There has been a lot of negative media reporting lately due to the low river levels in Europe. The articles are reporting how ‘awful’ the river cruising experience has been because of the low water situation due to the very hot dry summer Europe had. The stories have not all been completely accurate, but the […]

September 30, 2022

River Cruising During High or Low Water Levels

Behind the Scenes, River Cruise, River Cruising

I’ve sailed the Rhine, the Danube, the waterways of Holland & Belgium, the Seine, the canals of Provence, the Mosel, the Main and more. This was my first Douro River cruise experience.   I have sailed with Viking, Amadeus, AmaWaterways, Croisieurope, and have experiences with Scenic, Emerald, and Uniworld so when I say that our […]

August 23, 2022

6 Things That Make a Douro River Cruise Distinctively Different 

Douro River cruise

Behind the Scenes, Beyond, Europe, River Cruise, River Cruising

Our Final Port of Call Victoria delivers a delightful blend of British pomp and outdoor adventure. Here you can admire Victorian architecture at Craigdarroch Castle and eat your way around Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Explore “Garden City” floral displays or go biking in the “Cycling Capital of Canada”.  As the capital and cultural heart of British […]

April 21, 2022

Victoria, British Columbia, Part III of our Alaska Series

Alaska, America The Beautiful, Beyond, Ocean Cruising

Lisa Collins Welcome to Skagway, Alaska! Step back to the days of the last great gold rush. At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed […]

March 9, 2022

Focus On Skagway, Part II of our Alaska Series

Alaska, America The Beautiful, Ocean Cruising

Welcome to Ketchikan, Alaska! Our first port of call After leaving Seattle, and spending a day at sea, Alaska’s 1st City welcomes us with so many sights, sounds, and flavors. Here are just a few of them. You’ve never tasted salmon so fresh. Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is also the […]

February 16, 2022

Let’s Talk About Ketchikan

Alaska, America The Beautiful, Beyond, Ocean Cruising

A blog from my very good friend, Cathy Rowland of Amore Travel Designs My good friend and colleague wrote the blog last week. I loved it so much and it falls in line with my internal excitement and positive feeling that change is finally on it’s way. I reached out to her with permission to […]

February 3, 2022

The World Is Opening Back Up

Beyond, Europe, Guest Blogger

Living the active life? Hitting the gym everyday? Perhaps you are a regular walker, biker or hiker? Afraid that if you take a river cruise you would have to give that up for a week? Worry no more! This type of cruise was designed especially for you and your lifestyle. What do you mean Active […]

January 27, 2022

River Cruising for the Active Lifestyler!

Europe, River Cruise, River Cruising

I didn’t mean too. It was quite innocent in the beginning. It just happened. It was a slow and steady seduction. When I first laid eyes on this vision, I reacted like any normal woman honestly. I stared with curiosity and skepticism. I stood there taking it all in wondering how it could ever measure […]

January 20, 2022

This Week I had a Passionate Affair

Barge Cruise, Behind the Scenes, Beyond, River Cruise, River Cruise

They may all look the same from the outside looking in but each river cruise company has incorporated something special and unique to differentiate them from all the rest. The similarities (and I am just writing about single wide river ships this week) are the general length and width of the ships. The ships all […]

January 12, 2022

True story, not all river cruise ships are created equally.

River Cruise, River Cruising

We’re done talking Covid. Yes, I know, it is a very risky thing to say for a travel agency.  No, I am not completely ignoring it, but I refuse to let the subject dominate or be the forecaster of how the year goes for 2022. It’s been 2 years since this ugly beast crept into […]

January 5, 2022

It’s a risky thing to say for a travel agency.

