River Cruises For Vegans

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When it comes to preparing meals for guests who have eschewed all animal products in support of a vegan lifestyle, ocean cruise lines are well equipped to handle the task. But, river cruise vessels have very small kitchens and until recently have not focused on accommodating special diet requests unless they are required for medical reasons. There are no industry standards when it comes to specialized meal offerings.

With any special request, including dietary, it is important to alert the cruise line of the need at the time of booking. And, once onboard, follow-up with the head waiter and restaurant staff to make sure your preference is noted.

Here are the best river cruise lines in Europe for vegans.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld Chef

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s chefs on company-owned ships are educated in vegetarian and vegan cuisine workshops including at the Hiltl in Zurich, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world. Included are choices such as vegan margarine, cookies, cakes, bread, and tofu (smoked or silk), tempeh, eggless pasta, quinoa and products made without yeast. Buckwheat, amaranth, bulgur and couscous are used to craft selections from bread to pancakes. Each dinner has a distinct four-course vegetarian menu while six or seven vegetarian courses are offered for formal dinners.

AmaWaterways AmaPrima Cooking Class
AmaWaterways has built a complete menu for vegan passengers. Known for its culinary offerings, AmaWaterways vegan selections range from lentil salad, marinated salad, vegetable soups, stir-fry with glass noodles, eggless pasta, and grilled tofu to fresh fruits and sorbets.

Avalon Waterways Avalon Fresh
This year, Avalon introduced Avalon Fresh which they’ve dubbed, ” A New Menu of Guiltless Indulgence.” The menus were designed by Chefs Karl and Leo Wrenkh, two brothers raised in the first high-quality vegetarian restaurant in Austria. “Avalon Fresh allows our guests to guiltlessly indulge in creative dishes that combine surprising flavors with a dash of innovation. With the philosophy of procuring the freshest ingredients to create inspired vegetarian and vegan dishes, Avalon Fresh brings the passing landscape to your plate for a fulfilling and healthful dining experience.” There are Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options and vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections. Avalon Fresh

Don’t hesitate to ask questions. The menus in the dining rooms are usually clearly labeled as dairy, nuts, gluten, meat, etc., but the description cards in the breakfast and lunch buffet often are not. You can assume that vegetables are prepared with butter, but find a restaurant crew member to request a plain serving made-to-order just for you.

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  • What’s New At Avalon Waterways?

    Greater Kalamazoo Women’s Lifestyle Expo will feature river cruise presentations by our Business Development Manager for the Globus Family of Brands, Julie Petschler. Take a sneak peek at the agenda.

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    New onboard Avalon Fresh: “Think healthy food should also taste good? We do, too. And while Avalon cruises have always provided a selection of nutritious, delicious recipes, this year, we’re really raising the bar with Avalon Fresh! We’ve teamed up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars, the Wrenkh brothers, to design an exciting collection of wholesome menu items so mouthwatering, you won’t believe they’re healthy. Our focus on fresh, local ingredients from small farms and producers comes together with a splash of innovation that will have you feeling great as you’re eating and throughout your day. We even offer gluten-free options.”

    Did you know Avalon Waterways itineraries include. . .

    The Nile
    “Sail along the lifeline of Egyptian civilization, sightseeing ancient temples, tombs, local villages, and farms on a Nile river cruise. The Nile is the longest river in the world!, measuring 4,160 miles (6,955 km). The river flows north from Lake Victoria through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt, passing rainforests, mountains, swamps, and desert landscapes before ending in the fertile Nile Delta and draining into the Mediterranean Sea. Sail past 5,000 years of history on an incredible Nile river cruise vacation through Egypt.”

    Myanmar
    “A journey with Avalon Waterways along the majestic Irrawaddy River, known as the “Road to Mandalay,” serves as a gateway to untouched villages, ancient cities, and remarkable culture. And because bigger isn’t always better, we focus on intimate experiences with exceptional personalized service on the new all-suite Avalon MyanmarSM, one of our incredible Suite Ships®. Carrying a maximum of 36 guests we bring you closer to the must-see sights and mesmerizing scenes of everyday life along the river.”

    The Galápagos Islands
    “The Galápagos Islands are waiting, explore the islands with Avalon Waterways. View video to learn more about this pristine paradise!”

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  • How To Take Your Wine Tasting Club To The Next Level

    You and your friends have organized a successful wine tasting club. You’ve done everything right for each monthly meeting:

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  • Decided on a formal or informal format
  • Created a theme such as “Wines of Chile,” “The Best of the California Cabernets,” or “Favorite Holiday Wines”
  • Secured appropriate wine tasting supplies and accessories such as glasses, rinse pitchers, dump buckets, drinking water, bland bread or crackers, and a tasting evaluation form for each member
  • Allocated time for enrichment from research shared by members or an outside presenter such as a wine merchant or local winery vintner
  • Focused on food and wine pairing with the meeting theme
  • Mailed a newsletter or sent an enewsletter with the next meeting’s location, agenda, theme, and other details as well as a review of the last meeting’s tastings, upcoming community wine-related events, etc.

