Favorite 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 saucepan, 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.

From AmaWaterways:

You don’t have to be in France to enjoy AmaWaterways French Apple Pie

French Apple Pie French Apple Pie
(Serves 6)

Ingredients:
• 1 unbaked ready-made pie crust shell
• 1,600 grams (3 cups) tart apples
• 115 grams (½ cup) white sugar
• 45 grams(3 T) brown sugar
• 1 egg
• 60 grams (1/2 cup) pastry/pie flour
• 2 grams (1 t) cinnamon
• 125 ml (½ cup) whipping cream
• 15 ml (3 T) Cognac or Calvados brandy

Preparation Method:
Preheat oven to 375° F / 190 °C.
Peel and cut the apples into thin slices. Place in a bowl with half the sugar and cinnamon and
mix until coated. Arrange apple slices in pastry shell. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes,
then let cool.
Beat the egg and the rest of the sugar until mixture is pale yellow. Beat in the flour, then the
whipping cream, and finally the brandy. Pour the mixture over the apples. Return pie shell to the oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and return to oven for 20 minutes. Keep warm until
ready to serve.

Enjoy!

One of the popular drinks served by AmaWaterways crew members in cold weather as passengers return from excursions is called Jägertee. This means “hunter tea,” a specialty beverage that originated in the 19th century and named because it was relished during the cold winter days by hunters and foresters.
Jagertee - Hunter's Tea

European Jägertee

Ingredients
1 cup red wine
1 cup black tea
1 cup spiced rum
1 cup orange juice
1 cup plum brandy or Schnapps
2-3 whole cloves
2 lemon slices
¼ cinnamon stick
Pinch of sugar

Directions
Place tea, wine, rum, brandy, orange juice, spices and lemons in a large pot. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes – do not boil. Remove from heat. Use a ladle to fill mugs. Sprinkle with sugar to taste.
Serves 6-8.

From Avalon Cruises:

When there’s a chill in the air … and you’re really missing the food from your Avalon Waterways river cruise, the chefs share their recipe for Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

INGREDIENTS
4 large red bell peppers
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery sticks, trimmed and sliced
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 bay leaf
4 1/4 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup heavy cream

PREPARATION
Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 390° F.
Place whole red bell peppers in a dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and rotate to lightly coat each pepper in oil.
Roast for 15 minutes until blackened on the top. Remove from the oven and flip each pepper. Roast for another 15 minutes until the other side is also softened and blackened.
Remove from the oven and immediately cover the pan with foil. Allow to steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let the peppers rest until cool enough to handle.
When cool enough to handle, remove the stem and all of the seeds and the charred red pepper skin. Discard.
To make the soup, place a large pot over medium heat. Add the remaining olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are softened and translucent about 5 minutes.
Add the carrots, celery, and parsley. Cook for 3 minutes more.
Add the cumin, garam masala, and bay leaf. Stir to combine. Add the roasted peppers. Add the stock, turn the heat to low, place a lid on the pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots and celery are softened through.
Remove the pan from the heat and use an immersion blender to blend the soup mixture smooth.
Stir in heavy cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Red Pepper Enjoy with a toasty garlic bread or make it a romantic date with seared scallops. Pair your soup with a Rioja or Sauvignon Blanc. Now, imagine you’re back on ship eating with Europe as your backdrop…

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  • How’s The Food?

    That’s one of the first questions our clients ask when we discuss a new-to-them river cruise line. Some clients are worried that there will only be “foreign” foods with too many sauces. Others are concerned that the selections will not be authentic regional dishes. Happily, the menus satisfy most guests. There will be a variety of choices but if they won’t suit, passengers can opt for one of the “always available” entrees which may include a fish, poultry or beef dinner.

    To give you an idea of the food served, here are recipes from popular river cruise lines.

    From Uniworld Boutique River Cruises:

    Manhattan Transfer
    From summer through fall, Bucharest’s markets present a parade of seasonal fruits. None is more Romanian than the sour cherry. The tasty berry garnishes this classic Manhattan made with rye whiskey and vermouth. You might try it in an Old Fashioned, too. Find this cocktail onboard the River Duchess on the Highlights of Eastern Europe itinerary or make it at home!

    Manhattan

    INGREDIENTS:
    • 6cl (2.03 fl oz) straight rye whiskey
    • 3cl (1.01 fl oz) sweet vermouth
    • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
    • 1 sour cherry
    PREPARATION:
    Build over ice in a mixing glass. Stir and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a sour cherry.

