Cruising

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Imagine a vacation where you do the following: unpack once; have amazing scenery constantly passing by; and experience quaint villages, beautiful scenery, and amazing cities. Imagine gliding through the incredible Rhine River Valley and gazing at the 42 castles along the way or the spectacular Wachau Valley on the Danube with its castles, vineyards, and towns, all while you enjoy being continually pampered—oh and don’t forget the incredible food. If this is the kind of vacation you would like to take, you need to sign up for a river cruise.

River cruising is a wonderful way to see the heart of multiple countries while relaxing and watching it all go by! The most popular river cruise is a 15-day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest passing through The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary on the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. If you don’t have that much time, there are also great ships cruising Europe for 7 days on the Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Douro, and Seine Rivers.

If you are looking for more adventure, try a river cruise on the Nile or the Chobe in Africa or the Mekong in Vietnam. Closer to home, enjoy the Mississippi or Columbia rivers. Again, you will enjoy beautiful ships and incredible staff while viewing unforgettable sites.

On most river cruises, the wonderful excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. Experience walking through a town in France and stopping at a chocolate store that offers free samples! Or hike up to the ruins of Durnstein Castle where Richard the Lionheart was held captive. Explore little villages or amazing cities like Vienna, Cologne, Lyon, and more. You can even bicycle along the rivers if you choose. I love the fact that there are only 150 to 200 people on the river cruise ships so there are no crowds and no lines. River cruising gives you the experience of a lifetime and as I said, you only unpack once.

Morris Columbus has many river cruises to offer you. However, they are already filling up quickly for 2024 and even 2025. Join Morris Columbus Travel in August of 2024—we have chartered a ship for our group sailing on the spectacular Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland!

River Cruising is a great way to travel, and you will add hundreds of photos to your collection! Give your local Morris Columbus travel advisor a call and we will take care of the airfare, transfers, river cruise, and more

Gary Sorensen

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I love to travel to places that are out of my comfort zone. When the opportunity came to join a Signature educational with Abercrombie and Kent I knew this was a great opportunity to see incredible scenery, fascinating culture and explore somewhere new for myself as well as my clients.

Myself and 7 other Signature advisors arrived after a long 23 hours to Delhi. Our hotel was the Taj Mahal Palace Delhi located in New Delhi. The first day we enjoyed a tour of the city and met our amazing guide Kashani. We visited a Sikh temple where they feed sometimes up to 20,000 per week. People volunteer their time and food and their religion believes in the poorest people eating along with the people with means. We helped rolling dough into naan and flipping it on the fryer for the mid day meal. Next we had a lunch at an historical hotel in the old city followed by a hair raising rickshaw ride through the old city. We visited a mosque after that and learned about how both Hindus and Muslims live in relative harmony. That evening we had a tour and dinner at our hotel.

The next day was a 3 hour drive to Agra. We checked into the beautiful Oberoi Amarvillas. This hotel is definitely worth the splurge. Not only is it a breathtaking hotel but it is steps from the Taj Mahal. Guests of the hotel can be taken by golf cart to the entrance and skip the line. We had a sunset visit and the crowds were pretty heavy but we got some great photos. The next morning we got up early and saw Tah Mahal at sunrise and had a tour from a wonderful knowledgeable guide. The structure is even more amazing in person than the pictures. Our guide explained about the symmetry of the building and exact placement of the building and symbols. The marble used makes the structure absolutely luminescent. It was one of the amazing experiences I will ever see. My advice for travelers 1-2 nights in Agra at the Oberoi and see sunrise and sunset. Sunrise is a lot less crowded and the Taj glows.

Everyone has a travel bucket list, right? I’ve been in the travel industry for 35 years and the time had finally come for me to cross the Mekong River off of my list. Cruising the Mekong River is a wonderful way to experience both the beauties and cultures of Cambodia and Viet Nam. I would highly recommend this delightful cruise to anyone and here are some of the highlights from our journey.

