Netherlands

Each morning, at every port Koningsdam visited on our cruise around the Mediterranean, chefs went ashore to local markets to shop for fresh fish and vegetables. Meanwhile, a gardener in the Culinary Arts Center tended a garden of fresh sprouts and herbs. And two florists …

River cruising is  the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry now, and that’s due in large part to rethinking the possibilities. Only a few years ago, river cruises didn’t appeal as much as land travel to North Americans. The ships that carried passengers on the …

North Holland is windmill country, a landscape that inspired generations of Dutch masters as well as decades of paint by numbers sets. It’s easy to see why on a day excursion from Avalon Waterways’ new port stop in the historic port of Enkhuizen on the Zuider Zee. …

Extreme caution is in order when you walk the sidewalks of Hoorn, our first stop in Holland on the inaugural cruise of Avalon Waterways‘ new river cruise ship Avalon Vista. Many of the city’s streets are canals, with no railings to keep errant pedestrians or unwary bikers from …