    From AmaWaterways:

    One of the most delicious aspects of traveling is to indulge in the incredible cuisine of the places you visit. Inspired by French velouté soups, this rich and flavorful cream of Chardonnay soup is made and paired with Chardonnay, of course. Leeks at the peak of their freshness and the bright sweetness of white grapes combine with butter and cream to create the perfect springtime comfort food. You can serve it as an appetizer or make it the star of the meal, served along with rustic French bread. Chardonnay Soup

    CREAM OF CHARDONNAY SOUP

    Try this recipe for Cream of Chardonnay Soup that’s often served onboard AmaWaterways ships. Chardonnay contributes the most richness of any dry white wine commonly used for cooking. For rich, creamy soups, wine can provide a welcome note of freshness and contrast – almost like a squeeze of lemon or an extra layer of flavor. The creamier a soup is, the more full-bodied a wine it can take.
    INGREDIENTS:
    3½ tablespoons of unsalted butter
    ½ cup onions, chopped
    ½ cup white leeks, chopped
    1 cup white flour (or wheat flour)
    2 cups Chardonnay
    10 ½ cups vegetable stock
    1 ½ cups of heavy cream
    1 ½ cups of white grapes
    ½ cup of fresh parsley, chopped
    Salt to taste
    Pepper to taste

    PREPARATION METHOD
    • Wash produce thoroughly
    • Chop onions and leeks into small cubes and set aside
    • Peel white grapes, remove seeds and slice
    • Wash parsley, chop and pat dry

    Use a large pot on medium heat to sautéed onions and leeks with butter until golden, then gradually add in the flour to thicken. Pour 1 cup of Chardonnay and all of the vegetable stock. Season with salt and pepper and let the soup simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain soup through a mesh cloth and add in the rest of the Chardonnay. Add heavy cream to soup. Garnish with warm grapes and parsley before serving.

    Makes 10 servings.

    From Viking River Cruises:

    French Gougères Cheese Appetizers

    Gougères are among the most popular hors d’oeuvres in France. A traditional specialty of the Burgundy region, gougères are often made with Gruyère cheese. You can also use other cheeses (such as parmesan) to add an extra depth. Enjoy these with a glass (or two) of good French wine.
    Ingredients
    • 1½ C water
    • ½ C unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
    • 1 tsp (5 g) salt, divided
    • 1½ C flour
    • 6 lg eggs
    • 1 C (130 g) grated Gruyère cheese, packed
    • ½ C (90 g) good quality parmesan cheese, packed
    • ½ tsp (2 g) fresh ground pepper
    • ½ tsp (2.5 g) salt
    Directions
    Place one oven rack in top third and a second rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 400°F (204°C). Line two rimmed baking sheets with lightly greased parchment paper. In a 3- or 4-qt saucepan over medium heat, bring water, butter, and half the salt to a simmer, stirring until butter melts. Add flour all at once, stirring rapidly with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a smooth, thick paste with no lumps. Remove pan from heat; allow mixture to cool until it feels just warm. Using a hand-held mixer, beat in one egg at a time until all are incorporated. Stir in cheese, pepper and remaining salt. Drop spoonfuls of dough 3 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until dough is puffed and golden brown, about 30 minutes, swapping the position of baking pans halfway through.
    • Prep time: 16 minutes.
    • Cook time: 30 minutes.
    • Makes 10 servings.

    Wiener Zwiebelrostbraten Wiener Zwiebelrostbraten

    Wiener Zwiebelrostbraten might not exactly roll off your tongue, but it will melt in your mouth. The name, pronounced VEE-ner TZVEE-bell-roast-brotten, literally means “Viennese roast beef with onions.” Very popular in Austria and Bavaria, this recipe enhances the beef flavor of the sirloin steaks through slow oven braising with that staple of Viennese cuisine, beef stock.

    Ingredients
    • 4 T butter
    • 2 med onions, peeled & thinly sliced
    • 1 tsp (2⅖ g) sweet Hungarian paprika
    • 6 8-oz boneless beef sirloin steaks, pounded ¼-inch thick
    • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 3 T(44 ml) vegetable oil
    • 4 C (946 ml) beef stock or consommé, fresh or canned, boiled down to 2 C (473 g)
    • ½ C (60 g) sour cream
    Directions
    Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). In a large cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onions until light brown, stirring often; add paprika; cook another minute. Remove onions from pan; set aside. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Add vegetable oil to same skillet and add steaks; brown on both sides. Turn off heat, add beef stock to skillet, arrange onions on top and cover. Bake until tender, about 2-2½ hours. To serve, place steaks on a pre-warmed serving platter with onions arranged on top. Cover loosely to keep warm. Return skillet with remaining liquid to high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in sour cream; immediately remove from heat and pour over steaks. Serve immediately.
    Serving Suggestion
    This dish is traditionally served with roast potatoes or buttered parsley potatoes; you can garnish with crispy fried onions if you like.
    • Cook time: 2-2 1/2 hours
    • Makes 6 servings.

