Cruising for a holiday? Book with a tour for top service
THERE are a lot of reputable companies catering for all standards of cruising from three-star accommodation to top-of-the-line five-star cruising.
The two that our office sells a lot of is Australian Scenic Tours and APT Tours.
Both are Australian companies and they have a very good reputation for quality and service.
Their ships are five-star luxury: they will spoil you so much that you won't want to get off at the end of the cruise.
No matter which company you end up choosing, one thing they all have in common is you will see the same towns and landscapes as you meander along the river.
They will stop at cities small and large along the way giving you the opportunity to explore what they have to offer.
Some of the ships have bikes that you can use to ride around if you want; all of the ships will have a tour program lined up for your arrival into each town. So you won't be left wondering what to do.
If you have been to Europe on a coaching holiday where you pack your bags each morning and move onto the next hotel, while visiting every conceivable tourist attraction in towns along a set itinerary, and by the end of the tour you need another holiday just to get over the one you've had, then might I suggest a slower-paced style.
Only unpack once and see magnificent scenery along the way; I'm talking about a European river cruise.
River cruising in Europe has become very popular over the past few years with a lot of our clients looking to revisit Europe after their initial coach tour experience.
The itineraries they offer are vast and many of the cruising itineraries based on the Rhine, Danube and Neckar Rivers.
The most common itinerary that we sell a lot of is Budapest to Amsterdam or visa versa.
This itinerary will take a leisurely 15 days and leave you well and truly feeling like you have had a holiday.
Also, all meals are generally included so you can expect to add a kilo or two while on board.
If you don't feel like hopping off and exploring then the ships are more than equipped to satisfy your needs with a lounge and bar, a wellness area for a bit of pampering, gift shop and restaurant.
The sun decks and observation decks are well used and where you will meet other cruise-minded holidaymakers.
Because river cruising is so popular at the moment and there are only so many cruise ships on the river, cabin spaces can be limited from year to year.
If you are thinking about cruising next year then you should really start to do something about it; don't wait until next year or you might miss out.