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THE CRUISING LIFE – TWELTH CRUISE – EMPRESS & COZUMEL

Cruise #12 was a Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami onboard the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas. At that time the Empress OTS was the oldest and smallest ship in Royal’s fleet. She entered […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – PARIS

The end of the bus ride was our hotel in Paris. The Viking package included two post-cruise days which we opted to extend to four. Check-in at the hotel was like anything Viking does – […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – LUXEMBOURG

As we made our way to Paris, the busses stopped in Luxembourg and allowed us to visit The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. In the USA it was Memorial Day and the cemetery was putting […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – TRIER

Today we stopped in Trier, Germany, for a wonderful excursion. Trier, Germany’s oldest city, lies at the head of the scenic Mosel Valley near the Luxembourg border. An ancient Roman capital, Trier brags that it […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – BERNKASTEL

The old town of Bernkastel has many sights to offer. The castle ruins of Landshut high above the town, the “Spitzhäuschen” (pointed house) or the historic market square. Kues is the largest district. Here you […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – COCHEM

The next stop on this epic journey was Cochem, Germany. Cochem is a beautiful historic town in the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, near Koblenz and Trier, Germany’s oldest city. It lies along the left bank of the Mosel […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – MAINZ

One way that river cruising is different from ocean cruising is that there is always something to see. One minute you see old castles, then some kind of industry, then a campground, then you’re in […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – HEIDELBERG

Heidelberg is a town in southwestern Germany. It’s known for venerable Heidelberg University, founded in the 14th century. Gothic Heiliggeistkirche church towers over the cafe-lined Marktplatz, a town square in the Altstadt (Old Town). The […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – WURZBURG

Our trip began on the Main River. It was all very serene. Everything about the ship was great and the scenery was fantastic. I was really surprised at how much traffic there was on the […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – VIKING ALSVIN

Viking River Cruises operates a well-oiled travel machine and sailings on Alsvin are no exception. The logistics of the pre- and post-cruise extensions are executed smoothly from arrival to departure. Both included and optional activities […]

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