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Forum: River Cruising August 28th, 2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 674
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Check with your cruise director, there were...

Check with your cruise director, there were boarding cards that guests were asked to pick up as they left the ship. This allowed the ship to keep track of numbers so nobody was left behind. The...
Forum: River Cruising August 26th, 2015, 09:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,485
Posted By gentlemancruiser
They are trying to be as upfront because they are...

They are trying to be as upfront because they are losing business. I know several people who enjoy riving cruising like I do, but are not prepared to deal with the uncertainly which is always...
Forum: River Cruising August 26th, 2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,485
Posted By gentlemancruiser
For most of these river companies it is a wait...

For most of these river companies it is a wait and see approach and everything is done last minute. "Don't' upset passengers unless you must" but this situation only leads to a very nerve wracking...
Forum: River Cruising August 26th, 2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,969
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Steamboats I think you've become our Oracle of...

Steamboats I think you've become our Oracle of the Elbe!
Forum: River Cruising August 25th, 2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 739
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Yes. You and your bags will be screened ...

Yes. You and your bags will be screened


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Forum: River Cruising August 23rd, 2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 739
Posted By gentlemancruiser
The Eurostar requires airport style screening...

The Eurostar requires airport style screening because of the tunnel however Thalys does not have the same screening.


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Forum: River Cruising August 22nd, 2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By gentlemancruiser
The staff at the airport will not accept tips. ...

The staff at the airport will not accept tips. The staff are well paid by the airline and it is their job to get you safely to the aircraft. These are not red caps but airline staff who are hired...
Forum: River Cruising August 22nd, 2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Tipping depend upon the country you are in. In a...

Tipping depend upon the country you are in. In a lot of places the airport staff who are transferring you are paid by the airlines and are not tipped unlike in many U.S. Airports


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Forum: River Cruising August 19th, 2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,067
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Viking uses the Marriott Budapest, Avalon uses...

Viking uses the Marriott Budapest, Avalon uses the Budapest InterContinental and Tauck I believe uses the Four Season Gresham Palace.
Forum: River Cruising August 17th, 2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
Posted By gentlemancruiser
they lost because they were playing against the...

they lost because they were playing against the Blue Jays!!
Forum: River Cruising August 17th, 2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,969
Posted By gentlemancruiser
I understand your point about the weather and...

I understand your point about the weather and having a crystal ball but at least be upfront with your 'guests' and allow them to make informed decisions.

Something doesn't pass the smell test.
Forum: River Cruising August 16th, 2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,808
Posted By gentlemancruiser
I pack clothes, camera and one flat top sheet...

I pack clothes, camera and one flat top sheet (only in summer in Europe)


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Forum: River Cruising August 14th, 2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,389
Posted By gentlemancruiser
JC Sorry to be the bearer of this news but...

JC
Sorry to be the bearer of this news but there are right now 120 ships stuck on the Danube in Romania. Below is the headline from a online article from Romania.
There hasn't been as much talk...
Forum: River Cruising August 14th, 2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,659
Posted By gentlemancruiser
One big different you will notice that river...

One big different you will notice that river cruising is a MUCH slower and quitter pace then ocean cruising. There are no where near as many organized activities onboard a river boat and most people...
Forum: River Cruising August 13th, 2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,969
Posted By gentlemancruiser
My family is in the UK. They were told their...

My family is in the UK. They were told their trip would be 'altered' and would be meeting this ship further upstream from the original point of Melnik. Never any mention of cancellation, nor were...
Forum: River Cruising August 13th, 2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,969
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Here's another video from an Tamil News station. ...

Here's another video from an Tamil News station. Elbe was at 51cm when this video was taken.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yOqUZuGgTA
Forum: River Cruising August 13th, 2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,969
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Good luck! Last year the Elbe had a similar...

Good luck! Last year the Elbe had a similar problems with low water levels and I know from family who were on the older ship Fontane that they were bussed most of the week, the ship only moved once...
Forum: River Cruising August 13th, 2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,089
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Does anyone know if the cargo ship has been...

Does anyone know if the cargo ship has been moved? Are the ships moving again?
Forum: River Cruising August 12th, 2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 63
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Views: 2,310
Posted By gentlemancruiser
We choose to sail with Avalon specifically...

We choose to sail with Avalon specifically because we liked the cabin layout.

The panorama suite cabins with the beds facing the window make so much sense!!! The large French balcony make the...
Forum: River Cruising August 12th, 2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,089
Posted By gentlemancruiser
We used them last year for another Danube cruise...

We used them last year for another Danube cruise on the Impression, which was interrupted because of a broken lock. It was a hassle and I didn't enjoy the bus trip, however Avalon did a lot during...
Forum: River Cruising August 12th, 2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,089
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Thanks Avalon! Now can you promise me a great...

Thanks Avalon!
Now can you promise me a great time on the Avalon Vista WBA908. I'm getting very nervous about a ship swap or cancellation.
Bruce
Forum: River Cruising August 11th, 2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,089
Posted By gentlemancruiser
A busy place.

A busy place.
Forum: River Cruising August 11th, 2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,089
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Looking on Vessel Finder there are a lot of ships...

Looking on Vessel Finder there are a lot of ships in Regensburg and Passau. There must be a whole lot of rafting going on!
Forum: River Cruising August 10th, 2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,089
Posted By gentlemancruiser
The photo in this article really shows what the...

The photo in this article really shows what the situation is like. http://www.sueddeutsche.de/bayern/vilshofen-trockenheit-stoppt-schifffahrt-auf-der-donau-1.2579793

I cannot read German but...
Forum: River Cruising August 10th, 2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,089
Posted By gentlemancruiser
Danube blockage

Below is message from Avalon's FB page. There is currently a cargo ship blocking the Danube around Straubing / Deggendorf. German news reported it over the weekend. There are no longer any...
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