Posted November 21st, 2012, 08:14 PM
Hi, Charlotte! We, too, were seasoned ocean cruisers, but I was so over the production shows, and neither of us gambled. So, our evenings ended up being spent in our cabin reading or (on the newer ships) watching a movie. We had begun selecting our cruises for the itinerary (only somewhat for the cruise line and the ship) and were booking private tours while in port. We had "done" the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexico, and when we received a brochure from Viking, my husband was ready to book. We selected the "Tulips & Windmills" cruise, and it was just a perfect introduction (for me, anyway)to river cruising. My husband had spent a good deal of time in Holland on business and wanted me to be able to see some of the sights he had, and he was very pleased with how much more we saw with our cruise. We would take the included walking tours in the A.M., return to the ship for lunch, and then strike out on our own after lunch; either returning to town to explore more on our own or joining some fellow passengers for sightseeing.
We are already planning another river cruise for 2014.