Put a HOLD on river cruise for 2015 and wonder?

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#1
florida
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Joined Jun 2009
if any of you have done this in past?Seems every time I find a cruise I like ,with right date,and cabin its SOLD OUT over a yr.in advance.

So, put a $250 pp HOLD on Scenic cruise for 2015(will go toward balance,but non refundable,I think?)should have checked with TA.Did this for next cruise in 2014 because same thing happened. So far,so good.
Know the boats are small,and Scenic has less of them,but wonder if the popularity of river cruises now causing this on other lines to?

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#2
Tulsa OK
7,445 Posts
Joined May 2006
I am reserving a Douro River cruise with AMA for 2015 today (at least, hopefully--TA is calling). Definitely hoping it is not sold out.
#3
San Tan Valley, AZ
590 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
I just reserved GCT's new Bordeaux river cruise for May 2015....$500 fully refundable deposit.

It has not been publically announced yet. They sent out emails to their frequent travelers.
#4
Sunshine Coast Queensland
322 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
We went on the Scenic Jewel in August of this year and booked the last deluxe balcony cabin 15 month in advance!! I think Scenic is very popular with Australians and New Zealanders.
Cheers
#5
florida
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Joined Jun 2009
Originally posted by RachelG
I am reserving a Douro River cruise with AMA for 2015 today (at least, hopefully--TA is calling). Definitely hoping it is not sold out.
it was 1 of our favorites,,out of 10 river cruises so far.

Lovely scenery,cute ports,and would do it again.

Glad to hear I m not the only doing this.
#6
florida
3,654 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
Originally posted by Brisbanelionsfan
We went on the Scenic Jewel in August of this year and booked the last deluxe balcony cabin 15 month in advance!! I think Scenic is very popular with Australians and New Zealanders.
Cheers
my TA is "one of you" and told me about all the wild drinking and parties.So I m prepared.
My first Scenic cruise is in June,my TA raved about the company, so I m really looking forward to it.
#7
Ontario, Canada
2,742 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Have already put a deposit for May 2015 --> the Elbe with Viking.

Not many companies cruise the Elbe - so our choices were limited. Don't think the deposit is refundable, but always carry travel insurance, so we do have that option if we cancel for health reasons.

As far as Scenic goes, we put a deposit down on a Scenic cruise (south of France) almost 20 months out. When the brochures came out, they had stopped doing the itinerary we booked - so we had the option of putting the deposit towards another cruise, or taking the money back. We took the money back and booked with Avalon.

Fran
#8
Conway, AR USA
1,785 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
I believe that Vantage also has a refundable deposit on 2015 river cruises. We are interested in the Elbe and waiting for dates and prices with Vantage.
Cole
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#9
Long Island, New York
4,554 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Originally posted by cole
I believe that Vantage also has a refundable deposit on 2015 river cruises. We are interested in the Elbe and waiting for dates and prices with Vantage.
Cole
We put a hold on Vantage China for 2015 and they called me in Nov. with dates. Pretty sure hold fee was refundable and positive that it was transferable....i've traveled with Vantage so many times that quite frankly I'm more concerned with ME still being around in Oct 2015 than them!
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Costa Rica, Star Flyer,Vantage, Feb. 2011
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#10
florida
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Joined Jun 2009
[quote=Hydrokitty;40876354]We put a hold on Vantage China for 2015 and they called me in Nov. with dates. Pretty sure hold fee was refundable and positive that it was transferable....i've traveled with Vantage so many times that quite frankly I'm more concerned with ME still being around in Oct 2015 than them! uote]

my DH(70)said same thing.Told him not to worry, will get insurance just in case,But isn t it sad when you get that age where THAT could be a concern.
Maybe that s why I m so interested in crossing things off bucket list,have seen a few older(*80s )cruisers that are having such a hard time.But then I think,hey, they re STILL HERE and thats GREAT>hope I m same way.
#12
Long Island, New York
4,554 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Originally posted by RachelG
I hope I am still cruising till the day I die. Just saying!
I hope you are too, Rachel! Be careful out there tonight, we saw on the news how bad it is in your neck of the woods.
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Castles on Rhine, Vantage, Aug/Sept. 2008
Egypt and Jordan, Vantage, Jan/Feb. 2009
Holland and Belgium, Vantage, April/May 2010
Alaska, HAL Statendam, June, 2011
Costa Rica, Star Flyer,Vantage, Feb. 2011
Russia and Ukraine, Vantage, Aug/Sept. 2012
Panama Canal, Celebrity Infinity, April/May 2013
Columbia & Snake Rivers, ACL , June, 2013
Gateway to the Black Sea, Vantage, June/July 2014
Trans Canada Rail Odyssey ,Vantage, June 2015
Switzerland Rhine & Mozelle, Vantage, August 2015
Southern Caribbean, Celebrity Eclipse, March 2016
Canada-New England, Celebrity Summit, Oct 2016
Caribbean, RCI Grandeur of the Seas, Jan, 2017

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England
Bermuda
Italy
France
Monaco
Greece
Turkey
Iceland

