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River Cruise Newsletter Dated May 15, 2017

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In this week's newsletter, I'll tell you about 16 spectacular, brand-new river cruise ships that are available for booking.

For each riverboat, I've noted the date of the inaugural sailing. All ships sail European rivers except where noted. Click any link for ship information, departure dates and prices.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

S.S. Joie de Vivre (March 2017) -- Uniworld's newest "Super Ship" continues the line's dedication to uniquely designed vessels. Art and antiques from auction houses and private collections fill the Salon de Beaux-Arts Lounge, and staterooms have handcrafted Savoir of England beds. A pool with a hydraulic floor can turn into a dance area or outdoor cinema at night. Suites aboard the 128-guest vessel come with butler service.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Saigon (September 2018) -- This vessel will carry just 36 guests in 18 suites on the Mekong River. Every suite has wall-to-wall windows that slide open to transform the room into a large, open-air space. The air-conditioned Panorama Lounge and the shaded, outdoor observation lounge are situated at the front of the ship for prime views.

AmaWaterways

MS AmaLea (March 2018) -- Most staterooms on this 158-guest ship have either French balconies or AmaWaterways' signature twin balconies (both a French balcony and a full step-out balcony). It has adjoining cabins that accommodate families of up to five. Guests have a choice of multiple complimentary dining venues on the ship, including a Chef's Table restaurant, as well as a heated pool with a swim-up bar and bicycles for exploring ashore.

AmaWaterways and Adventures by Disney

MS AmaKristina (April 2017) -- Like its sister ship AmaLea mentioned above, this 158-passenger ship boasts connecting staterooms and suites for up to five people. In addition to sailing for AmaWaterways, it embarks on family-friendly cruises for Adventures by Disney; these departures feature such activities as wine tastings for the adults, themed nights for teens and movies and games for younger kids.

Viking River Cruises

Viking Hild (March 2017) -- Viking River Cruises launched another 190-passenger Longship this spring. Like its sister ships, it features environmentally friendly hybrid engines and solar panels. The indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow serves as a spot for casual, alfresco dining. Half the staterooms boast full-size balconies.

Crystal River Cruises

Crystal Bach (August 2017), Crystal Mahler (September 2017), Crystal Debussy (April 2018) and Crystal Ravel (May 2018) -- These 110-passenger ships are being custom-built for the new river cruise company launched by luxury oceangoing line Crystal Cruises. Each riverboat will feature multiple dining venues, a spa with fitness center and a self-service pantry with coffees, teas, wines and snacks. All accommodations feature butler service, king-size beds, walk-in closets, dual vanities in bathrooms and Nespresso machines.

Scenic Cruises

MS Scenic Aura (August 2017) -- This ship carries 44 travelers on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. All suites have balconies that can be converted to sun lounges -- push a button and a glass pane will rise to create an enclosed space with full riverside views. Royal Panorama Suites have terraces with Jacuzzis and daybeds. Ship amenities include a swimming pool, steam sauna and open-air cinema.

CroisiEurope

MS Miguel Torga (April 2017) -- Accommodating up to 132 guests, this three-deck ship sports a contemporary interior design. Take in scenes along the Douro River from the lounge or sundeck; other onboard amenities include a pool, library and gift shop.

RV Indochine II (August 2017) -- This 60-guest vessel will sail the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. The airy ambience and clean lines of its public spaces will be accented with art that reflects the sailing region. Guests can take a dip in the pool, get a massage, enjoy the views from the outdoor sundeck bar or attend a lecture that focuses on Southeast Asia. All cabins will have private balconies.

African Dream (December 2017) -- This intimate 16-passenger ship will cruise the Chobe and Zambezi rivers in southern Africa, where guests embark on outings by land and water to view wildlife up close. It has eight suites (two with balconies) as well as a restaurant, lounge with bar and observation deck.

