River Cruise March 08
SAVE : No Single Supplement !!!
Special Discount for Two People Sharing!!!
Here's a very special deal on a very special cruise.
Spend time if you wish in Amsterdam, then join a seven night
cruise from Amsterdam, along the Rhine and Mosel rivers, to Trier
in Germany. Optional coach extension on to
Glide by picture postcard scenes along the colorful
splendor of the waterways of Holland and Germany.
Now you can treat yourself to
the luxury of a wonderful river cruise without having to pay the
expensive single supplement penalty for choosing to travel by
yourself. Or, if you prefer, you can share the savings and
invite a friend to travel with you for half price (ie you each
get to save 25%). Cruise rates from as low as $1499.
Maybe you've cruised on a
gigantic cruise ship before. A river cruise is very different.
The custom built (in 2006) river cruiser, Amadagio, has only 75 cabins,
making for a much more personal and less institutional
The river cruise itinerary is
also very different to a traditional ocean cruise. You
never have rough seas, and you're always treated to beautiful
views out your cabin window, never just empty ocean.
Note : We can offer you
an across the board 5% discount on all cruises operated by
Amadeus Waterways. So if this special
tour doesn't suit,
have us arrange whichever other cruise you'd prefer.
skip down to the booking form
You should leave the US on
or before Saturday 8 March, so as to arrive into Amsterdam on or
before Sunday 9 March. You board the ship on Sunday
afternoon, 9 March.
The cruise ends in Trier,
Germany's oldest city, on the morning of Sunday 16 March.
At this point you're free to either fly home (probably choosing
to fly from either Luxemburg or Frankfurt), or to extend your
stay as you wish. Amadeus offer two choices - an extension that would
take you on to Paris that day, and spend three nights there
before flying home on Wednesday 19 March, or a simple
tour/transfer from Trier to Paris on Sunday 16 March.
You can of course plan any other extension after ending your
cruise that you might wish.
Many people choose to arrive into Amsterdam a day before the
start of the cruise. This means if you - or your luggage -
should miss a connecting flight, or if anything else goes wrong,
you still have a day up your sleeve before the start of the
It also gives you a day to
'de-jetlag' before the cruise gets underway.
How can we offer this Special
No-one else can waive the
single supplement on this cruise for you, or give you a 50%
discount on a second person in a cabin.
We can do this simply
because we're a big reseller of Amadeus Waterways cruises, and
we've committed to a block of cabins on this cruise, helping
them to fill their ship, albeit at a reduced rate of return for
The internet allows us to
efficiently and cost effectively offer this cruise deal to you,
so it is a win-win-win for all - Amadeus gets extra revenue, you
get an unbeatable deal, and we get a modest commission in the
You need have no fear -
Amadeus will charge your credit card directly, so your money
goes immediately to them, not to us (they send us our commission
after you've cruised).
About the Cruise/Tour
Like a traditional cruise,
this is a fully meal inclusive cruise, and - better than a
traditional cruise - it includes a generous amount of shore
touring as well. You won't have to pay extra for your
shore touring when visiting the lovely towns and cities as you
cruise through Holland and Germany, on your way to France.
The cruise of course
includes three great meals a day, plus various other snacks,
on-board entertainment, as well as generous opportunities to
sightsee, both from the boat as it cruises the river, and while
ashore during the many stops. You typically have time to
both participate in a provided tour and also to sightsee and
shop on your own.
A nice extra feature is free
wine, beer, or soda provided with every dinner.
While all meals are available on the vessel, you'll also be able
to experience other dining opportunities ashore if you wish.
Similarly, the on-board entertainment can be supplemented with
visits to clubs and bars and shows ashore - the vessel
will sometimes stay in port until late at night, allowing you a chance to
experience each town by day and by night.
These are great cruises for
singles. Because the ship carries a maximum of 150
passengers, you have a chance to meet other people on board and
to create new friendships. Most people on these cruises
seem to be variously middle aged and older.
Why River Cruising
River cruising is simply and
absolutely the most comfortable and convenient way to travel
around Europe. You can unpack your bags and get
comfortable in your lovely large cabin and not need to repack or
transfer until the end of the cruise - this in itself is
probably all the convincing you'll need!
In addition, European towns
have historically tended to be centered around the major rivers,
and so river cruising is a great way to get to the lovely
historic parts of Europe, at a sedate speed, and in luxurious
How else could you travel
around Europe? On a bus tour? Yuck! By train
or car - yes, but then you have an abundance of travel hassles
I've experienced every
possible type of travel, and I'm a 100% convert. River
cruising is the best way to see Europe. Try it,
and you'll be sure to agree.
