I don't know what to do now! I was all ready to book a Rhine River Cruise with Uniworld and made the mistake of talking with the TA at AAA this morning. She only had very negative things to say about Uniworld and suggested that we book with General Tours, whom I have never heard of before.
Does anyone have any comments about Uniworld's river cruises? I can't find any websites (other than the tiny one here) that have posts or reviews about Uniworld. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Take a look at KD River cruises - web site www.rivercruises.com
We like the looks of them, and they offer some great itineraries.
We are thinking seriously of a Rhine or Moselle trip in the late spring of 2003.
Many of the Uniworld 'ships' are getting a bit long in the tooth (and I'm pointing fingers?) while KD recently merged with another company so they have a lot of different itineraries, and they got the Conde Nast readers choice award in 2001.
Dall (and yes, it's MUCH colder up our way, but we'll be nice and toasty warm in 11 more days!)
Wow, Dall!! I'm surprised to hear it about KD. Their brochure is so basic - very, very simplistic in every means of the word. I like their Deustchland ship (not to be confused with Peter Deilmann's) better than the Swiss Pearl that Uniworld & General Tours uses on the Rhine. I haven't received my Conde Nast for this month yet, but will check it out when it comes. (if it was in this month's issue)
KD's prices are definitely A LOT better than everyone else for the cruise alone, but I worry about having to do so much of our own arrangements. KD won't book airfare and we'd have to buy 2 one-way tickets (LAX to Amsterdam, Zurich to LAX). That worries me a bit, as we are new to Europe. Also, their hotel in Zurich isn't very nice from what I've heard. Could I be wrong?
I love KD's package tour that does London, Paris, Amsterdam and the cruise down the Rhine, but it's a bit pricey when you figure that air isn't included in the price. (Have been asking the company that sells KD in the US questions via e-mail lately.)
If you don't do one of their package tours and do just the cruise, you have to pay for EVERY transfer with them. It's $60 pp from Basel to Zurich and $65 pp from the hotel in Amsterdam to the ship x 4 people = $500 just in transfers alone. I think that's a bit steep.
I'm trying to play the devil's advocate here, can you tell? I want to go with KD, but have a few concerns. Any reassurance or help in sorting out my confusion would be very much appreciated!!!
KD was purchased by Viking River Cruises. You can find the same cruises/same ships in the Viking brochure. There prices include air from US. I haven't done a side by side comparison yet of the two brochures to see if prices etc are otherwise the same.
Marc - According to what I've seen in Viking River Cruises' brochure, they do not offer the same sailings. We need a shorter sailing and Viking only has long ones. Do you think it is 'safe' to go with KD? I like their "kids cruise free" program in July and August!
I'm on the road so I don't have my brochures. We are looking at the 16 day sailing so that might explain it. When you look in the KD brochure, their 16 day sailings are on Viking Pride and Viking Neptune. I'm sort of surprised that Viking doesn't have all of the KD cruises in their own brochure. From what I've read, KD should be a great experience. One option we were looking at for a shorter cruise was Peter Deilmann. They have a one week Rhein and a one week Passau-Passau that goes to Budapest. We are going in October and Deilmann doesn't operate any of their longer cruises at that time. One reason we are looking at the long cruise is that we want to go through the Main-Danube canal.
Marc - I was wondering the same thing. You'd think Viking would incorporate all of their KD cruises into their Viking brochure. Maybe they'll do it next year. Viking is mentioned in the KD brochure, right on the front page. They suggest choosing a Viking cruise if you are looking for a longer vacation.
I'd love to do a longer cruise, especially since we'd be coming from so far away, but it's impossible for my husband to be away from work for more than 11 days at a time. In fact, 11 days is 'pushing it'. Your cruise sounds wonderful!
My husband's family was from Bavaria and mine was from Alsace and Switzerland, so this trip will have some sentimental value for us too. Thanks for your opinion about KD. I really appreciate it!