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The Avalon Waterways Impression ship I sailed on.

Why I loved Avalon Waterways excursions

Avalon Waterways is a river cruise company with a fleet of ‘Suite Ships’ that ply the major rivers in Europe and Asia. Not a fan of (ocean) cruises, I went on my first river cruise several years ago and I was hooked! Recently, I was introduced to Avalon Waterways and I joined their Active & […]

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Cruising the Danube with Avalon Waterways.

A Danube River cruise with Avalon Waterways

A river cruise is something I previously didn’t consider as a means to travel and explore a place – the idea of being stuck on a ship with hundreds of other people and visiting places fleetingly didn’t sound appealing to me. That changed when I decided to give it a try several years ago. I […]

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A Danube River cruise with Viking Cruises

My first river cruise was in 2015: a week-long cruise along the Rhine River with Viking Cruises. I had a fabulous time on that cruise and I promised myself that I would one day go on a cruise along another of Europe’s great rivers. When Viking Cruises invited me to join their 8-day Romantic Danube […]

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Luxury Myanmar river cruise – and the art of giving back

I met Janice and George Mucalov, two travel writers, on an Alaska cruise in 2011 and we’ve stayed in touch ever since, following each other’s travels via social media. Janice, George and I enjoy travelling in the same manner, i.e. comfortably, or rather… the ‘velvet’ way, so when Janice approached me with an idea for […]

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Viking Cruises on the Rhine River.

A Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises

The Rhine is one of the most famous rivers in the world. From its source in Switzerland, the river winds its way into France, where it forms the border with Germany, before continuing into Germany and finally the Netherlands where it reaches the North Sea. I’ve driven the length of the Rhine from the Netherlands […]

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The magic of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are famous the world over for their huge number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. To be honest, despite my dream to visit this ecological paradise in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, I harboured some doubts. These doubts rested on […]

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Sailing down the Nile in luxury

Along Shores of Time tells a story about a journey along the Nile. The majestic sail boat “Feddya” takes us on a soothing cruise through impressive ancient history, all along the shores of a river that has allowed Egypt to fluorish for centuries. A voyage of plenty, joy and excitement. Inspired by the Nile, visual […]

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A safari cruise on the Zambezi Queen

Imagine staying in a luxurious suite on a boat in the heart of southern Africa. Wildlife abounds everywhere you look along the banks of one of the continent’s greatest rivers. Those were some of the images that flashed through my mind when I received an invitation for a safari cruise on board the Zambezi Queen. […]

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A luxury cruise on the Yangtze River

The Yangzi (or Yangtze) River is the world’s third longest river – with its humble origins in the Tibetan plateau, the river then grows in width and volume, flowing 6,400km (or almost 4,000 miles) to its mouth in Shanghai, where it empties into the East China Sea. The Yangzi River has historically acted as a […]

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Enchanting spots: Tracy Arm fjord, Alaska

Imagine a fjord with water the colour of jade. Littered with thousands of icebergs, the fjord is surrounded by mist-shrouded mountains and countless waterfalls tumbling down the forested slopes. Flocks of seagulls and bald eagles rest on the blue icebergs whilst seals frolic in the water. This is the enchanting Tracy Arm fjord in southeastern […]

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