Posted December 28th, 2013, 10:16 AM
I did a spreadsheet over the summer & since we were looking at different itineraries, I made sure to calculate the per diem rate so as to best compare apples to apples. Cabin size was also somewhat important to us, and we had a pretty specific itinerary in mind so only 3 lines were options for us. An in-cabin fridge was also an important amenity for us (I am married to an avid homebrewer who views a trip through Germany as a chance to try as many beers that are not imported as possible
) I laid out all the options, we discussed - and booked a Nuremburg - Basel itinerary on Avalon for December 2014.
Do be aware that MANY cabins are already sold out for Christmas Market 2014 cruises. (when we booked in August, half the cabins in the category we wanted were already sold out - and we had to get 2 sets of our parents to book on the same itinerary with us - fortunately everyone was on the ball and we made it) If you are flexible with itinerary, timing, and cruiseline, you'll be less likely to be disappointed. But just a note that - due to limited space as noted above - river cruising is NOT like ocean cruising in terms of last-minute discounts etc. (they're available if you're not picky, but if you are...
This will be our first river cruise - I never wanted to do it, my husband always has - but I love Christmas Markets so I was willing to try that itinerary. My in-laws have been on 5 Uniworld river cruises throughout Europe and are excited to try a different cruise line as well as the Christmas Markets - my FIL especially has always wanted to see them but my cold-fearing MIL never would in the past until the peer pressure worked this time
My mom has never been on a river cruise and her husband has never been on any type of cruise at all, but he's been working in Saudi Arabia for the past year and just wants to vacation with us anywhere that isn't desert
I hope you find something that you will like!!! This forum is full of information, but also full of cheerleaders. I tend to only ask objective questions (what time is lunch served)- subjective questions (how is the food?) will get you responses from all over the place that don't tend to be helpful for me.