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I bookmarked plenty of interesting articles on the web and thought it's a shame if I let the information go to waste. So I decided to start a new category: Every first and third Friday of a month will be the day where I publish these bookmarks.

The Australian covers the river cruise revolution, calls it the "new coach touring":

RIVER cruising in Europe is the new coach touring. Forget big buses roaring along freeways, whirligig itineraries and the bother of checking in and out of hotels - the savvy traveller who wants to tick off cities and towns and relax in luxurious one-stop accommodation has turned to riverboat holidays.

The Vancouver Sun tells you that river cruising is more about destinations than the on board entertainment:

River cruising is usually more costly than ocean cruising, but then you get a lot more for your money. Because you're on the river, there's something to see all the time, whether you're pulling into the great cities, sitting up on the top deck watching history unfold, seeing the cities at night or, most importantly, enjoying fellow travellers who are usually seasoned cruise veterans who do a lot less complaining.

Travel Weekly interviewed Viking CEO Torstein Hagen:

Hagen praised his management team as "the most professional" of any river cruise line and underscored that Viking was "a real company," with significant assets, 2,500 employees and ambitions to become more involved in capital markets to fuel further growth. But it also became clear that Viking adheres closely to the personal vision, preferences, tastes and economic philosophy of the man who owns 95% of its equity.

Huffington Post attended the world record christening of the 10 Viking Longships:

For more than 4,000 years it has been a maritime tradition for each ship entering service to have a ceremonial godmother who is entrusted with the guidance of the ship to her destinations. In Amsterdam, there were 10 godmothers, one for each of the ships to be launched. Distinguished, remarkable women are historically honored to become godmothers and this year was no exception. They gallantly smashed champagne bottles against the ships' hulls, after which we enjoyed a a maiden voyage around the Amsterdam harbor.

Travel Weekly was on the the AmaVida Douro cruise, got stuck in the Douro high water. Interesting to read how well AMA dealt with these circumstances:

But as I watched Schreiner and Ama Vice President Kristin Karst in action, trying to decide how to adjust the schedule to accommodate their inconvenienced guests, it was clear that they had one goal in mind — to make the passengers as happy as possible given the circumstances.

USA Today cruise the Po River in Italy on Uniworld's River Countess:

Earlier this month, Uniworld became the first U.S.-based river cruise line to own and operate a vessel in Italy. Found until recently on Europe's Danube, the 134-passenger River Countess was shipped to Venice on a giant transport vessel to sail indefinitely out of the city on seven-night "Venice & the Po River" itineraries. The trips include an extended stay in Venice as well as several nights on the nearby Po -- the longest river in Italy.

River Cruise Advisor reports on the christening of Avalons Artistry II in Middelburg / Netherlands:

Mindful of giving guests the maximum amount of choice possible, Avalon Waterways has outfitted the new Avalon Artistry II with multiple dining venues, lounges and public spaces — perfect for a relaxing day spent sailing the waterways of Europe, or enjoying a casual meal in the ship’s Sky Bistro.

Two articles are out of focus of this website at the moment, but still interesting:

Fodors goes into details on Avalons new Amazonas cruises:

The luxury riverboat, M/V Aria, was custom built for Aqua Expeditions and Avalon Waterways charters it for its own expeditions along the Amazon. The ship accommodates 32 passengers and features 16 oversize suites with floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Naturalists lead expeditions via motorized skiffs and kayaks and take guests on hikes through the rainforest. Onboard cruisers enjoy lectures about nature and history and can also spend some time in the Jacuzzi or sip a cocktail in the lounge. The Amazon may be mighty but Aria affords every comfort you'll need, including complimentary wine with meals that range from Peruvian to haute cuisine, a stargazing program, and a variety of shore excursions. The inaugural voyage of Avalon's new Amazon adventure starts in Lima on February 15, 2014.

TravelAgentCentral notes that American Queen Steamboat Company aquires the Empress of the North for the Pacific Northwest:

Beginning June 30, 2013, American Queen travelers will have the opportunity to learn more about the National Trust’s National Treasure sites, located along the Mississippi River as well as the Pacific Northwest, where the American Empress will launch in April 2014. Special attention to preservation concepts and techniques, as well as the work of architects, historians and other professionals in the field of historic preservation will be highlighted onboard and onshore.