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River Cruise Radio

River Cruise Radio is a weekly podcast that dives deep into the world of river cruises in Europe, North America and Asia. Hear river cruise reviews, destination tips, and valuable cruise advice from industry experts. Learn more at https://cruiseradio.net/river
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Oct 13, 2017

This week we answer more of your listener question. Sherry Kennedy from GuidetoRiverCruising.com answers them. 

  • Are there any times during the year that river cruise lines offer great deals? 
  • How do I know what river I should go on, to be honest, they all seem the same to me!
  • If I'm a single cruiser, how can I avoid getting charged that dreaded single supplement fee? 
  • Any tips for picking a cabin? 
  • International terrorism is stopping me from taking my family to Europe. How are the river cruise lines ensuring guest safety? 
  • Any advice on picking a river cruise through Holland/time of year to go?

Questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Oct 5, 2017

Sherry Kennedy from GuideToRiverCruising.com stops by to answer more of your listener questions. 

1. Are all river cruise ships alike? 

2. Is it easy to gain weight on a river cruise? 
 
3. What are some good ways to stay active on a river cruise? 
 
4. What is the smoking policy on a river cruise?  
 
5. What happens if the river levels are too high or too low?
 
6. I'm flying in on the morning of my cruise, how early can I arrive for embarkation? 
Sep 30, 2017

This week we answer some of your questions about river cruising. Sherry Kennedy from GuideToRiverCruising.com takes the hot seat. 

1. Categories of river cruises?

2. When to river cruise?

3. What is life like onboard?

4. Is all inclusive really all inclusive?

5. How does the gratuity program play out?

6. Do people get seasick? 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net

Sep 21, 2017

Sherry just returned from a river cruise on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the northwest part of the United States. Sherry shares her adventure and gives us a full trip report. It was a very interesting time to travel because of the wildfires impacting the area and the Hurricanes back on the east coast. 

Sep 14, 2017

After a recent trip to Venice, Italy, we talk tips on navigating the city and how to get around. 

Aug 31, 2017

On this episode, we answer some of your questions about European Christmas market river cruises. We talk about the general vibe at the actual Christmas markets, what to expect, excursions and activities themed around the sailing itself, and a good entry-level Christmas market cruise to take. Special thanks to Simon Duvall, Community Manager at Cruiseline.com for taking the time to answer some of these questions. 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net

Aug 24, 2017

We are taking a break from European river cruises and heading to our own backyard this week! Chris Gray Faust from CruiseCritic.com joins us to talk about her recent adventures cruising North American waters. 

Aug 17, 2017

Every once in a while I come across a guest who can give us a lot of information on river cruises and offer some raw data. On this episode, the ceo of CruiseDirect.com stops by and we discuss river cruise trends, new European river ship launches, and upcoming itineraries that people are booking.

Comments or would like to share a review? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net. 

Aug 10, 2017

We talk with a river cruise skeptic, Tommy Casabona from the Always Be Booked Podcast, who isn't the least bit interested in taking a river cruise. When he told me this, it fascinated me, so I turned the mic on and we chatted about the reasons why.  

Aug 3, 2017

This week we answer a listener request comparing an Azamara Club Cruise to a Viking River Cruise in Europe. Is there a difference? Simon from Cruiseline.com stops by to compare and contrast the two. 

Jul 27, 2017

Ever wonder what European river cruise might be for you? Or maybe it's not Europe - maybe it's one somewhere else. Editor and river cruise guru, Chris Gray Faust from Cruise Critic joins us to match the right cruise with your interest. We discuss wine/food cruises, art sailings, river cruises with active excursions, scenic and history based river cruises, and others if you're looking for something different.

 

Jul 20, 2017

This week we answer two more of your listener questions. 

1. A couple excursions don't look appealing to us. What is the best way to approach building our own food and wine tour?
 
2. What are the packing essentials for a river cruise?

Send us your river cruise question to be answered on the show, doug@cruiseradio.net

Jul 13, 2017

Today we have Sherry Kennedy on to help field your river cruise questions. 

We are traveling on the Rhine this fall and are looking for some wine advice. Our family is telling us to bring back some great wine but we know nothing about buying wine in Europe! What is a good starting point? Please help! - John, SD
 
Do you have any advice in finding a post cruise hotel in Amsterdam, the cruise package is way too pricey for us. Donna, CA 
 
Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net
Jul 6, 2017

This week we break down the difference between European river cruises and river cruises that are sailed on American waters. We talk about the types of cruises, excursions, onboard atmosphere, and key distinctions. 

Jun 29, 2017

Howard and Alex just returned from an 11-night European river cruise on Scenic River Cruises, roundtrip from Paris. The couple normally sails Viking River Cruises but Normandy and Paris have been on their radar for a while and they decided to check it out. Hear a Scenic River Cruises review, what it was like visiting the beaches of Normandy, and what they thought of the voyage. 

