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This issue features Washington State wines, from Seattle to Walla. Join Ron and Mary James on a tasty adventure in northwest wine country.

FLOATING THROUGH EUROPE

FLOATING THROUGH EUROPE CRUISING THREE RIVERS FROM AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST | BY ALISON DA ROSA | 36 Wine Dine & Travel Summer/Fall 2015

European river cruising is booming. Nine companies launched 26 new river ships in Europe this year. At least that many were launched last year – and more are under construction and scheduled to begin cruising Europe’s rivers in 2016. Even with all the new builds, most European river cruises are sailing full – and many are already filling cabins for summer 2016. My husband and I decided to find out what all the fuss is about. Photo courtesey of Wikimedia Commons Last summer, we joined Scenic Cruises’ Jewels of Europe voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest, along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Our days became a mind-bending blend of fairytale castles, half-timbered villages and luxe treatment onboard. It didn’t take long for us to understand why so many are smitten by this hassle-free, more intimate and relaxing, all-inclusive cousin of ocean cruising. Instead of jostling with thousands aboard a mega cruise ship, we sailed with 167 other passengers aboard our “Space Ship,” the Scenic Jade. Scenic is owned by an Australian – and most fellow cruisers were fun-loving Aussies or New Zealanders. Most were well-traveled, well-educated and at least 65 years old – but very active: “We’re refurbished – with lots of new parts: new knees, new hips,” said Faye Partridge from Melbourne, Australia. Left: Majestic Budapest on the banks of the river Danube with Buda and Óbuda on the west bank, with Pest on the east bank. Top: The Scenic Jade cruising through Europe. Wine Dine & Travel Summer/Fall 2015 37

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