Crystal absolutely should not start early. Most Europeans prefer to take trains to their destinations and not river cruises. They prefer to spend several days in these port towns--- not one day. This is not their preferred way of traveling the rivers.
Besides - they have nothing to prove. They just was awarded #1 in Travel and Leisure for river cruises.
Did you see the disappointing Alaska Un-Cruise COVID-19 situation today. They tried to prevent everything and their cruise had to be aborted early.
I am glad they are putting employees an crew first. It is to