2014 Cruise News

Written by Collette Peck on March 27, 2014

Ocean cruising and in particular, river cruising has become more popular with travelers by offering a plethora of new and exciting ships, high quality amenities, and added value for your dollar.  The newly-designed river ships are taking a quantum leap in engineering, design and quality. With all the new designs and innovative ideas being placed into ships, more people than ever are opting to take cruises for their family vacations.

A few exciting additions coming in the year 2014:

Viking River Cruises has 14

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Multi-generational cruising: Get on board!

Written by Collette Peck on May 1, 2013

Talk about a family trip to remember!

The 2013 Virtuoso Luxe Report found that family and multi-generational travel are the year’s biggest travel trend, with river and luxury cruises taking the next two spots. The report also found that spending time and reconnecting with loved ones were among the top reasons motivating travel. Not surprisingly, Virtuosos have seen a lot of crossover in these trends, with more clients booking multi-generational cruises over the past three years.

Cruising lends itself well to families

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Tulip Time in Amsterdam

Written by Collette Peck on January 10, 2013

I have traveled to Europe several times.  One of my most fond memories is visiting during Tulip Time in Amsterdam.  I actually showed up in Amsterdam in the end of April not really aware of what was going on – yes, me a travel agent!  We arrived at our hotel, and saw advertising on the reception desk for tours to the Keukenhof Gardens outside the city.  We signed up and the next day got on the tour bus that

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Theme Cruises from American Cruise Line

Written by Collette Peck on October 4, 2012

American Cruise Lines travels through some of the most famous areas in America. Many of these regions are world-renowned for their contributions to our nation’s history, music, culture and cuisine. Experience these regions like never before with this collection of eight unique theme itineraries. Each cruise provides guests unprecedented access and insight into the iconic journeys, destinations and people of our nation’s history.

Civil War Cruises
New Orleans Roundtrip – December 8, 2012
Memphis to New Orleans – May 25, 2013

Journey to the

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Video: Top Trends in Travel

Written by Laney Williams on September 11, 2012

Andavo Travel was featured on KSL’s Studio 5 morning show in Salt Lake City, Utah yesterday.  One of Andavo’s travel advisors, Collette Peck, was interviewed about the latest travel trends.


AmaWaterways Enchanting Rhine River Cruise

Written by Linda Smith on August 29, 2012

The AmaCello

I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine river this month on the AmaCello – one of the ships owned by AmaWaterways.  River cruising is such a great and easy way to see different cities in Europe while only having to pack and unpack once!  The price of the cruise includes all your tours, so from the moment you get on board everything is taken care of for you.

The ship only holds 148 passengers so you get to

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The Newest Queen on the Mississippi

Written by Collette Peck on August 7, 2012

Travel in style on America’s grandest river – the mighty Mississippi.

It’s here! American Cruise Line has a new ship. The Queen of the Mississippi made her grand debut on Saturday and she looked fabulous! The Queen of the Mississippi, the first brand new paddlewheeler on the Mississippi in nearly two decades, left the Port of New Orleans on her inaugural cruise. Passengers on the inaugural voyage are already calling the cruise a success, touting the Queen of the Mississippi’s modern

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Zambezi Queen River Cruise + Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Written by Collette Peck on June 21, 2012

The Chobe River divides Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Its banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Experience the thrill of it all from your own private suite aboard a luxury boat – the Zambezi Queen. Whether you are dining on the third level restaurant watching the animals gather at dusk, game viewing from one of the private boats, or attempting to land your first tiger fish, Zambezi Queen’s

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Start summer with river cruising

Written by Rosie Holliday on May 3, 2012

Article written by Rosie Holliday, published in the Vail Daily on April 28, 2012.

The travel flavor of the day, or should I say year, seems to be river cruising. There are a record number of boats plying the waters, and this year may be the summer of European river boating.

If you have never been a big cruise ship fan, river cruising with smaller ships and ports is a great introduction to the cruising world. Rivers and canals connect some of

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Written by Doreen Lopez on November 9, 2011

When I hear the name Orient-Express, I think of the fabled Venice-Simplon Orient-Express: offering fine dining and vintage cabins complemented by ever-changing panoramas.  Today those same two evocative words include an elite collection of enriching experiences.  The Orient-Express collection embraces iconic hotels, great train journeys, river cruises, inclusive vacations and adventures in 25 countries, across 4 continents.  Each in the collection is unique and indeed a destination in their own right.