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MORE AMERICA THAN EVER BEFORE

MORE AMERICA THAN EVER BEFORE

CRUISING IN AMERICA IS THE TREND FOR 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing many cruise companies, even those that sail only in America, to take a new look at how they present themselves. American Cruise Lines is no exception and is now promoting what it calls “Cruising Close To Home™.” Because 2020 has been such a challenge, American is looking forward to 2021 and has a number of changes and enhancements planned.

Next year, the country’s largest domestic cruise line will have 14 new small ships exploring in over 30 U.S. states. American will introduce two new Mississippi-bound modern riverboats, three brand new itineraries, over 50 new shore excursions, and an array of pre and post cruise packages in famous cities across the U.S.A.

MODERN RIVERBOATS SET THE STAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR

The biggest news is that American is adding two new modern Mississippi riverboats in 2021. In August 2020, American Jazz, the Line’s third modern riverboat passed its sea trials with flying colors. The 190-passenger American Jazz is the latest in American’s series of five new modern riverboats bound for the Mississippi River, where the company has enjoyed remarkable expansion since 2012. Next year, American will have four new riverboats cruising the Mighty Mississippi by adding American Melody, its fourth modern riverboat, in Summer 2021, with a yet to be named fifth ship to follow.

American Cruise Lines has continued to expand year after year. Since just 2017, American Cruise Lines has doubled its fleet to 14 U.S.-flagged ships. American provides one-stop shopping for those guests wanting to sail in the United States since it is the only U.S. river cruise line to offer both classic paddlewheelers and modern riverboats on both the Mississippi and Columbia & Snake Rivers.

NEW CRUISES ARE ON TAP

American also will introduce a new 8-day Cape Codder cruise sailing roundtrip from Boston, which visits a variety of small New England ports including an exclusive partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; an 8-Day Music Cities cruise, between Nashville and Memphis, which draws on American musical influences and offers complimentary and extended pre-and post-cruise packages in both Nashville and Memphis; and an 11-day Alaskan Explorers cruise, roundtrip from Juneau, which will visit more Alaskan ports than ever before—including two days in Glacier Bay as well as a complimentary pre-cruise package in Juneau.

EXPLORE ASHORE

Over 50 new shore excursions will be offered in 2021, including many new active excursions—from kayaking and hiking, to wildlife and whale watching adventures. American will also introduce new luxury American Cruise Coaches which will follow all the company’s Upper & Lower Mississippi River cruises from St. Paul to New Orleans. This allows American to provide 100% private transportation for their guests to all shore-side activities, as well as airport transfers upon arrival and departure.

RELAX AND STAY FOR A BIT

Also, if you want to sail and stay to explore a bit, in 2021 American has added many new complimentary pre-cruise hotel and transportation packages. All American’s 2021 Mississippi and Columbia & Snake River cruises offer a one-night complimentary pre-cruise hotel package; with complimentary packages also available on select coastal cruises. American will also offer several longer Premium pre-cruise and post-cruise packages (including new Four Seasons hotel packages from cities like Boston, St. Louis, and Baltimore). In Memphis, American has an all-new VIP Graceland package which includes private tours and presentations of the King’s home and artifacts, as well as two nights in the Guest House Hotel next door to Graceland. American’s many 2021 Premium packages include a vast array of added enrichment from exhilarating Jet Boat rides to backstage tours.

It’s easy to see that after weathering 2020, next year will be an exciting and banner year for cruising close to home with American Cruise Lines.

Contact Select Waterways now to be among the first to experience a Mississippi River cruise, Viking-style, in just two years. Select Waterways are your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. We also offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

VIKING ANNOUNCES 2023 MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRUISES

VIKING ANNOUNCES 2023 MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRUISES

THE DRAMATIC VIKING MISSISSIPPI HAS ADDED 2023 SAILINGS

Viking has announced that new 2023 sailings of its Mississippi River cruises are now on sale. The company’s first custom vessel, Viking Mississippi, will debut in August 2022 and will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul. Viking’s first river cruises in the U.S. had been highly anticipated when they were officially announced in April 2020, and several sailings have already sold out. This strong demand has led Viking to open additional 2023 sailing dates sooner than originally expected.

