Another reason to get excited for 2014: Emerald Waterways, the first new river cruise company to enter European rivers in six years, is launching. Details are en route, but cabins are modernist and chic (in calming earth tones); the pool, under a retractable roof, has an adjacent gelato bar; and everything—from locally-sourced wines to four-course dinners to shore excursions to tips—is included in your rate. In other words, if you need me, I’ll be on the Danube…..
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.