    From Uniworld Boutique River Cruises: Uniworld Desserts

    Mrs. Tollman’s Signature Honeycomb Ice Cream

    1 cup corn syrup
    8 oz granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon white vinegar
    1 tablespoon baking soda
    1-quart premium vanilla ice cream

    Dissolve the syrup, sugar, and vinegar over a medium heat. Turn the heat up high and boil until the syrup turns to a light caramel.
    Take the pan off the heat and quickly stir in the baking soda, then pour the mix into a high-sided baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and greased with butter. Leave to cool and harden: do not refrigerate!
    Once hardened, this brittle, crunchy slab becomes your honeycomb base.
    Slightly soften the vanilla ice cream in a chilled ceramic bowl. Carefully break the honeycomb slab into various sizes, none more than 2cm square, and quickly fold half into the ice cream.
    Pour the ice cream into a desired ice cream mold or back into the original ice cream container and freeze again.
    Keep the remaining honeycomb in an air tight container for topping when serving.

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  • Danube Dreams For Wine Lovers

    Join us on Avalon Waterways 10-day “Suite-Ship” the Panorama on October 29, 2018. We’ll begin our European adventure with two nights in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, then sail along the Danube River, and end in Hungary’s exciting capital of Budapest. This is a cruise with a wine theme and a Master of Wine will sail with us and will share his expertise at lectures and wine tastings!

    Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers
    Our Itinerary

    In Prague, guided sightseeing shows us the city’s best-known treasures and an excursion takes you to Mĕlník to visit the wine cellars of the Lobkowicz family. Then we’ll drive to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Lovers of architecture will delight in the treasures this town has to offer. Enjoy a tasting of local sausages before heading to Deggendorf, where our river cruise journey begins. Passau, the “City of Three Rivers” lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers. We’ll walk the city with a Local Guide and marvel at the patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Linz, Austria, we’ll walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square which forms the center of the city and prepares our taste buds for an exclusive onboard food and wine-pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. We’ll enjoy the splendid views as we cruise through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. We’ll stop in Melk to visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey; and in Dürnstein, we may join an optional interactive wine experience and tasting. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of this magical city and then take time to explore on our own. In Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, a guided walk takes us through the delightful Old Town and a visit to gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

    Lastly, a local expert shows us the must-see sights of Budapest, then takes us to visit wine cellars right in the heart of the city! A perfect ending to this timeless European river cruise.

    Budapest At Night

    Highlights & Sightseeing
    Day 1 Prague: welcome to Prague

    Prague Astronomical Clock

    Day 2 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds, excursion to Melnik

    Day 3 Prague–Regensburg, Germany–Deggendorf (Embarkation): travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; special treat; transfer to Deggendorf; onboard welcome reception

    Day 4 Passau: guided walk, onboard wine tasting and lecture by our Master of Wine

    Day 5 Linz Austria: guided sightseeing, onboard Food and Wine pairing dinner

    Day 6 Melk–Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice between guided walk in Dürnstein or an interactive wine experience. Melk Abbey

    Day 7 Vienna: guided sightseeing

    Day 8 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

    Day 9 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square, visit a wine cellar and enjoy wine tasting. Budapest Fishermens Bastion

    Day 10 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

    Meals
    • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
    • Welcome dinner
    • Farewell dinner
    • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
    • Early and Late Riser breakfast
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
    • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
    • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
    • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
    • Daily Afternoon Tea
    • Daily Night Fare
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    Notes
    • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
    • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
    • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.

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  • Avalon Waterways European Rivers

    How about a virtual journey through Avalon Waterways itineraries? Take a peek.
    Moselle River

    Rhone River

    Seine River

    Christmas Cruise

    Rhine River

    Danube River

    Main River

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  • Rhine River Must-See Sites

    Viking River Cruises’ captivating Rhine Getaway itinerary is a popular choice for first-time river cruisers. Between Amsterdam’s colorful canals and Basel’s majestic Swiss Alps, this 7-night/8-day journey uncovers the heart of the celebrated Rhine River. It’s one of Europe’s legendary rivers, from imposing cathedrals and ancient hilltop castles to noteworthy cities and medieval villages to the Black Forest.

