Avalon Panorama Ship Review

When I stepped aboard the bite-sized Avalon Panorama, I had no idea what to expect from a ship built to navigate a quarter-mile-wide waterway. The 166-passenger and 47-crewmember cruiser (the ninth Avalon Waterways vess el to be inaugurated into the European river cruise fleet since 2006; two more are in the pipeline for 2012) sailed … Continue reading

Weekend Reads & Ship Passing Through Panama Canal Lock Video on Jaunted

A few days ago, I posted my Tips for Small-Ship Cruising, where I mentioned the mechanically awesome man-made phenomenon that is the river lock. Today, I experienced yet another travel industry moment of serendipity, while reading Jaunted (I could get used to these). These guys posted a video documenting the ship-passing process through the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Check … Continue reading

Tips For Small-Ship Cruising

As a small-ship cruising novice, I was fortunate enough to be invited on a Rhine River cruise last May with Avalon Waterways through work. I had no idea what to expect. I knew that small ships have access to quainter, less-frequented and sometimes more remote ports and rivers, and the combination of these factors with a … Continue reading