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#41
Northern KY
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Joined May 2006
Originally posted by Lois R
Hi Robin...nope, I haven't. I went on a fantastic cruise last month on Silversea from Barcelona to Rome
so now they are in the running too......and with things here at home I haven't done a lot of research lately......
hoping Irma will not do too much damage around my area

Oh, I have also looked at a land trip, if you can believe it LOL......something to England/Ireland/Scotland.........


Lois,

First, hoping all the best for you, as Irma passes. We were just at Disney last week-what a difference a week makes!

Second, have you looked at the first of the season Rhone/Provence cruises? They may be early enough that you are back for your end of the month work responsibilities.

Robin


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#42
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,572 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Originally posted by acwmom
Lois,

First, hoping all the best for you, as Irma passes. We were just at Disney last week-what a difference a week makes!

Second, have you looked at the first of the season Rhone/Provence cruises? They may be early enough that you are back for your end of the month work responsibilities.

Robin


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Hi Robin, thanks for the good wishes.........

Oh, there are plenty of cruises within the time frame that works for me.....I just haven't given a lot of thought to it
lately...........maybe I will look a bit today actually............
#43
55 Posts
Joined Apr 2017
We are doing the Scenic Amber, “Gems of the Danube with Prague” for my 63rd birthday, end of June. Don’t delay in reserving a cabin for 2018, being that river boats are significantly smaller, many of the prime suites/cabins are already booked!


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#44
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,572 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Originally posted by Sirgym
We are doing the Scenic Amber, “Gems of the Danube with Prague” for my 63rd birthday, end of June. Don’t delay in reserving a cabin for 2018, being that river boats are significantly smaller, many of the prime suites/cabins are already booked!


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I know....thanks
#45
United States
213 Posts
Joined May 2014
I've done several trips through Scotland and Ireland on our own, in April and May. They are both beautiful places, just be prepared for the weather conditions. It can be blustery. Layers are your friend.

Also, it may be better to focus on one country or the other. It's called the 'Green Blur' when people try to rush from one end of Ireland to the other. These are places where you want to linger. Both are easy to figure out; they speak a language similar to Floridian American English. If you listen real hard you can get every 3rd word, and figure out rest from context.

Enjoy, choices are great.
#46
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,572 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Thanks for the information.........I would not be going "by myself".........I mean I would be traveling solo but I would
be going on small private tour (with other people). I have not made any decisions for anything yet.
#47
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,572 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Good morning....I have been looking at a land trip (if you can believe it) but part of me is still hesitant. It is a trip to
Ireland with a company called Emerald Custom Tours........it looks quite interesting.......Small Group......max is 16
people. I have wanted to see that area of the world.......BUT the logistics is what is making me re-think it. I just LOVE
the fact on a cruise I unpack once.......call me crazy but the packing part for a land trip makes me go hmmmmm..........

So, my thought process is coming back to the River Cruise genre and going to Paris which I have never visited either.
I was going to look at AMA again but the timing is not the best........so I continued to research and found UNIWORLD does
this cruise too and the dates work better for me. I know Uniworld and AMA have totally different decors...I loved my AMA
cruise but I know Uniworld gets excellent reviews too...........

IF you want to chime in, be my guest
#48
Long Island, NY
6,515 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
The Paris Seine itinerary is wonderful. My relatives who are not travelers by any means recently did this itinerary and enjoyed every minute. So many unique places visited on this itinerary.


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#49
Columbus, Ohio
18,630 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by Lois R
So, my thought process is coming back to the River Cruise genre and going to Paris which I have never visited either. IF you want to chime in, be my guest
Tell us more, Lois. My memory gets a little rusty and I posted these questions to you on another thread!! It might be helpful to others to know your personal interests and desires.

As you consider places to visit in Europe, what most interests and motivates you? Is it history, culture, shopping, architecture, urban environments, nature, music, art, wildlife, nightlife, food, scenic countrysides, wine, etc.?? Are you mostly for being more "aggressive" in doing and seeing as much as possible? Or, seeking a more relaxed and laid-back experience? Are more just of a "float on a boat" person where the ship is the prime "destination"?


Paris??!! Surprised that you have never been there. My first visit there was in 1970. Been back a large number of times to enjoy this great city. Can share lots and LOTS about Paris and nearby.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

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#51
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,572 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Originally posted by TLCOhio
Tell us more, Lois. My memory gets a little rusty and I posted these questions to you on another thread!! It might be helpful to others to know your personal interests and desires.

As you consider places to visit in Europe, what most interests and motivates you? Is it history, culture, shopping, architecture, urban environments, nature, music, art, wildlife, nightlife, food, scenic countrysides, wine, etc.?? Are you mostly for being more "aggressive" in doing and seeing as much as possible? Or, seeking a more relaxed and laid-back experience? Are more just of a "float on a boat" person where the ship is the prime "destination"?