    Take a look at the highlights:

    Karine Hagen, Senior Vice President, Viking Cruises, comments, “Every time I visit Cologne, Germany, the striking profile of the city’s enormous Cologne Cathedral takes my breath away. This towering structure is one of the Rhine’s greatest treasures, and I was recently invited to its rooftop to go behind the scenes—or perhaps I should say “into the rafters”—to witness the constant attention given to its continual restoration. There, high above the city, Assistant Architect Jörg Sperner and I explored a world invisible from the ground: a forest of magnificently carved spires, hidden sculptures, fantastic gargoyles and imposing flying buttresses. Inside, doorways normally off-limits led to a narrow passage with breathtaking views of the cavernous nave below and stunning stained glass windows. I’m happy to let you know that Jörg and his team of architects have invited Viking guests to experience this very same vantage point of the Cologne Cathedral, an exclusive experience. Should your clients join one of our most enlightening itineraries, the 8-day Rhine Getaway, I hope they do as I did and enjoy a safe, bird’s eye view of one of Germany’s most beloved religious structures, the venerable Cologne Cathedral.”

    Explore the history of this ornate architectural masterpiece. Towering over the Rhine, the majestic Cologne Cathedral has been a beacon for pilgrims from around the world for centuries.

    Another stop along the Rhine Getaway itinerary is the iconic Marksburg Castle. Meticulously chiseled into the slate bedrock of a mountain peak, Marksburg has long stood as one of Germany’s most imposing castles. Step back into the Middle Ages with Karine as she explores the core of this prominent stronghold.

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  • River Cruises For Vegans

    Vegan Entree

    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.

    Vegan Entree

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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.

    What makes Avalon Waterways stand out from other lines? Click for Video

    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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  • Sailing Along The Danube River

    First-time river cruisers often choose to sail the fabled Danube River which has inspired poets, artists, and musicians for centuries. Take a peek at some of the iconic sites to see along the way.

    Nuremberg: Nuremberg Castle
    Nuremberg Castle with 900-year old ramparts surrounding the city.

    Regensburg: Regensburg Dom One of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Regensburg Old Chapel









    Passau: Take a guided bike tour along the Danube. Passau's Old Town

    Melk: Melk Abbey Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey, a fabulous UNESCO World Heritage.




    Vienna: Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna. Vienna

    Budapest: Budapest Hungary Fisherman's Bastion Known as Europe’s most beautiful city.










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  • What’s New With AmaWaterways?

    AmaWaterways, designated Best River Cruise Line of 2016 by Cruise Critic, continues to set the standards for ingenuity and flair in the river cruise industry year after year. New additions for 2017 feature multi-generational travel, more alternative ways to explore and more included choices. AmaWaterways has effectively attracted new passengers to river cruising, and they continue to fine-tune the onboard experience with alternative restaurants and new cabin designs. Take a look at the latest features below.

    ► NEW! River Cruise Ship, AmaKristina
    AmaWaterways Lobby Set to debut on April 1, 2017, the AmaKristina is the 21st member of AmaWaterways fleet, named after Godmother, Kristin Karst. The 158-passenger vessel features connecting staterooms and triple accommodations, designed specifically to target the multi-generational group and family travel markets.

    ► NEW! Africa Safari & Wildlife Cruise Itinerary
    Experience the thrill of daily game drives and exceptional amenities, service and cuisine aboard the Zambezi Queen on the new Wildlife and the Falls itinerary. 1 night Johannesburg, a 4-night African river safari, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg & 3 nights at a luxury safari lodge in greater Kruger National Park
    Game Viewing On The Chobe12 Nights – Travel to Johannesburg and return from Johannesburg



    ► More Wine Cruises in 2017
    AmaWaterways‘ award-winning wine theme cruises have grown significantly to nearly 50 departures in 2017. These are exclusive wine cruises that showcase the acclaimed wine regions along Europe’s Danube, Douro, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone and Seine Rivers. These exceptional sailings are hosted by leading wine experts and feature complimentary lectures, wine tastings, superb cuisine with paired wines, and excursions to historic vineyards and wine cellars. Durnstein Wine Tasting Guests learn about centuries-old wine traditions, sample one-of-a-kind vintages and enjoy private wine-themed excursions. Other highlights include: music and newly pressed wine at a rustic Austrian tavern; Alsatian wines in Colmar, the French “Capital of Alsatian Wine”; and a German “Oktoberfest” in the village of Vilshofen, held year-round exclusively for our guests. Love wine? These are the perfect cruises for you!

