Ron is a certified Avalon Waterways Specialist and a certified Uniworld Preferred Specialist! But it does not end there. Ron is also very knowledgeable and has personal experience with Viking Cruise lines. That simply means I have completed the training to learn the different aspects of the riverboat cruise ships, what they have to offer, why you should chose one of them to travel on and various itineraries of each of the cruise lines.
Uniworld River Boat Group Cruise. I will be escorting a group cruise in June of 2024. Please click onto GROUP CRUISES for full information. Add two nights in Zurich, Switzerland for about $500 a person. Contact me for information. You can actually research or book your cruise on my web site as I get credit for being the travel agent if you use my link found on this page. However, I would prefer to do the booking myself for you.
This cruise is first come first reserved. There is no room block for this ship so as the public reserves the rooms, the available rooms decreases. For my group sailing on June 12,2024 all you need to do is put up a 10% deposit to hold the room. If you pay in full at booking, you get an additional reduction. The ship only has a limited number of rooms in each category, so make your choice and reserve it while it is available. The lowest category is $3499 a person plus $220 port charge and insurance at $449 a person cruise only. Airfare is extra and is not available for pricing at this time. The cost of insurance increases with the total package cost. Call me for details at 941-725-4500.
To view cruises available on Viking River Cruises click onto this link. http://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/myagent/getmantravel.com
To view Rons pictures of a Basel Switzerland to Amsterdam river cruise click here. https://sway.office.com/kgcn6huoJqvS5PKl?ref=Link
There are a number of rivers to cruise on in Europe. The Danube–predominately Budapest as a start or end. Many of the cruises includes Vienna with its arts and museums, Passau and up to Nuremberg and the Main River in Germany .
Riverboat cruising is entirely different from Ocean cruising. No crowds, no floor shows, no casinos, no motion from the waves. If the weather is bad, the ship can stay tied to the dock.
They say it is a “thinking man’s cruise, not a drinking man’s cruise”
There are a number of rivers in Europe to cruise on. The most popular are the Danube and the Rhine. The Rhine River cruise is usually called the Castles of the Rhine because of obvious reasons. Northbound it starts in Basel Switzerland and ends in Amsterdam. Other rivers are the Main, the Moselle, the Seine, the Douro in Portugal and Spain.
The cruise lines on the rivers are many. The mainstream river cruise lines are Tauck, Uniworld, Viking, AMA, Senic, Emerald, Crystal, Avalon, Ambercrombie & Kent and a few other smaller companies. Viking has the most ships. Some cruise lines are all-inclusive with the fare including alcohol, tips and excursions in addition to the cruise. Most all of the others include beer and wine with your meals, but you either purchase a drink package or pay for drinks individually. Viking does not care if you bring alcohol onboard. I do not know of the policy of the other cruise lines, but I would suspect that it is not that much of an issue.
River Cruising is an exercise in relaxing. Especially over a cold locally brewed beer. This is Kosch beer made in Cologne Germany and this was at Peters Brauhaus. Peters Brauhaus – YouTube Many of the cities and towns have their own special brew.
September is the most popular time to cruise in Europe on the rivers. There are lighter crowds, weather is nice and it is the month with the most departures. Summer is the most crowded naturally because its vacation time. An issue to be concerned with is water levels. You have no way of knowing how much or how little rain has fallen or will fall during the time of your cruise. Your cruise could be disrupted by the high or low water levels or by an inoperative lock that creates a delay or a blockage. As I write this, there is a drought going on in Europe, so some river cruises have been and are being impacted.
Viking has enough ships that they can take you off a ship and bus you around a low spot and you simply swap places on another ship going the opposite direction. Then both ships simply turn around so the passengers are able to continue with their voyage. Smaller cruise lines take you off the ship and put you on busses and have you stay in hotels, thus your river cruise becomes a land tour.
When at the Black Forest there is a huge Cuckoo Clock business–indicated by this very large exterior. This is one of the businesses at the destination of the Black Forest trip by coach. It was high in elevation and cool. Also there was a glass blowing business, shops, restaurant and a hotel..