• Play at Baba Vida, Bulgaria

    Ama Provides the Keys to Unlock the Lower Danube’s Iron Gates

    The Iron Gates: They sound so formidable, but these days you can lighten up. Passing through them becomes a party. The name of the treacherous  and narrow gorge on the lower Danube stems from the daunting challenge it posed to early would-be invaders in eastern Europe. The swift current and …

  • Quay in St. Tropez

    5 Reality Checks on St. Tropez in the Excesses of High Season

    Saint Tropez, we’re told, was an early Christian martyr whose headless body–along with a rooster and a dog–washed ashore in a leaky rowboat on the beach near what would become his namesake town. Those who arrive in St. Tropez by boat today do it in …

  • Seven Seas Explorer

    Answering 7 Questions about Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer

    Imagine the challenge of decorating Regent’s new Seven Seas Explorer. The assignment was to make it the most superb ship ever. They used enough marble to keep a quarry in Carrara, Italy busy for a year. The zillion decorative tiles are handmade and even the artworks in …

  • Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia

    Tours from AmaSonata Give the Lowdown on the Lower Danube

    There must have been a sale on the letters B and V when they were naming cities along the lower Danube. The itinerary for our journey from Budapest toward the Black Sea has us visiting Belgrade, Belogradchik, Baba Vida and Bucharest. And our tours include …

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Fishing shacks become summer homes in Olden Norway

Seabourn Sojourn’s Olden Day Shows Why Norway’s the Stuff of Fairy Tales

by Wallace Immen in Europe

When Seabourn Sojourn docks in Olden, Norway, the local population doubles. The village is olden all right– with several of its houses and its iconic church dating back to the 1700s. And the setting is quaint in a way that only a Norwegian fjord village …

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  • Quay in St. Tropez

    Saint Tropez, we’re told, was an early Christian martyr whose headless body–along with a rooster and a dog–washed ashore in a leaky rowboat on the beach near what would become his namesake town. Those who arrive in St. Tropez by boat today do it in …

  • La Reserve restaurant on Oceania

    Where will you choose to dine for that special occasion on a cruise? Options for dining are multiplying even on small cruise ships. The gourmet quotient is rising, with an increasing number of  menus inspired by celebrity chefs. Where once the venues of choice for a special …

  • Greeting party in Uglich Russia

    Our Russian river journey on Scenic Tsar is finally beginning and it’s an auspicious sign that after two straight days of rain, the sun breaks through as we cast off from Moscow’s fantastically elaborate river terminal. For the next week we’ll be going back in …

  • Skydive simulator on Royal Caribbean

    In the wake of the arrival of Royal Caribbean International’s new floating playground Quantum of the Seas that amps up size,  technology and entertainment on a cruise, the cruise chatter of  late has been about Quantum leaps. Size is going to continue to be a story in the coming …

  • Vinyared on the Danube

    You don’t have to know brix from clicks to appreciate a wine cruise on the Danube. But whether you’re an amateur or a wine pro, you’re sure to come away with a new appreciation for good vintages. And on an Ama Waterways In Celebration of …

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