Rhine River Cruise Meets Thread

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  1. CherryOnTop

    CherryOnTop Earning My Ears

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    From my perspective the booking excursions issues had been worked out by the time we cruised - we were the last cruise of this summer for them. We made our reservations in the hotel lobby in Basel before we ever transfered over to the ship - so I guess the pre-night folks had an advantage. That said, it sounds like they added more of what was popular. So for example, there were TWO macaroon making classes and also a demonstration onboard the ship from the ship chefs. There were TWO groups going to Anne Frank House and an afternoon option for Van Gough museum. There were TWO groups going canoeing and the second group started just 45 minutes after the first. I honestly didn't hear from anyone that didn't get to do what they wanted to do. I felt like the Adventure Guides were being VERY accomodating as far as suggesting options to get everything you wanted - putting together the puzzle pieces of a schedule to fit everyone into everything. We met with Mikall to get everthing booked but then had a discussion with Emily later to confirm we had picked what was really right for our group. It was nice to say "tell me how hard is the canoeing, REALLY?" and have the freedom to make changes right up until that day. Also - people were changing their minds and skipping or changing excursions as the week went on - so there was alot of exchanging of color cards.

    This is a vacation that is NOT Disney Cruise Line with tons of excursions and a heiarchy of how you get to sign up for limited spaces (platinum then gold then silver- that no one complains about) and it's not an ABD Land based where everyone does everything on the agenda except for some rare exceptions when there is an alternative - it's somehwere in the middle.
     
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  2. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel

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    I'm glad they got that all worked out. I was pretty sad about what we were hearing from the first few Rhine cruises this year. And I agree with your evaluation of where these river cruises fit in the spectrum.

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  4. JsMom2

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    We are staying in Zurich before the cruise, and plan on taking the train in that morning. Would you recommend going over to the Radisson to sign up for excursions, rather than going to the ship and waiting for them to start making reservations in the afternoon?
     
  5. met19

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    What time do you leave the ship on the last day? I am wondering only because their is an eating amsterdam food and canal tour on saturday at 1030 which is only available then.
     
  6. sabrecmc

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    We switched to the July 2, 2017 departure, since a family from my daughter's school plans to do that one, so we know a couple of people. Thinking Disneyland Paris after.
     
  7. ivrier

    ivrier Earning My Ears

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    we were told that we could leave before 2 pm. We stayed till 11 am because we decided to see the city and check in early onto hte Marriot hotel.
     
  8. met19

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    I would like to the eating amsterdam jordan food and canal cruise and food tour. it leaves at 1030a on saturday of disembarkation. Do you think if I leave by 830a Ill have time to get to my hotel to leave my bags and then back to the food tour.
     
  9. JsMom2

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    How was the Marriott? I'm looking for a hotel in Amsterdam.
     
  10. JsMom2

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    Where did you stay in Amsterdam?
     
  11. met19

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    I am reserved at the renaissance. will be there in about 8 days
     
  12. dsiind

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    We are booked on same and have 10 and 12 year old girls.
     
  13. CrazyZeus1

    CrazyZeus1 Matching Shirts Rock!

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    Is anyone on the Christmas Rhine trip coming up? We need advice for packing! I'm pulling out so many things because we have no idea how to dress for cold, rainy weather! WHAT are you wearing for keeping warm outside?! Do we need waterproof jackets? Snow jackets? A million layers? Halp!
     
  14. tink1970

    tink1970 DCL Platinum

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    I'm going but am no help packing...if it looks cold and rainy I'll stay on the boat :) Floridians here and suspect DD would be the only one of us three willing to get wet/cold if the weather is too unpleasant.

    That said, taking heavy coat, gloves, scarves and leggings/sweaters, silk long underwear and sigh...I guess an umbrella. Last year we were on the Danube Christmas cruise and the weather was clear, crisp and cold and we did fine. Flying out in less than a week...see you real soon :)
     
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  15. sabrecmc

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    We (12 year old daughter and I) are on the July 2, 2017 Rhine cruise. Very excited! We will be flying to Basel from Paris after a stay at Disneyland Paris. Is the Radisson Blu still the preferred hotel for the pre-night?

    Is anyone planning on booking the Anne Frank house on their own?
     
  16. TimeforMe

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    Hello: yes, we are doing similar! Will be in Paris for 4 nights before flying to Basel but we were planning to fly to Basel in the morning. Are you flying in the night before? We will be doing the Anne Frank house on our own as we will be staying in Amsterdam for 3 nights after the cruise. We are on the July 23rd sailing.
     
  17. JsMom2

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    Where are you staying in Amsterdam? DD (19) and I will be staying 2 nights in Amsterdam post cruise. We've already done the Anne Frank house, and still need to plan our tours!
     
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    Still up in the air. Considering the Hoxton or Banks Mansion or.... Any suggestions? Where are you guys staying? We plan to do
    Anne Frank house and a couple other museums.
     
  19. JsMom2

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    We are staying at the Grand Hotel Amrath on Prins Hendrikkade. I'm still working through our Switzerland activities in Zurich, but need to get on the Amsterdam activities!
     
  20. quinnc19

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    Is anyone going to Brussels post-cruise?
     
  21. JsMom2

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    No, but we lived there for 3 years. Definitely plan on using GPS to get around if you'll be renting a car.
     

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