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Old September 30th, 2013, 08:41 PM
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Hi there. I've been sifting through the river cruise posts here for the past week, trying to dip my toe in the water, so to speak.

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?
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Old September 30th, 2013, 09:22 PM
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Pull up Conde Nast Traveler mag on line. Every February is cruise issue.Thousands of readers are polled in various cruise segments. For some reason, biggest group is the River boats, lots of them. I think issue stays up all year. Good info.
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Comfort/Amenity level: River cruise ships, by virtue of the river and locks will have small cabins. The locks are only so wide and the ship needs to fit through them. If you can swing a suite, it will give you a little more space. There is a bit of needing to move so the other person can get around the bed in a normal cabin. That said, on Uniworld, the linens were extremely comfortable, high end. They did make the bed "European" style, with no top sheet, just a duvet ... but you could ask staff to remake it "American" style. As for real balconies, you may need to be selective on the cruise line (see narrow ship comment above). In all honesty, you don't have the opportunity to spend as much time in the cabin as you would on an ocean cruise, you are in a different "port" for several hours each day. Which you cruise through scenic areas (like the Rhine), there's scenery on both sides of the river so you tend to enjoy the top deck.

Activity level: Once again, check the ship. Some of the smaller ships don't have elevators, but may have chair lifts. However, it's a much smaller ship, there may be 10-12 stairs to get from one level to another and there's generally only 3 or 4 levels (if there's "aquarium" level rooms). But you may only need to go downstairs for the dining room or upstairs for the top deck. Also realize Europe is not ADA compliant. It's old, there's cobblestones and steps to visit some of the sights.

Curiosity Level: The all-inclusive tours we've taken have been very informative. The is so much history and art.

Social Profile: We're kind of the same. On our last cruise we met 2 couples and ended up spending more time with them --but there were times we went off on our own, or with only one of the couples, etc. I half-way felt like I should have made more of an effort to meet others, but I am also more comfortable with my book or sudoku book

Palate: I really enjoyed the food on Uniworld. I love to try new things and eat things I wouldn't at home. My husband is meat & potatoes and won't try new things -- we were both very happy with the dining options.

We have always made our own travel (flight) arrangements with Uniworld. Their "all inclusive" for 2014 does not cover air, although sometimes they have specials. I'd rather have some control over my connecting cities and times. Quite a few people on our last cruise did do pre or post cruise travel (once you spend the money on airfare, and you have the time, why not?)

We are going to try to take a river cruise every 2 years or so. It is a great way to see a new part of the world, and Uniworld makes it very easy. You could easily arrive at the airport, without having done any research and have a wonderful trip -- or we also we do a bit of homework to figure out what we really want to try to see and do.
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We are very experienced high end ocean cruises, mainly on regent and silversea. We have done one river cruise with AMA and are getting ready for another. The rooms are definitely smaller due to the constraints of the locks, but we found everything well laid out. The bathroom is a model for efficient use of space. And the shower is to die for.
Food was overall very good. Not as many choices but I found something I liked every meal. Definitely not country buffet.
You do have some stairs but they have a(very small) elevator.
Excursions are included. Of course, you don't have to do them, but I like having at least an introduction to the area. I am very much a bookworm and don't socialize that much on my own. My husband is very gregarious and loves to meet people. We were both happy.
We always do our own air. They will give a credit if airfare is included.

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Hi there. ...

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. ...

What do you think? Is there a river cruise in our future?
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I can totally relate to your story. My husband (also in his 60's) suffered the effects of mal de debarquement syndrome, commonly known as "disembarkation sickness". After our last ocean cruise, he was really sick for about a week. It has happened twice.

Good news! We went on our first river cruise last month. NO motion sickness whatsoever. We barely knew we were moving! (I actually missed that part because I love that on ocean cruises.) No after effects from a river cruise!

We were on AMAWaterways, and enjoyed it very much. I would not consider them high-end or luxurious, but very nice.

I don't have first-hand experience with other river cruise lines, but from what I have read here on CC, Uniworld and Tauck are more upscale, you may want to check them out.