Why Cruise in March?
Experienced travelers know
the best time to travel is always either side of the peak
periods. Spring is a glorious time of
year, and at this early time of year you're beating the crowds
and also able to take best advantage of shoulder season airfare
and accommodation deals and discounts.
And - another reason to
travel in March - our special 'no single supplement' offer!
The weather should be cool
rather than hot, but not too terribly cold, and dry rather than
wet. Average daily temperatures will be in the 40s
(maximums will be higher), and March is usually a comparatively
dry month with little rainfall. You're almost exactly at
the Spring Equinox so the days will be close to half daylight
and half nighttime.
About the Amadagio
The cruise ship for this
nearly new, having been custom designed to meet the special
needs of the Danube, enabling it to operate in less favorable
conditions than many of the other boats (ie when the water
levels are 'too high' or 'too low').
The boat is long but narrow.
It is 360' long and 37.4' wide, and cruises at 15.6 mph.
This might seem like a slow speed, but it is faster than many of
the other cruise boats, enabling the boat to get between towns
faster and giving you more time sightseeing.
Dining is single-seating and
with no pre-assigned tables, so you can move about as you wish
from meal to meal. Amadeus even provides a generous amount
wine (or beer) with your evening meal each night.
Smoking is restricted to the
outside Sun Deck only.
The cruise has been marketed
primarily to English speaking people and the language
on board is exclusively English. This means you won't have the
inconvenience of having to listen to every announcement being
repeated in four or five different languages, and you can
conveniently talk to your fellow guests (and likely soon to be
new friends) on board.
Cabins on the Amadagio
are the largest of any cruise boat - a massive 170 sq ft each.
The cruise is offered in
five cabin grades plus there are four suites as well.
There are 71 cabins and four suites on
three decks, and all are well equipped with a/c, bathroom and
shower, phone, flat screen television, internet access,
hairdryer and safe. The television has both local and
satellite channels, a bridge-cam channel, and an evening
All five grades of cabin are
very similar in terms of size and amenities. The main
difference is the deck the cabins are situated on.
picture clearly shows the three accommodation decks on
Amadagio. The top deck and the middle deck have floor
to ceiling sliding doors and 'French balconies' (a very small
space outside the sliding door), but the lower deck just has
The most important
difference though is not the style of window, but rather the
height above the waterline. There is a big difference in
perspective and view between the top deck (suites and A category
cabins) and the middle deck (B and C category cabins), while on
the lowest deck (D and E category cabins) the floor is actually
below the waterline and your windows and eye level is only a
foot or so above the waterline. On this deck, with even
the slightest amount of bank on the sides of the river, you'll
not see anything other than the water and bank from the bottom
deck, and there may be a bit more water and machinery noise on
that level too.
When moored, if your cabin
is on the dockside rather than the outboard side, the lowest
deck cabins will have a view blocked by the dock, the middle
deck cabins may have a limited view, and the top deck cabins
will usually have a view above the dock level.
These differences are much
more profound than in a massive cruise ship where even the
lowest deck is still a long way above the waterline. Of
course, if you do choose a D or E category cabin, you can spend
the days in the public areas and enjoy the views from there, but
if you can justify the extra cost to go up a deck or two, the
chances are you'll be very pleased you did.
Suites are 255 sq ft, cabins
are 170 sq ft.
Tip : Choose the
least expensive cabin type on the deck you'd rather be on.
There is very little added value in choosing a D cabin in favor of an E
cabin, or a B cabin in favor of a C cabin.
Amadeus Waterways is a relatively new company, founded by
their President Rudi Schreiner in 2003, who formerly started the
river cruising operation for Uniworld, and who then founded
Viking River Cruises before now creating this latest company.
He has taken his experience and knowledge of both what is good
and bad about other river cruises and built a high quality
company that is quickly setting the new high standard for river
cruising in Europe.
I've spoken with Rudi at length, and we know many of the same
people in the travel industry, and am very comfortable endorsing his
company and his tours.
Holland and Germany Cruise - Detailed Day by Day Itinerary
Click this image to have a larger map open in a new window
This lovely itinerary takes you through Holland and Germany,
ending up close to the border with Luxemburg and France, in
Germany's oldest city, Trier.
Click here for a
detailed day by day itinerary of this lovely cruise vacation.
Per person pricing for the
cruise is as follows :
Special Cruise Only Rate
(Amsterdam to Trier)
Paris Extension (undiscounted)
E - single no
E - second
person sharing discounted rate
D - single no
D - second
person sharing discounted rate
C - single no
C - second
person sharing discounted rate
B - single no
B - second
person sharing discounted rate
A - single no
A - second
person sharing discounted rate
Jr Suite - no
Single person rate
Second person sharing discounted rate
Extras and Inclusions
Port Taxes are $91 per
Special discounted single rate is
the regular per person share twin rate for cabins or the
standard rate for a junior suite.
