Cultural Cruises Europe Sets Sail Again!

It’s been an exciting week for us. After months of careful preparations, our ships are sailing again. Under a bright sunny sky the 2020 season finally launched! Of course, we’re all curious to hear what it’s like on the first tours of the season. So we got in touch with two of our tour leaders who have led one of the first tours to take place aboard premium ship the Magnifique. Here’s what they told us about their experiences so far: Hello you two, how are you? Ilse: Good! We’re…


Our sustainability journey: How we’re going green

In 2019, Cultural Cruises Europe launched a plan to become carbon-neutral by 2021. Here’s the story of our journey told by Margriet Lakeman, our sustainability coordinator. It all started at a company meeting in October 2019. At a workshop with skippers, tour leaders and the office team we were brainstorming how to make our tours more sustainable. People suggested things like avoiding food waste, eliminating disposable plastic and sailing more slowly to reduce fuel use. Then a skipper grumbled, “Why bother? We did this last year and nothing changed”. With…


6 things to know about post-corona travel

Are you wondering what travel will be like after the coronavirus has settled down? We all are! The constantly changing situation means it’s hard to know what the future holds. For those of us who love soaking up cultural experiences while we travel, this time feels especially challenging. Will we ever be able to attend a local carnival or visit art museums again? How can we experience other cultures and meet new people amidst social distancing measures? The good news is, social distancing doesn’t have to mean cultural distancing. We…


The New Normal: What will cultural cruises look like after Corona?

It’s the question that’s been occupying us all: What will life be like after Corona? Will we ever be able to go to a movie again? Or visit an art gallery? The cultural industries are scrambling to find new, safer ways to allow people to enjoy art and mantain social distancing, which will become our new normal. Here at Cultural Cruises Europe we’ve also been hard at work envisioning how our tours will work once travel restrictions are lifted. While we don’t know exactly what the future will bring, we…


The best art and culture you can experience from your sofa

Spring is in full swing, but instead of being able to sit in parks and soak up the sun, we’re facing a new, unprecedented crisis. The new coronavirus has caused aircrafts to stay on the ground, borders to be closed and entire countries to go under curfew. Many spring trips have been cancelled and no one knows what the summer holidays will bring. All over the world restaurants, tour operators, hotels and shops are facing incredible challenges, and the cultural industries have been hard hit. What’s become clear while we’ve…


3 incredible inventions the Netherlands has given to the world

From the superpower of the 17th century to a modern innovations hub, the Dutch have always been in the forefront of global progress. In this blog post, we take a look at three inventions you probably did not realise were brought to you by the Dutch. Jenever (and gin) While a gin & tonic may be quintessentially British, we should really be thanking the Dutch for giving us this iconic drink. Jenever was first produced in the16th century by adding herbs and spices to otherwise unpalatable distilled malt wine. The…


The best wine estates of the Netherlands and Belgium

France may be the first destination you think of when the subject of European wines comes up, but it is by far not the only one. Some really spectacular wines are produced by its east-side neighbors. In this blog post, we take a look at a few of the best wine estates you can visit in the Netherlands and Belgium. A winemaking tradition that goes back centuries The history of winemaking in the Netherlands goes all the way back to Roman times. For a long time, other crops dominated agriculture…


A guide to Dutch delicacies

The Netherlands may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think gastronomy but this does not mean it has nothing to offer. To find many mouth-watering delights you will need to look beyond the traditional white-cloth establishments and head straight to the street vendors and small homey cafes. The deal with the meal The thing is – Dutch food is simple and straightforward – like the farm tables it was originally served at. With lots of vegetables, dairy products, and little meat and fish, it’s carb-…


Inland adventure: What to expect on our river cruises in the Netherlands

Seasoned travelers will often have their essentials and treasured routines they adhere to on all ventures into foreign lands, whether handy packing techniques for city hopping, preferred guides to determine itineraries or detective strategies for finding the hidden local gems. But a river cruise in the Netherlands is really a different boat game. A view that follows you Your hotel room and restaurant will literally follow you all the way. Not only will it spare you the constant checking in and out, but your breakfast view will never be the…


2020 travel trends: Sailing into the new decade with a different way to travel

Happy new year and welcome into the new decade! Here in the Netherlands, we entered 2020 with traditionally exuberant fireworks. At our Cultural Cruises Europe office, we’re looking forward to another year of river-bound cultural adventures and experiential tours.   As it turns out, the way we’ve been doing things all along is completely in sync with the travel trends of the new decade. Here are some travel trend highlights that you can expect to see more of in the 2020s:   Diving in! Forget the hasty checklists of the…