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All You Need to Know About River Cruises with Fran Golden

Fran Golden is a well-known American cruise writer with a new book out, Frommer’s EasyGuide to River Cruising. She shares with Joe some of her favorite cruising experiences and her thoughts on a much-talked about topic on Without A Path, traveling despite terrorism.

But first, they talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers ending the city’s 52-year championship drought. It might not be travel-related, but one can understand the need to express excitement over living in a championship city.

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Cleveland: What it’s like to live in a championship city by Joe Baur

Something happened last night I thought I’d plausibly never see in my life. Cleveland, my home city, won its first professional sports championship in 52 years.

What’s left to say? Well, I can finally say from experience that this does not suck. In fact, it’s even better than I imagined.

Frommer’s EasyGuide to River Cruising by Fran Golden, Michelle Baran

Frommer’s EasyGuide to River Cruising is the first book on the market to cover this wildly popular vacation activity. The book contains opinionated, no-holds-barred reviews of all of the major, and many of the smaller, river cruise lines (including specific reviews of their varying ship classes). These include advice on which boats offer the best value, which are best for luxury seekers, which will do the trick for foodies, which have high tech amenities, and which don’t.

One chapter is only on booking: where can one find discounts, why one should use a travel agent, what’s the timing for reserving your cruise and more. In addition, the book will aid cruisers trying to choose the right river to sail, in chapters that span the globe. What are the highlights of the Amazon, the Irawaddy (in Myanmar), the Mississippi, the Nile, the Seine, the Volga or the Upper Danube (to name just a few)? The book answers these questions and many others, discussing what are the best shore excursions along all the major waterways of the world; what are the most rewarding destinations to add on, either before or after a cruise; and what are the most fun off-the-beaten-path activities.

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