My husband and I loved the two ocean cruises we took, but he ended up with mal de debarquement syndrome - he was fine on the ship but vertigo ensued after he was back on land; first time for two weeks, second time for a few months. He was told to 86 ocean cruising as future exposure could result in a permanent case of vertigo.
He is fine on non-seagoing boats, however, and quite enthusiastic about the idea of a river cruise. Finding the right one for us seems to be the next challenge.
Wish there was one of those "quizzes" that lets you tab in your preferences and comes up with the right cruise for you. Here is what I would tab in if I could:
Comfort/Amenity level: HIGH. In the world of hotels we tend to stay in Four Seasons or Peninsulas when possible. Should I be lowering my expectations as far as river cruise ships? From what I've read, Tauck or Ama might be my best options? We don't like stuffy/over formal, but we like our creature comforts - high-end linens, spacious cabins, real balconies. Are these even things to hope for?
Activity level: Gimp to middling. We are in overall great health (both in our early-mid 60's) but there are a few issues. Do these ships have elevators or are you climbing stairs all day? It can be done; would just like to know in advance. What about the egress when leaving the ships for tours? I can walk all day on flat land, but huge steps or steep inclines will be deal-breakers. Negotiating the tenders on the ocean cruises was a challenge. Is it easier with river cruising?
Curiosity Level: HIGH. Kids are (finally!) out of the house, we are very excited about exploring. We are both greatly interested in history, art, music and culture.
Social Profile: Independent. We would show up with a stack of books each. Not anti-social but not exactly the "hale well met" types so much either. We aren't all that great in a herd, although maybe we could learn? My least favorite parts of the ocean cruises were the "excursions" which seemed so pat and artificial, and yet I get that when you have just a short time in port you can't really strike out on your own. I guess the key is finding like-minded travelers?
Palate: we are spoiled in the places where we live. Country Buffet would not cut it. But we are not obsessive foodies, either. Discriminating omnivores, I would term us, I guess.
I get the impression that many of the cruises are inclusive as far as air fare, etc. We would probably want to spend some time before or after in the general region, so might not want to be tied to a flight schedule. Are such things flexible?
What do you think? Is there a river cruise in our future?