Welcome to Cruise Critic Live! Each week, we'll take a look at all the things to love about cruising, from favorite destinations to amazing dining experiences, and we'll give you the inside scoop on the newest ships at sea and on the rivers. We'll also welcome outside experts to this space, including cruise line execs and newsmakers.
This week, we're joined by special guest Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. Along with Cruise Critic Editor in Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown, Kristen will be sailing AmaVida on Portugal's Douro River. Together, they'll answer your questions about AmaWaterways, cruising the Douro and river cruising. Don't miss a chance to get the real scoop with our industry experts. Join us at 4 p.m. Eastern July 24.
The Sandeman Winery Tasting overlooking the Douro Valley
This is lovely AmaVida.
A map of the Douro.
A balcony cabin on AmaVida.
Harry Potter Fans: Alert! Did you know that this Neo-Gothic bookstore in Porto inspired J.K. Rowling to write the first Harry Potter book? She was living in Porto at the time.
Porto's rooftops, from our ship's tour to the Cathedral Se
AmaVida sailing in Porto.
Not for those (like me) with vertigo!
Pinhao Wine Tasting.
The pool on AmaVida.
Did you know that Douro ships must be smaller than those on the other major European rivers? AmaVida holds just 106 passengers. Reason? Special requirements of locks and other navigational issues.
Doesn't this riverboat look tiny? Photographed today from Sandman's!
We’re wrapping up now, and Kristin and I want to say thank you for
coming. It’s been so much fun having this chat with you – live while crusing
the Douro River – in the midst of experiencing this fantastic part of the
We're still curious (and there are a few minutes left): If you haven’t yet taken a river cruise, what
is holding you back? Why are you waiting?
We've talked a lot about the Douro region and wine -- but have we mentioned what the wine is? It's port wine, which is fortified wine, and it goes way back in history. Here's a shot of the fabulous vine in full summer swing --