Depending on your departure city, it might be difficult to fly all the way to Cambodia in the same day. Since Southeast Asia is quite a distance, you may want to consider some pre and post cruise options prior to your actual Mekong River Cruise. My wife and I decided to spend a couple of nights in Bangkok, Thailand prior to entering Cambodia. What a wonderful opportunity this provided us to see the highlights of Bangkok. We enjoyed visiting the Grand Palace, shopping in the local markets, and a yummy street food tour. For those who love Thai food, Bangkok has it all!

The Disney Wish is the newest and biggest ship of the Disney fleet. It is the first in a three-ship line up called the Triton class ships. When you first step into a Disney ship you are announced as if you are Royalty. The Grand Hall does not disappoint Cinderella themed and quite large spanning three decks it is the heart of the Disney Wish. Many Happy character meet and greets are conducted there.

They have a kids slide from the Grand Hall to the kid’s area. It is the first of the Disney ships to have a stage in the Grand hall with Disney couples waving from an open window above the stage. There is art that creates its own show for you to see. They have two movie theatres showing movies that are in the theater and you can purchase popcorn and snacks.

The Untangled Salon is charming designed as if you are in the middle of a Tangled movie. The Marceline market is their buffet area and it is themed after the town the Walt Disney grew up in. There are three themed dinner restaurants that do not disappoint. First, there is Arendelle you are invited to the engagement party of Anna and Kristoff there is song and dance and beloved characters to see. Second, you are thrown into the World of Marvel with screens by your table and you become part of the Pym tech as a story revolves around you and finally there are superheroes to view. The last restaurant is an elegant 20’s style restaurant called 1923 named for the year the Walt Disney company was started.

Far away, almost lost in the serene beauty of the Pacific Ocean you will discover the low domed massive volcanoes rising from the depths of the sea. Over millions of years, these volcanoes turned into islands to form the “Enchanted Islands;” as the Galapagos are called.

The first Spanish navigators were convinced they could see the islands move. Starting in the early 1535 the islands were called “ Las Encantadas.” The bewitched islands. The species that live and nest on the different islands do not fear the human presence. We will be able to observe them from a few feet away. As you snorkel, puppy seals will swim with you. Penguins, seals, giant tortoises, blue and red footed boobies, marine iguanas and land iguanas populate “Las Encantadas.”

Visiting Galapagos is a return to Eden, where all the endemic species live in peace, which is quite the opposite on the continents of the world.

Both tours are very diverse; they offer different experiences. The April tour stays in hotels in three different islands, while the October tour sails on a yacht visiting 5 islands, and making 7 stops to observe the diverse endemic flora and fauna. The symbols of the Galapagos are the blue-footed booby and the giant tortoises.

Discover our two tours to Peru and a seven day Cruise on the Amazon River:

1. Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, a return to paradise

April 2 – 15, 2023

This tour is operated with a maximum capacity of 17 passengers.

Carol Alegre, one of the two travel experts will lead this adventure, visiting and staying in 3 different islands in the Galapagos archipelago, while in continental Ecuador the exploration includes the Cloud Forest with its myriads of hummingbirds, the famous Otavalo Indian Market, hot springs of Papallacta, set amidst the towering volcanoes and Colonial Quito; declared by UNESCO a heritage city. The maximum capacity for this tour is 18 passengers.

2. Galapagos, the Enchanted Islands, Colonial Quito, Otavalo

Indian Market and Cotacachi – September 14 - 23, 2023

This tour has been designed to give you a full adventure in the Galapagos archipelago by sailing from island to island and overnighting in each island allowing more time to see endemic species of birds and animals which make the islands their home. We can take only 18 passengers on this spectacular departure.

We visit the islands in two small groups with certified naturalist guides. We allow our travelers snorkeling and swimming on the wonderful beaches of Galapagos. We explore the world famous Otavalo Indian Market and Cotacachi, a charming village where our travelers can purchase at bargain price leather articles. Quito is the Capital of Ecuador, perched on the Andes and surrounded by majestic volcanoes. We will walk the downtown streets and bask in the history of the most important colonial capital city of the Americas, which still maintains the ancient traditions of the native population, dating back to millennia.

Carlos L. Fida, a seasoned Latin America traveler will conduct this very special departure; the number 6th in the last 8 months. To find out more about this tour call Carlos at 801-483-5212.

You can call any of the preferred travel counselors at Morris Columbus Travel to book any of these tours.