09 July 2015

Exploring the Rock of Gibraltar from the inside out with Viking Cruises

Welcome to a special tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of my ports of call aboard the new Viking Star from Viking Cruises.. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Welcome to a special tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of my ports of call aboard the new Viking Star from Viking Cruises. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

I leaped out of bed in the early-morning hours and rushed out to the veranda to see if I could see them—the legendary Pillars of Hercules and our next stop, the Rock of Gibraltar. "Avast" I shouted, "there she is"—a limestone monolith rising boldly from the Mediterranean on our right and her sister in Morocco to the left, nearly 10 miles across the Strait of Gibraltar. For years, I have wanted to visit Gibraltar and thanks to a preview voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon aboard Viking Ocean Cruises' "Viking Star," my dream was soon to become reality.

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30 June 2015

Legends of the Rhine come to life in Germany

This stunning view of Bacharach is just one of the many spectacular vistas you'll revel in on your Rhine River Cruise. Photo: © German National Tourist Office. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
This stunning view of Bacharach is just one of the many spectacular vistas you'll revel in on your Rhine River Cruise. Photo: © German National Tourist Office. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Throughout history, the allure of the Rhine Valley in Germany has captured the imaginations of poets, composers, writers, painters alike—Lord Byron, Turner and Wagner—among others whom have left their imprints upon the cultural fabric of the valley as they traveled through this land resplendent in visual romance and steeped in legend and lore. I have long wanted to visit the majestic Rhine River valley lined with spectacular castles, terraced vineyards and storybook villages punctuated by bell towers and church spires. Well, the wait is over and this September, I set sail with Viking River Cruises on the Rhine Getaway voyage from Amsterdam to Basel; through four countries our intrepid Viking Longship will ply the currents of this 766-mile-long river that flows from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea. As much as this will be a journey in the present, it will be a voyage to the past as I connect with the cultures and discover the rich heritage of this storied valley and its inhabitants therein. Perhaps I too shall be inspired like those who have come before.

08 June 2015

Discovering Azamara Club Cruises in 2016

Azamara Quest, one of the two Azamara Club Cruises' ships that will undergo significant upgrades in early 2016. All photography unless noted is the property of © Azamara Club Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Azamara Quest, one of the two Azamara Club Cruises' ships that will undergo significant upgrades in early 2016. All photography unless noted is the property of © Azamara Club Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Last week, Azamara Club Cruises announced major upgrades to both of its ships: Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey for the 2016 season and the timing couldn't be more perfect because I'll be sailing with them in spring of next year!

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.

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.