Behind the Scenes, Beyond, Ocean Cruising, River Cruise

Wait and plan for Black Friday a year in advance Do your homework, think of your destination preferences and your dates of travel a year in advance. Come up with a few different travel dates, be on the ready for the next Black Friday and book a call with your advisor to discuss your wants […]

November 24, 2021

Five ways to save and find incredible value on a river or ocean cruise without sacrificing the level of service you desire

Beyond, Ocean Cruising, River Cruise

The more the merrier is what we always say! Are you ready to join us on an American River Cruise? Now is the time and you can take comfort traveling with two very personable hosts. It’s the sense of security, familiarity and just knowing you can travel with someone who has taken care of all […]

November 16, 2021

Our Top 10 Reasons to Join our USA River Cruise on the American Queen

America The Beautiful, American Queen Voyages, Beyond, River Cruise, River Cruising

I have the perfect solution and we leave in 52 days. After the last 18 months, maybe you’ve lost your zest or excitement for the Christmas season? Maybe even that sadness comes from knowing any gift giving you want to do this year will be even another challenge as those cargo boxes are sitting on […]

October 20, 2021

Do you need your Christmas sparkle back?

Christmas Market, Europe, River Cruise

Welcome Fall Have you ever laid under a mighty Oak tree on a hot day in the summer?  Looking up and gazing at the huge green leaves that majestically sway in the summer breeze.  Beautiful Oak with the acorn buds growing in the sun’s light.  The huge branches covered with green leaves, providing protection from […]

September 14, 2021

The Oak Tree

Behind the Scenes, Beyond, Europe, Ocean Cruising, River Cruise, River Cruising

It was pure heaven, filled my heart, filled my soul! I’ve been back on the ocean, people! Last week I boarded Freedom of the Seas on a short itinerary from Miami. I needed to be where my heart is, on the ocean. I needed to be reminded of the amazement, peacefulness, excitement and fellowship amongst […]

September 3, 2021

What my First Return to Ocean Cruising was Really Like

Ocean Cruising

8 solid reasons to river cruise this year!

September 1, 2021

8 Reasons to River Cruise in 2021

River Cruise, River Cruising

The joyful spirit of Christmas in Europe, from legendary Christmas Markets, to Old-Worldtraditions, tree-decorating and steaming mugs of glühwein, is sure to warm your heart whenyou visit Europe’s festive Christmas Markets with AmaWaterways. Cruise the Rhine or Danuberivers and let the wonder of the holidays fill you with cheer! Christmas Markets on the Danube When […]

August 4, 2021

The Joyful Spirit of Christmas in Europe

Beyond, Christmas Market, Europe, River Cruise, River Cruising

One size does not fit all. That is a true statement from an actual person who is now one of our best river cruise clients. Listen, the truth is that I love all the river cruise companies that service North Americans (well, there is one or two that I would not recommend to anyone but […]

July 16, 2021

It’s the one thing I wish I knew before I booked my first river cruise.

River Cruising

GlobalGreening spreads Ireland’s message of hope and welcome

March 12, 2021

The World Goes Green for St Patrick’s Day

Behind the Scenes, Beyond

It just feels strange. I am away from home. My beautiful sister-in-law came to visit us for two weeks.  Just a change of scenery. She drove all the way from VA for the first time by herself.  She’s had some life changes in the past several years and I am so proud of the strong, […]

March 10, 2021

Being Away

America The Beautiful, Behind the Scenes, Beyond, River Cruising

There is something at Fitzgerald Travel that will never change post COVID-19 and the benefit of that noncompliance is and has always been for you. We chose to work with onsite destination managers.  It has always been our way.  These are not huge corporations; these are experts in country that work with us directly to […]

November 12, 2020

Why this is one decision we will never change post COVID-19

Wine Tasting TOur

Behind the Scenes, Beyond, Europe, Ocean Cruising, River Cruising

Cruising the inside passage is more than meets the eye For some of you it may sound really strange that I am talking to you about Alaska because most of you know me for my love, passion and expertise for European River cruising. Maybe you don’t know that I am also a lover of Alaska. […]

October 7, 2020

Five Amazing Things To Do While Cruising Alaska

Cruising the inside passage of Alaska

Alaska, America The Beautiful, Behind the Scenes, Beyond

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