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Lakers Fan May 24th, 2011 10:12 AM

River Cruises
 
Do any of you do River cruises ? We have friends who are on a river cruise now going to Russia ,Estonia and Finland .These people are cruiseaholics and do both river and sea.

venice May 24th, 2011 11:06 AM

did a river cruise to the South of France on Peter Deilmann in the spring of 2008 and :Dloved it:D...144 guest of which only 12 were Americans (rest were Germans)..going thru 38 locks was an incredible experience..weather was great, food was good...not for the type of cruisers that love an active night life and casino etc....would do it again in an heart beat especially with the newer vessels

MercedMike May 24th, 2011 11:23 AM

River cruises
 
We have considered this many times, but are just not sure it is our cuppa tea. If we found it just as good as a sea cruise, it would be a loser because it costs twice as much! So it would have to turn out really really good to justify the price. Rarely do these cruises go anyplace really exciting, so itinerary can't be the justification. So we are just afraid it would be a big disappointment.

venice May 24th, 2011 03:59 PM

Mike..understand your concerns and I had alot of the same ones prior to our journey...if you have an open mindset about trying one, I think you would enjoy it...with the newer vessels from Avalon etc., you have all of the ammenities (on a much smaller scale), including suites...the pace is very laid back, you really have an opportunity to interact with your fellow cruisers (I loved the fact that virtually all of our German cruisemates spoke English as a second langauge and they loved the fact I was from New Orleans) the ports of call were all on the Rhone river and the towns were small and you could walk from the dock..the views were spectacular and you have the opportunity to spend alot of quality time with your cabin mate..the entertainment was local and different every night...a very different cruising experience ..one of the highlights of our trip is we visited a French winery that was taken over by the German troops during WW2...the owner was a young girl when it happen and it was very interesting to watch her explain it to her German guests, most of whom were retired..fyi the age group of folks river cruising is older, but more and more younger folks are trying it...one night in my honor, the pianist played alot of songs by New Orleans artists and she asked me to sing a few Fats Domino's and Dr John..they provided free drinks so it was a great night

CruisinK n J May 24th, 2011 04:43 PM

River Cruises
 
I would love to do a river cruise in the south of France. We get brochures from Viking. But they're pricey.

Judy

lulu48 May 24th, 2011 05:37 PM

Wanted to do one for years but felt we may be too young & it may be too boring
Well we finally booked one with Scenic tours for next june
Our friend is retiring so his DW decided we should all go on a river cruise

They have never had the desire to cruise with us on the ocean cruises so this will be an introduction to cruising for them
If they like it maybe I can convince them to try an Ocean cruise ;)

Will let you know how it turns out

MercedMike May 25th, 2011 03:30 PM

Concerns
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by venice (Post 1372619)
Mike..understand your concerns and I had alot of the same ones prior to our journey...if you have an open mindset about trying one, I think you would enjoy it...with the newer vessels from Avalon etc., you have all of the ammenities (on a much smaller scale), including suites...the pace is very laid back, you really have an opportunity to interact with your fellow cruisers (I loved the fact that virtually all of our German cruisemates spoke English as a second langauge and they loved the fact I was from New Orleans) the ports of call were all on the Rhone river and the towns were small and you could walk from the dock..the views were spectacular and you have the opportunity to spend alot of quality time with your cabin mate..the entertainment was local and different every night...a very different cruising experience ..one of the highlights of our trip is we visited a French winery that was taken over by the German troops during WW2...the owner was a young girl when it happen and it was very interesting to watch her explain it to her German guests, most of whom were retired..fyi the age group of folks river cruising is older, but more and more younger folks are trying it...one night in my honor, the pianist played alot of songs by New Orleans artists and she asked me to sing a few Fats Domino's and Dr John..they provided free drinks so it was a great night

All of that is likely true -- but why would I pay double price to do that on a river boat instead of Sapphire Princess?

That is the key. The price just doesn't justify the benefits. For the same price as a river boat cruise I could cruise on Oceania or even Crystal if I watched for bargains.

lulu48 May 25th, 2011 08:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MercedMike (Post 1372774)
That is the key. The price just doesn't justify the benefits. For the same price as a river boat cruise I could cruise on Oceania or even Crystal if I watched for bargains.

But would you enjoy it as much as Princess ;)
It all depends on what you are looking for in a cruise... river or ocean


PS Oceania has some good deals on now ;)

felix_the_cat May 30th, 2011 02:13 PM

We returned on May 3 from a Uniworld River Cruise. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Extremely different that the big ships and definitely not for kids. I think the youngest on our might have been in the early 40's.

