19 May 2015

Introducing the Viking Star—a new age for Viking Cruises

Ushering in a new age for Viking Cruises—Welcome aboard the Viking Star. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless otherwise noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Ushering in a new age for Viking Cruises—Welcome aboard the Viking Star. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless otherwise noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Since the dawn of a fledgling river cruise company in 1997, Viking Cruises has grown to become the world's leader in river cruising with 60 river vessels plying the rivers of Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Egypt and China. But Viking guests wanted more. Well this year, they got it as Viking Cruises enters a new age with its debut of Viking Ocean Cruises and the first of three planned ocean-going vessels—Viking Star whose christening in Bergen, Norway, was celebrated on the country's National Constitution Day—May 17, 2015.

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05 April 2015

Discovering new worlds with Viking Ocean Cruises–the Iberian Peninsula!

Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Star aft view of the infinity pool. Photo: ©Viking Cruises.
Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Star aft view of cruising's FIRST infinity pool. Photo: ©Viking Cruises.

Time flies when you're having fun and with Viking Cruises, it's no exception! With the record-breaking success of Viking River Cruises over the last few years, Viking was ready to stretch its maritime muscle to the seas and in May 2013 announced their uncharted course, a new venture—Viking Ocean Cruises. It's hard to believe that it's been two years since their Nordic premier in Beverly Hills when Tor Hagen, CEO Owner of Viking Cruises, announced their ambitious plans to sail the seas of Europe!

08 February 2015

A day in Borghetto, Italy

Benvenuti a Borghetto, Italy. All photography property of EuroTravelogue™ unless otherwise noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Benvenuti a Borghetto, Italy. All photography property of EuroTravelogue™ unless otherwise noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

As if there weren't enough reasons to love Italy, I have found a few more in bella Italia during a recent trip through the Veneto region about an hour and a half west of the timeless city of Venice. It was a journey that extended from the city of love, Verona, to magnificent Lake Garda and every rolling hill in between; visiting one charming village after the next, each unique in its charms and flavors. And oh what flavors they were! Along the way, I have stumbled upon one of the most picturesque villages I have ever visited in Europe, a tiny hamlet by the name of Borghetto, and the day proved to be a journey back in time, a connection with the culture and a sojourn through the visual romance of the verdant Po Valley. This is but the first of many chronicles through the Veneto region of Italy.

04 January 2015

2015—the Year of the Vikings—Viking Cruises that is!

A new era in ocean cruising is about to begin with the most anticipated ship of the year—Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Star. Photo: ©Viking Cruises.
A new era in ocean cruising is about to begin with the most anticipated ship of the year—Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Star. Photo: ©Viking Cruises.

While Viking Cruises won't be shattering world records as they've done for the last two consecutive years, they will redefine ocean cruising as we know it today. In April, 2015, Viking Cruises will embark on new horizons, oceans filled with of opportunities to discover new destinations, new cultures and new memories in the making—a new dawn for the Viking age—Viking Ocean Cruises and the much anticipated arrival of her first ship, Viking Star, soon to be followed by two more ocean-going vessels next year—all to sail the European seas.

19 December 2014

In search of Christmas: Where spectral lights brighten dark winter nights—Norway

The dazzling display of the Northern Lights over Tromsø, Norway. Photo: Mark Robinson.
The dazzling display of the Northern Lights over Tromsø, Norway. Photo: Mark Robinson.

God Jul!

In search of Christmas this year brings us to the land where mystical northern lights dazzle the nights of winter while echoes of Nordic traditions resound throughout the valleys of the fjords—welcome to Christmas in Norway and with that, I wish you God Jul or Glædelig Jul (Good Christmas or Happy Christmas).

30 October 2014

A Visit to Gstaad, Switzerland

Welcome to Gstaad, Switzerland. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
Welcome to Gstaad, Switzerland. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

According to legend, it was God's hand that created Switzerland's Saanenland region when He set it down to rest while creating the rest of the world. His imprint became the valleys and within His fingers, nine enchanting villages cradled within Alpine grandeur—chief among them is Gstaad. Located in Bernese Oberland (Highlands) in Switzerland's southwestern Alps, nearly smack dab in between Zurich and Geneva, Gstaad is renowned for its popularity among the royals, celebrities and jet set.