World’s best river cruises for 2014

The river-cruise boom is only ramping up in 2014, with the coming year set to usher in a brand-new fleet of revolutionary riverboats and innovative itineraries. We’ve scoured the world’s waterways—from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America to right here in the U.S.—to reveal some of the year’s most anticipated and inventive sailings, with an itinerary to suit just about every taste. Read on for our picks for the best river cruises for 2014.

Streaks on the window: Flickr photo of the day
A passionate photographer like Swapan Jha simply has to have a window seat. On a recent flight from Boston to San Francisco, he was blessed with a clean window and clear day. The plane’s route took him and his fellow passengers over the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, upstate New York and Niagara Falls. They flew over the icy Great Lakes, then angled southwest toward California.Looking north, as the plane began its hour-long descent to San Francisco, Jha ­–camera in hand – saw the snow-capped House Range Mountains of west-central Utah. High above, in the inky-blue stratosphere, streaked two jets (probably military). To some, a window seat would be cheap at twice the price. High-res

Streaks on the window: Flickr photo of the day

A passionate photographer like Swapan Jha simply has to have a window seat. On a recent flight from Boston to San Francisco, he was blessed with a clean window and clear day. The plane’s route took him and his fellow passengers over the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, upstate New York and Niagara Falls. They flew over the icy Great Lakes, then angled southwest toward California.

Looking north, as the plane began its hour-long descent to San Francisco, Jha ­–camera in hand – saw the snow-capped House Range Mountains of west-central Utah. High above, in the inky-blue stratosphere, streaked two jets (probably military). To some, a window seat would be cheap at twice the price.