Trackypup May 30th, 2011 02:31 PM

I keep looking at them and I just can't justify the cost. We LOVE France... we covered everything the Seine cruise does by spending a week between Paris and Honfleur for 1/2 the cost. We covered the South of France cruise the same way by spending a week down there with our own car.

I would love to see the Christmas markets but we're thinking of just spending a week in Cologne/Brussels in December.

I just can't justify it for what you get. Maybe it's because we like to drive in Europe and have no issues doing our own thing.

If you're not comfortable driving or doing your own thing then they're probably a much better option.

lulu48 May 30th, 2011 07:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trackypup (Post 1373776)
If you're not comfortable driving or doing your own thing then they're probably a much better option.

It is not a matter of comfortable driving & DIY
I am on vacation I want to be pampered :D
It is not for everyone

Trackypup May 30th, 2011 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lulu48 (Post 1373812)
It is not a matter of comfortable driving & DIY
I am on vacation I want to be pampered :D
It is not for everyone

I think it depends on what your version of Pampering entails. Someone waiting on me isn't it.

lulu48 May 30th, 2011 10:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trackypup (Post 1373816)
I think it depends on what your version of Pampering entails. Someone waiting on me isn't it.

Someone to cook the meals, do the dishes, make the bed & not having to pack up each day is good for me :D
But if you like driving around & cooking your own meals that is OK too
What ever works best for you may not work for everyone that is whay we have choices ;)

enjoy

Trackypup May 30th, 2011 11:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lulu48 (Post 1373848)
Someone to cook the meals, do the dishes, make the bed & not having to pack up each day is good for me :D
But if you like driving around & cooking your own meals that is OK too
What ever works best for you may not work for everyone that is whay we have choices ;)

enjoy

Yeah, I don't do too much cooking on vacation and definitely not into too much moving around. I prefer to stay somewhere central and do day trips.

Sistersolo June 10th, 2011 05:00 PM

I've done two river cruises with Viking --- the first in China, in the Three Gorges area of the Yangtze. The tour included two days in Shanghai, a flight to the dam area, ten days on the river, a day in Chungking, a flight to Xian with an over night there, a flight to Bejing and two days there. All first-class hotels, fantastic guides, excellent food. And considering that the excursions at every stop are all included in the price, it's not all that expensive unless you're the type who prefers to just sit on the boat. The second was down the Dnieper River, from Kiev to Odessa, 11 days. Another winner both for the boat and the side trips (the Cossack horse show was incredible) and I LOVE Odessa. I'd go on their Danube run from Passau to Budapest this fall if I had a cabin-mate.

ThomasOrtiz November 5th, 2013 03:00 PM

I had to chuckle at MercedMike's comment about not going anywhere exciting. It depends on the river. The cruise we took on the Amazon was filled with more excitement than either of our big cruises on the Caribbean. Hearing monkeys howling in the trees, catching piranha, visiting with natives in the region, and exploring tributaries in smaller boats are just a few of the things we did during the 7-day cruise. Every day included outings that were adventurous.

We are preparing to go on a European river cruise, and do not expect the same level of daily adventure, but do expect some great wine tasting excursions.

BernieG November 5th, 2013 03:23 PM

I think they are ridiculously overpriced. Cabin the size of a shoe box for $5,000 per couple for 7 days to sail somewhere that takes 8 hours to drive is not for me.

MedicineWoman December 20th, 2013 10:58 PM

Hello,

River cruises are ridiculously over-priced for a single traveler, not bad if traveling with a companion, friend or room mate. This is what I seek!
Is there anyone out there who is interested to make a 7 day river cruise beginning from Copenhagen, returning to Stockholm, visa-verse. I prefer Estonia, Finland, Russia...Not England, this time :)
To make a new acquaintance is wonderful, a friend, marvelous. But, it is not necessary that we be best of friends or even hang out if this is your preference. You may have your privacy as well, your freedom to enjoy, should you desire spending all or part of your cruise apart other than our financial arrangement for accommodations.
I am easy to get along with, I do not snore, & have only 1.5 bad habits, I eat healthy and avoid smoke!
My desired trip time is May of 2014. If this is of particular interest to you, or to someone you may know, who is looking to cut the cost of traveling solo, please reply as soon as possible - Time is money ;)

Bonn Voyage!

MedicineWoman


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