I went on line and ordered brochures from Tauck, Uniworld and Avalon. It has been fun looking at each different line and comparing the itineraries and amenities. They all look wonderful, and they all do basically the same ports.

We have already booked another cruise with AMA, so I guess you can say it was a good fit for us.

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As far as socializing, it is easy to meet people on board, and indeed we had interesting conversations at dinner. However, most evenings after dinner, we preferred the peace and quiet of our cabin. (Ocean cruising "Broadway" type shows... been there, done that. Over it. You won't find that on a river cruise, anyway.)

Activity Level:
You may prefer "Gentle Walkers" group on AMA. There aren't tenders to negotiate. I didn't feel "herded" but we were in the Active Group, and when the tour was over, we headed out on our own.

Curiosity Level:
If you only do the excursions with the cruise line, you will get a good overview.
We had extended time in Vienna, Budapest and Prague and we explored as much as possible. We had private guides. (But, that is our style. We don't go on vacations to relax, we go to experience as much as we can fit in!)

Palate:
Food is subjective but overall we thought the food on AMA was very good, not excellent. Breakfasts were very good, especially the omelette station. Dinners were good. We enjoyed the local wines served on board.

Air travel arrangements:
We did all of our own: air travel, pre and post cruise lodging and private tours.

Ask lots of questions here on Cruise Critic, but I do suggest that you put in the title something more specific. Folks here are happy to help!

I think you can find a river cruise line that meets your criteria. Pick an itinerary and go - have fun!
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... The bathroom is a model for efficient use of space. And the shower is to die for.
YES! I agree. The shower heads were amazing!
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Like you, I have heard that Tauck is tops. But it is so all-inclusive that I feared the atmosphere might be stifling. Uniworld's decor certainly seems stifling. And both lines have particular small cabins (as I recall).

So we chose AMA. Our French balcony cabin on AmaCello (not their newest design ship) was compact but larger than most river ships and proved to be quite manageable. The French balcony was a delight: with the sliding door closed, we had a full-width/full-length window wall; with it open we had fresh air and the chance to stick our heads out--without losing any space inside the cabin. The newer AMA ships have split balcony designs, half French and half real--not sure this would actually be a benefit, but it's available. We found the design of the ship and the furnishings to be excellent.

Activities: you should have no problem. AMA includes all activities in the fare. Each day you have 1 or 2 shore excursions (morning, afternoon and/or evening). Sometimes choice of itinerary. Always 3-4 activity levels: Slow walkers [this is great both for them and for the regular groups they don't slow down...], Regular, and Bicycle; usually also an Active walkers group. Several Regular groups to keep the size manageable, and the Quietvox system allows you quite a bit of freedom to roam without losing touch with the group.

Getting off the ship was always more level than on ocean ships; there is never tendering.

There is an elevator for all but "aquarium class" [lowest deck cabins]--the elevator equipment sits on the lowest deck so it's impossible for a river ship elevator to service that level.] AMA uses a split-level design: 3 decks of cabins, 2 taller decks for dining room and lounge--the elevator goes to all 4 other than the bottom cabin level. There was a passenger on our cruise with a walker (for onboard) and a scooter (for the shore), and she seemed to get around just fine.

Curiosity: river cruise itineraries are full of places you haven't been before, and since the ship docks near the center of most towns you can explore them any way you like. Every town is full of history, art (at least in churches), music (even the street musicians are more interesting that in the US--at least if you like 'Que Sera, Sera'...) and culture. Our cruise began in Amsterdam (at least 3 great museums to start you off); Danube cruises include Vienna (great for art and music).

Social profile: on our cruise we ranged from completely independent (Rick Steves in one hand and a metro pass in the other) to fully escorted, and enjoyed both. As I mentioned, all shore excursions are included on AMA--but you aren't forced to take them, or to stay with the group once you set out. You can tell the guide that you're going to explore on your own, and she will tell you how to get back to the ship or where/when to meet the bus.