    You’ve done well. Membership has grown and your group of like-minded individuals are now the best of friends. Where can you go from here? Plan a tour for your group to a wine region! Start with a short trip, perhaps a three or four-day cruise in Napa Valley. After one or two successful wine holidays, plan more extensive travel to wine regions of France, Germany, South Africa or even Australia and New Zealand.

    Wine appreciation themed river cruises add an exceptional epicurean dimension to European river cruises. A distinguished wine authority leads interesting discussions onboard and expert chefs pair fine regional wines with superb cuisine. You’ll visit wine villages where vintners and growers will walk you through the winemaking process and taste some of their special varieties. AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offer themed cruises on select itineraries and dates. AmaWaterways Wine Tasting


    Is your wine club ready to step up to a European river cruise? If you are considering an wine-theme river cruise, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.

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  • Jewish Heritage-themed River Cruises

    As the new Jewish year, 5777, launches, families and friends will gather to celebrate the beginning of the New Year. Jewish Rosh Hashanah Those interested in delving deeply into Central Europe’ s rich Jewish history will be pleased to know that two river cruise lines will offer Jewish Heritage specialty themed departures. (NOTE: Kosher foods are not included.)

    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will offer “Rhine-Main Discovery & Munich,” a 10-day cruise-tour between Munich and Cologne. The sailing will feature onboard Signature Lectures highlighting an in-depth exploration of the fascinating history of Jewish people in Europe.

    Dachau Konzentrationslager
    Dachau Konzentrationslager
    Tailored shoreside excursions will range from visits to the Dachau concentration camp and Courtroom 600, where the Nuremberg trials took place to the archaeological traces of the Frankfurt ghetto and the Rothschild family. Two sailings in July 2017, are designated award-winning Generations Family Programs providing wonderful opportunities for families to discover their cultural heritage.

    Avalon Waterways theme cruise is on the “Blue Danube Discovery and Jewish Heritage” itinerary in August 2017. Distinguished experts will present enlightening lectures about the sites and events that played roles in Central Europe’s Jewish heritage. Budapest Holocaust ShoesIn Budapest, visit the world’s second-largest synagogue. Visit the Stadttempel in Vienna, whose extraordinary location saved it from devastation during the Kristallnacht in 1938.

    Vienna Jewish Cemetary
    Vienna Jewish Cemetary
    Delve into the Document Neupfarrplatz museum in Regensburg with its vestiges of a medieval Jewish ghetto and ancient synagogue. In Prague, explore the city’s Jewish Museum and cemetery, then travel to Terezin, one of Czechoslovakia’s largest concentration camps. Hear chilling stories about the daily lives of the Jews imprisoned there, and visit the poignant memorial.
    Prague Synagogue
    Prague Synagogue

    We help culturally curious travelers to plan an amazing vacation that offers enrichment and a chance to explore a special interest such as ancestral or religious heritage, photography, wellness, gardening, literature. It’s our goal to create personalized vacation experiences and lasting memories for travelers who not only want to see the world but to appreciate it with all their senses.

    If you are considering a Jewish Heritage-themed river cruise, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.

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  • Avalon Waterways 2017 Preview

    In response to increased demand, Avalon Waterways has added new features, more active excursions, and expanded special interest theme cruises.

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    Avalon Fresh®

    Avalon Fresh® In 2017, Avalon raises the gastronomic bar by teaming up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars, the Wrenkh brothers. They have collaborated to create an inspiring collection of nourishing menu items so delectable you won’t believe they’re healthy. The emphasis is on fresh, local ingredients sourced from small farms and producers combined with a dash of novelty. You’ll feel fantastic all day long. There are even gluten-free options.

    Maintaining you healthy lifestyle while on vacation is easy with a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, free bicycles available for use in select ports, and complimentary Nordic walking sticks to put an extra spring in your step. To relax at the end of an active day, try a little salus per aquam (health from water) soak in the Sky Deck’s rejuvenating whirlpool.

    Active Discovery On The Danube. Avalon Waterways® has introduced a new itinerary focused on active-themed excursions. Bike, hike, or canoe along the Danube. Learn how to milk cows and mow grass with a scythe. Explore an ice cave, take an archery lesson, descend into an underground salt mine.

