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2017 Annual River Cruise Conference… Zoltan’s key thoughts.

Having recently returned from the annual CLIA river cruise conference in Amsterdam, I am excited to learn that river cruising is on high demand. There are really something for everyone. Cruise operators seem to respond rather well to the changing market as to how differentiate brands from each other, how to make services look different and how to engage multi generations when ships have very same look – size, length and width..

It’s important for us to understand the key unique selling points of each individual operator in order to match you the customer to right cruise line that suits you.

Cruise companies bring river cruising into the mindset of more people by developing their range of offerings from active (cycling, walking, hiking) to culture (classical music, heritage) and wine & gourmet cruises, and city breaks to take the experience across a wider age group including family opportunities.All this helps making a river cruising more popular as a holiday choice.

CrosiEurope offer summer sailings where kids go free. That means a family of 4 with 2 children would pay for 1 cabin only and the other cabin would be complimentary on selected sailings in 2018.

U by Uniworld have made a great distinction aimed at the younger generations by creating lavish itineraries with their cool, newly refurbished, black-painted ships that becomes trendy amongst 21-45 year young professionals.

Some river cruise operators (Uniworld, Tauck, Crystal) go for the upmarket ultra all inclusive services, others (A rosa) offer the basics with breakfast only. However the waterways are set to enthrall you regardless which cruise ship you are on, and you can tailor your sailing to your very own requirements.
Every cruise operator has its own taste and we can always highlight to you all aspects and assist you in choosing one or the other.
Most importantly you should only pay for services that are important for them and should not pay extra for something that is not what you are looking for on your holiday, in other words, sometimes less can bring you more joy and adventure.
Personally I love discovering new places simply on foot, by walking or running through the back roads of a city or a village to see the true daily life behind the scene.
When I sailed to Cologne two weeks ago, It was quite a grey start of the day with drizzling rain. I did not mind it, I put my trainers on and had a refreshing run along the Rhine. By the time I finished, the sun came out and I ended up sipping hot take away from the famous Cologne Chocalate Museum. After 5K workout the yummy drink could not tasted better for me!!

These little adventures, experiences would make your trip rather special so please always contact us to discuss your personal requirements and we will be delighted to recommend.
Thank you – Zoltan.


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