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The Benefits of River & Canal Cruising

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One evening several years ago, my wife Fyllis and I savored a sumptuous four-course gourmet dinner accompanied by wines that had been produced nearby. 

More recently, we listened raptly to lectures by knowledgeable experts about a variety of issues, some controversial, in several Eastern European countries.

The settings for these experiences could have been a five-star hotel or resort - and indeed in atmosphere and attractiveness they deserved that rat

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The world’s foremost destination Galapagos

Everything you need to know about this Island, the Galapagos Islands are actually quite big. The archipelago is a home to a grand total of 21 major Islands, 14 of which are open to visitors. These Islands spread out over 45,000 square kilometers of Pacific Ocean and are located 906 km off the coast of Ecuador.  If you want to experience something outstanding and adventurous in this case Galapagos Islands cruises can be the best experience of your life. If you want to enjoy the nature we prefer a

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This list covers the top destination of Cordelia Cruises and the packages of the place where Cordelia Cruises will go has also been given.

Cordelia Cruises covers several destinations during her travels, including Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Colombo, and Kochi, etc.

Goa - The most popular cruise destination in India is Mumbai to Goa if we talk about cruise packages popularity-wise. One has to make advance bookings to book the sailing. Goa is a wonderful place, surrounded by

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Travel During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

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Middle seats in the planes of some airlines are vacant.  Passengers and crew members aboard cruise ships are socially distancing when possible and wearing masks.  Some countries remain closed to non-residents, while others won’t allow people from the United States to enter. 


Few aspects of life have been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than travel, and there’s no end in sight. Or is there? 
The kinds of trips people take in the months ahead will be different than in the past.  A number of t

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What you should know about Pandaw cruises

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What you should know about Pandaw cruises. The RV Mekong Pandaw was designed especially for the Mekong. The most spacious ship in the Pandaw fleet, she has a 750 square metre teak deck equipped with a full size billiard table, wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger than any known ship afloat. Refitted in 2013, she is equipped with a professional spa, gym, small cinema, library and lounge.

Pandaw founder Paul Strachan has been nominated for a global tourism indu

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Exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia's Gem

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Sometimes you have to wonder if a destination you have heard about for years will live up to its reputation. This one definitely does - I have to tell you, Dubrovnik justly deserves its title "Pearl of the Adriatic."


I mean, where else can you find marble streets lined with baroque buildings all topped with red tile roofs? Add in that the whole pretty city is surrounded by intact city walls... and it's no wonder it's a favorite holiday destination for almost everyone who vi

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9009000080?profile=originalStopping at the Port of Limon in Costa Rica on your Western Caribbean cruise or Panama Canal cruise?

Since you only have one day in port to experience the best attractions of Costa Rica, you want to maximize your time as best you can. Costa Rica is famous for its rainforests, nature, diverse wildlife and adventure tours. For an all-in-one rainforest adventure choose Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure for your shore excursion in Limon, Costa Rica.

Six reasons why Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure – na

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We’ve cruised on some of the world’s great rivers; the Nile, Australia’s Murray and China’s Yangtze - and, most recently, on the Danube and the Rhine. They’re as different to each other as river cruising is to ocean cruising; there’s just no comparison.

Even the ships are different. The Murray Princess was a stern-wheel paddle boat, the Egyptian boats usually have internal paddle wheels, and were reputed to be able to sail on a heavy dew. Our European ship had external, steerable pods; whether or

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Myanmar (aka Burma) is changing fast and is now one of the "gotta-visit" places before it is too late.  Tourism is now booming and things are changing fast.  One are that is still of the radar of most tourist is the Irrawaddy Delta. Only Pandaw cruises can provide a comprehensive tour of the area.

The delta, which comprises nine main tributaries and a capillary system of smaller creeks and waterways, stretches over 10,000 square miles. Heavily populated, this water-logged maze has played a major

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Recently, we had an opportunity to experience Long Beach, California, in depth – the transformation of this city over the decades is nothing less than astonishing.

What was an unremarkable middle-class town has magically morphed into an exciting convention and vacation destination that rivals the best of what other Southern California beach towns have to offer.

Note: Everything you will read about our Long Beach holiday is available for your enjoyment. We have provided links to each topic. Just

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After writing scores of articles about ocean cruises, we decided to see what motivates vacationers to take European river cruises. We are glad we did.