    Archery
    Take an Archery lesson

    Ascend a mountain during a guided climb. Play nine holes of golf, learn some of the local language, prepare regional delicacies at a hands-on cooking class.
    Golf
    Play nine holes of golf.
    Connect with the locals in every port. You choose the interactive activities that appeal to you most.


    Your Passions. Food. Wine. History. Art. An active lifestyle. Whatever you’re enthusiastic about, Avalon Special Interest Cruises help you experience your destination from the point of view that interests you most~along with others who share your passion. Profit from onboard presentations by topic experts and exceptional activities on shore, all at no extra cost!

    Beer Flights
    Beer Tasting Theme Cruise

    Sheet Music
    Music Theme Cruise
    2017 Special Interest Cruises include: Wine Appreciation, Culinary, Beer Tasting, Jazz, Music, Art and Impressionist, WWII History, Jewish Heritage and Festive time.

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  • The Best Second Marriage Honeymoon

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    Looking for second marriage honeymoon ideas? If you’ve both traveled a bit, you are probably interested in a more sophisticated, authentic experience than a Caribbean beach resort. For a memorable trip of discovery, we recommend a river cruise. Here’s why:

      Romantic Destinations. Fairytale castles, charming hamlets and villages, and world-class cities can all be included on one river cruise itinerary.
      Uniworld Germany Rhine Valley

      Uniworld

      Adult Ambiance Onboard activities and shore excursions on most departures are geared to adult passengers.

      Explore Special Interests Photography, art, beer tasting, golf, culinary, Jewish heritage, music, history, wellness, and wine appreciation river cruises let couples deep-dive into activities with onboard presentations and hands-on experiences in port while on specially designated theme cruises.
    AMA Waterways In Celebration of Wine
    AMA Waterways In Celebration of Wine Theme Cruises

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      No Packing Up, No Driving, No Stress Unpack once on day one, and there are very few other responsibilities except to relax and enjoy each other. Luggage
      Scenic Cruises Chef
      Fine Dining Regional specialties and complimentary wine and beer with dinner.
      Great Views Even from your cabin. Unlike an ocean cruise, there is always something to see. Avalon-Panorama-Suite

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      Need another reason?

        Great Value and Inclusive Pricing Plan and budget the honeymoon and know upfront your costs. Start your new life together with confidence and peace of mind.

        If you are considering a river cruise honeymoon, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.

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    Which River? A First-Time Cruiser’s Guide

    Avalon Waterways® offers European river cruises on the Rhine, Rhône, Moselle, Danube, Seine, Main as well as Christmas Markets cruises. But which rivers do first timers typically choose? Here are the most popular choices along with a short video to help you select one that matches your special interests.

    Rhine River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
    As it winds through Europe’s castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance.
    The Rhine River is Germany’s longest river. From Roman times through WWII, the Rhine has been the center of ancient empires. A cruise on the Rhine River is going to suit romantics, history enthusiasts, epicures, nature lovers, and wine lovers. You can look forward to little medieval towns, quaint half-timbered buildings, enchanted castles, majestic cathedrals, historic cities, and, of course, the romantic Rhine’s scenic natural beauty. The river also fosters countless vineyards and small farms, making it an oenophile’s dream. A journey on the Rhine is a voyage back through history.

    Rhone River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
    Past hillside vineyards and fragrant lavender fields, the Rhône River flows from Switzerland through France before emptying into the Mediterranean at the Golfe du Lion. A journey along the Rhône features sweeping views of rolling hills dotted with castles and vineyards. Enjoy a delightful stay in Lyon, France’s second-largest city and its gastronomical capital.

    Moselle River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
    Flowing through France and Germany, the Moselle River is situated in the picturesque Moselle Valley, famous for its striking scenery, charming architecture and exceptional Moselle wines. A Moselle River cruise is ideal for wine lovers. Riesling, Elbling, Müller-Thurgau, and Kerner wines are all produced in this area. View the video!

    Danube River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
    The Danube is Europe’s second-longest river. The Danube has inspired artists, poets, and musicians for centuries. Those who love history, architecture, art, and distinct cultures are going to love a voyage down the Danube. Blending Eastern and Western Europe, you can look forward to seeing ancient cities and Roman ruins on the extraordinary Danube River.
    Originating in Germany and flowing eastward through much of Central Europe, the Danube River gives cruise passengers the opportunity to view everything from perpendicular hillsides to small hamlets dotting the landscape to bustling cities situated right along the bank. Stunning cities such as Budapest, Vienna and Prague have intriguing histories and heritages mixed with a modern culture, making a visit to these parts of Central Europe extraordinarily unique. Excursions onshore include visits to imposing castles and majestic basilicas, as well as quiet wineries.
    Start planning your Danube river cruise today!

