Posted December 2nd, 2012, 10:42 AM
Are you willing to share what you decided on and why? Did you try to book with the cruise line? That 's my most confusing aspect... cruise line or local travel agent and what are the pros and cons. I use an online agency for ocean cruises but I don 't think they cover river cruises. Thanks for the assist.
Hi Jeep61, Sorry I missed your question earlier. I decided to go with AMA because it has the most favorable reviews for the Danube River and we like that they have tours for more active passengers. I think they are categorized as "fast walkers" and "slow walkers". The Preisman's review is what really sold me. http://www.thepreismans.com/
The trip that we want to do is from Budapest to Prague. We have been to Amsterdam a few times and have done a river cruise on the Rhine (not an overnight, but a day long ride from Koblenz to Rudesheim). We are anxious to spend some independent time in Budapest and Prague.
When I tried to book, I went directly to AMA online, but was called back by a travel agency that does their booking. I haven't found a local travel agent that has traveled very much, so I'd rather come here for advice! I'm sure we have some experienced travelers that are agents, but I've yet to find one
Also, if they can't discount, I would rather not use a middleman.
Caviargirl, Franski and others have given great advice! I am forever grateful for CC members that give honest and fair assessments, which allow us to learn from their experiences. With a TA, you always wonder if they are selling the line that gives better commission or perks. Here, you know that the reviewers have nothing to gain or lose by what they say.
Good luck selecting your trip and better luck being able to book it!
Caviargirl, that was too bad about your Prague transfer experience! Someone was trying to get the biggest bang for your buck! It'll be interesting to see if they refund any of the fare or if they chalk it up to "oh, well, we've got your money and you probably won't be back."