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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

River cruise companies are incorporating unique elements into their ships, like onboard herb gardens, heated pools and innovative designs for private balconies. I've highlighted some of these features below. For more details on the ships, and to see the itineraries they sail along with departure dates and prices, click the applicable links.

Opulent fabrics, rich color schemes and fine art and antiques from auctions and private collections are used for the fleet of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. No two ships are alike. The River Princess displays artwork by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, while the S.S. Antoinette has a 10-foot blue Baccarat chandelier that once hung in New York's famed Tavern on the Green. The S.S. Joie de Vivre has a pool with a hydraulic floor that can turn into a dance area or outdoor cinema at night.

The Suite Ships of Avalon Waterways feature 200-square-foot Panorama Suites, which have nearly 11-foot-wide, wall-to-wall windows that slide open to transform your entire stateroom into one large, open-air balcony. Plus, beds face the windows so you'll always see the view.

The Longships of Viking River Cruises have the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace at their bows, with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Longships sail with energy-efficient, hybrid diesel-electric engines and solar panels, as well as organic herb gardens. Two-room, 445-square-foot Explorer Suites have private wraparound verandas.

Many ships in the AmaWaterways fleet include staterooms with twin balconies: a French balcony with glass doors that open to a railing (but you can't step out), and a full balcony that you can walk out on. The AmaMagna is the line's largest ship to date, measuring at twice the width of traditional European river ships. It features a full-size pickleball court on the sundeck and a water-sports platform stocked with Zodiac boats and other recreational equipment.

American Cruise Lines' riverboats sport modern designs and airy, light-filled spaces, including a four-story glass atrium. All staterooms have private balconies, even the single cabins for solo travelers. Top suites provide separate living and sleeping areas and large verandas that allow for private dining.

Though they offer all the comforts of contemporary cruising, the paddle wheelers of American Queen Voyages were designed to resemble the riverboats of the past, with fluted stacks, gingerbread trim and large red paddle wheels. The American Queen is the largest steamboat operating overnight cruises on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. It serves as the company's flagship and features a beautiful steam calliope on board.

Cabins aboard the Space-Ships of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours can be transformed into weatherproof "sun lounges." If the weather is chilly, just press a button and a glass pane will rise to create an enclosed space. The Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire offer Scenic Culinaire, outfitted with cooking stations for classes, and the Salt Lounge in the spa, constructed of handcrafted salt bricks and said to provide therapeutic benefits.

Emerald Cruises' Star-Ships combine comfort and innovation with sophisticated styling and modern amenities. They have heated swimming pools with retractable roofs (this space converts to a movie theater on some evenings), as well as balcony suites that open to the outdoors with the push of a button. The fleet is equipped with bicycles that guests can use to explore ashore.

Five Monarch ships sail in Europe for Gate 1 Travel and carry 136 to 146 passengers each. They are outfitted with sundecks, cozy bars and lounges, fitness rooms, self-serve coffee and tea stations and other amenities for a comfortable and relaxing trip.

The ships of Riviera River Cruises display an understated elegance, with marble floors, hardwood furniture, polished brass and copper, and leather and Italian fabrics. More than half the fleet was constructed in 2017 or later. The MS Douro Splendour is designed to sail through the locks of the Douro River in Portugal; its upper-deck balcony cabins come with windows that slide down halfway to create a small balcony-like area within your stateroom.

CroisiEurope strives to make its ships as eco-friendly as possible. Among its fleet are the 96-passenger MS Loire Princesse, the first cruise ship with cabins to sail France's Loire River, and the modern two-deck MS Elbe Princesse II, built to cruise shallow waters with two paddle wheels at its stern.

The Grace, Inspire, Joy and Savor from Tauck come with eight uniquely designed loft cabins on their lower decks. Each has a raised seating area with a high ceiling above and boasts a tall window that allows natural light to stream into the cabin. Part of the window can be raised electronically to let in fresh air.

In case you missed any of our recent river cruise newsletters, I've provided links below for the last 10 topics we've covered. Click any link to read more.

Huge Savings on River Cruises -- Take advantage of these fantastic deals for Vacations To Go customers.

Emerald Cruises -- Enjoy unique experiences at an exceptional value.

Avalon Waterways -- Read about new itineraries and flexible excursion options.

Uniworld Cruises, Sailings for Active Travelers and More -- Get a few ideas that may help you plan your next vacation.

AmaWaterways -- Check out new sailings and special offers.

Popular Places to See on a River Cruise -- Take a look at highlights of the Danube, Mississippi, Mekong and other rivers.

Brand-New 2024 Itineraries -- Check out new river cruises debuting next year on the Rhine, Danube and other waterways.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours -- Learn about this company's all-inclusive offerings.

American Queen Voyages -- Explore cities and towns in the U.S. on a cruise along one of its famed rivers.

Viking River Cruises -- Read about special offers from the world's largest river cruise operator.

Here are this week's Top 10 River Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Rhine Highlights, 8 days with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. Travels between Amsterdam and Zurich. Save up to 74%. Starting at $2,270. Departures from April 8, 2024 through October 29, 2025.

2) Magna on the Danube, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Vilshofen and Budapest. Save up to 50%. Starting at $1,200. Departures from February 11, 2024 through November 9, 2025.

3) Danube River Cruise, 9 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Budapest and Regensburg. Save $900 per couple. Starting at $1,549. Departures from May 18, 2024 through November 24, 2024.

4) The Douro, Porto & Salamanca, 8 days with Riviera River Cruises. Begins and ends in Porto. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $1,749. Departures from April 9, 2024 through October 26, 2025.

5) Sensations of Lyon & Provence, 8 days with Emerald Cruises. Travels between Nice and Lyon. Save up to 73%. Starting at $2,170. Departures from April 6, 2024 through October 25, 2025.

6) Romantic Rhine, 8 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Basel and Amsterdam. Save up to $1,000 per couple, plus get air from $599 per person. Starting at $2,749. Departures from April 2, 2024 through December 15, 2024.

7) Paris & the Heart of Normandy, 8 days with Viking. Begins and ends in Paris. Save with special cruise rates, plus get reduced airfare and a $25 deposit offer. Starting at $2,799. Departures from March 19, 2024 through November 20, 2025.

8) Charms of the South, 9 days with American Queen Voyages. Travels between Memphis and New Orleans. Save up to $3,000 per couple in certain cabin categories. Plus, get up to $250 per couple in onboard credit. Starting at $3,219. Departures from February 24, 2024 through November 16, 2024.

9) Historic Mississippi River, 9 days with American Cruise Lines. Begins and ends in New Orleans. Fly for free, plus save up to $1,200 per couple off the cruise price. Starting at $3,590. Departures from February 23, 2024 through March 30, 2024.

10) The Blue Danube, 12 days with Tauck. Travels between Budapest and Prague. Starting at $6,790. Departures from April 4, 2024 through October 24, 2024.

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Please e-mail me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@rivercruise.com and I will respond the same day.


Alan Fox
Executive Chairman
Vacations To Go