    Seine River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
    At 485 miles, the Seine is the second-longest river in France. It runs northwest from Burgundy, passes through Paris, and eventually empties into the English Channel at Le Havre.
    Whether you appreciate the arts and fine wine or rolling hills and historic structures, the Seine provides a smooth and seamless way to explore France.

    Main River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
    Located in Germany, the Main River is one of the more significant tributaries of the Rhine River, flowing all the way to the Danube River. The river has been canalized with 34 large locks to allow ships to navigate the entire length of the river. The lands along the Main River are the epitome of German history and culture. Thanks to the Main-Danube Canal, it is now possible to navigate from the Rhine Delta at Rotterdam, Holland, to the Danube Delta at the Black Sea-a stretch of 2,200 miles. View the video to see medieval villages and ancient castles.

    Christmas Time River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
    Discover Europe during the joyous holiday season – from a perspective only Avalon can deliver. Freshly baked gingerbread. Trees radiant with twinkling lights. A steaming mug of mulled wine in hand as you meander among quaint stalls filled with one-of-a-kind gifts. Europe’s dearly loved Christmas Markets have captivated holiday revelers for centuries—fall under their spell onboard and in the charming villages. View the video to learn more!

    River Cruise Recipes

    At this festive time of year, many river cruise lines share the best-loved holiday recipes of their passengers. Here are a few of our favorites.

    From Viking River Cruises:

    VIENNESE HOT CHOCOLATE
    This recipe comes to us from Reiner Marks, who prepared this drink aboard Viking River Cruises ships in Europe many times. Reiner has fond memories of how much our guests enjoyed the drink, which he says “tastes delicious.” Enjoy! Viennese Hot Chocolate

    Ingredients
    3 C of low-fat milk
    7 oz premium dark chocolate, grated
    1 T granulated sugar
    1 C heavy cream, chilled
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 T confectioner’s sugar

    Garnish
    Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings

    Directions
    In a sauce pan, gently heat 1 C of milk with grated chocolate. Simmer over low heat until all chocolate has dissolved. Combine remaining milk and granulated sugar in another saucepan and gently heat, whisking until all sugar has dissolved. Add chocolate mix to sugared milk and continue simmering over low. In a bowl, whisk heavy cream and vanilla together on high slowly adding confectioner’s sugar until peaks form. Remove hot chocolate from heat and divide into cups. Place a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of each. Garnish with a pinch of cocoa powder or sprinkle with chocolate shavings and serve.

    Makes 4-6 servings, depending on mug size.

    GLÜHWEIN (HOT MULLED WINE)
    Around the Christmas season, public houses in nearly every European town offer mulled wine as a delicious antidote to the season’s chill. To warm up on a stormy evening or put yourself in a celebratory mood, you can make your own glühwein at home.

    Ingredients
    4 qts dry red wine (e.g., zinfandel, pinot, burgundy)
    1 C white sugar (more to taste)
    1 pt brandy
    12 whole cloves
    1/8 tsp allspice
    1/8 tsp mace
    1 qt dry white wine
    1 orange
    1 lemon

    Garnish
    6 cinnamon sticks
    1 orange, sliced

    Directions
    Pour red wine into a 3-gal pot (or larger) and begin gentle heating. Add sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add brandy and white wine, slices of 1 orange and the lemon. Steep for 1 hour over low heat. Serve hot and garnish with orange slices or a cinnamon stick.

    Gluhwein - Hot Mulled Wine Cook time: 1 hour

    Makes 12-15 servings.
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    Top River Cruises For First Timers

    Avalon Waterways
    You’ve seen ads on TV and in magazines and talked to enthusiastic friends about their river cruise vacations. It sounds like a trip you’d enjoy, but which itinerary should you try first? River cruising is all about the destination, so knowing what you can expect to see will help you choose your first river cruise experience. Avalon Waterways has created beautifully designed, exceptionally written destination guides that will help you narrow down your decision.

    The Danube River Planner: Black Forest Cake

    2016 Danube River Cruises

    The Rhine, Moselle and Main River Planner: Romantic Rhine

    2016 Rhine, Moselle & Main River Cruises

    The Seine and Rhone River Planner: Seine River

    2016 Seine and Rhone Rivers

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  • Kalamazoo Seminar Invitation

    River cruising is the fastest growing segment of vacation travel. Curious to learn more? Join us on November 10, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM, at our office conference room at 5466 Holiday Terrace in Kalamazoo (our office is the first brick building off 11th Street on the Holiday Inn West driveway.)

    Nancy Paredes, Avalon Waterways Cruise Director, will present the river cruise experience with destination highlights, cultural traditions, insider tips and special offers. Nancy loves river cruising and cannot imagine a better way to explore Europe. The luxury of unpacking once, the intimacy of a small number of people on the ships, not to mention the history and culture on the rivers of Europe.

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