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The Fastest-Growing Cruise Segment by Michael Consoli River cruises can take you to the best ports in Europe: Paris, Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Nuremberg, and many other places. River cruises dock right in the heart of the city and offer guests the ability to immerse themselves in the local culture. River cruises are among the fastest-growing segments of the cruise industry.

Michael Consoli is owner of Cruise Planners. You may contact him at (770) 650-7667 or online at

Viking River Cruises, the largest river cruise line, introduced six new ships in recent years and plans to surpass that growth this year. Viking River Cruises has announced orders for two additional Viking Longships in 2013. This will bring Viking’s number of new ships launching this year to eight — an industry first — for a total of 14 new Viking Longships over a two-year period.

River cruises dock right in the heart of the city and offer guests the ability to immerse themselves in the local culture. Each of the new Viking Longships will be 443 feet long, will feature 95 staterooms per ship, and will accommodate 190 passengers. The new ships from Viking River Cruises will be outstanding in their design, offering two Explorer Suites and two-room Veranda Suites. Some of the suites will feature a separate living room, bedroom, and private wraparound veranda with 270-degree views (new Private Veranda Staterooms will feature a full-size veranda). Cabins also will boast amenities that include heated bathroom floors and mirrors, Sony HDTV, and premium bath products. The ships also will feature a revolutionary new all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace, which will reinvent the onboard lounge experience. Retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors will allow guests to enjoy a panoramic view of the outdoor river scenery and dine al fresco. Viking Longships are scheduled to sail four of Viking’s most popular European itineraries, including the 10-day Tulips & Windmills; 8-day Romantic Danube; 15-day Grand European Tour; and 8-day Danube Waltz. The two newest ships, Viking Jarl and Viking Atla, will host guests on the 8-day Rhine Getaway cruise sailing from Amsterdam to Basel. River cruising offers all the comforts of a wonderful boutique hotel and the convenience of moving from place to place for you. North Fulton | march 2013 12 My

Between the hedges Fruit Questions

by Louise Estabrook Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent We are still several months away from picking juicy, red tomatoes from the vegetable garden or tasty, ripe peaches from the tree, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about it. And judging by the calls that we’re getting here at the Information about Extension Solutions Cherokee County Extension for Homes and Gardens can be office, I’m not the only person found on the University of Georgia thinking about fresh fruits Cooperative Extension website, www. and vegetables. Actually, now Or contact the Cherokee County is a good time to do a little Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite planning and thinking ahead. G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. Here are just a few of the questions that we’ve received recently: Q. When I was growing up on the farm my parents had muscadines. I want to plant some vines this spring and would like to know several good varieties for our area. A. Muscadine varieties can be broken into four categories: two based on fruit color — black or bronze — and two based on flower type — perfect flowered (pollen and fruit) and female (fruit only). If you plan to grow only one vine, it can be black or bronze, but it must be a perfect flowered. Female (F) varieties produce no pollen; therefore, they need to be inter-planted with perfect flowered (PF) varieties for proper pollination and fruit set. Several of the better varieties for the Cherokee County area include: Carlos (PF/bronze), Cowart (PF/black), Fry (F/ bronze), Lommis (F/black), Nesbitt (PF/black), Noble (PF/ black), Summit (F/bronze), Tara (PF/bronze), Triumph (PF/ bronze). Scuppernong (F/bronze) is one of the older but more common varieties of muscadine. Always plant muscadines in sunny locations with moist, but well-drained soils. Q. Last year the tip of almost every branch on my apple tree turned black and died. It looked like the leaves had actually been burned with a flame. What is this and what can I do to stop it? A. Your problem sounds like fireblight, a bacterial disease that infects and kills the tips of branches, not only on apple trees, but also pears, cherries and plums. Prune out infected branches as soon as you notice the disease and be sure to dip your pruners in alcohol after each and every cut to prevent spreading the disease. Remove and destroy infected limbs as quickly as possible.

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My North Fulton Monthly March 2013