“We are very pleased at the initial response and support we have received from guests and community partners along the Mississippi River,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Like me, many travelers are planning ahead for when we will once again be exploring the world in comfort – to exotic destinations as well as those closer to home. We look forward to welcoming guests as we bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi River in 2022.”

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS WILL BE A HALLMARK OF VIKING MISSISSIPPI

Viking’s arrival to the Mississippi will represent a major commitment to tourism and economic development in many communities along the river, with the new cruises expected to bring more than 5,800 guests to the region in 2022 and at least 17,600 during the first full sailing season in 2023. Currently scheduled ports of call on Viking’s new Mississippi River cruises comprise seven U.S. states: Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal, St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing, St. Paul). 

2022-2023 Viking Mississippi voyages are now available and include some very popular itineraries in both the northern and southern stretches of the Mississippi.

DISCOVER THE WALKER ART CENTER IN THE TWIN CITIES

AMERICA’S GREAT RIVER

15 DAYS; NEW ORLEANS TO ST. PAUL

Experience nearly the entire length of the Mississippi River on this incredible journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the northernmost reaches of the U.S. Relax and enjoy the variety of scenery, foliage and wildlife on this leisurely voyage. Enjoy Southern charm and beautifully preserved homes in Natchez; retrace the steps of Civil Rights leaders in Memphis; ascend the Gateway Arch in St. Louis; and visit “The Norwegian Valley” in La Crosse. Multiple sailing dates are now available in June, September and October 2023. Pricing starts at $10,999 per person, with discounted airfare from $199 per person.

SAVOR A SAMPLING OF WISCONSIN CHEESE

AMERICA’S HEARTLAND

8 DAYS; ST. LOUIS TO ST. PAUL

From pristine farms nestled in rolling terrain to steep bluff rising from tributaries dotted with wooded islands, the Upper Mississippi offers a rich tapestry of beauty upon every turn of the river. This journey introduces you to the unforgettable experience of the locks and dams that control the flow of the heartland rivers. Hear stories of settlers migrating west; learn about Lewis & Clark, Mark Twain, John Deere and the Amish and Norwegian migrations; experience the regional music like polka and Norwegian folk; and taste regional cuisine showcasing local beer, produce and Wisconsin cheese. Multiple sailing dates in August and September 2022; additional sailing dates are now available in July, August and September 2023. Pricing starts at $4,599 per person, with discounted airfare from $199 per person.

GROOVE TO THE MUSIC ON BEALE STREET IN MEMPHIS

HEART OF THE DELTA

8 DAYS; NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS

This journey on the Lower Mississippi is infused with American history, culture and heritage. Tour the area where the migrating French and Acadians settled; immerse yourself in the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement; discover the music of the South—jazz, blues and gospel; and experience the life and food culture of the south, from Cajun and Creole to the famed “dry” Memphis BBQ. Multiple sailing dates in October and November 2022; additional sailing dates are now available in May and June 2023. Inaugural pricing starts at $4,199 per person, with discounted airfare from $199 per person.

LIVE IT UP IN NEW ORLEANS

SOUTHERN CELEBRATION

8 DAYS; NEW ORLEANS–VICKSBURG–NEW ORLEANS

On this exploration of the Lower Mississippi, visit the historic homes of Louisiana and Mississippi; learn about Civil War history, touring sites like Vicksburg National Military Park; and discover the excitement and unique flavors of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Multiple sailing dates in November and December 2022; additional sailing dates are now available in January 2023. Inaugural pricing starts at $3,699 per person, with discounted airfare from $199 per person.

EXPERIENCE MODERN RIVER CRUISING

Hosting 386 guests in 193 all outside staterooms, the new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi is inspired by Viking’s award-winning river and ocean ships and will feature clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces that are familiar to guests but that have been reimagined for Mississippi River voyages. Purpose-built for the Mississippi and currently under construction in Louisiana, the five-deck ship’s cutting-edge design, expansive windows and comfortable amenities will make it the most modern cruise ship in the region.

