2013 River Cruise Brochure
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The 2013 RiveR CRuise BRoChuRe
see What our experts Thought When We sent Them on A River Cruise...
James on board Uniworld: SS Antoinette hannah on board Avalon Waterways
Not sure about River Cruising? Allow me to convert you............
Although shes quite small compared to ocean going vessels you get a real feeling of space on board. Nowhere is cramped in or feels
small. All the bars and cabins feel really large. A couple of people on board have said it feels a bit chintzy to them but it puts me in mind of seventeenth century France, very ornate and opulent...
I love my cabin and I think all ocean going cruises should adopt river cruise style balconies. Its great... In the picture below it looks like a floor to ceiling picture window however at the touch of a button the top half descended
to transform it into a balcony...
Breisach & Riquewihr
Both villages were small and beautiful full of shops and houses from the fifteenth century forward with wooden facades and views of the mountains off in the distance...
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Today was Strasbourg with an 8:30 start so breakfast was an early affair. Its an American style buffet breakfast every morning served in the main lounge with a choice of different sausages each morning, bacon, (soft and crispy), different kinds of eggs from an egg station, (if you ever get on board make sure you try their Eggs Benedict), fruits, cereals and pastries.
After dinner we headed to the main lounge but apart from the group Im travelling with there was only one other couple in there, everyone else had gone to bed making for a quiet night again...
I have just been lucky enough to spend 3 fabulous nights and days cruising the Danube from Vienna to Budapest...
The big bonus being on a river cruise is that when you wake up or even arrive somewhere during the day, you are right where you need to be - most of the time you could sight see on foot, no long costly transfers. The other obvious bonus is that at virtually every port you get an included coach tour with a very knowledgable guide and if you wish you can continue onto the walking tour with headsets and your guide, or if you prefer you can take the coach back to the ship.
This is all free!
Another plus with river cruising is that the boats are small, although they feel spacious enough. Our ship only had 100 passengers and the atmosphere was friendly, passengers and staff alike. The food was as good or even better than I have had on large ships, with regional specialities at lunch each day - the Austrian Meatloaf was to die for!
I have to say that our days were so busy that we wouldnt have made it to a night club even if there had been one on board. I was ready for my PJs by 10pm, although I think I made it to 11pm on the last night.
4 - 7 The River Rhine8 - 11 The Dutch Waterways12 - 13 Cruiseline Comparsion Chart14 - 15 The Mekong River16 The Nile
17 The River Seine18 The River Douro19 The River Rhne20 - 21 The River Danube22 - 23 The Mississippi River
view oFFeRs for all these River Cruise Lines at
Top 10 reasons for taking a River Cruise?
2 Small and friendlyThe size of river cruise vessels is governed by the length and width
of the locks that they have to get through. Most river cruise ships only hold between 100 and 200 passengers. Some hold fewer, a very few hold more, but generally no more than 250. Open dining in the restaurant allowing passengers to sit with different people each night.
3 Its so easyJust get on board, unpack and enjoy the scenery as your floating
hotel takes you on a fascinating journey visiting numerous iconic towns, cities and villages. On a typical seven night cruise on the Danube, you could be visiting Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Melk and Durnstein. On a two-week journey through the centre of Europe, add in places such as Amsterdam, Koblenz, Cologne, Nuremberg, Rothenburg and much more. Mostly you will moor in the heart of the cities you are visiting so you can walk ashore and see the sights often shore excursions are included!
4 Watch the World go byRiver cruise itineraries often have a half day ashore and a half day
sailing, but unlike sea days on an ocean cruise on a river cruise youll always have a view of towns, villages, cities and the countryside. The time is also used for talks by guest speakers, wine or beer tasting sessions or cookery demonstrations.
5 A room with a viewAll cabins on river cruise ships are outside and most are on decks
two and three and have large picture windows or French balconies (with a French door that opens to a rail rather than a veranda, so you can let fresh air in).
6 Listen very carefullyThe best river cruise companies provide guides with microphones and passengers with Quietvox receivers and earphones so you can hear what they are saying without having to crowd around. It means you never have to miss the guides narration even when they have to speak quietly in churches and cathedrals. Several cruise lines also now offer a choice of free excursions at selected stops at no extra charge. It might be a city tour, a bike ride or a few hours at a spa.
7 No need to flyEuropean river cruise holidays also cater for those people that dont
want to fly as it is so easy to take the Eurostar train from London through the Channel Tunnel, connect to a local high-speed rail network and join your cruise. Amsterdam, Paris or Lyon are generally most popular with rail-cruisers, but if you have more time there is no reason why you cant take the train to Budapest or Vienna.
8 The World is your OysterRiver cruising doesnt have to mean staying close to home. As well as
river cruises in Europe, sailing through France, Germany, Austria, the former Eastern Europe and Portugal, there are also more exotic journeys on the Nile in Egypt, the Mekong in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, the Yangtze in China and the Ayeyarwady in Myanmar.
9 Its smooth sailingWannabee cruisers worried about seasickness can join a river cruise without fear of mal de mer. The only thing river cruisers need to be aware of is that itineraries can be affected by low or high water. Not enough water and the boats cant cruise, too much and they cant get under the bridges. In these cases, coaches will be used to bus passengers to and from the key attractions.
10 Modern livingThe new river cruise ships are a million miles away from the older
tonnage that has dominated the market until very recently. Book one of the new build and you can have a balcony, or a balcony alternative, large suites, and your vessel will likely have a dining alternative to the standard restaurant. Most offer wi-fi throughout the ship (sometimes at no charge), to appeal to customers who want to keep in touch with work or family, and large flat-screen TVs that double as entertainment systems. Modern minimalist dcor is the norm, instead of the living-room-look of old, although Uniworld has gone for more lavish furnishings for its newer vessels and is also renovating its older tonnage in the same way.
1 So much is includedMany of the leading cruise lines include so much onboard that you
could leave your wallet at home. All of the cruise lines include accommodation and food, many also include daily excursions, wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner, or with lunch and dinner and gratuities. Some even include wi-fi onboard at no extra cost.
Cologne This historical and cultural hub is packed with attractions and features stunning example of architecture. Cologne is the capital of the Rhineland and one of Germanys largest cities. The soaring twin steeples of Colognes magnificent gothic cathedral, which took more than 600 years to build, dominate the skyline and is one of the largest in the world. The Germano-Roman Museum next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs. Alternatively, the Old Town abounds with taverns, cafs and shops.
Strasbourg Capital and principal city of the Alsace region in north-eastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the border of France and Germany. The picturesque town is known for its black and white timber framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watch towers. It is a seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Visit the La Petite France district where you will see the Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. Other noteworthy sights include the Place Kleber, Place Gutenberg and the Kronenbourg Brewery.
Rhine Cruises from 949
see pages 6 & 7 for more fantastic details...
The legendary river Rhine is also Europes most popular, attracting over 22,000 British cruise passengers a year. The Rhine flows from the snow-capped Swiss Alps, through the heart of Germany, to Holland and the North Sea. The River Rhine meanders through spectacular scenery the beautiful 40-mile Rhine Gorge with miles of castles, spires, Romanesque Churches and stunning riverside vineyards, before passing the mighty Lorelei Rock.
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CochemIn the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises - Eifel and Hunsrck - lies the old town of Cochem. Even the Romans sang the praises of this remarkable landscape. A few things have changed since then, but the attraction has remained because the past centuries - above all the Middle Ages - have left their marks here. The town of Cochem itself is a sight worth seeing, not only because of its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the lovingly restored half