Emerald Waterways

Emerald Liberté (April 2017) and Emerald Destiny (May 2017) -- Among these ships' accommodations are Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites, which have an "indoor balcony" -- a decked area in front of a floor-to-ceiling window. Press a button, and the upper part of the window drops down to let the fresh air in. Each vessel also sports a heated indoor pool with a retractable roof; this space converts into a cinema in the evening. The vessels carry 138 and 182 passengers, respectively.

Emerald Radiance (May 2017) -- This is Emerald's smallest ship, carrying just 112 passengers. It features the Panorama Balcony Suites mentioned above, as well as two 330-square-foot Riverview Suites at the rear of the ship with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, Emerald's "indoor balcony" and separate bedroom and living areas. The top deck has a swimming pool, while the Terrace provides alfresco dining.



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

1) Melodies of the Danube, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Budapest and ends in Vilshofen. Save $500 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,599. Departures from May 29 through December 27, 2017.

2) Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley, 7 days with CroisiEurope. Begins in Amsterdam and ends in Strasbourg. Save 15%. Starting at $1,783. Departures from April 20 through October 22, 2018.

3) Musical Heritage of the Delta, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in New Orleans and ends in Memphis. Save $800 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $1,799. Departs November 27, 2017.

4) Amazon Riverboat Adventure In Depth, 9 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Lima. Starting at $2,074. Departures from June 17, 2017 through December 22, 2018.

5) Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Preak Kdam. Save $500 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,299. Departures from August 7 through December 25, 2017.

6) Columbia & Snake Rivers (Wine Cruise), 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins and ends in Vancouver. Save $800 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $2,699. Departs November 13 & 20, 2017.

7) Christmas Markets on the Rhine, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Save $500 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,799. Departures from November 23 through December 23, 2017.

8) Parisian Royal Holiday, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Paris. Save $1,500 to $2,000 per couple off the air-inclusive price, plus receive a free one-category upgrade. Starting at $2,849. Departs December 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2017.

9) Enchantment of Eastern Europe, 10 days with Emerald Waterways. Begins in Bucharest and ends in Budapest. Save $3,000 per couple, plus receive a free premium drinks package. Starting at $2,895. Departs October 17, 2017.

10) Majestic Yangtze, 14 days with Wendy Wu Tours. Begins in Shanghai and ends in Beijing. Companion flies for free from select gateways. Starting at $3,090. Departures from May 29, 2017 through November 5, 2018.

11) Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Bordeaux. Save $1,500 to $2,000 per couple off the air-inclusive price, plus receive a free one-category upgrade. Starting at $3,349. Departures from June 4 through October 29, 2017.

12) Gems of Northern Italy, 10 days with Uniworld. Begins in Milan and ends in Venice. Save $1,500 to $2,000 per couple off the air-inclusive price, plus receive a free one-category upgrade. Starting at $3,749. Departures from June 2 through November 3, 2017.

13) 8 Day Gems of the Danube, 8 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Budapest and Nuremberg. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $3,800. Departures from May 29 through October 18, 2017.

14) Splendors of Europe, 15 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest. Starting at $3,895. Departures from June 1 through October 19, 2017.

15) Rhine Getaway, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Fly from $295 to $695 per person from select gateways, plus companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,998. Departures from March 28 through December 28, 2018.

16) Great American Waterways, 16 days with Blount Small Ship Adventures. Travels between Chicago and Warren. Starting at $4,949. Departures from May 31 through July 25, 2017.

17) Treasures of the Mekong, 13 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. Fly for free from select gateways or receive a $1,000 per couple air credit. Starting at $4,985. Departures from January 6 through April 28, 2018.

18) Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth, 9 days with CroisiEurope. Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Victoria Falls. Save 15%. Starting at $6,319. Departures from December 6, 2017 through October 26, 2018.

19) Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy, 14 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Yangon. Save $3,000 to $5,000 per couple. Starting at $6,429. Departures from September 9 through December 28, 2017.

20) Grand European Tour, 15 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest. Fly for free from select gateways, plus companion cruises for free. Starting at $8,798. Departures from March 16 through October 30, 2018.

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Alan Fox
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