We have done our research and narrowed it do a 7 or 8 day Rhine River cruise between Basel, Switzerland and Amsterdam. [If someone feels this is not a good cruise please let me know.] We like the itineraries that arrive in Amsterdam and spend the night there before disembarking or spend a day before embarking. This would give us Amsterdam time without needing to organize lodging and tours.
Transatlantic cruises are the most budget friendly cruises that there are. We have talked about taking one before. Last year the airfare was out of sight. I did a dummy booking and JFK to Basel is $634 pp, a flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona is $110pp, and Royal Caribbean TA from there to FLL starts at $749.
If you have done this is it just too much travel/commotion to be enjoyable? Would you do it again?Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Everyone has something good to say about the companies they have cruised with. We are looking at Viking, AMA and Avalon for this itinerary. Which would you choose and why?
Previous Cruises:Carnival Ecstasy– July 2000: Mexico; Carnival Fantasy– August 2006: Bahamas; Carnival Pride –October 2009: Bahamas; Celebrity Constellation–March 2010: Panama Canal; Enchantment of the Seas–June 2010: Eastern Caribbean, September 2010: New England and Canada, March 2012: Southern Caribbean; Celebrity Mercury–November 2010 Eastern Caribbean and January 2011 Bahamas and Florida; Carnival Legend –April 2011: Western Caribbean; Radiance of the Seas--Alaska; August 2012, Explorer of the Seas--Bermuda: October 2012; Legend of the Seas –Transatlantic, October 2013; Brilliance of the Seas--North Atlantic TA: August 2014; Vision of the Seas--Southern Caribbean: November 2014; Serenade of the Seas--B2B Bahamas and Western Caribbean: March/April 2015; Southern Caribbean: November 2015; Grandeur of the Seas–June 2005: Bermuda, April 2013: Caribbean reposition cruise; March 2014: Western Caribbean, April 2016: Eastern Caribbean, July 2016: Bermuda/Bahamas, Harmony of The Seas-- October 2016: Transatlantic .