    ► More Ways to Discover
    Recently awarded Cruise Critic’s 2016 Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers, AmaWaterways offers travelers a new degree of adventure including a selection of biking, hiking, and multiple-paced walking tours. Castelo Rodrigo Portugal



    ► Backroads Partnership
    Biking On The Danube AmaWaterways and Backroads have amplified their partnership, doubling active river cruise options for 2017, with over 100 departures to choose from.

    ► Adventures By Disney Partnership
    Following the successful inauguration of the partnership, Adventures by Disney has expanded its lineup of family-oriented river cruises with AmaWaterways in 2017, now featuring itineraries on both the Danube and Rhine rivers. Family Vacation



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  • Viking’s Holiday Magic

    As we watch summer fade into fall, it’s time to plan to celebrate the holidays in old-world style. Viking River Cruises’s holiday sailings offer the most memorable gift you could imagine: in-depth cultural enrichment in Europe’s best loved river ports. Perfectly planned itineraries abound with Yuletide magic, the ideal way to experience Europe’s picturesque atmosphere and charm. This is the most festive time of year to cruise these waters as glittering lights and finery adorn Europe’s streets. On board your home away from home, the discovery continues with cultural enrichment activities designed to keep you fully immersed in the holiday riches of Europe—delicious regional cuisine, destination performances, festively decorated ships, and onboard lectures. Celebrate the season with Viking, and you’ll also enjoy Viking Inclusive Value. One price includes so much from meals and beverages to shore excursions and Wi-Fi.

    Europe’s Christmas Markets with Viking River Cruises
    Europe’s Christmas markets are where the romance and spirit of the holidays come alive. It’s not just the markets that have all the magic of the holidays, but Viking ships are adorned with extra shimmer and sparkle as well. Explore some of the fairy tale settings of Europe’s Christmas Markets.

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    Viking for the Holidays: Danube Waltz

    Celebrate the holidays with the cultural traditions of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Enjoy art, architecture, history and charming Christmas markets in European destinations including Passau, Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava and Budapest.

    Viking for the Holidays: Romantic Danube

    This popular 8-day holiday cruise lets you discover Danube delights in Hungary, Austria, and Germany. From historic Budapest to beautiful Vienna to medieval Regensburg, experience the holiday season like never before.

    Gingerbread and glühwein are traditional treats that are enjoyed during the holiday season.

    Traditional Gingerbread with Chef Walter Simon Snr.

    Spiced and nutty in flavor, these traditional German Christmas cookies resemble soft gingerbread. Enjoy them at home or give as a gift—either way they fill your home with delightful aromas while baking. Taste these and many other holiday treats on one of our late fall or winter cruises along the Rhine or Danube.

    Ingredients:
    Cookies:
    One-half cup honey
    One-half cup molasses
    Three-quarters cup brown sugar (packed)
    One egg
    One tablespoon lemon juice
    One teaspoon lemon zest
    Two and three-quarters cup flour
    One-half teaspoon baking soda
    One teaspoon ground cinnamon
    One teaspoon ground cloves
    One teaspoon ground allspice
    One teaspoon ground nutmeg
    One-third cup candied citron (diced)
    One-third cup hazelnuts (chopped)

    Icing:
    One cup sugar
    One-half cup water or milk
    One-quarter teaspoon vanilla extract
    One-quarter cup powdered sugar

    Directions:

    Cookies:
    Combine honey and molasses in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and all spices. Add the molasses mixture and mix well. Stir in citron and hazelnuts. Cover and chill overnight.

    Preheat oven to 350°. On a floured surface, roll out a small amount of the chilled dough to one-quarter-inch thickness. If dough is sticky, use more flour when rolling. Using a cookie cutter or a glass, cut round cookies out and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Place baked cookies on a cooling rack and brush icing while still hot. You can decorate with slivers of nuts or candied citron or other dried fruit. Or if you prefer, you can drizzle with melted chocolate. Store in a sealed container with a wedge of apple or orange to retain moistness.

    Icing:
    Heat sugar and water or milk with vanilla in a small saucepan, but do not boil. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar. If icing becomes crystallized, reheat and add water or milk as needed.

    Makes 8–10 servings.

    GLÜHWEIN (HOT MULLED WINE) 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.

    Cook time: 1 hour

    Makes 12-15 servings.

    If you are considering a Festive Season 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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