Contact Select Waterways now to be among the first to experience a Mississippi River cruise, Viking-style, in just two years. Select Waterways are your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. We also offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

UNIWORLD’S INSPIRATION

UNIWORLD’S INSPIRATION

While most cruise-related blogs have focused on the pandemic, we thought this month we’d remind everyone why river cruising is so popular and will bounce back quickly once we merge from the other side of the coronavirus era. Our focus is one of our favorite river operators in Europe, Egypt, Russia, Asia and India, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. A guiding force behind their product has been a truly remarkable woman by the name of Bea Tollman. We discovered some fascinating and revealing behind-the-scenes information on Uniworld’s website that we wanted to share with you.

“While each Uniworld ship is unique, what Uniworld’s guests most delight in is one constant—the spirit of hospitality with which they are welcomed onboard, from the time they are welcomed at the airport until they disembark with memories of a lifetime. To truly understand that spirit—and what makes a Uniworld cruise so special—you need to meet Bea Tollman, the creative mind behind their one-of-a-kind floating boutique hotel experience.”

NOTHING IS OVERLOOKED

“Now in her eighth decade, Bea continues to be hands‐on. Her keen eye for detail stretches to the design of each room, the menu, the carefully chosen staff, and even from pen to paper in the form of handwritten notes to her valued guests. It’s the smallest details that often draw the biggest smiles—and Bea and her family have made it their business to create an experience to remember.

“The spirit of service is one that is rooted in the Tollman family values and is carried out by each and every member of the staff and crew. Whether remembering a favorite drink order from day one or surprising a guest with a treat mentioned swiftly in passing, these small but important touches are just one emblem of Bea’s thoughtful nature.”

SETTING THE STAGE

“As a wife, a mother, and now a grandmother, Bea has created a home for each guest to be a part of onboard. A life well lived and well traveled shouldn’t come with sacrificing the comforts of home, and thanks to Bea Tollman, you don’t have to. Bea is still integral to the design vision for each new Uniworld ship that sets sail, a process that involves herself and daughter Toni sitting down in a room to brainstorm ideas.

“Bea designs each ship interior based on the very destinations through which they sail. With distinctive themes, color palettes, personally selected original art, sumptuous furnishings and antiques, Bea blends old-world elegance, the latest technological innovations, and ultra-luxurious amenities on every ship. Each element—down to the smallest detail—has been thoughtfully considered and flawlessly rendered.”

INSPIRATION ABOUNDS

“Like many great stories, Bea Tollman’s is one built on a love of life, a passion for people and a distinct vision of travel that only she could create. She began her career intending to become a teacher, though a school trip to Europe presented her with a different vision. It was then that her palate was first truly piqued, a hunger for fine cuisine was born, and an idea was sparked: to combine exquisite gastronomy with enchanting world travels.

“A few years later, Bea caught the eye of a distinguished South African hotelier, Stanley Tollman, a man with a passion for good food, a heart for hospitality and a red carnation nestled in his lapel. Though they didn’t know it then, they would later go on to build the world-renowned luxury brand, Red Carnation Hotels. But Bea had even bigger dreams, and those dreams were on the water, eventually leading her to acquire Uniworld River Cruises in 2004.

“With Red Carnation as her guide, Bea sought to bring the feeling of staying in a luxury boutique hotel to the rivers, and thus, the Uniworld of today is largely influenced by Red Carnation’s key tenets: unparalleled hospitality, unmatched service and a dedication to going above and beyond for guests.”

EACH MEAL IS MEMORABLE

“Bea’s hands-on approach and attention to detail took root in the kitchen. Her culinary career was founded on a temporary solution. She remarks, ‘The idea was that I would help my husband out at the beginning [with his first hotel] before going on to teach, but I ended up staying in the kitchen for 15 years.’

“And it’s no wonder! Bea’s food dazzled the guests. With each passing dinner service, Bea watched patrons finish their dishes with a smile, and ask to speak to the chef, only to learn that the culinary feats and epicurean delights came from none other than a self-taught 22-year-old woman. Bea began to revel in the world of fine dining and as the hotels grew, so did the number of her recipes and her love for the industry. Since then, her food has become a cornerstone of Red Carnation Hotels and Uniworld River Cruises alike.”

It’s not hard to see why Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has become such a unique and well-loved brand. While we all hope to be on the other side of the pandemic by this time next year, it’s never too early to start planning your Uniworld river cruise. Contact Select Waterways today!

We are your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. We also offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.