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Information and Photos of the River Beatrice
- River Beatrice - Ship Tour and Profile
- River Beatrice - Cruise Travel Log - Danube Cruise from Budapest to Passau
- River Beatrice - Photo Gallery
River Beatrice in Passau (c) Linda Garrison
I sailed on the Solstice for a two-day preview cruise and attended her christening in November 2008. I was on the beautiful ship again two years later for a 7-day cruise to the western Caribbean, which gave me the opportunity to try more of the dining options on the Celebrity Solstice and to explore the ship more thoroughly. This profile of the ship has links to over 100 photos of the interior and exterior areas of the Celebrity Solstice.
Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship Profile and Tour
Celebrity Solstice Photo Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises
The biggest travel drawback in northern Europe is the cost, so taking a cruise is a good option for those hoping to save money. The cruise fare covers the most expensive items in northern Europe, which are room, food, and transportation. Taking a cruise also certainly makes planning easier, since the ship sets the itinerary.
Cruise lines will send over 30 ships to northern Europe in the summer of 2014. Cruises to Scandinavia and the Baltic often stopover in many of the great capital cities of northern Europe, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki. These northern European capitals feature marvelous historical sites, museums, and parks. In addition, you can climb to the top of a ski jump in Oslo, marvel at the ancient Vasa war ship in Stockholm, explore Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, visit the North Cape, and tour the underground Rock Church in Helsinki. I've done all these things on northern European cruises.
Many travelers to northern Europe find St. Petersburg the most fascinating city of the region. Due to its popularity, cruise ships usually overnight in St. Petersburg. I've visited St. Petersburg three times on cruises, and could easily return a dozen more. The city's history is spellbinding and its museums and palaces are breathtaking. It would take years to see all of the exhibits in the Hermitage Museum.
More on Travel to Northern Europe and Scandinavia from About.com
Church on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg (c) Linda Garrison
I attended Carnival in Rio while on a 14-day South American cruise on Celebrity Cruises' Infinity roundtrip to Rio from Buenos Aires. It was a wonderful cruise, and the Samba Parade was certainly the highlight of all the shoreside events. Many cruise ships sailing in South America overnight in Rio de Janeiro to allow passengers to enjoy the Samba Parade and the other Carnival events. It's certainly a great way to see one of the world's greatest parties!
Samba Parade in Rio Photo (c) Linda Garrison
Although Madeira is breathtakingly beautiful with spectacular views and something for everyone, two things lacking are flat land and sandy beaches. Even the airport is built on stilts and bridges. The Madeirans use terraces and bridges to compensate for the flat land and take the short trip to the neighboring island of Porto Santo to sit on sandy beaches. And, even though Madeira lacks sandy beaches, it makes up for it in wine.
More on Madeira
Madeira (c) Linda Garrison
St. Croix (c) Linda Garrison
Hiking Isla Partida in the Sea of Cortez from the Safari Quest
Sea of Cortez Photo (c) Linda Garrison
One bit of trivia -- Aqaba flies one of the world's largest flags over its port.
Aqaba, Jordan - Red Sea Port on the Gulf of Aqaba
Picture of Aqaba (c) Linda Garrison
Cruising the Romantic Rhine on the Avalon Tranquility (c) Linda Garrison