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Fall in Love With the Danube River



WHY IT RATES: Avalon Waterways shares all there is to love about a cruise along the Danube River. Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate

From rolling, hillside vineyards to wine-producing towns oozing with charm and sky-high fortresses to the Black Forest’s evergreen canopy, the Danube River shapes a picturesque passage across Europe.

The famed “Blue Danube” is also home to the stunning Wachau Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), known for some of the best (and most photogenic) hiking and biking trails across the globe and cultural immersion and exploration galore. This is a river that provides a not-to-be-missed vacation.

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Sail & See:

On your journey along the Danube River, get ready to witness – and forever carve in your memory – some of the most incredible, awe-inspiring views in the world. In addition to Budapest’s dramatic architecture and Vienna’s grandeur, some of our favorite highlights – and surprises – include:

Untouched Regensburg

Just outside the cover of Germany’s Black Forest lies the perfectly preserved medieval town of Regensburg: A hidden destination that boasts ancient treasures and a historic market square that invites travelers into a Christmas dream during the holidays.

The Stunning Schlögener Schlinge

Cruisers needn’t worry about the pronunciation of this dramatic river point, considered a natural wonder of Austria. When laying eyes on this breathtaking loop, travelers are left speechless.

Bustling Bratislava

Don’t let the baroque palaces and Renaissance remembrances of this ancient city fool you. The capital of Slovakia’s pedestrian-only old town has one of Europe’s most youthful vibes.

Brewtiful Bamberg

Nicknamed “The Rome of Germany,” the historic, cobblestoned town of Bamberg built on seven scenic hills remains devoid of modern architecture – but full of its signature smoked beer.

Gorge-ous Iron Gates

A beautiful gorge that forms the boundary between Serbia and Romania, the Iron Gates present a photo-worthy landscape nestled between two national parks.

Dock & Do:

There’s not just more in view on an Avalon river cruise down the Danube River, there’s more to do, too. With a daily selection of “Classic,” “Active” and “Discovery” excursions, travelers can truly dive into each destination and customize their journey. Some of our favorite “must-dos” on the Danube include:

Sashay, sauté!

Join a foodie walking tour or even a cooking class in Budapest and Vienna to taste (or make!) local specialties like Weiner schnitzel and Sachertorte.

Sink your teeth into history.

Drink in the scenery while hiking to the stunning Visegrád Castle where Count Dracula of Romania was imprisoned in the 15th century.

Paddle or pedal.

Grab an oar or a pair of handlebars and canoe or bike through the Wachau Valley, considered the most romantic stretch along the Danube.

Don’t clam up!

Put your best foot forward when meeting the current Count of Clam in his majestic and medieval home, Burg Clam, a castle inhabited by the Clam family for over 500 years.

Go underground.

Explore Budapest’s subterranean caves and lairs, including the “Underground Flower Garden” named for its unique cave corals and crystals.

“Along this legendary Danube River, Avalon Waterways has created a boatful of extraordinary, ‘no one does it like this’ river cruise vacations that take travelers beyond the river Danube’s beautiful views to delve into breathtaking stories, personalized experiences and untethered exploration,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “These are journeys that will forever shape the way travelers choose to see and experience the world.”

For a limited time, travelers can extend select Danube vacations in Budapest or Prague for FREE. For details, click here.

SOURCE: Avalon Waterways press release.

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Resumes Sailings Mother’s Day Weekend



Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced today that it’s extending the suspension of all sailings through May 6, 2020, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Its ship, the Grand Celebration, is now scheduled to resume operations on Friday, May 8, 2020, with the expectation that it will be able to welcome passengers aboard just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, stated, “At Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always our top priority. While we understand that this news is disappointing for many of our valued guests, we believe that further suspension is necessary to ensure their continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in communication with all guests booked on a canceled sailing, as well as with our travel advisor partners, and we are offering a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for all guests booked on a canceled sailing. We wish everyone the very best at this time and look forward to providing you a better way to getaway again soon.”

The Caribbean carrier’s updated “Sail with Ease” policy automatically issues a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for guests who have two-night cruise and ‘Cruise & Stay’ bookings that need to be canceled due to the extended COVID-19-related suspension. Affected guests need only call customer service at (800) 374-4363 to transfer their booking to any future sailing date through December 31, 2021.

While the cruise line is encouraging guests to opt for the incentivized Future Cruise Credit, those who would prefer their money back are entitled to receive a 100-percent refund of the two-night cruise or ‘Cruise & Stay’ package price, including taxes, fees, charges and any pre-paid amenity or package.

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