Onboard: it is true that river cruise ships are much smaller than ocean ships. There is only one seating at dinner (but no assigned seats and AmaCello had lots of tables for 2). There are only 2 lounges (plus the Sun Deck). But there aren't any "sexy legs" contests or other noisy organized activities to intrude on your solitude. This also means that the other passengers on your ship didn't some looking for those activities, so everyone tends to be a little more private than on some ocean cruises. We quickly found a group of like-minded travelers; I'm sure you will too.

Palate - The Food on AmaCello was better than any ocean ship MDR we have tried (including Oceania). The free-flowing wine and beer was also a big plus. The food is also much more representative of the region where you are cruising, as opposed to ocean ships' world-wide corporate menus.

Airfare - AMA doesn't include air in the base fare. We ended up booking our air through them because they were able to duplicate our non-stop itinerary from NY and the price difference was smaller than the value of the included transfers.

Value - any river cruise fare will seem higher than almost any ocean cruise (except truly luxury lines), but if you analyze the value of all the inclusions you will find that most river cruises cost about the same no matter which river line you choose [so go for the itinerary and amenities that appeal to you] and also not much more than ocean cruises when you figure the cost of the bar bill and the shore excursions.

Is it in your future? As you can tell by now, I'm a fan of river cruising (after 1 cruise!). Try a short one (7 days), flanked by independent stays at each end -- then you will be able to "compare and contrast" [ex-teacher alert!] fully independent travel with the inclusive style of river cruising. Two itineraries I would suggest for this are: (a) Rhine castles, with time in Amsterdam and Switzerland; (b) the Danube from Vilshofen to Budapest (with Prague pre- and Budapest post-cruise).

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I think most of the above have covered it well, we completed our first river cruise in July, in our early to mid 60's, don't like being part of the herd, me a fussy eater, don't like small rooms etc.
We extensively looked a many cruise lines, and their daily programs and menus, also spoke to many travel agents and attend at least 4 different cruise line presentation evenings. Also spend many hrs on CC
We picked Avalon new class ships with 200sqft staterooms with French Balcony. We absolutely loved everything about the Rhine River Cruise and have booked another Avalon Cruise for 2014. Their new boats also have a couple of prestige suites on the top deck and we had drinks with new friends in one of them. If you want some etc space I think that would be the best you will get on European river boats
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We also appreciate quality and comfort when we travel. So far we have been on 6 river cruises on two lines, with two more booked. Our choice is AMA as for us, they are the best fit for what is important to us.

We had a double balcony on AmaCerto last November and the cabin was lovely. My mom had the largest double balcony cabin category and her room was very spacious and the bathroom double the size of ours. These can be found on AmaCerto and her sister ships, which are the newest ships in their fleet.

This next cruise is on AmaPrima and we chose a standard French balcony, which we have had on most of our previous cruises.

My mom takes the slow walker tours and has been very pleased with them. We choose the Active tours and culinary tours (when we do not head out on our own) and have been pleased overall with the quality and organization.

We think the food on AMA is overall very good. Love their cheese board at lunch and dinner! Great staff and wonderful attention to detail overall which makes a real difference to us. As an example, the other line we cruised with (Avalon) has a much more self service approach to breakfast and lunch and everything is set up in one main area, causing congestion at peak times. AMA lays out their dining room differently, scattering stations to avoid congestion. On AMA, soup is served to you at lunch, while on Avalon this was another line and DIY. This is just one example but there are others that really made a difference since we had something to compare it to when we took our first AMA cruise.

Quality of breads on AMA was wonderful as well as compared to previous cruises, as was quality of the wine served. We also enjoyed the more lively evenings aboard their boats. And the power shower is fab!

Lots of small details on AMA really set them apart for us.

Tauck is generally considered the luxury line for river cruises. For us, they are too inclusive and we do not choose to pay for components that do not interest us. Those inclusions do appeal to others so you will have to research and decide what works best for you.

We were also very impressed with how AMA handled a low water situation last fall. While the other lines - whose empty boats dotted the river banks in Koblenz and elsewhere - turned their cruises into bus tours, our Captain navigated us safely through the rivers and we did not miss anything.
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You might also want to look at Scenic.

We just did the Danube with them (Budapest to Nuremberg) and it was a great trip.

