Posted September 20th, 2017, 06:07 PM
You start in Amsterdam, which is a good place to fly in a day early, but since so many cruises start or visit there not a place you need many days on any particular trip.
+1. The ease of spending a night in Amsterdam to overcome jetlag, with no pressure to do more than light sightseeing, was one reason we chose A->B.
It's also true that the canal from Amsterdam to the Rhine is the least exciting day, and the cruise gets more scenic further south. So if you are flying in on the cruise day and just want to rest, you would miss less scenery if you do the
May not apply to you, but we also wanted to hike in Switzerland while well rested and not jetlagged.
Going south on the Rhine is sailing upstream and requires more fuel. Sailing north is faster and allows more time for docks and/or excursions.
This is true, and it is the answer to the OP's question about the price difference. We never felt rushed going N->S, but if you want to maximize docking time, pick S->N.
Windstar Star Pride Gems of the Leeward Islands, 2/18
Viking Alruna Rhine Getaway, 6/17
Celebrity Constellation Italy & Dalmation Coast, 5/15
Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean, 3/14
Celebrity Constellation Scandinavia & Russia, 7/13
HAL Ryndam Western Caribbean, 3/13
Celebrity Summit Southern Caribbean, 1/11
HAL Noordam Western Mediterranean, 5/09
Celebrity Galaxy Eastern Mediterranean, 5/08
Celebrity Galaxy Southern Caribbean, 1/08
Holland America Caribbean, 3/00 & 3/01 & 5/02