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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...
Almost every river cruise we have been on has a...
Almost every river cruise we have been on has a "computer corner" with a printer... so you can go on line, check in and print your own boarding pass.

Fran

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Let me try to answer your questions - and then...
Let me try to answer your questions - and then will offer my thoughts.

1) The lowest category cabin (aka Aquarium Class) have windows that are probably around 5 feet up. We almost always travel...
We usually check one bag each - and have a back...
We usually check one bag each - and have a back pack as carry on. Never had any problems.

Fran
At first look, river cruises are more expensive. ...
At first look, river cruises are more expensive. But, you need to consider what you like - and what you are willing to pay for it.

If you travel outside of "prime" season, costs are lower. If...
Actually, just back from an Avalon cruise about 3...
Actually, just back from an Avalon cruise about 3 weeks ago - and beer/wine is now included with lunch.


I was impressed that they now offer Red, White & Rose for meals - and if you didn't like...
We also did Russia with Uniworld in 2012. We...
We also did Russia with Uniworld in 2012. We were expecting more of a "budget" experience as Uniworld does post (or, at least did in 2012) that they cannot guarantee that the experience would be as...
Last September, there was a group of 80 people on...
Last September, there was a group of 80 people on our Emerald cruise. All arranged through a single couple - but most did not know each other. There were groups of 4/6/8 that did but other than...
Not sure about the ceilings - but if you are...
Not sure about the ceilings - but if you are wanting to hang laundry, most showers have a retractable clothesline.

If you are traveling in Aquarium Class (ie: lowest category) then there is often...
If it is a birthday, I doubt you would need to...
If it is a birthday, I doubt you would need to notify anyone. They take your passports when you board - and they note any birthdays. Anniversaries are a different animal... But on a cruise 2 years...