by Don McCann
European River Cruises have become quite popular in recent years, so that many people are now ‘aware‘ of river cruising and many people are interested in actually taking one, too. However, we see time and again that potential river cruisers are surprised that their cruise of interest is either already filled, or has very limited availability. Unlike ocean cruises which accommodate hundreds, or thousands of passengers, river cruises usually accommodate about 160 guests! So if you do some simple math: high demand + low capacity…then it only stands to reason that planning in advance is essential.
So when to plan? Well, September is actually one of the peak months for booking European cruises in the following year; in other words, NOW is a good time! While this does not mean that you will not be able to find anything if you wait, it does mean you’d have to be flexible on date and accommodation type (the lowest deck is actually the least popular and what is usually “leftover”). September is also when some of the last advance booking discounts expire. One such example is with Avalon Waterways…..they currently have a discount on their 2016 cruises, plus they also have an airfare discount, as well. If you’d like more info, just click here.
In our office we’ve all been on river cruises and we all love them (in fact our Alice Burkhart is onboard one right now!). So if this is of interest to you, please contact us; we’d love to assist you in planning YOUR River Cruise!
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