So Much to Choose From

There are endless selections of river cruise itineraries on the internet, so we sought the guidance of three prominent river cruise companies in Europe – Amway, Uniworld, and Viking.

Viking River Cruises Comes Through

Viking River Cruises was most generous with their public relations department and customer service time, so we s

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Around the Horn of South America

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We boarded our ship in Buenos Aires, and the cruise would take us right around South America around the famous … or infamous … Cape Horn to Valpariaso.

I thought of the old sea shanty ‘Paddy Lay Back’:

‘… for we’re bound for Valparaiso round the Horn’


Then I remembered more words of the same ditty:

‘ … half the crew were spewing o’er the ship’s side

And the other half were spewing over me’.


Happily, such conditions didn’t happen on this cruise. We called at Punta del Este, Puerto Madryn and Port S

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7 Ways to Improve your Cruise Experience

Many ToursByLocals travelers are avid cruisers. Knowing this, we have secured excellent guide-partners at virtually every major and minor port of call in the world, so that our travelers always have the option of booking private tours independent of the cruise line. In the spirit of celebrating the cruisers among you, today we’re highlighting seven tips to help make your next cruise a smooth one – whether you’re a newbie or an ocean veteran. photo
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1. Arrive a day early for your sail
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Our goal in taking a month-long cruise around Hawaii and Tahiti on the Golden Princess was to experience – and then write about – how a major cruise line like Princess caters to its suite passengers. It was one of our most enjoyable projects.

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Suites for two

Over the past ten years, we have photographed and written about suites in B&Bs, hotels, resorts, and on cruise ships. It is our writing practice to always consider our subjects from a “couples” perspective. In that light, we have found many sui

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Pandaw River Expeditions has become the first Western operator to reach China’s Yunnan Province via the Mekong River, when the RV Champa Pandaw moored yesterday at Guanlei.

The Champa Pandaw, which has 14 teak-finished staterooms, was specially built to withstand the strong currents and challenging navigational conditions of the Upper Mekong and deliver Southeast Asia’s first ever “four country” river expedition.


Running from October through April, Pandaw’s 14-night cruise The Mekong: from Laos to

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Our visit to Dubrovnik seemed to be generating lots of hype onboard the ship. As this was our first Mediterranean cruise we were swept up in the added anticipation. Let me tell you, we weren’t disappointed.

 

There were many ex-pats on board the ship with us who were looking forward to the visit. Also, many with ancestors from the area. Perhaps as a result of the former Yugoslavia’s troubled past, many were returning to their homeland for the first time. You could visibly see the added excitement

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The "Other Down Under" destination of New Zealand is on the bucket lists of many Americans -- and justly so. Problem is, New Zealand is a long way from anywhere U.S.A. Consequently, most tourists want to see as much as possible on their first visit. Our suggestion for an orientation trip to New Zealand – book a cruise.

The Rationale

A cruise will visit several ports on the two islands of New Zealand, which is a great way to get a taste of the entire country – and all without packing and repacking.

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Oh, Là Là! Bordeaux by River Cruise

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Grand Cru, Medoc, St Émilion, Bordeaux Left and Right Banks - all terms of which I was aware, but wanted much more information. That’s the beauty of a river cruise with wine as its main topic (and the wine isn’t bad either, to put it mildly!). We were about to embark on an eight-day UniWorld boutique wine river cruise along the Garonne River - an area settled by ancient Romans and once ruled by the English, but every bit a French region.


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Cruising Loch Ness

If you only know the name of one British lake, it’ll probably be Loch Ness. It’s one of a chain of lochs making up the Great Glen, a massive fault line separating the north of Scotland from the rest of the country, from Fort William in the southwest to Inverness in the northeast.

Sixty miles separate these towns – but, when Thomas Telford dug out the Caledonian Canal joining them, to prevent shipping making the long and hazardous trip around Cape Wrath, he only had to excavate 22 miles. The res

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After more than 45 years of traveling the globe, we have finally put together a list of our favorite travel destinations of a lifetime.  This is not an exhaustive list by any means, as we can think of additional wonderful places which could be considered for such a list. We have to draw the line somewhere, and so we selected twelve of our favorites.

After reading several similar lists available on the internet, from well known publications as well as from other bloggers, we felt that we should

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