Perhaps the most innovative feature of Emerald Waterways' newest Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony—to navigate the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia beginning in August 2019—is its clever design. Unlike most similar-sized Mekong vessels, it can access the center of Ho Chi Minh City, so travelers will disembark right into the action instead of needing to travel in by motor coach.

Come September and into October, U by Uniworld’s Frankfurt to Regensburg itinerary is a ticket to attending Germany's Oktoberfest, which entertains 6m beer-loving visitors from all around the world each year.

With beautiful Budapest as the backdrop, Crystal Ravel was named by a Hungarian godmother who nurtures classical music.

Last year, after unveiling a new Egypt and Jordan portfolio of tours and cruise/tours, making use of the recently refurbished Sanctuary Sun Boat III, Scenic added more dates in 2019.

Wendy Wu, the Tibetan-born Chinese-Australian living in London who launched Wendy Wu Tours in Sydney in 1994 when she took her first group of Australians to China, will build a Mekong River ship in partnership with Vietnam’s Thien Minh Group.

After a year of terrorist attacks and floods in 2016, France’s river cruise business had a setback but last year it bounced back with 9% growth as foreign passengers returned, according to Voies Navigables de France (VNF).

Hungarian producer and philanthropist Mariann Peller will serve as the godmother of Crystal Ravel during christening festivities in Budapest on July 11.

Nicko Cruises Flussreisen’s newest river cruise ship, nickoVISION, was named by German actress, singer and TV host Barbara Schöneberger in Frankfurt on Tuesday.

AmaWaterways promoted Alex Pinelo to the newly created position of VP national accounts. The company said this reflects the expanded responsibility and senior-level leadership that Pinelo has exhibited since joining Ama a year ago as director, Latin American sales, and most recently taking on responsibility as director, national accounts.

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