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The ever increasing popularity of river cruising


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7 hours ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

Here's a question for anyone more knowledgeable than I:

•  when river ships raft up, how do #2 and #3 get shore power?

I think they run long lines from one across the other(s).

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8 hours ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

Here's a question for anyone more knowledgeable than I:

•  when river ships raft up, how do #2 and #3 get shore power?


Tesla coils for WPT. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Exceptionally good question Jazzbeau. On the canals yes we trail cables over each other but then we are tiddly compared with river cruisers. Now usually the breasting up is of short duration and if you’ve noticed the ships will often change position so no problem. If I remember correctly there is potentially a challenge with ships next to each other plugged in as it were. Electric current, water, close proximity etc. Whoops just asked the expert on that one and it’s about another challenge especially with steel narrowboats. He who must be obeyed (he thinks😝) says they do seem to plug in from the after end but not every mooring has a charging point so engine use is usual. 
Maybe in the future the cruise ships will be sprouting solar panels, that takes me back I worked on those in the early days of the space race, it’s not an exact science.

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I thought it was an easy question to answer, me having read these articles about the new land power connections everywhere on the Rhine and the locals happy about it. But right now I cannot find any articles that talk about the second or third ship being connected. Hmm...

 

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Ocean cruisers coming to the rivers? I think we have seen and heard that in the last year more than before. Uniworld did a survey - okay, with a pinch of salt as always: https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/cruise/a-third-of-ocean-cruise-passengers-would-opt-for-river-sailing-uniworld-finds

 

Great, but there is this slight unease about overcrowding coming with this trend. Not sure how busy the Nile is but on the Rhine, please, other ports! Explore beyond Rüdesheim and Cologne... Being nearly back to the tourism numbers that we saw in 2019, will 2023 be seeing the numbers top those in 2019? Well, first we need to end this year in peace and style. Who knows what will be.

 

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Uniworld reports a huge increase in interest in river cruising in the UK: https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/travel-agents/uk-river-cruise-market-has-exploded-says-uniworld-chief

The Milestone hotel in London is furbished like a Uniworld river cruise ship? Must have a look at that. If only to find that it is above what my budget is...

 

It would be interesting to find out if the increased interest is also seen with Riviera Travel.

 

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And we have another happy announcement from the Vahali shipyard. Well, not the shipyard itself, but they may have posted some photos on facebook like with past river cruise ship hulls they have sent on their way. This good news comes from the folks on Binnenschifferforum who have entered the Amadeus Riva in their Kaskotransport thread. She has been spotted in Austria, pushed by the Argo. If you happen to see an odd ship with the blue sign BN 654 displayed at its side you have spotted her on her journey to the Netherlands, too: https://www.binnenschifferforum.de/showthread.php?112666-Amadeus-Riva-KFGS-Kasko&p=449003#post449003

 

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7 minutes ago, Canal archive said:

I wonder how many different ways river cruisers have been moved from place to place at various times. As in - pushed - pulled - loaded - sea cruised. Any other ways?

Tuk tuk, ox cart, rickshaw, and probably others I can't remember.

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Remember, the original Vikings rolled their ships over land on wood and did it with muscle power. But those fellows were not welcome along the Rhine as they did more than just occupy the seats in the river side restaurants. :classic_wink:

 

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1 hour ago, notamermaid said:

Remember, the original Vikings rolled their ships over land on wood and did it with muscle power. But those fellows were not welcome along the Rhine as they did more than just occupy the seats in the river side restaurants. :classic_wink:

 

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They weren't 'welcome' in most places, but they came, they saw, and they conquered (apologies to Julius Caesar).  The pockets of red hair from Ireland down through the Mediterranean is their 'gift that keeps on giving'!

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Another hull is on its way West. "The Gentleman": https://www.binnenschifferforum.de/showthread.php?112335-Gentlemen-FGKS-Kasko/page2

 

The ship had a long stop (weeks) at Linz in Austria but is now in Regensburg, pushed by the trusted Zasavica III, like many ships before.

 

This is the Dutch page of the shipping company, saying they are branching out into building (and operating) a river cruise ship: https://www.vanloonshipping.nl/nieuwe-markt-voor-van-loon-shipping/

On the facebook page you can see The Gentleman leaving the slipway in Romania.

 

This is the brochure where they explain what the new ship is about: https://www.vanloonshipping.nl/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/The-Gentleman-Brochure.pdf

 

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4 hours ago, notamermaid said:

Another hull is on its way West. "The Gentleman": https://www.binnenschifferforum.de/showthread.php?112335-Gentlemen-FGKS-Kasko/page2

 

The ship had a long stop (weeks) at Linz in Austria but is now in Regensburg, pushed by the trusted Zasavica III, like many ships before.

 

This is the Dutch page of the shipping company, saying they are branching out into building (and operating) a river cruise ship: https://www.vanloonshipping.nl/nieuwe-markt-voor-van-loon-shipping/

On the facebook page you can see The Gentleman leaving the slipway in Romania.

 

This is the brochure where they explain what the new ship is about: https://www.vanloonshipping.nl/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/The-Gentleman-Brochure.pdf

 

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I thought ships are always female! 😀

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Interesting! Their strap line is a bit kitch  ‘you’ll never know until you go’. Although yes gnome12 vessels are usually female I think the company has gone out of its way to emulate a gentleman’s club, I went to one in London once on ladies night as a guest, interesting but wouldn’t bother again. Let’s see how it goes a different line May shake some of the others up.

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9 hours ago, gnome12 said:

I thought ships are always female! 😀

 

4 hours ago, Canal archive said:

Although yes gnome12 vessels are usually female I think the company has gone out of its way to emulate a gentleman’s club

Gentleman's club, that is what I thought. I think as regards design this is a male ship, whereas Uniworld's S.S.Antoinette is clearly a design female ship, also reflected in the vessel's name. :classic_wink:

 

Gnome12, I struggled with saying "The Gentleman" ... she is ... and manged to avoid writing it. Yes, English does that with engines that have drivers or captains and should stick with the gender there and still say she to all ships in my opinion. I guess the name fits into the portfolio of the company as well seeing that the other ships are called something with man (in Dutch).

 

I must say I find the design appealing, actually almost all work for me, apart from swirly design carpets (confuses my brain) and the whites on Viking (too "Northern Swedish doctor's surgery").

 

Will be interesting to follow this ship and its progress. It is not yer clear to me if it will be serving the Dutch river cruising market only.

 

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The German company A-Rosa is already on international markets but has recently decided to branch out far - to Australia. Here is an article from Australia showing the efforts. I think they are serious about being a competitor for Emerald, or filling a niche. Scenic I would regards as a level or two above them in luxury: https://www.travelweekly.com.au/article/a-rosa-river-cruises-presents-2023-international-brochure/

 

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