Trafalgar announced last week that for the first time in more than 15 years, it was able to lock in 100% of its summer 2017 departures to Europe because of a "crazy volume" of bookings. Trafalgar reported that it is on track to beat every year since 2007, not least because of the strong demand among consumers to hop the pond. River cruise lines have also reported that they are on track for a record year of European river cruise sales. Avalon Waterways said it has experienced a "surge" in first-quarter bookings, and Viking River Cruises said its bookings are "very strong" so far this year. "Conditions are so good right now for travel to Europe -- exchange rates, airfares, consumer confidence -- that it would be a shame to put a damper on that demand," said Steve Born, senior vice president of marketing for the Globus family of brands. "A visa requirement to Europe for U.S. citizens would likely have a negative impact on the current momentum to Europe. Visa requirements in other areas of the world have shown that the extra time and money required to apply for a visa are an obstacle." Get the full story at Travel Weekly