I live on the East Coast and would leave from BWI. I could also use Reagan or Dulles.
Tacky pup and Green....thanks for your Kayak.com suggestion. I'll give it a try.
Is it better to book a cruise first and then look for airfare?
I'll ignore you calling me tacky before booking a cruise, I'd at least get a ballpark of the airfare I'd be expecting to pay and possible routes. Also depending on which line you cruise you might find decent air through them.
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Checking airline rates prior to a cruise is a great idea. No tackiness, just a wise travelling strategy. I would check both airfare and cruise rates and find the "happy middle" that suits your timeframe/budget.
Ryan air is great, for travel WITHIN Europe. Although their baggage rules etc are very stringent. I have found drive to be cheaper for travel with 4-6hrs of driving distance, but I own a car here so rental rates may make or break that idea.
My mom recent flew to germany to visit from Fl. She flew United for about $1,200. Thats an excellent price from what I've seen from searching for similar flights. Most travel sites have comparable fares, sometimes the airline sites have better prices though.
Any flight around $1k is a decent rate. Flying into Cruise ports seem to have higher rates, conveniently enough. You may want to consider flying into a "cheaper" city then taking the rail system (which can be considerably faster or much slower than car travel depending on the train type, regional versus ICE) or getting a bus transfer.
Also note: the euro to dollar rate right now is HORRIBLE (1 EUR = 1.41564 USD). Keep this in mind if you look on europe based airline/travel sites.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
BTW- I am taking a cruise 10 Sept leaving from Italy. I found driving 8hrs each way and paying for the port parking was cheaper than flying on any airline, to include ryanair, and allowed me more travel flexibility.
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My wife and I are departing the Viking River's new Viking Prestige in a couple of weeks in Nuremburg.
We are going to take the train through Munich to Salzburg. Do you think it might have been cheaper to rent a car and drive? We would have had to pick it up in Nurmburg and drop it off in Salzburg. I thought about it, but the train just seemed more logical - I hope I am right.
What part of Germany are you in?
Not to take the subject off of European airfares - I also thank you for mentioning RyanAir. I do recall hearing recently that they did something outrageous with their baggage fees - like charging far more for bags than the actual ticket. was that true?
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You could also check flyertalk as well. Though its more of a Freq Flyer site (with a LOT of complaining about everything) they do have a "milage run" section where users post cheap flights. Might be able to find a flight close to where you want to go for a good price.