FIRST TIME CRUISER: EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE?

Old Jul 23rd, 2001, 08:51 PM
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FIRST TIME CRUISER: EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE?

I'm a single, professional woman in my forties and a pretty savvy world traveler and am considering a river cruise through Holland and Belgium on the Queen of Holland (Uniworld cruises). I'll be traveling with a female roomate. Any advice? What's the situation with seasickness on a small boat?
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Old Jul 24th, 2001, 01:38 PM
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We are taking a Uniworld river cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam, leaving this Friday. I may have answers for you when we return.
 
Old Jul 24th, 2001, 02:03 PM
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Hi Linda- We took a river cruise down the RHone RIver from Arles to Lyon on the MS Cezanne I 2 years ago-the cruise was great but do not expect a US type cruise ship with all the amenities-our cabin was fine and our bathroom was large and made of teakwood- there was only a parlor w/piano player at nite and a hot tub-no pool. Breakfast was buffet as was lunch and dinner was off the menu- you could not double order-ie.steak and lobster together-as you can on a US cruise-our table had to basically demand it and it finally got done- The cruise itself was full of mostly Europeans-german and french- and the people were very friendly. The staff was Italian- we LOVED the cruise even though it wasn't what I'd call an upscale cruise, as Europeans don't demand as much as Americans...but the price was expensive. The scenery was fabulous and the excursions were wonderful--we would definitely go again, even knowing it's not like taking a Med cruise nor a Caribbean cruise...the experience is unreal. If you have any other questions,email me direct--by the way-excursions were expensive and an added cost. Also you do NOT need any formal wear for this cruise-a nice dress for dinner is all that's required and a coat and tie for the men. Hope this helps-
 
Old Jul 24th, 2001, 02:04 PM
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Linda- forgot to tell you- was not seasick at all on this cruise- the boat moves VERRRRRRRRRRy slowly--- also there are other companies out there that are better than Uniworld for the same price.
 
Old Jul 25th, 2001, 05:20 PM
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Hi Linda -
My wife and I just returned two days ago from France and the Rhone River trip with Grand Circle Travel on their ship the "Ravel." That cruise company works only by catalog and phone. One set price. Tends to be 50 - 60 + in age.

We have taken 9 cruises, but this was our first river cruise.

It was great. 3 nights on the Riveria, then 7 nights on the ship, then 3 nights in Paris -- or one can do it in reverse. The ship went in the water in April -- brand new!

I would do it again in a Paris minute! It is not an ocean cruise by any means, but nice people, 120 people in 60 rooms.

Goes through some 10 or 12 locks (the river goes up).

The daily stops and tours are very interesting - historic stuff. They have some live TV in the rooms.

If you want more information -- contact me.

Oh, they have some 10 + river boats in Europe and another new one coming out.

Anew
 
Old Jul 25th, 2001, 09:23 PM
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Thanks for your feedback. The price on this trip is two for one but I'm beginning to believe that your Rhone cruise was more picturesque than this one that goes from Amsterdam to Arnhem, Antwerp, Brugge, Dordrecht, Rotterdam and Schoonhave (with an optional to Delft). I'm concerned that the evenings will be a bit boring. Has anyone taken this route before and is it worth seeing during the non-tulip season?
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Old Jul 28th, 2001, 08:32 PM
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Hi- most of the evening are very laid back and staid--music in the lounge and talking to other passengers---most of the river cruise ships are very similar-unless you happen to find a newer one that may have a casino--in fact,age group is older and people retire to their cabins earlier also---but the day excusrions and scenery is well worth it.
 
Old Jan 11th, 2003, 01:53 PM
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I am guessing you have completed your European cruise by now. Can you give your overall experience? Would you do it again? I have a client looking to do a European River Cruise in September 2004.
 
Old Jan 11th, 2003, 06:28 PM
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Rebecca- I noticed you sent me an email and since I did not know you , I inadvertantly deleted it--
re=send to [email protected] --

We took our cruise 2 years ago= NOT 12 as the post looks-- I typed too fast- we were on the MS CEZANNE I....2 years ago....
 
Old Jan 12th, 2003, 01:38 AM
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