Posted June 15th, 2013, 01:50 PM
We have been on many ocean cruises but need help with our first river cruise. We are going on our first river cruise (Viking Grand Europe)early Sept.
Will capris, nice jeans or shorts be acceptable for excursions? I know when we were in Italy, we could not have our shoulders bare if we were going into churchs. I did notice many wearing jeans in Italy.
Also, do passengers wear their "excursion" clothes to dinner if there isn't time to change?
Has anyone purchased prepaid visa cards to use in Europe? Since my Visa credit card has been hacked 2xs in the last year, and my husband's Mastercard was hacked too, I would like to leave credit card and my debit card at home.
I appreciate all the info I get from CC and look forward to hearing from those experienced river cruisers.
Compared to ocean cruises, river cruise wear is much more casual. No formal nites so no ball gowns and tuxs. Men can wear a jacket on Captain dinner nite but a long sleeved dress shirt and tie would be ample. I take black pants and beige linen pants and lots of tops, pashminas, necklaces (costume) and in a blink of an eye, you have a new outfit to wear to dinner.
yes many religious sites require legs covered men and women and shoulders. Throw a scarf or pashmina into a bag and you are ready to go. We bought cargo pants with zip off legs at Costco for hubby and they were handy...pants for the religious sites, then zip off the bottoms and viola,shorts.
You almost always have time for a shower and change between shore excursions and meal but if not, day wear would be quite ok altho not shorts...not that it isn't allowed but I think you might feel out of place.
1961 P&O Orsova -Hawaii- Vancouver, 1962 P&O Orcades -Hawaii-Vancouver
1974 – Island Princess – Coastal, 1996- Regal Princess – Coastal
2001- Viking KD Deutschland- Rhine Cruise, 2002- Ocean Princess – Alaska
2003- Sun Princess – Coastal,
2005- RCI Vision of the Seas- Coastal, 2005- Sapphire Princess – Coastal
2006- Star Princess – Western Caribbean, 2006- Diamond Princess- Coastal
2007– RCI Serenade of the Seas- Alaska,
2008 - Caribbean Princess – Eastern Caribbean, 2008- Golden Princess – Hawaii Roundtrip
2009- Uniworld River Empress –Holland/Belgium
2011- Emerald Princess – TA/Northern Europe, 2011- Island Princess – Alaska
2012- Ruby Princess – Grand Med, 2012- Viking Njord – Danube
2013- Star Princess – Coastal, 2013- Caribbean Princess- New England/Canada
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2015-Viking Odin 'Rhine Rhapsody'
2016- Private Land Tour Ireland 14 days...no cruise this year!
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