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View Poll Results: Which of these are most important to you for your river cruises?
Complimentary shore excursions 106 81.54%
Bicycles onboard 24 18.46%
Private balconies 26 20.00%
Alternative dining options 38 29.23%
Nightlife 10 7.69%
Spa and gym 15 11.54%
Lectures and enrichment 64 49.23%
Inclusive liquor (beyond free wine and beer with dinner) 34 26.15%
Onboard concierge to book personal requests 9 6.92%
Pool 7 5.38%
Well-stocked library 7 5.38%
Room service menu 18 13.85%
Alfresco dining 26 20.00%
Other (please post below) 29 22.31%
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Old March 4th, 2014, 03:53 PM
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Default Poll: What's important to you on a river cruise?

When you’re researching a river cruise, which of these aspects is most important to you? (Feel free to vote for any and/or all choices that impact your cruise line pick). Did we forget one of your favorites? Tell us about it.



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List of factors?


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I included a vote for "other" because as an Australian after itinerary I find I much prefer a company that includes all gratuities in the price. As many know I truly prefer my cruise to be all-inclusive.
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I agree that gratuities included is my "other"
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We love the Tauck model where everything is included in the price. We HATE to be nickeled and dimed like ocean cruise lines.....
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ITINERARY, itinerary, itinerary… that's what drives our river cruising and actually all our vacations. Everything else is secondary.
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Itinerary is #1 reason I would book a cruise.

Room size is #2 for us - we don't like to be crammed. Hate the fold-up Pullman style beds for example.

Reviews from other CC'ers is #3

All the rest, including the ones I checked, are below those first three items.
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#1 in importance is ITINERARY!!!
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Itinerary is the most important factor, followed by cruise line reputation or personal experience, followed by dates available.

Some lectures and enrichment would be nice.


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Good bedding

Food quality

Staff quality and service

Cabins that are spacious - at least 170 sq ft
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#1 in importance is ITINERARY!!!
Same here! I sort of considered the shore excursions as the itinerary. On river cruises it is sort of the same.

One thing I would add. Keep up the standards of quality. I don't want river cruising to take the same path as ocean cruising.
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Same here! I sort of considered the shore excursions as the itinerary. On river cruises it is sort of the same.

One thing I would add. Keep up the standards of quality. I don't want river cruising to take the same path as ocean cruising.
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Itinerary
Stateroom windows (don't need a balcony)
Dining room, high standards
Quality staff and service
Ease of traveling (they take care of everything)
Included airport transfers to/from ship
Great guides for the excursions
Small groups, limited size of ships
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Itinerary
Stateroom windows (don't need a balcony)
Dining room, high standards
Quality staff and service
Ease of traveling (they take care of everything)
Included airport transfers to/from ship
Great guides for the excursions
Small groups, limited size of ships
Thanks beesKate! You summed it up very nicely.
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Love your insights, beesKate, thanks.

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Itinerary
Stateroom windows (don't need a balcony)
Dining room, high standards
Quality staff and service
Ease of traveling (they take care of everything)
Included airport transfers to/from ship
Great guides for the excursions
Small groups, limited size of ships
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Everything listed is secondary to us after itinerary. Oh, and age of ship is also important for safety reasons and newer ships are less likely to have mechanical problems!
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[b]I would consider myself an experienced river cruiser in as much as I have been on 7 river cruises, with 4 different companies, with an 8th and a fifth company this fall. Even though my favorite cruise company so far is Uniworld, I do find their cabins and bathrooms especially, too small for my liking. Now in all fairness I have not been on one of their newer ships but the majority of the fleet has small cabins and even very small cabins/bathrooms on a couple of ships. That being said, the experience of traveling with Uniworld is FIRST CLASS. Others come close, but close only counts in horse shoes, LOL.

My priorities for a river cruise are:
1. A cabin of at least 170 sq. feet and very good sound insulation.
2. Great food with much variety.
3. A staff that is happy to serve you and take care of all your needs and wants.
4. Many shore excursions with guides who don't stop every 5 minutes and talk for 20 minutes. I want to see and take pictures of as much as possible.
5. I'm looking forward to my first all inclusive cruise this fall. Not having to tip and free drinks all day long sounds very appealing.
6. Included transfers.

A lot of posters said that itinerary is the most important but when it comes to river cruising, most of the companies have similar itineraries so unless there is some specific place you really want to visit, that is not usually a big item to consider when choosing a cruise line. That being said, last April I took my first Avalon cruise because they went to Maastricht, Holland and others didn't.
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A lot of posters said that itinerary is the most important but when it comes to river cruising, most of the companies have similar itineraries so unless there is some specific place you really want to visit, that is not usually a big item to consider when choosing a cruise line.
I completely agree! For us, the devil is in the details and the line we choose a very important factor in our overall enjoyment.
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[b]I would consider myself an experienced river cruiser in as much as I have been on 7 river cruises, with 4 different companies, with an 8th and a fifth company this fall. Even though my favorite cruise company so far is Uniworld, I do find their cabins and bathrooms especially, too small for my liking. Now in all fairness I have not been on one of their newer ships but the majority of the fleet has small cabins and even very small cabins/bathrooms on a couple of ships. That being said, the experience of traveling with Uniworld is FIRST CLASS. Others come close, but close only counts in horse shoes, LOL.

My priorities for a river cruise are:
1. A cabin of at least 170 sq. feet and very good sound insulation.
2. Great food with much variety.
3. A staff that is happy to serve you and take care of all your needs and wants.
4. Many shore excursions with guides who don't stop every 5 minutes and talk for 20 minutes. I want to see and take pictures of as much as possible.
5. I'm looking forward to my first all inclusive cruise this fall. Not having to tip and free drinks all day long sounds very appealing.
6. Included transfers.

A lot of posters said that itinerary is the most important but when it comes to river cruising, most of the companies have similar itineraries so unless there is some specific place you really want to visit, that is not usually a big item to consider when choosing a cruise line. That being said, last April I took my first Avalon cruise because they went to Maastricht, Holland and others didn't.
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