Second person sharing rate is
one half the regular per person share twin rate for cabins.
Add together the rate for the first person and the second
person, then divide by two, to get the average rate for each
Because the junior suite
'single' rate is actually a rate for two people, there's no extra
charge at all for a second person in a junior suite.
Although these rates are for
singles, we just mean 'single' in the sense of traveling
alone. It doesn't matter if you're married and traveling
alone, or indeed, if you're married and traveling together.
Everyone is welcome to take advantage of these great rates.
Air can be arranged for you
by us through Amadeus or you can make your own arrangements
as you wish. Air fares can be quoted from most cities
in the US.
You can pay for your tour using a
credit card with no credit card surcharge.
A $400 per person
non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your participation
and to hold your preferred grade of cabin on
this cruise, and the balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
What about the Air Fare?
If you buy the Amadeus
airfare, they include transfers from the airport to the cruise
ship when you arrive into Amsterdam and (also back to the
airport in Paris if you choose their Paris extension, too). These transfers
are convenient, but require you to arrive on the exact day the
tour starts and leave the exact day the Paris extension ends. They
can easily be arranged by yourself when you
arrive at the airport as well (ie taxi), so should not unduly influence
your airfare planning.
We suggest you check to see
if you can use any frequent flier miles you might have for this
travel, and/or check to see what the best fare you can get on
your favorite airline is, then compare it to the Amadeus rate
and make your decision then.
You are therefore free to
make your own arrangements, any way you wish, to travel to
Amsterdam and then
home again from Trier (probably flying out of Frankfurt), and you can of course make extra
stops and arrive earlier or stay longer. You can choose whichever
carrier has the best fare and the best schedules for you, and
you can also choose a carrier that you wish to earn miles with.
We'll be pleased to answer
any questions you might have about arranging your air
transportation, of course.
Which cities to fly in and out
This might seem like an
obvious issue, but remember that Europe is very small and so if
you can't get convenient flights (or fares) on your preferred
airlines to and from the obvious cities at the start and end of
your tour, consider flying in or out of nearby airports and then
using a train to get between that airport and the city you need
to be in.
You'll probably find it easy
to get flights to Amsterdam - their lovely Schiphol Airport is a
major European hub.
On your return, if you wish
to fly directly home from the end of the cruise in Trier, you'll
probably choose to first take a train to Frankfurt (a 3 hour
journey costing about €30) or perhaps even take a train all the
way back to Amsterdam (approx a 7½ hour journey costing about
Another possibility would be
the short inexpensive journey (under 1 hr and about €14) journey
to Luxemburg and flying from there.
Need More Information?
If you've a question or need
more clarification, go ahead and ask. Click for Live
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send us an email, or feel free to call us at (206)337-2317.
We generally recommend you
should protect against the various types of losses that may
occur while traveling.
Amadeus Waterways offer a
policy that covers you for trip cancellation and interruption
costs, medical costs, trip delay, and baggage delay or loss.
This is $229 per person. The premium is payable with your
To add an extra trip
cancellation premium that will allow you to cancel for any
reason at all, add another $40. With this add-on premium,
if you cancel for a reason not covered by the main policy,
Amadeus will refund you as much of your payment as is covered by
their usual policy, and give you a voucher to be redeemed
against future travel any time in the next year for the balance.
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How to Extend or Vary this Tour
There are many ways you can
extend or vary this tour. You're of course free to add anything
you like, before or after the cruise. Alternatively, if
you prefer, the cruise is a complete experience in itself
without needing any extra time
We recommend you consider
arriving into Europe at least a day before the cruise starts, so
as to give yourself a day to resolve any problems that may occur
such as missing/delayed flights or losing luggage.
If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
We're here to help ensure your experience is as good as
Tour Terms and Conditions
standard terms and conditions
apply to this tour.
In addition, please note
these extra terms :
1. The 90 day
payment due date is considered to be Friday 7 December 2007.
2. US citizens require a
current passport that will not expire for at least six months
after the date of their planned return back to the US in order
to be admitted to Europe. They do not require any European visas. Citizens of other countries should check with the
airline that will transport them to Europe to determine what
passport and visa requirements may apply.
3. Tour price is
subject to change prior to full payment being received.
4. Terms and
conditions of the cruise line (Amadeus
Waterways) also apply.
1 Nov 2007, last update
14 May 2014