October is National Plan a Cruise Month – a month-long industry-wide celebration of the best cruise destinations and deals – and a chance for us to help travelers navigate the different options available for every travel style and budget.
Need help narrowing down the various types of cruises and the variety of cruise lines? That's what our CruiseInsider travel advisors do every day.
Top Cruise Lines for Seniors
Posted August 9th, 2018
Cruising is one of the very best ways to see the world—especially for more mature travelers. From easygoing river voyages to elegant ocean sailings to enrichment heavy expedition journeys or exciting globe-spanning World Cruises, cruises are the perfect way for seniors to visit multiple destinations while maximizing your vacation dollar.
Europe's Best Christmas Markets
Posted August 2nd, 2018
From the first Sunday in Advent through Christmas Eve all across Europe, magical Christmas Markets spring up along the Danube and Rhine rivers allowing you to celebrate in authentic style where many Christmas traditions were first created.
Insider Focus: The Incomparable AmaMagna
Posted July 12th, 2018
Exploring Europe by river is one of the hottest trends in travel, but the newest destination on the Danube isn't a port at all — it's an extraordinary new ship — the gorgeous new AmaMagna.
At almost twice the width of traditional European river cruise ships, AmaMagna will romance you as you sail the Danube in style enjoying world-class service, 5-star dining, the finest amenities and truly authentic experiences both on board and on shore.
Tauck Bridges: The Ultimate Family Adventure
Posted April 25th, 2018
Dedicated to family travel and offering dozens of different vacations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Tanzania, Tauck Bridges are vacations designed explicitly for families who want to explore the world together in an engaging, enriching way. Truly unique among all-ages adventures and like no other family vacation you will ever find, Tauck Bridges is an all-inclusive riverboat adventure offering immersive itineraries focused on exposing families to new cultures, natural wonders and next-level experiences designed to spark a passion for discovery and inspire a sense of wonder in our world.
Read on to learn why a Tauck Bridges vacation is unlike any other family trip you will ever take. With insider tips and highlights from CruiseInsider’s CEO Ryan Hansen who recently took his family on the Family Fun Along the Seine Paris to Normandy itinerary, here are some reasons why Tauck Bridges is the ideal adventure for your family.
Some cruise lines "rule" the river. Others cruise lines "own" the ocean. But only one cruise line truly reigns supreme over both–Viking Cruises. Offering destination-centric river and diverse ocean cruising, Viking excels at exciting journeys that are competitively priced for genuine value and maximum experience.
What makes Viking so popular with cruisers?
River cruising has long been associated with retirees and baby boomers, but many lines have begun to forgo their sedate, "stuffy" reputations to offer fun adventures for the whole family! With exciting sailings, exclusive savings and entire ships designed to appeal to children of all ages and multigenerational family adventures, there has never been a better time to get the brood on board a river cruise.
Where to Go in 2018
Posted January 1st, 2018
Today's in-the-know travelers are more aware than ever of all the world has to offer. There are infinite ways to explore the planet and countless possibilities to experience new people and unique places once considered too remote, too expensive, or too exotic. Explore our expertly curated selection of the best destinations for 2018 before you decide where to go next.
River Cruising vs. Ocean Cruising: Which is Right for You?
Posted August 4th, 2017
For an experienced ocean cruiser, river cruising might not seem all that different at first glance. Food, drinks, entertainment, shore excursions, and great destinations – the only difference is the body of water you’re cruising on, right? Not so much.
Though river cruising been around for quite some time, today’s options are as diverse and distinctive as anything on the ocean. And over the last few years, river cruises have become one of the most popular choices for both experienced and new cruisers alike. Today, there are several unique river cruise lines and a variety of options across the world in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America.
That said, river cruising might not be right for everybody. Before you explore the world, let’s explore some of the ways in which river cruising and ocean cruising are different, how they compare and what you can expect with each.
How to Dress for a European River Cruise
Posted July 28th, 2017
So, you finally booked your European river cruise, and while confirming your cruise certainly takes you one step closer to vacation bliss, you still need to pack your bags – a feat that’s much easier said than done.
Knowing what to pack and how to dress for a European river cruise is challenging for a variety of reasons. Three of the most common reasons being the differing climate throughout Europe, the various activities throughout your journey, and the diversity between cruise lines. Here are a few tips to help you get started, and hopefully, help you make the packing process a little less painless.
River Cruising's Modern Makeover
Posted July 25th, 2017
U by Uniworld is reinventing the travel industry with U, a fresh approach to river cruising for 21-45 year olds. Offering a new take on experiential travel, U by Uniworld cruises are designed for younger travelers with a passion for exploring and a taste for authentic adventures.
Interested in a romantic Parisian getaway? How about a foodie-inspired, nightlife-filled escapade in The Netherlands or Hungary? A unique girls getaway or unforgettable guys trip through Germany and Austria? If you believe life's too short to stay in one place, than consider the ﬂoating boutique hotels of U by Uniworld to experience some of the most incredible share-worthy destinations in Europe, all on one trip.
8 Reasons to Choose Uniworld
Posted July 10th, 2017
It’s not hard to understand why river cruising is currently at the peak of popularity. The appealing aspects of a river cruise are obvious; unpacking only once, intimate ships, calm water, great service, docking in the very heart of famed cities and fairytale villages, and so much more.
There are river cruise options to fit every passion, personality and price point, but not every river cruise experience is the same. Our accredited CruiseInsider advisors know river cruising like no one else and are well-versed in every ship, every river, and each port-of-call. As such, we're often asked, “What river cruise line is right for me?” While the answer isn’t always that simple, the same cruise line always seems to come up in our conversations . . .
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.
Cruising's Most Delicious Dishes
Posted June 8th, 2017
Cruise cuisine has long been a cliché, characterized by big buffets and "baked Alaskas", but bad food at sea is thankfully a thing of the past. Today's most luxurious cruise lines now feature gourmet restaurants with globally inspired dishes, giving diners more gastronomic options than ever before. Partnering with iconic celebrity chefs, renowned wineries, famous foodies, revered magazines, and legendary cooking schools, food and drink is now at the forefront of today's cruise experience.
Locally sourced ingredients. Seasonal, sustainable products. Fresh produce from the ports-of-call they visit. Internationally inspired flavors. Award-winning master chefs. Exclusive, ever-changing menus. Reserve wines and craft cocktails. Immersive guided foodie tours. Vegan and allergy-friendly offerings. Hands-on culinary classes. With onboard culinary choices this good, even the most savvy gourmands will question ever going ashore to eat.