Paris??!! Surprised that you have never been there. My first visit there was in 1970. Been back a large number of times to enjoy this great city. Can share lots and LOTS about Paris and nearby.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

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Hi Terry....there are many cities and countries I have yet to visit.....Paris is one of many.
#52
Northern KY
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Joined May 2006
Lois, what month would you be traveling? I only ask because Giverny doesn't open until ?mid April? We did this cruise in 2015 and loved it, though the itinerary is a bit different (and of course, we were on an older ship with Uniworld). The weather was a little chilly, but sunny. We spect a couple of days in Paris, pre-cruise, exploring on our own.

We are returning to France for Uniwotld's Provence rice cruise in mid-March.

Happy to answer any questions about anything related to this trip.

Robin


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#53
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Joined Jan 2003
Hi Robin, I would be going in April but not 100% sure I am doing it.

I had breakfast with a longtime friend today and she has been to Paris at least 1/2 dozen times......she loves it
and now there is a chance we are going to take a land trip there together for about a week. Nothing definite yet
but now I have something else to think about........I am going to put a hold on the river cruise for the time being.
#54
New York
8,312 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by Lois R
Hi Robin, I would be going in April but not 100% sure I am doing it.

I had breakfast with a longtime friend today and she has been to Paris at least 1/2 dozen times......she loves it and now there is a chance we are going to take a land trip there together for about a week. Nothing definite yet but now I have something else to think about........I am going to put a hold on the river cruise for the time being
Just remember that April in Paris was written in NY and the month was chosen because it scanned. Charles Aznavour, who knew Paris weather first hand, wrote J´aime Paris au mois de mai to celebrate the really nice spring weather there.
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#55
Rhine, Germany
2,130 Posts
Joined Oct 2013
Paris on a land trip sounds great, it gives you a chance to travel upstream to the smaller old towns. Saw a couple of television programmes last week and it looks appealing. I would recommend not going during the Christian Easter week, i.e. usually April as Paris is a favourite place for short trips over Easter for European travellers. End of April into May would be better, also for the weather as HostJazzbeau has pointed out.

Remember that you can always combine Paris with a cruise on the Rhone or other parts of France and adjoining countries are a 1 to 5 hour TGV train ride away.

Have fun planning.

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#56
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,572 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Good morning, thanks for the replies..........I probably won't know anything definite for at least a couple of weeks.
Sometime next month maybe...........never thought this would be happening........it was funny, when I told my friend
I was thinking of taking a River Cruise to Paris, she said "WHY"?.....she loves Paris so much she said the only way
to see it is on land..........I said because I love to cruise and it is easy when you are traveling solo........she could
understand that but still thinks Paris is best on land.
#57
FL
14,435 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
Originally posted by Lois R
she could
understand that but still thinks Paris is best on land.
I have been to Paris 7-8 times since my first trip in the late 70s as a student, and have never developed a fondness for the city. There are other cities in France I enjoy much more (Lyon, Bordeaux). That being said, and have sailed the JDV recently on the Seine with 4 days pre cruise in Paris, I agree that Paris is better experienced staying in the city than on a cruise. I feel the same about most any major city. I enjoy indulging in local cuisine, visiting markets, wandering the neighborhoods and stumbling upon interesting events happening around town, as opposed to a being aboard a floating hotel which limits those opportunities.

That being said, since you enjoyed your Med cruises it may be a good choice for you. IMO, you would miss much of the local experience visiting Paris on a cruise, if that is what is important to you. We rented an apartment in Paris several years ago with friends prior to an AMA cruise on the Rhone, our all time favorite itinerary; that was a nice change of pace from the small hotel rooms common in Paris. We enjoyed visiting the local markets and wine shops and bringing things back to cook and enjoy at "home".

It all depends on what you want to experience.
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Looking forward to:
MS Joy - Magic of Advent, December 2017

Amadeus Silver III, May 2018
AmaKristina, Christmas Markets, December 2018
Scenic Eclipse, April, 2019

Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017

Recent cruises:
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017
#58
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,572 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Hi Kim, good to see you and hope you and your family made it through Irma ok................we got lots of flooding
but I got very lucky and never lost power.

Thanks for your insight. I do appreciate it as I know you have traveled way more than I have........it is all a learning
experience, that is for sure
#59
Here and There
541 Posts
Joined Oct 2014
Paris is definitely best experienced on land. You could easily spend a week there and do some quick day trips by train. If you like to cook there are some really great cooking schools that offer half-day classes, some that include a market tour. If you can book an apartment it is so fun to pick up amazing "take out" meals in the neighborhoods.
#60
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,572 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Cruising must just be in my blood....after thinking about the Paris land trip, I realize it is not what I want to do and I have
to do what makes me happy and that is cruising........so I booked one for next summer and now that I have done that
I will find something for earlier in the year too.....after all, you only turn 60 once
I booked another cruise on Silversea that goes from Venice to Nice for 10 nights.....it is one I have been looking at and
now I booked.......great itinerary and it is not until July 2018.

Now, I will look more closely at River cruises earlier in the year.......

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