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Scandinavia-Russia, Celebrity Eclipse, Aug, 2017
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#13
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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Joined Jul 2010
Originally posted by Hydrokitty
We put a hold on Vantage China for 2015 and they called me in Nov. with dates. Pretty sure hold fee was refundable and positive that it was transferable....i've traveled with Vantage so many times that quite frankly I'm more concerned with ME still being around in Oct 2015 than them!
Hydrokitty,
You will love Vantage China. We did it in 2012. Our Program Manager was Tan, and he is simply the best. He really takes care of you.
#14
Tulsa OK
7,445 Posts
Joined May 2006
Originally posted by Hydrokitty
I hope you are too, Rachel! Be careful out there tonight, we saw on the news how bad it is in your neck of the woods.
Thanks, hydro kitty! My husband is stranded in OKC. I am staying home!
#15
florida
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Joined Jun 2009
how many of you take the first cruise by that company to a specific itinerary?I always wonder if they have to work out the rough spots.

The one I put on HOLD with Scenic is doing its first cruise next yr....so maybe its good I m going in 2015?

After 10 different areas, getting to a point where I ve seen most of them.Wish they d come out with a few more.See Viking has a new eastern France one starting next yr.Maybe more luxury ones will also go there now?
#16
Long Island, New York
4,554 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Originally posted by alexandra cruiser
how many of you take the first cruise by that company to a specific itinerary?I always wonder if they have to work out the rough spots.

The one I put on HOLD with Scenic is doing its first cruise next yr....so maybe its good I m going in 2015?

After 10 different areas, getting to a point where I ve seen most of them.Wish they d come out with a few more.See Viking has a new eastern France one starting next yr.Maybe more luxury ones will also go there now?
Good point..I usually don't like to buy the "first" of anything except reading material for the same reason. As for the itineraries it's true after you've done so many river cruises it's hard to find ones that go places you haven't seen.... We need more rivers in Europe! I want to do one in Spain!
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Sailed:
Greek Islands and Turkey, Louis Perla, October, 2006
Castles on Rhine, Vantage, Aug/Sept. 2008
Egypt and Jordan, Vantage, Jan/Feb. 2009
Holland and Belgium, Vantage, April/May 2010
Alaska, HAL Statendam, June, 2011
Costa Rica, Star Flyer,Vantage, Feb. 2011
Russia and Ukraine, Vantage, Aug/Sept. 2012
Panama Canal, Celebrity Infinity, April/May 2013
Columbia & Snake Rivers, ACL , June, 2013
Gateway to the Black Sea, Vantage, June/July 2014
Trans Canada Rail Odyssey ,Vantage, June 2015
Switzerland Rhine & Mozelle, Vantage, August 2015
Southern Caribbean, Celebrity Eclipse, March 2016
Canada-New England, Celebrity Summit, Oct 2016
Caribbean, RCI Grandeur of the Seas, Jan, 2017

Other:
England
Bermuda
Italy
France
Monaco
Greece
Turkey
Iceland

Not yet Sailed:
Scandinavia-Russia, Celebrity Eclipse, Aug, 2017
Norway Fjords, Celebrity Eclipse, Aug, 2017
South America & Antarctica, Infinity, Feb. 2018
British Isles, Celebrity, August, 2018
Transatlantic Barcelona to FLL, HAL, October 2018
#17
Tulsa OK
7,445 Posts
Joined May 2006
Join us on the Douro river cruise Amavida in May 2015, hydro kitty. It is Spain and Portugal. We are doing our own precruise in Madrid.
#18
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
11,639 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Originally posted by RachelG
Join us on the Douro river cruise Amavida in May 2015, hydro kitty. It is Spain and Portugal. We are doing our own precruise in Madrid.
We have been thinking of doing either the AMA or Vantage Douro river cruise, but we already have a Celebrity cruise around Japan booked for April 2015.
#19
Ontario, Canada
2,742 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Originally posted by alexandra cruiser
how many of you take the first cruise by that company to a specific itinerary?I always wonder if they have to work out the rough spots.

The one I put on HOLD with Scenic is doing its first cruise next yr....so maybe its good I m going in 2015?

After 10 different areas, getting to a point where I ve seen most of them.Wish they d come out with a few more.See Viking has a new eastern France one starting next yr.Maybe more luxury ones will also go there now?
DH and I sailed on Scenic's inaugural Tulip Time cruise. Some of the "optionals" turned out to be included as our CD advocated strongly for us. For example, the trip to Bruges was not supposed to be included, but it was when we got there. Also, they included a "bag lunch" for our trip to the Kukenhof (if desired....). Not a fancy package - but a huge amount of food packed for us. The weather was great - so it was wonderful to sit out on a bench and "picnic"there.

Yes, I seem to remember there were a few glitches - but nothing that sticks in my mind. I figured there would be - given it was the first time they sailed this itinerary - so was prepared.

If I wasn't willing to accept some challenges, I wouldn't have booked the first sailing.

Fran
#20
florida
3,654 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
and have done the Douro one(LOVED it),plus Egypt,Russia,and Vietnam.So not all European cruises.
Then I alternate with ocean, to get the best of both worlds.
We re not even retired yet, and still spend 1 mo.yr cruising.
If we wait till were too old ,won t be able to keep up.
Did the driving and bus tours when younger,but just too much trouble now.Like to unpack once, be waited on, watch entertainment,etc..Great.