We have travelled with AMA, Uniworld, Scenic and Viking - and I do honestly believe there are more similarities than differences. The biggest single detail that affects a river cruise (IMHO) is the Cruise Director --> and you have no control over that.

The points have been well covered in all of the previous posts - with most people having a "favourite" for personal reasons. Some are more all-inclusive - and the price reflects that. You do pay for drinks, tips etc - but it is up-front with the original price.

I did one ocean cruise - and was sea-sick.... couldn't fathom paying money to feel nauseous again. So - we switched to river cruising. The only time you would get motion sickness is on a Russian itinerary, if Lake Ladoga was choppy.... (it was, and i was... but short lived....)

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Thank you! Thank you! So much great info here. And so nice to know others have dealt with mal de debarquement but done well on river cruises.

From what I am learning, Ama seems to be the only line that has "true" balconies - I wonder if that makes a big difference.

I am going to take your advice and download or send for brochures. Love that people enjoy these cruises so much that they go time after time. Lots to look forward to!
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Thank you! Thank you! So much great info here. And so nice to know others have dealt with mal de debarquement but done well on river cruises.

From what I am learning, Ama seems to be the only line that has "true" balconies - I wonder if that makes a big difference.

I am going to take your advice and download or send for brochures. Love that people enjoy these cruises so much that they go time after time. Lots to look forward to!
Send for brochures (order from their websites) from Tauck, AMA, Avalon and Uniworld.... IMHO you will be thrilled with any of them and they ALL have balconies in the top level cabins, on the newer boats. These brochures will give you a better opportunities to see their riverboats, different class of cabins and what those balconies are really all about.

You need to understand that many times those balconies can NOT be used as the riverboats are forced to tie to other boats.... While this does not happen every evening, it does happen often and the River companies do not have control over how much this happens. There is a limited amount of docking spaces and the river is getting more and more boats. So the first boat docks and then other boats tie to that boat and so you can have river boats 3 deep tied to each other.

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I hope your husband does well with a River Cruise to combat or prevent mal de embarkment! My first bout with mal de embarkment happened after a New England/Canada cruise and lasted 6 months-not a particularly rough cruise, but extremely exhausting cruise. As soon as the mal de embarkment symptoms went away-we flew to Italy for 5 day precruise tour before boarding the ship for cruise of the Greek Islands. It was a very relaxed vacation and came home with no mal de embarkment problems. Thought all my problems were over-so this June we flew to Scotland and toured 13 days land tour of Scotland and Ireland. Flew home after an exhausting trip and the mal de embarkment came back(no cruise this time)! We had a cruise planned for August, so went on the cruise with the mal de embarkement still going on. I still have the symptoms and it has now been 4 months. I honestly believe that my mal de embarkment symptoms have been triggered once by a cruise and once by an overseas flight both coupled with extreme exhaustion. Let us know how he does on a River Cruise as we are in the early planning stages of our future River Cruise as well! Good luck in your travels and may he be mal de embarkment free!
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I suggest that you really do your homework when choosing a river cruise. It is not enough to simply choose a cruise company and itinerary. We have been on two river cruises with two different companies on three different river boats. We experienced radically different cabin sizes and configurations on every ship.
The crew and staff interaction and service was also very different on all ships even though two of the ships were the same company.

Our first cruise in 2010 was on the Viking Fontane, an older ship but recently refurbished in 2010. On this ship, all of the standard cabins(we had a standard cabin on this ship) have twin beds with an isle between them. A small window, bigger than a porthole but not much. The bathroom is really small. That is basically your cabin.

We have just finish a cruise on Uniworld. This time we splurged and bought a suite.We had a unique opportunity to sail on two ships during this cruise. The ship that we originally booked was out of sink due to the lock strikes. We started our cruise in Budapest on the River Duchess, spent five days on her and were then moved to the River Queen, our originally designated ship, to complete our trip to Amsterdam.

To begin with the decor differences between Viking's Scandinavian style to the what I think of as Uniworld's over the top furnishings is profound. This is a matter of choice, some will prefer Viking others Uniworld.

