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We did this cruise a few years ago with Viking -...
We did this cruise a few years ago with Viking - and quite enjoyed it. We started in Bucharest, and were pleased with that decision as we started in the "have not" area, and could appreciate the...
Most Budapest city tours include a trip to Hero's...
Most Budapest city tours include a trip to Hero's Square, Fisherman's Bastion and a walk around the Buda Castle. You will see the Parliament from the Bastion - but, I doubt you will get inside. If...
We had amazing weather on the Rhine in September....
We had amazing weather on the Rhine in September. I think it was likely a bit unseasonable (based on notamermaid's post) - but we had no rain after the 1st afternoon in Amsterdam. I remember...
We actually ended up doing our Tulip cruise in...
We actually ended up doing our Tulip cruise in March. I was prepared for cooler weather - but the weather was wonderful. Light sweater in the morning - t-shirts in the afternoon. Now, I know this...
HI - We did the Rhine in September, and the...
HI - We did the Rhine in September, and the weather was perfect. We did early September, and the biggest draw back was the cost of the flights (the prices were lower later in the month...).

My...
The only cruises that I have seen with any type...
The only cruises that I have seen with any type of room service are those on Scenic - in the suites. And, it is mostly appetizers. I have had one cruise where I was offered one breakfast in my room...
That is tough... not how you want to start the...
That is tough... not how you want to start the New Year!! Hope everything goes well, and that you are back on your feet soon.

Fran
It depends on when you go in April... and where...
It depends on when you go in April... and where in Central Europe. We did Bucharest to Budapest at the end of April a few years ago - and hit a heat wave -- many days in excess of 30 degrees C. I...
Hi Lois - Sorry, just saw this today. I haven't...
Hi Lois - Sorry, just saw this today. I haven't been checking the boards that closely over the holidays.

We did Paris to Normandy in late September. This was our 2nd cruise on the Seine (the...
We have traveled both - and almost always book...
We have traveled both - and almost always book Aquarium Class. We prefer to save the money for the next trip!!

We were actually upgraded on a recent trip with Avalon, and while we did enjoy the...
This Canadian is leaving for #13 in less than 2...
This Canadian is leaving for #13 in less than 2 weeks --> #14 booked for next year. We have traveled with most of the main lines - and the number of Canadians on board varies.

Surprisingly, we...
Your card will have a logo on it - and any ATM...
Your card will have a logo on it - and any ATM with that logo will accept your card. Of course, not all will do it without a fee - but that it something you need to figure out before you go. Our...
I wouldn't mind a disco evening - although every...
I wouldn't mind a disco evening - although every night might be a bit much.

We don't tend to go to the lounge much after dinner - just our own preference. We haven't found that much difference in...
Welcome to Cruise Critic!! Let me see if I can...
Welcome to Cruise Critic!! Let me see if I can help with some of your questions...

Dress is casual. Most men will wear a collared shirt (golf shirt will do) and casual pants. Perhaps a little...
In Speyer, the included excursion was a trip to...
In Speyer, the included excursion was a trip to Heidelberg. My DH had been so patient as I shopped the markets along the way that I suggested we bypass the trip to Heidelberg and go to the...
I love Lebkuchen, but my favourite is the Elisen...
I love Lebkuchen, but my favourite is the Elisen Kuchen from Nuremberg.... which you can find on the Rhine, but you have to look (ask at a stall that sells lebkuchen). One thing we discovered late...
We did our Russian cruise with Uniworld a few...
We did our Russian cruise with Uniworld a few years ago. Very happy with it. When we walked through other boats, you could tell the ones that were not attached to the "main stream" lines. Flooring...
It is in Canada as well. We had friends who...
It is in Canada as well. We had friends who asked to have the final payment delayed as the cruise was almost 16 months out - and Viking gave them a 3 month extension. Unfortunately for them, that is...
The staff on the boat can arrange a taxi for you...
The staff on the boat can arrange a taxi for you if you wish.

If you prefer to book your own transfer, we have used Alajos Pulai in the past. Very pleased with the service.

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If you know the cruise, and the date(s) you want...
If you know the cruise, and the date(s) you want - then book when it becomes available. If you are somewhat flexible on date/time/line - then sometimes you can get a last minute deal. But, they are...
We did Paris/Normandy with Uniworld a number of...
We did Paris/Normandy with Uniworld a number of years ago - our 1st river cruise. Busing was minimal - except for the day spent at the Normandy Beaches - and the next day when we went to Honfleur. ...
Depends when in April.... We did Bucharest to...
Depends when in April.... We did Bucharest to Budapest a few years ago at the end of April - and we hit high temperatures... 30+ degrees Celcius in Budapest. There could be quite a difference in...
We did China with Viking 2 years ago --> flying...
We did China with Viking 2 years ago --> flying into Beijing and home from Shanghai. We left home on October 14th (so arrived on the 15th) and then home on the 28th.

I wore jeans on the flight...
Obviously entitled... at least in their own mind....
Obviously entitled... at least in their own mind. Surprised the guide didn't leave them there - when they didn't come back to the bus after being requested to do so. Allowing that behaviour just...
On the other hand, if it is an excursion you...
On the other hand, if it is an excursion you really want to take - and don't want to take a chance on it being cancelled due to lack of interest (as they usually have a minimum number needed to...