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Christmas markets cruises

Postby avidcruiser » 02 Jul 2019 01:02

I have done some research and want to do a 4 night cruise to some Christmas markets with my daughters... 5 nights maximum due to their annual leave limitations.

The only company I have found that do 4 night Christmas market cruises is Riviera Travel BUT their boats are only classed as 3 star and I would like at least a 4 star rating and preferably 5 star BUT those lines only seem to do a 7 night river cruise.

Any suggestions before I contact my usual cruise agent which is an ocean cruise specialist and may not be familiar with my requirements? Can't find any Celebrity, PO or Cunard that might also fit the bill.

No fly would be good.

Thanks
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Re: Christmas markets cruises

Postby Meg50 » 02 Jul 2019 18:23

be very careful to research their berths - there is competition for the prime berths and the 'cheaper' lines lose....


when we did the Rhine/Danube a couple of years ago we noticed a huge difference ( literally miles) between the berths of the 'big boys' and the smaller ones - even between branches of he same firm - so APT got the prime spots, but travel marvel ( the cheaper end of APT ) were out in the sticks
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Postby Meg50 » 02 Jul 2019 18:24

avidcruiser wrote:
No fly would be good.

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train to Amsterdam or wherever - is that feasible?
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Postby Camela » 02 Jul 2019 19:29

Hi Avid! Funny I was only mentioning Christmas markets/cruises to Mr P yesterday. They all seem to be for a week so I think we might just have to fly for a long weekend.
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Postby cruiseselect » 03 Jul 2019 09:37

avidcruiser wrote:I have done some research and want to do a 4 night cruise to some Christmas markets with my daughters... 5 nights maximum due to their annual leave limitations.

The only company I have found that do 4 night Christmas market cruises is Riviera Travel BUT their boats are only classed as 3 star and I would like at least a 4 star rating and preferably 5 star BUT those lines only seem to do a 7 night river cruise.

Any suggestions before I contact my usual cruise agent which is an ocean cruise specialist and may not be familiar with my requirements? Can't find any Celebrity, PO or Cunard that might also fit the bill.

No fly would be good.

Thanks



Hope you don't mind me jumping in on this conversation.

Have you tried Avalon River Cruises? I believe they do a couple of 5 night Christmas Market cruises, although would be fly cruise.

Or Titan Travel offer a 5 day itinerary which include the VIP Home Pick Up Service and Eurotunnel or ferry crossings.

Our sales team at Cruise Select have all done various river cruises and would be happy to try and offer some help in your search. Feel free to drop them an email at sales@cruiseselect.co.uk or call 01234 326758.

I do hope you find something that suits.

Happy Cruising
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Postby avidcruiser » 03 Jul 2019 13:55

Thanks Kerry.
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Postby MikeB-R » 28 Aug 2019 23:34

avidcruiser wrote:I have done some research and want to do a 4 night cruise to some Christmas markets with my daughters... 5 nights maximum due to their annual leave limitations.

The only company I have found that do 4 night Christmas market cruises is Riviera Travel BUT their boats are only classed as 3 star and I would like at least a 4 star rating and preferably 5 star BUT those lines only seem to do a 7 night river cruise.

Any suggestions before I contact my usual cruise agent which is an ocean cruise specialist and may not be familiar with my requirements? Can't find any Celebrity, PO or Cunard that might also fit the bill.

No fly would be good.

Thanks

We have done lots of river cruising over the years with many different companies in Europe, Egypt & Russia and we are going on that Riviera cruise in December for the same reason as you, we only want a 5 day, on the Ms Emily Bronte built in 2017 [We previously did a 10 day Christmas market cruise on the Danube in 2010 with Viking] The Riviera ships are built by the same company that builds the River cruise ships for Tauck River Cruises who are generally class as the best tour company in the world. I don't know where you got the idea that Riviera River Cruise ships are only 3* they are classed in the River cruise industry as 5*, with the Diamond suites as 5*+. I would put them in the same standard of ships we have sailed with on Viking, AMAwaterways, Saga and higher than Emerald. The main difference is that they don't do an inclusive Wine & Beer with lunch and dinner. They do do a Drinks package, but their very good wine is only €3 a glass. But are you getting confused with the Cabins on the lower deck which are only 16sq mts? which like all river cruise ships are given a lower class because of lack of large opening windows [generally fixed portholes on the water line] Personally I would not want to stay in one, preferring a balcony on the middle deck [I don't like the top deck as you can get crew noise during the night going through locks] But you pay you money and make your choice with cabins available right up to 25sq mts. But I would say who ever told you that Rivera ships are 3* is not your friend.
On the matter of using a TA, I have not used one since 2004 because you can get all the information you require on the internet from people who have actually cruised, not read a brochure, and better still I have always found the best possible price comes from the Cruise line direct, and if things go wrong [which they can even with the best companies] you are dealing direct with the Organ grinder, not the monkey, and I have always got things sorted out to my satisfaction.
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