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Host Jazzbeau

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  1. Host Jazzbeau

    Is October a good time to river cruise?

    This is the safest itinerary on the Danube. The stretch west of Vilshofen has had low-water problems in the past. The issue between Vienna and Budapest was unprecedented this year, but can be handled fairly easily with a hotel in Budapest and bus to Vienna. [As an aside: Crystal Mozart's round-trip Vienna itinerary begins to look like a real winner: go upstream and downstream as far as the water allows, but with a reliable docking situation at both ends.]
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    Rhine water levels 2018 and similar topics

    In defense of the river cruise lines – all the them – this year's low water is unprecedented. We had the opposite situation in 2013 -- record high-water marks that completely flooded out the quays and landing stages in several places. Nobody could plan for this. And nobody could expect that it would just keep getting worse all season long: past experience suggested that it would 'break' at some point with a good soaking rain and get back to [well, not 'normal,' but ] acceptable for sailing. If they cancel cruises, they have to give full refunds but can't eliminate 100% of costs – and people are angry. If they cancel and then the weather turns better, they look like fools. So the tendency is to try to muddle through and hope for the best. The good news this year is that some lines have clearly learned from prior experience. Viking is doing really well this year with Swiss-watch-like ship swaps [except on the Elbe, which may have been a losing proposition from the get-go for them]. Crystal, with no prior experience, seems to have been caught flat-footed [maybe next time they too will do better?]. Each line had to play the hand it was dealt – but some definitely did better than others. It would make a great off-season research project for someone to track all the threads and comments here to compare all the cruise lines' results this year.
  3. Host Jazzbeau

    Any River Cruises cancelled due to low water?

    Since this was due to an Act of God, perhaps you should take up the 'deceit' issue with Him
  4. New article on Cruise Critic: Uniworld Announces Four New River Cruise Ships on Order https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8932
  5. Host Jazzbeau

    Is celebrity a must for alaska????+

    I'm not a fan of the Princess (or HAL) lodges in Alaska -- you can do better DIY IMHO -- but I would not do an Alaska cruise without Glacier Bay on the itinerary. Princess includes Hubbard as well, so you're not giving anything up. Coral Princess is a relatively small ship in their fleet, which because of its Panamax design [long and narrow] has a very good Promenade Deck for viewing -- plus the fore and aft 'secret balconies' that also add a lot of public viewing space.
  6. Host Jazzbeau

    Big sale, 20 percent off excursions, not!

    My experience has been that shore excursion prices on Celebrity (and other cruise lines) tend to go up as the cruise gets closer. So OP's feeling that this is a fake sale may be wrong. When the sale is over, check to see if the price goes back down -- my guess is that it won't.
  7. Host Jazzbeau

    AMA Final Cruise Documentd

    If you are used to ocean cruises, let me reassure you that on a river cruise the documents and luggage tags are much less necessary. When you arrive at the rivership, they will know your name and your cabin. Someone(s) will grab all your bags on the wharf and whisk them to the ship, where they will appear in your cabin in much less time than on an ocean ship.
  8. Host Jazzbeau

    How Sweet Will The Suite Life Be On The Edge?

    That's why it says right on the bottle: "alcohol by volume" 😜
  9. New article on Cruise Critic: Low Water Levels Affecting Danube, Rhine River Cruises https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8927
  10. New article on Cruise Critic: American Cruise Lines' Groundbreaking New River Ship Debuts in New Orleans https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8903
  11. New article on Cruise Critic: Just Back From Pandaw: 7 Reasons to Take a River Cruise https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8911
  12. New article on Cruise Critic: "Eat Pray Love" Author to Serve as Godmother of New Avalon Waterways River Cruise Ship https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8914
  13. Host Jazzbeau

    Celebrity Edge's Blocks Are In The House!

    This should go in one of the anti-suite threads: If you are in one of the top suites, you get to choose the color when you board the MC for a dining event...
  14. Host Jazzbeau

    Going Blind?

    That's not new - the poster left off the opening square bracket, so it didn't parse the command. Here it is with the bracket added: The Amsterdam is an R class ship. Her Explorations Cafe is on the Upper Promenade Deck -- Deck 5.
  15. Host Jazzbeau

    Help with font please

    Command and plus [together] will increase the font size of the entire website. Made it much easier for me to read.