Small Ships, Canal & River Cruises

Small ships, barge, yacht, canal and river cruises are the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry right now! There is a good reason for this – they tend to be all-inclusive and more focused on culture, luxury and intimate experiences instead of crazy gambling nights, and crowded shopping ports.

There is a huge difference between cruising with 1000-4000 of your favorite friends and 20-400 people! The level of attention to detail, to your needs and interests is addictive – which is why once people take a river, canal, yacht or barge cruise they are hooked. Small ships can dock and cruise places a large ship can never get to. Pulling up to a medieval European city’s dock and walking right off the boat is a key benefit as well as cruising to secret coves and hidden fiords.

Some boats in this category are: AMA, Viking, Tauck, Avalon, Uniworld, Windstar, Lindblad, Star Clippers, Orion, Zegrahm, Compagnie les Iles Le Ponant, Voyages to Antiquity, and Seabourn. Most of your expedition ships are found in this category and are perfect for a journey focused on nature, archeology, history, culture, photography, birding and wildlife.

Croatia: Intimate cruising in the Adriatic Sea

A personal note from Ales! Many of you know that I was born in the beautiful little country of Slovenia and while I grew up in Germany, we spend each summer at my grandmother’s place, near the town I was … Continue reading

Newsletter December 2015: Off the Beaten Path in South East Asia

A personal note from Ales! My son Isaac and I just got back from an exciting trip to Asia a couple of weeks ago. Most of our time was spend on the island of Bali as well as Singapore and … Continue reading

Luxury Travel Newsletter – Special Edition: River Cruising Offer

A personal note from Ales! River cruising has become extremely popular in a very short time and with river cruise lines adding new ships almost every year, there are some great offers to be had, which is the reason for … Continue reading

Avalon Waterways: A Journey unlike any other

Over the last few years river cruising has gained in popularity which also explains why some of the river cruise lines have been introducing new ships to discover some of the world’s most beautiful rivers. Compared to traditional cruising on … Continue reading

Galapagos Islands: An intimate experience with nature

The Galapagos Islands are high on most people’s list of places in the world that are a ‘must visit destination’. Today there are many options to experience this magnificent islands and our favorite choice is International Expeditions which uses the … Continue reading

Myanmar: Spiritual, Mysterious & Stunning

Having traveled throughout South East Asia I can say with confidence that it is one of my favorite destinations. I am always inspired by the different cultures and the sights and sounds experienced with every turn. There is a sense … Continue reading

AMA Waterways: Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong River

AMA Waterways has a wonderful 7 day river cruise on the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam. Your journey begins in Siem Reap and ends in Ho Chi Minh City. This itinerary can also be done in reverse and we … Continue reading

The Mighty Amazon: An expedition to stir your soul

Here is a journey which not many have taken. An exclusive luxury river cruise on the world’s 2nd longest river – The mighty Amazon.

Christmas River cruising: Enchanting European towns and villages

Since I was born and have traveled throughout Europe, I can say with confidence that experiencing the castles, cathedrals and picturesque villages on a river cruise is one of the most enjoyable and hassle free ways to do so. On … Continue reading