European River Cruising Guides: Stern vs Ward – To Dubai, Australia And Cape Town With MSC Cruises – Costa Joins The Outdoors Crowd

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd June 2014..

 

Costa Diadema stern view

Costa joins NCL and Carnival in the Great Outdoors, MSC to follow.

Two interesting new books have just arrived on our desk, in Steven B Stern’s “European Riverboats and Hotel Barges” and Douglas Ward’s “Berlitz Guide to River Cruising in Europe”, both hot off the presses. This week, we compare the two books for our readers. Elsewhere, MSC Cruises is offering special fares on a November cruise from Venice to Dubai in the MSC Orchestra, which also incidentally offers a way to get to Australia. Meanwhile, Costa reveals that it too is getting into outdoor promenades, with some details of its new flagship Costa Diadema.

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