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Some top tips and helpful information on river cruising.


Our time at The River Cruise Convention in Amsterdam.
As a team we are most proud that we can offer you real honest advice on destinations, ships, and experiences because we invest the time in exploring, visiting and training.
Recently two of our team went across to Amsterdam to The River Cruise Convention. A perfect opportunity to talk to most River Cruise operators all under one roof, but more than that to step on board and experience a multitude of different ships from different companies to refresh our knowledge and see the true differences in each brand.

We also picked up some truly great offers along the way too that we have brought back to tell you about!

First though here are our thoughts on what we experienced. Of course these are only our opinions and you may have travelled on some and feel differently, but that is what is so great about River Cruising. It offers such choice and each experience is truly unique, so we wanted to offer our insight to you.

TAUCK – Inspire

On our tour of Taucks ship “Inspire” our favourite stateroom is the new LOFT SUITE – category 3 with high ceiling, the biggest French balcony window we had ever seen. What a way to enjoy the stunning scenery that rivers has to offer!
We believe it makes a true difference when it comes to all inclusive. The price you pay is just that, no added optional tours on board or anything extra. Tauck also offer special shore dining experiences, for example the dinner at the Vienna Palace is actually the home of a Prince who serves as your host! We loved the ship, its stunning staterooms and very comfortable public areas.

TIME ON TAUCK – Receive one FREE hotel night at a Tauck named hotel before or after your holiday with “Time on Tauck”* Solo Travellers – No single supplement in category 1 cabins on every single departure & special rates on selected departures on other journeys
*Restrictions may apply.

CROISI EUROPE – La Fafayette
La Fayette ship is just two years old and offers a fresh modern look with a simple approach to furnishing. We like the sense of space and thought that all areas of the ship were of a very good standard. Cabins are small but very well appointed and great use of space. Single rooms we noted were very nice.

A-ROSA – Viva
A-Rosa offers exceptional value for money. There cruises are perfect for clientele that likes a bit more flexibility and perhaps are travelling with children also offers great value for money. They have all inclusive drinks packages and FREE children under the age of 15 which makes the prices so good. We like the dining area as it was more cosy and intimate than some of the many other large dining rooms at sea.

Scenic – Scenic Opal.
What a beauty, elegant and stylish and every attention to detail We LOVE the hand held GPS system that is given to every customer on embarkation. This will provide (if wanted) 24 hour coverage of where you are and what sights are all around. Another element we liked that we had not seen on board a river cruise before was the electronic windows in the French balcony cabins. Nice touch. We felt nothing was too much trouble on board Scenic and loved the ambiance throughout.

Uniworld – River Empress
Well this is a beautiful, stunning and elegant ship on a whole different scale. If you are looking for total opulence and elegance then you must step aboard Uniworld. Truly stunning. Once again an all-inclusive ship and I really did get the feeling on board that you would feel like Lords and Ladies if you chose to cruise with them – with some lead in offers for a week Holland and Belgium, at Tulip Time from £984 cruise only.

Amadeus – Amadeus Silver
A 4 star ship that took us all pleasantly by surprise. We liked the décor, the cabins, the restaurants and indeed the whole feel of the ship. The prices are good and each river is currently featured throughout Europe.

AmaWaterways – Ama Certo
Well we love AMA and once again I am reminded why. I think my favourite part of the top deck – they really do have the best top deck area of all the ships in my mind. Thoughtful seating and ambiance has been created throughout. The cabins are well designed and all the public areas are so well thought through.

One or two offers that we think you should know about.

AROSA – did you know that children under the age of 15 go FREE!
Consider this – if you are a family of two adults and two children (under 15) both the children go FREE and they get their own cabin. Amazing value!
We felt the AROSA product was perfect for children and has some great facilities.They also have an all-inclusive drinks package but excursions are extra.

Croisi have a great price on a cruise that one of our team member’s has just taken as a personal holiday.
Naples, The Amalfi Coast, Aelian Islands, Sicily and Calabria.
Cruising on board the La Belle De l’Adriatique

This is a 7 night cruise and February 5th departure date is on special offer.
There is also no single supplements on this cruise and where possible FREE upgrades.
Price is from £699 per person

There was so much more information crammed into the weekend we were there, but if you would like to know more about a particular River Cruise Company then may we suggest that you visit our new website www.rivercruiseholiday.com where you will see that here at Ponders Travel we have been hard at work putting all our years of river cruising experience into one place www.rivercruiseholiday.com we are exceptionally proud of this latest addition to our Ponders Family.

So why should you visit www.rivercruiseholiday.com?
This website offers you the opportunity to experience a river cruise from other traveller’s perspective, with video footage of their holidays, written reviews and opinions, giving you the insight not always brought to you in a brochure.

Try our unique complimentary concierge service that is designed to your very own requirements. We can assist in tailoring your next river cruise voyage to suit you, enabling you to personalise your holiday in advance. We can offer you insight into your destinations, give you top tips on how to discover the best from your holiday. In addition let us help with those little extras such as booking concert tickets, reservations for a special events or tips on seeking out authentic places to eat. Its the little things that make a great holiday.

Featured within our website are all the rivers around the world from the British Waterways, French Canals, European Treasures to the Mighty Mekong and everything in between. We give you an overview of each river alongside some ideas of holidays that you can discover on them.
We also feature all the operators and their ships that meander along each of these stunning rivers, with photo gallery’s and deck plans (for some) it makes www.rivercruiseholiday.com the go to website for all river cruises.

Our staff have suggested top tips for places they have visited and you will also find a selection of blogs written by us from our travels.

So why not have a look – we will always have more to add, but we are certain you will find the site easy to navigate and full of information.

The contact us section is easy to find at the top of each page, but should you want to discuss your holiday thoughts in person call our experienced team on: 01954 232802 or drop us an email at: [email protected]

If the idea of visiting more than one destination, sampling exquisite food, soaking in stunning scenery and enjoying excursions if you so choose, sounds like your idea of a fabulous holiday experience then we would certainly recommend river cruising as an idea for you.


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