River cruise lines forging ahead with Christmas market voyages

Christmas celebrations may end up being rather different this year, with the potential of tough restrictions on how many can gather, and where we can travel, but river cruise fans can still get into the festive spirit amid Covid-19.

For while the situation with ocean cruising remains largely uncertain – the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opted to extend its ‘no sail’ order through October 31 while Canada, the Cayman Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the Seychelles all have cruise bans in place until the end of the year – river cruise lines have been quietly making their comeback.

German river cruise company, A-Rosa, successfully resumed cruises on the Douro, the Danube, the Rhine and the Rhone over the summer, as did Amadeus and Strasbourg-based CroisiEurope. And all three outfits are offering Christmas markets cruises to British passengers – even with quarantine requirements on the arrival

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Nile cruises sail again, forced to navigate river full of challenges

Oct 14, 2020

The cruise ship Amwaj (Wave) set sail Oct. 1 from Luxor to Aswan with a group of American, Swiss and British tourists on the very first trip on the Nile River since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the tourism sector. The floating hotel was the first to obtain the required license from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to get back on track, following the announcement that cruises would be allowed to resume work bearing restrictions this month.

“For us, resuming the cruises for tourists has been like giving the kiss of life to a dying person,” Mohamed Rabie, manager of Amwaj, told Al-Monitor. “We are very honored to be the first cruise ship on the Nile to start operating. We do not have many guests on board yet, but for next week the numbers are increasing.” 

Rabie said eight passengers and

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EMBARK navigates partnership to resume operations for Oklahoma River Cruises

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EMBARK successfully arranged a contract amendment with long-time partner Hornblower Marine Services (HMS), to restore partial operations of Oklahoma River Cruises through a public-private partnership.

Owned and managed by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA)/EMBARK, ferry operations and maintenance of the cruisers have been contracted to HMS since the fall of 2007. 

The long-standing relationship proved advantageous, as an agreement was reached, providing that HMS lease the boats to run river tours, cocktail cruises, and private charters.

“With transit, resiliency and dependability is key, regardless of the mode,” said Jason Ferbrache, EMBARK Administrator. “HMS has provided that dependability for Oklahoma River Cruises for over ten years and now with the furtherance of the public-private partnership will demonstrate resiliency with a return to service.

HMS CEO Matt Miller says the strong partnership between EMBARK and HMS created an opportunity for the continuation

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‘Allow offshore casinos, river cruise boats to begin ops’ | Goa News

Panaji: The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has requested the government to open offshore casinos and river cruises in view of the recent guidelines issued by the Union ministry of home affairs.
A separate standard operating procedure (SOP) for the same will be issued shortly.
TTAG president Nilesh Shah said they have written to the government as the Union home ministry has permitted entertainment parks and similar places – but those outside containment zones – to open with effect from October 15. “We have to send a positive message so that tourists start planning their holidays to Goa. We can’t wait till the vaccine is introduced,” said Shah.
River cruises are the biggest attraction among domestic tourists, and many think their Goa trip will be incomplete if they do not include a boat ride in their itinerary.
A tourism stakeholder said that offshore casinos are also a huge
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How To Find The Best River Cruise Deals

The difference in on-board experience and offshore exploration varies dramatically between different river cruise brands. But finding a ship with a crowd-free deck, top cuisine and compelling excursions, doesn’t have to break your budget. 

An affordable, stellar experience can be found by securing the best river cruise deals and travelling at the cheapest times. In this guide, we reveal everything you need to know before booking your next river cruise trip. 

Best river cruise brands – discover which river cruise companies impressed passengers and which are best avoided in our latest, independent, customer survey.

1. Book your river cruise early

Most river cruise companies that we spoke to told us their best deals are available in advance. You might expect them to say this, and while you should always compare prices to make sure an early bird deal is really a deal, the fares we looked at did appear to

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Hot-ticket river cruise products for 2021: Travel Weekly

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Jeri Clausing

A number of surveys in recent months have shown river and small ship cruising to be a big seller for 2021 as some ocean cruisers seek to avoid larger ships and the unpredictability of international travel.

And high-end travel sellers say the some of the hottest-ticket items right now are for river barges and Turkish schooners, both of which offer easy buyout options for family and friends who are leery of mingling with strangers.

Liam Dunch, who oversees Europe products for Abercrombie & Kent, says its river barge offerings are more popular than ever. He compared them to floating private villas.

“Barge cruising encompasses so much of what we’ve learned to appreciate over the last few months at home,” he said. “It’s all about traveling at a slower pace to immerse yourself in one region and spending time outside: biking along picturesque towpaths, strolling through uncrowded local villages

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Top Five Best River Cruise Lines For Cabins

Whether you want a balcony to take in the view while drifting down the Danube or you’d be content with just a porthole overlooking the Mekong, your river cruise cabin will be your home away from home during your trip.

Excursions and on-board entertainment may take priority each day but you’ll need a comfortable place to relax in private each night. It’s vital to choose a river cruise line that offers top-quality cabins or suites. All cabins on even the largest river cruise ships will have an external window – great for tight budgets and deep pockets alike.

To make sure you rest easy on your next river cruise, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best river cruise lines for cabins, as voted in our river cruise survey. The companies that passengers picked cover most budgets so you should find something to suit you. See how to find the

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Set sail with The Mild West cruise shows on the Chicago River

On deck with The Mild West

The warm days of summer are slipping away, but you’re not out of opportunities for a boat party just yet. Chicago rock band The Mild West is setting sail aboard Chicago Line Cruise’s 65-foot Ft. Dearborn down the Chicago River, treating guests to a 90-minute set of their pop-infused originals and a few choice favorites. Both cruises — 7 (sold out) and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 — are limited to 50 passengers each, with social distancing, public health protocols and sanitization procedures in place. Ogle the city’s architecture while enjoying music produced right here in town.



9 p.m. (arrive at least 15 minutes before departure) Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Ogden Slip Docks across from 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. Free to register for tickets at eventbrite.com, but $32.70 is due at the time of boarding.

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San Antonio River Walk offering kayaking in famed business district for the first time in 30 years

The River Walk is paddling in new opportunities in 2020.

For the first time in 30 years, kayaking will be allowed through the River Walk’s scenic business district, where countless postcards and San Antonio snapshots have taken place.

Kayaking on other extensions of the San Antonio River, like the King William District and Mission Reach, has been a popular activity, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. You were, however, not allowed access to the world-famous business district, where the hotels and restaurants are located.

RELATED: I kayaked on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, here’s what you need to know

“This is a whole new route, a whole new ball game,” said San Antonio River Walk Association Executive Director Maggie Thompson.

The River Walk barges have total rights to the area, but the Go Rio Cruises are now starting boat tours at noon, giving kayakers a rare

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Top four best river cruise lines for port excursions

Whether you’re cruising the Danube, the Rhone or the Mekong rivers, port excursions can make or break your trip. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best river cruise lines for port excursions, based on our river cruises survey.

Taking a full or half day at a time, it’s vital you choose an itinerary full of stop-offs that suit you. Port excursions may only be a whistle-stop tour of a city or only take in a historic building, so if there’s a particular place you have your heart set on visiting that’s not included you may be better off going it alone.

The table below contains the highest-scoring brands, rated by cruise fans for offering all-inclusive ease or a variety of options at each port.

The lines cover most budget levels, so you should find something to suit you. Do you want to know how to choose the best river

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