Share your river cruise on the show: doug@cruiseradio.net.
Jun 22, 2017

A river cruise is all about the destination so today we are going to talk about shore excursions offered on river cruises and how to pick them. 

We will tackle:

  • What types of shore excursions are there? 
  • Examples of culinary tours? 
  • Active tours?
  • Sightseeing tours?
  • How do you pick a shore excursion on a river cruise? 
  • Can you buy on from a third party company? 
  • How long are the excursions?
  • What's the best way to figure out what excursion you want to do? 
  • What if you want to do a city on your own? 

Share your river cruise review: doug@cruiseradio.net

Jun 15, 2017

Paul wrote in and told us that he's taking a Christmas market cruise with Viking River Cruises. He told us we should talk more about dining on European river cruises. On this episode, we attempt just that! 

Ask your questions: doug@cruiseradio.net.

Jun 8, 2017

Chris and his wife are on a 14-night cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. We last talked to Chris as he was getting ready for his journey. On this episode, Chris talks about his journey to Europe and the airline part of the European river cruise. He also talks to us about his mindset of traveling in Europe after the latest terrorist events overseas. 

Jun 1, 2017

Chris and his wife are about to fly to Budapest for a 15-day, 14-night river cruise to Amsterdam. This voyage is coined the Grand European Tour and travels throughout the heart of Europe, often docking in small towns along the way. Chris talks about the Viking River Cruise pre-cruise experience, getting there, and what to expect along the voyage. 

Be on the show: doug@cruiseradio.net

May 25, 2017
Theresa Norton just returned from the christening of AMAKristina, a brand new river cruise ship from Ama Waterways. Her itinerary from was Amsterdam to Switzerland. We talk about the design of the cruise ship, the dining options onboard, the stateroom, and the ports of call she went to. 
 
Share your river cruise review: doug@cruiseradio.net. 

 

May 18, 2017

Chris drops by this episode to chat with us about the where the river cruise industry is at and where it's going. 

We discuss: 
 
  • AMA Waterways just announced a pretty state of the art ship that will debut next years. What are river cruise lines doing to separate themselves from the competition?
     
  • What about ocean cruising - are the river cruise lines trying to capture the ocean cruise market?
     
  • How to align what river cruise itinerary would match your personality or your cruising style?
  • Demographic in river cruises. More younger folks are surfacing on river cruise lines - is this going to be a trend or just a fad?
     
    Listener Q from Maria in VA
     
    What is the suggested time to pad your trip on the front and back end if we want to explore Rome before our Northern Europe river cruise. 
May 11, 2017

Sherry Kennedy links up with us this week from Europe where she just stepped off Avalon Waterways' Artistry II. She was sailing on a seven-night Northern Holland and Tulips cruise. This is a seasonal sailing that Avalon offers. 

We hear about:
 
Her pre-cruise adventure 
How embarkation was different than other sailings she's been on 
The thoughts of the ship 
How the food was 
What ports she visited (it was a lot!) 
Details on her excursions 
How her connectivity was on the ship 
Tips for sailing Northern Holland 
 
Your feedback and reviews are appreciated: doug@cruiseradio.net. 
May 4, 2017

This week I had a chance to chat with Vanessa Lee, river cruise expert, and Godmother of the Avalon Vista. I've known of Vanessa for years and finally had a chance to meet her on a Holland America sailing in 2016, we quickly became friends.

We chat about:


Being a Godmother of a river cruise ship 
Where she thinks river cruising is going 
Are world events causing people to hedge with river cruising
 
Terri Burke has been on both side of the cruise industry, once on the consumer side and now on the operations side as Managing Director of Avalon Waterways. Recently, Avalon Waterways announced some new enhancements and we caught up with Terri to speak about them.
 
We talk about:

Culinary enhancements 
The new Active Discovery shore excursion program 
How immersed does Avalon Waterways get into the destination
Waiving the solo supplement fee for 2017 European sailings
Apr 27, 2017

We link up with Sherry Kennedy who is in chilly Zurich, Switzerland this week. Sherry is about to embark on a seven-night European river cruise on Rhine river. She talks to us about her pre-cruise stay and gives us some important tips. 

Sherry chats with us about:

  • Weather in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Quick overview of the river ship she’s sailing on
  • What is the region known for?
  • Using trains to navigate Europe
  • Her favorite travel apps
Apr 20, 2017

When people think of Disney, they don't normally think of a European river cruise. Thanks to a partnership that Ama Waterways has with Adventures By Disney, Disney now has you covered with ocean AND river cruises. 

We first spoke with the owner of Ama Waterways a few weeks ago to talk about the program, now we're getting a review of an Adventures by Disney river cruise on the brand new Ama Kristina. 

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