The River Duchess and the River Queen have similar cabin configurations, but, that is where the similarity ends. The staff and crew were very different in their interaction with the passengers. The crew on the River Duchess were everywhere, interacting with the passengers and very available. The staff and crew on the River Queen were much more reserved. The River Duchess had French Balconies in suites and higher end staterooms. On the River Queen the windows didn't even open. The River Queen has a funky two level dining area that requires you to negotiate three stairs during the buffet breakfast and lunch. The dining area on the River Duchess is one level and much easier to move around in.

We loved the River Duchess and enjoyed the River Queen. We also had a wonderful
time on our Viking cruise, so much so that we booked another Viking cruise in January.

My point is that if a specific attribute is important do your homework to make sure the cruise company and specific ship has it.
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I suggest that you really do your homework when choosing a river cruise. It is not enough to simply choose a cruise company and itinerary. We have been on two river cruises with two different companies on three different river boats. We experienced radically different cabin sizes and configurations on every ship...

The crew and staff interaction and service was also very different on all ships even though two of the ships were the same company... The crew on the River Duchess were everywhere, interacting with the passengers and very available. The staff and crew on the River Queen were much more reserved...

My point is that if a specific attribute is important do your homework to make sure the cruise company and specific ship has it.
This is good advice, and thorough research will tell you about cabin size and layout. But as a previous poster noted about the importance of the Cruise Director to your enjoyment -- you really have no way to research the crew or CD. Your only hope is to choose a cruise line with a reputation for outstanding service across the board, and hope that you don't end up with the one weak link...
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 06:21 AM
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Short of personally trying every ship in a line, I do not how one would determine which offers the best experience in those areas not obvious. While cabins, itinerary, inclusions are easy to compare, staff, food, service and attention to detail are not as this can vary significantly from boat to boat IMO and IME.

We cruised 4x with Avalon - our first river cruises - and experiences ranged from very good to not so good in terms of overall experience. Boats were all fine, though a bit generic, but staff attitude, service, food and wine varied considerably and our first 5 years ago was definitely the best of them. From there, they went downhill for us.

We then cruised twice with AMA and both were consistently excellent in all areas. Since a river cruise is a significant investment in time and money, we will be sticking with AMA as it suits us very well overall.
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Not sure river cruising is your cup of tea. If all you want is to reaď you cAn save a lot of money by picking one city and hibernting there.
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Thanks, this info is all very helpful. Our questions are similar to Malekin's: we've done several ocean cruises (favorites were all Windstar), and thought a river cruise might be a nice change of pace. But really don't know that much about it.

I love the Viking ads on Masterpiece Theater (and I must be on their mailing list), so it's nice to hear about the other lines, too. We're most interested in France -- maybe Lyon area to Provence.

Let the research begin!
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I've ordered a few brochures as suggested and my spatially-oriented husband cannot wait to pore over them.

I remember hearing about a German line that is supposed to be tops, too. Does anyone have thoughts on that?

Math Lady, you make a good point. But I kind of like the idea of looking up from my book and seeing the gorgeous scenery go by. Actually, we would look forward to meeting other folks; my point was just that we aren't the most social of butterflies.

Is there a particular destination that is recommended for the uninitiated river cruiser?
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I've ordered a few brochures as suggested and my spatially-oriented husband cannot wait to pore over them.

I remember hearing about a German line that is supposed to be tops, too. Does anyone have thoughts on that?

Math Lady, you make a good point. But I kind of like the idea of looking up from my book and seeing the gorgeous scenery go by. Actually, we would look forward to meeting other folks; my point was just that we aren't the most social of butterflies.

Is there a particular destination that is recommended for the uninitiated river cruiser?
Peter Deilman is likely the German line you are thinking of and they are out of business.

I do suggest sticking with a 7 night cruise for your first one, and adding some time pre and post cruise either on your own (our preference) or with the cruise line.

Also, pay close attention to the details of the itinerary. Unlike ocean cruises where they specify port arrival and departure times, on a river cruise you will see statements like "arrival in the afternoon" or similar which will give you an idea of how much time will be spent in port versus on the river cruising.

We like to maximize our time in port so look for longer stays in port and overnight stays, and less time actually cruising, especially during the day.
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