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River Cruise Newsletter Dated January 16, 2017

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In today's newsletter, I'll highlight some of the unique features that river cruise companies are incorporating into their riverboats. These include onboard herb gardens, heated pools and innovative designs for private balconies.

For more details on the ships, and to see the itineraries they sail along with departure dates and prices, click the applicable links.

Opulent fabrics, rich color schemes and fine art and antiques from auctions and private collections are used to create the unique look of the Uniworld Boutique River Cruises fleet. No two ships are alike. The upcoming S.S. Joie de Vivre, which begins sailing French waterways in March, will have a pool with a hydraulic floor that can turn into a dance area or outdoor cinema at night.

The Ganges Voyager II, which sails for both Uniworld and Abercrombie & Kent on the Ganges River in India, has high-ceilinged suites with hand-painted murals.

Several ships in the AmaWaterways fleet include staterooms with twin balconies: a French balcony with glass doors that open to a railing (but you can't step out), and a full balcony that you can walk out on. Some vessels have a heated pool with swim-up bar on the sundeck. AmaViola and AmaKristina, which sail for AmaWaterways and Adventures by Disney, boast connecting staterooms that can accommodate up to five family members.

The Suite Ships of Avalon Waterways feature 200-square-foot Panorama Suites, which have nearly 11-foot-wide, wall-to-wall windows that slide open to transform your entire stateroom into one large, open-air balcony. Plus, beds face the window so you'll always see the river views.

The Viking Longships of Viking River Cruises have the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace, which is found at the bow of each vessel and has retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Longships sail with energy-efficient, hybrid diesel-electric engines and solar panels, as well as organic herb gardens.

The Crystal Mozart, the first ship to sail for new line Crystal River Cruises, has a sundeck with a "pop-up" bar, a retractable movie screen for evening showings and a rooftop garden. The main dining room has indoor/outdoor seating, and a self-service pantry provides coffees, teas, wines and snacks. Two tender boats help guests explore waterways up close.

Though they offer all the comforts of contemporary cruising, the paddle wheelers of American Queen Steamboat Company were designed to resemble the riverboats of the past, with fluted stacks, gingerbread trim and large red paddle wheels. This summer the line will debut the American Duchess, which will have 550-square-foot Loft Suites -- accommodations with dining and lounging areas, a bathroom and private balcony downstairs, and a bedroom and second bath on the upper level.

Cabins aboard the Space-Ships of Scenic can be transformed into weatherproof "sun lounges." If the weather is chilly, just press a button and a glass pane will rise to create an enclosed space.

When Luther Blount, founder of Blount Small Ship Adventures, was told that cruise ships could not navigate the Erie Canal because the bridges were too low, he headed to his workshop. There, he designed a vessel with a retractable pilot house that could slip under the lowest bridges, with inches to spare. Both the Grande Caribe and the Grande Mariner have this unique feature, as well as shallow drafts that allow them to sail in less than 7 feet of water.

Emerald Waterways has a fleet of young ships; the earliest were built in 2014 and three more will be released this year. Among the attractive features are heated swimming pools with retractable roofs (this space converts to a movie theater on some evenings), as well as balcony suites that open to the outdoors with the push of a button.

CroisiEurope strives to make its ships as eco-friendly as possible. Its river vessels carry 80 to 180 passengers. This year it debuts the RV Indochine II on the Mekong River; it will have a pool, sundeck bar and private balconies for all cabins.

The MS Monarch Empress, which debuted this spring, is the first riverboat to be built and operated solely by Gate 1 Travel. Common areas and cabins (most with French balconies) have been designed to capitalize on unobstructed views.

The MS Grace, Inspire, Joy and Savor from Tauck come with uniquely designed loft cabins -- eight on each vessel. They are on the lower deck but have raised seating areas with a high ceiling above, which permits the use of a tall window and allows natural light to stream into the cabin. Part of the window can be raised electronically to let in fresh air.



Here are this week's Top 20 River Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Burgundy & Provence, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Lyon and Marseille. Save up to 20%. Starting at $2,948. Departures from March 19 through November 5, 2017.

2) Berlin & Its Multiple Facets, 5 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Berlin. Save 10%. Starting at $1,572. Departs May 23 and June 20, 2017.

3) Antebellum South, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between New Orleans and Memphis. Save $400 to $600 per couple, plus enjoy free shore excursions and more. Starting at $1,899. Departures from April 3 through November 13, 2017.

4) The Loire, a Royal Legacy, 6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Nantes. Companion saves 50%. Starting at $2,168. Departs April 6, 2017.

5) Melodies of the Danube, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Budapest and ends in Vilshofen. Save $500 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,499. Departures from March 27 through December 27, 2017.

6) Secrets of the Douro, 8 days with Emerald Waterways. Begins and ends in Porto. Fly for free from select gateways or receive $2,000 per couple in air credit. Starting at $2,545. Departures from June 17 through October 28, 2017.

7) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins and ends in Vancouver. Companion cruises for free, plus enjoy free shore excursions and more. Starting at $2,699. Departs March 20 & 27, 2017.

8) Provence & Spain, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Arles and Lyon. Save $500 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,899. Departures from March 23 through November 9, 2017.

9) Castles Along the Rhine, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Save up to 20%. Starting at $2,649. Departures from March 19 through November 15, 2017.

10) Wonders of China, 16 days with Wendy Wu Tours. Begins in Beijing and ends in Shanghai. Receive two free hotel nights in Hong Kong before or after your trip. Starting at $3,450. Departures from March 6 through October 29, 2017.

11) Danube Discovery & Prague, 10 days with Uniworld. Travels between Prague and Vienna. Save up to 20%. Starting at $3,749. Departures from July 28 through October 29, 2017.

12) Rhine Getaway, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Basel and Amsterdam. Fly from $295 to $595 per person from select gateways, plus companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,948. Departures from April 20 through December 16, 2017.

13) Amazon Riverboat & Machu Picchu Adventure, 14 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Lima. Save 20%. Starting at $4,049. Departures from April 10 through December 11, 2017.

14) Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River, 13 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. Save $2,000 per couple. Starting at $4,339. Departures from July 3 through August 21, 2017.

15) French Waterways, 10 days with Tauck. Begins in Paris and ends in Lyon. Receive airfare for $890 per person. Starting at $4,590. Departures from April 5 through August 31, 2017.

16) Great American Waterways, 16 days with Blount. Travels between Chicago and Warren. Starting at $4,949. Departures from May 31 through September 3, 2017.

17) Luxury Irrawaddy, 11 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Mandalay and Yangon. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $4,995. Departures from February 26 through December 27, 2017.

18) Cities of Light, 12 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Paris and Prague. Fly from $295 to $595 per person from select gateways, plus companion cruises for free. Starting at $5,548. Departures from April 27 through November 9, 2017.

19) 11 Day Gems of the Seine, 11 days with Scenic Cruises. Begins and ends in Paris. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $5,945. Departures from April 30 through July 19, 2017.

20) Splendors of Italy, 15 days with Uniworld. Begins in Milan and ends in Rome. Save up to 20%. Starting at $6,449. Departures from April 14 through November 3, 2017.

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Alan Fox
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