasons to check off this bucket list destination on the Emerald Harmony.

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Sail All The Way to Ho Chi Minh City

Unlike most ships plying the Mekong, the sleek and modern Emerald Harmony has been custom designed to cruise into the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, offering unique river access to this vibrant and historically significant Vietnamese city. The newly released time-lapse video of the Harmony build highlights the ship’s unique design and beautiful lines.

An Intimate Cruise Experience

A classic combination of authentic Asian style and modern amenities, Emerald Harmony accommodates just 84 guests in 42 cabins for an intimate cruise experience. With 40 crew members—and an excellent guest-to-crew ratio of almost 2:1—guests can expect personalized service and a warm environment onboard.

Two Countries, Endless Opportunities

The Emerald Harmony will sail the mighty Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia, allowing guests to take in some of the continent’s most revered sights. From the vast Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia to the French Colonial architecture of Ho Chi Minh City, this sailing offers a glimpse at life from a local perspective and an in-depth look at traditional ways of living the people of the Mekong have enjoyed for over a thousand years.

Four Itineraries to Choose From

Options abound for travelers looking to experience the magic of the Mekong River. Those on a shorter timeline can book an eight-day sailing between Siem Reap, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with daily excursions aimed at revealing the local culture and history. Those looking for a more in-depth experience can explore the 13-17- and 21-day cruise and land tours, which offer time in Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City as well as adding stops in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An, Vietnam.

Book Now and Save

The inaugural season is almost sold out, but guests who move fast can secure a stateroom. To celebrate the launch, Emerald Waterways is offering a free extension to Sapa or Luang Prabang on all 13-night itineraries, or two flights for the price of one on 17-21 night itineraries. Offer valid on any new Mekong sailings booked between August 9 and October 31, 2019.

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In addition to the five reasons above, Emerald Waterways’ boasts an incredibly inclusive pricing plan. Cruise fares include all transfers; all port charges; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary Wi-Fi on board the ship; most shore excursions as well as all onboard and excursion gratuities. 

5 of the Best Holiday Cruises

Hopping aboard a cruise can make for an incredible way to celebrate the holiday season. No matter which holiday you plan to celebrate while on vacation, there’s likely a cruise option for you. You’ll want to make sure that you book a great cruise so you can enjoy time away from work and everyday life. Check out our favorite holiday cruises.

Uniworld Classic Christmas Markets

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Europe is lovely during the winter months, and many top destinations have Christmas markets that worth making the trip for. Uniworld’s Classic Christmas Markets cruise is an 8-day holiday adventure. You’ll make your way from Frankfurt to Nuremberg, and you’ll check out the best Christmas markets along the way. Get ready to enjoy the cobbled streets, wintery weather, and savory treats.

Family Holiday Fun with Disney Cruise Line

A Disney Cruise Line trip is a great option for families with kids. Their Very Merrytime Cruises are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season. This cruise heads to various locations, depending on the itinerary booked — Nassau, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel are some examples. Families can expect to enjoy exclusive holiday-themed fun like story time with Mrs. Claus, gingerbread house building, and of course character meet and greets. There is holiday fun for all ages. Disney is well known for extra magical touches, and that’s true for their cruise experiences, too.

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Blissful Holidays with Oceania Cruises

Why not celebrate the Holiday season and a brand New Year while on a cruise? The Oceania Cruises Blissful Holidays cruise is your best choice! You’ll leave from Miami and make your way throughout the Caribbean as you celebrate the holiday season. Port highlights include Oranjestad, Aruba, Bridgetown, Barbados, Castries, St. Lucia, and St. John’s, Antigua. Take your winter break to the next level and soak up the sun and sand on this adventure.

Have a Happy Hannukah with Holland America Line

Holland America Line has several incredible holiday cruise options, but we suggest the 14-Day Australia and New Zealand Holiday cruise. You’ll get to visit some of the most incredible destinations — like Wellington, Port Authur, and Sydney. In addition, when you choose to cruise over the holiday season, you can enjoy Hannukah activities and celebrations. There will be candle lighting each night, and rabbi-led services during your cruise.

No Snow and All Sun in Hawaii with Norweigan Cruise Line

For many, the holiday season means cold, snowy weather. Perhaps you want to escape that and spend your holiday in paradise. You can do that when you book a Norweigan Cruise Line Christmas cruise. We recommend the 7-Day Hawaii, Round-trip Honolulu experience. You’ll see some of the very best of the Hawaiian islands while celebrating the holiday season without all the snow! Don’t worry — festive activities and events will be happening while you’re aboard the ship.

Take advantage of extra time off during the holiday season and book an unforgettable cruise experience.

Can’t-Miss American River Cruises

From the mighty Mississippi to the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, America’s river cruises offer a host of dynamic landscapes, rich history and yummy cuisine. If you’re thinking of taking a river boat cruise, you’ll find that the United States has just as much to offer as Europe when it comes to river cruising. Two cruise lines in particular offer a host of luxurious river boat options: American Cruise Line and American Queen Steamboat Company.

American Cruise Line

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With one of the highest re-booking rates, and a list of awards, American Cruise Lines has grown to become the largest U.S. cruise line, with 12 small, 100-200 passengers ships, including the first modern riverboat in U.S. history, American Song. Whether you prefer the autumn foliage of New England or the rugged Alaskan coastline, 35 itineraries from Alaska to Florida offer a range of destinations covering 25 U.S. States.  Each cruise features an All-American menu complemented by the season and region prepared by the finest chefs. Carefully curated cruises with more than 160 guided shore excursions showcase unique culture with informal lectures, open discussions, evening entertainment and concerts. Here’s a look at a American Cruise Line modern riverboat.

American Song

The first modern riverboat in U.S. history which debuted in October 2018, American Song, offers a contemporary spin on the traditional paddlewheelers. With the the newest safety technology and more environmentally friendly ships, American Cruise Line works to minimize the carbon footprint left behind. Aside from feeling good about environmental standards, you’ll enjoy heavenly views from multi-story glass atrium and a sleek, sophisticated interior design. Retreat to your over-sized cabin featuring furnished balconies or simply catch the sunset from the bow terrace, a guest favorite. Regardless of where you find yourself on board, there are plenty of places to enjoy the scenery, including the Vista Lounge’s 270 degree views from 40 feet above the water.

Itinerary: Columbia & Snake Rivers/Pacific Northwest

American Queen Steamboat Company

Sail on one of the leading U.S. river cruises through American’s heartland and the Pacific Northwest on itineraries from six to 23 days. American Queen Steamboat Company has earned multiple accolades for the company’s high level of service, gourmet cuisine and renowned shore excursions. Here are just two examples of AQSC’s amazing riverboats.

American Queen

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The largest steam boat ever built, the American Queen exudes elegance and grace. A perfect contrast to the modern amenities and accommodations, you’ll find opulent touches echoing the American Victoria Era, such as glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques. Sit back and enjoy a book from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the ships library or settle in for a lavish show in the two deck tall Grand Saloon, a perfect blend of old and new.

Itinerary: Lower Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers and Upper Mississippi

American Duchess : Holiday Sailing

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Escape the hectic holiday season in lieu of time honored Southern traditions along the Mississippi. On board the intimate American Duchess, you’ll enjoy a classic holiday dinner in the single seating Grand Dining Room and breathe in the slower days of the old South as sail past stunning antebellum mansions and plantations amid world class music and beautiful holiday decor.

Whether you choose a traditional paddlewheeler or a modern riverboat; a themed cruise or simply a short getaway on one of Americas famed rivers; one thing is for certain, as Jim Harrison said, “You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.”

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