This Week in Cruise: River Cruise Updates in Pacific Northwest, Europe

The Seine River flowing by the Eiffel Tower in Paris
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It’s been a busy week for river cruises.

This week American Queen Steamboat Company announced that it is extending the fall season of the American Empress with new five-day sailings out of Portland on the Columbia River. Meant to recall the famous Lewis and Clark expeditions, the new sailings will give guests the opportunity for excursions like an evening with the Columbia River Symphony or a sock hop at the National Neon Museum. The new sailings are available November 24- 28, November 28 – December 2 and December 2 – 6.

In Europe, this week European Waterways introduced a new “Girls’ Getaway” barge charter package. Barges offering the package are available in Burgundy and on the Canal du Midi, and the packages are also themed around culinary, shopping and health travel. Also available are wine excursions, as well as art-themed cruises that come with an expert “art guide” to show guests around workshops and boutiques, as well as to suggest the best painting spots.

Looking further ahead to 2019, this week U by Uniworld announced a new Northern France itinerary onboard The B. Starting April 21, 2019, the new “Northern France at a Glance” itinerary will sail the Seine River with stops in Paris, Vernon, Les Andelys, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Rouen and Caudebec-en-Caux. The itinerary will begin and end on Sundays, allowing for guests to spend a Friday and Saturday night in Paris. 

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