Our original plan was to book a cruise for 2016 when the brochures came out early next year but we are now able to do an Amsterdam to Budapest cruise next year if we act soon. We are looking at APT or Scenic (most probably APT due to their inclusions and partially due to Scenic's response to last year's floods). We want to book an "E" cabin and take advantage of "free" airfares (including taxes). We're looking at travelling from Amsterdam to Budapest rather than the reverse. Scenic only have E Cabins left on the September 28th and 30th sailings otherwise there are D cabins on May 6th, 11th, 13th sailings for about $300AUD more p/person. APT's only E cabins are on the sailing for 8th May and 28th August (dearer than Scenic in brochure but I can probably price match with my TA to get it down so it's similar to Scenic pricing as I know another company that discount APT tours).
I am an avid researcher but, for some reason, I'm finding it hard to choose between these two APT dates. The May sailing would be around $200 AUD cheaper p/person which is not a major concern. Ascension Day falls in May on the day we would be in Bamberg but APT appears to offer a Medieval Tour or Beer Tour that day so I doubt it would have a major effect. The other plus for May would be the chance to see Keukenhof (though the tulips may not be at their best depending on what sort of spring it is. A negative would be water levels in May potentially but I don't think it matters what time of year you go, there's always a risk whether high or low levels. I'm not sure whether the August sailing would be a busier time (? last of the summer crowds) or whether the autumn (fall) colours would be showing at that time.
Any thoughts on the two APT dates and reasons for your choice? Thank you.