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Standing on the dock overlooking Loch Lomond (located near Greenock, Scotland) as a Canadian you can feel right at home amid outstanding scenery of mountains, forests, and the serenity of the lake.  Breathing in the clean fresh air, admiring the views of nature all around, and simply being there at that moment captured in a snapshot (on your camera or mobile device) or in your mind as a mental picture along with a feeling of release and relaxation in appreciation of this really beautiful spot. 

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On September 8, 2016 Quito, the capital of Ecuador, celebrated its 38th year as being designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. By honouring the Ecuadorian capital with this title, UNESCO highlighted the city’s distinctive Historical Centre stating that the “actions of man and nature have come together to create unique and momentous work”.

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I had many misconceptions about the Baltic States. I had always thought of the Baltic States collectively.  In my mind, they were 3 little countries tucked together in Northern Europe that could easily have been one country.  I was also told that the people were reserved and unfriendly. I could not have been more wrong.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are 3 separate countries with different personalities, languages, cultures and traditions. The people while slightly reserved, are polite, very helpful and friendly.

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The Sirena joined the Oceania fleet earlier this year, after a major refurbishment. She was christened on April 27, 2016 and has since been sailing in the Mediterranean. Originally built for Renaissance Cruises (under the name R Four) she sailed for a brief stint before joining the Princess Cruises fleet in 2002, first as the Tahitian Princess and later as the Ocean Princess.

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I recently had the opportunity to sail aboard the ms MINERVA from Dublin north toward the dramatic landscape of the Outer Hebrides and around to Rosyth (Edinburgh) where I attended the spectacular performance of the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo. Scotland and the far north was such a unique experience that I plan on writing a future blog post dedicated solely to my journey there. This blog will tell all about the Swan Hellenic small ship cruise experience and what one can expect when cruising aboard the ms Minerva. 

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Portugal is a small country in size, but it is filled with with a countless variety of diverse and interesting features, making it an exceptional destination for private exploration.  Cities with ancient and contemporary attractions, colorful medieval villages, charming seaside towns; ancient castles, romantic 

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A new air travel regulation requiring those with dual citizenships to have a Canadian passport takes effect September 30, according to reports.  Canadians with dual citizenships will only be allowed to fly into the country if they have a Canadian passport.  

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Seasons come and go and here we are, once again, putting away the patio furniture, tossing the potted plants that were gorgeous such a short time ago and preparing our homes and gardens for winter.  Yes, batten down the hatches everyone!  The white stuff is just around the corner. 

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“It’s unique to find a heated pool on a river ship, but one with a swim-up bar to boot?”

That’s what Porthole Cruise Magazine expressed in their latest publication, dubbing AmaWaterways’ swim-up bar one of their “Favorite Bars at Sea”! And it’s true! Guests traveling on any of our newest ships in Europe can take a refreshing dip in the pool while ordering their favorite cocktail from the full- service swim-up bar or perhaps choosing from a selection of regional beers and wines – some coming directly from the countryside around you.

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Introducing a brand new river destination and a new river cruise experience each year is always thrilling.  In 2017, we are partnering with a river cruise company that has a long and glorious history in both barging and river cruising on many of Europe’s great rivers.

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