Having done river cruises on Rhine and Moselle in Germany, the Danube from Prague to Budapest, and the Rhone in the South of France, the one river cruise I hadn’t done was Tulips and Windmills along the Rhine in The Netherlands and Belgium. So, in April I embarked on a delightful Viking River Cruise, roundtrip Amsterdam, on the new longship Viking Skadi.
By: Lin Fernandez Humble, Vice President
This past December my husband and I enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary on a remarkable Windstar cruise to the Caribbean. What makes Windstar Cruises so special? First of all you’re treated to the “small ship”advantage. With fewer than 300 passengers, their gorgeous yachts are able to tuck into tiny harbors and hidden coves that the larger ships simply can’t visit. Pampering guests with extraordinary service and equally magnificent cuisine throughout the cruise, one realizes this is a very special cruise company indeed.
By: Lucy Fernandez, Owner
Our delightful spring trip to France for an AMA Waterways river cruise, Spain and Provence, began with a 3-night package in Paris since we skipped Barcelona and only did the river cruise itself. We booked the Paris package with Monograms Independent Travel. Our hotel was the Radisson Blu, a beautiful hotel, very near the Opera and Galeries Lafayette department store.
By: Jaime Fernandez Jr., Co-President
Ah, Ireland, land of leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, Irish whiskey and boundless shades of green. You don’t really appreciate how green Ireland is until you’ve been there. The sheer depth and variety of the “greens” that decorate the landscape are astounding. You can look at a hillside in front of you dotted with sheep, and then look right to the hillside opposite, dotted with cows and they are quite, quite different colors. The “green” phenomenon was just one of the many wonders of Ireland revealed during my recent CIE International tour, Southern Supreme.Continue reading
G Adventures is a special tour operator. Their tours are quite affordable and they always offer a share roommate program so single travelers don’t have to pay a single supplement if they’re willing to share a room with another traveler of the same gender. As their name implies, their tours specialize in adventurous outings to exotic destinations.
Plaza de Armas – Cuzco, Peru
I just returned from Peru Explorer, and what a trip! This 10-day adventure is great for the traveler who wants to be spoiled a bit, since we enjoyed upgraded hotels throughout, and excellent sightseeing with local experts was provided as well.