Photography by Jill Schneider
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Wandering Europe's Waterways with Photographer Sisse Brimberg

Award-winning National Geographic photographer Sisse Brimberg has produced more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine over the last four decades. Her work ranges from documenting the life of fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen to a National Geographic project chronicling the Viking culture. Here, she reflects on the pleasures of traveling by ship and some of the unique photo opportunities that await travelers on these trips.

What do you most enjoy about traveling by ship?

In my opinion, there is no better way to travel than sailing on board a ship. I've always enjoyed this type of travel, where you venture ashore and get to know new places and people. Then you return to your lovely ship—your home base—which is ready to take you on the next adventure. From a practical standpoint, I like to spend my energy on being creative and not on having to move from place to place, with no need to unpack more than once. You can focus on really getting to know the places you explore.

What can our guests expect to learn about photography while traveling with you?

As the onboard photographer, I have a wonderful opportunity to teach my fellow travelers about photography, whatever their level is. I love that I can help guests take better pictures, and through the medium of photography, help them capture the spirit of the places they explore. This gives them the chance to take home a great set of photos from the journey, which they can share with family and friends.

What are you looking forward to as the National Geographic photographer on board these new river cruises?

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work at many of the destinations where we are going, and I can't wait to share my experiences and my knowledge of these places with our travelers. I will also have the opportunity to give talks on board the ship to open the door to the world of photography for anyone interested. We are going to have fun.

Photograph the waterways and river fronts of Europe alongside Sisse on a National Geographic river cruise.