Archive for the ‘Holiday Cruises’ Category

Holiday Gift Idea: River Cruises

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Trying to think of that perfect gift for your family or loved one? Something that will bring you closer and leave you with lasting memories for years to come? Why not escape on a European River Cruise with Destination Oceans. River cruise lines are offering great deals on a wide array of destinations. Combine that with two-for-one specials, large discounts and free air and hotels in many major European cities you can’t afford to not at least consider a holiday cruise.

All the things you are used to doing during the holiday season at home you can still do during a river cruise. You would be hard pressed to find a destination without a large Christmas market and a tree lighting festival. Imagine this year  leaving the Christmas dinner to someone else so you can just relax and enjoy the holiday.

AMA Waterways offers a cruise and land package starting as low as $2,459 per person. They simply refer to this cruise as the Christmas Time Cruise. The cruise begins with a 2 night hotel stay in Prague followed by a 8 night Nuremberg to Amsterdam cruise. This cruise is especially inexpensive for couples traveling because if you book and pay in advance you can take advantage of their two for one deal. That’s 2 cruise tickets for the price of just one. Certain dates are also eligible for free airfare and instant room upgrades.

Avalon Waterways offers two holiday cruises. The first is Christmastime on the Danube which has a starting price as low as $2,019 per person. This 9 day 8 night cruise begins with a two night stay in Prague followed by a 6 night cruise from Nuremberg to Vienna. Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city along the way and sample local delicacies to your hearts content. The second is Christmas in the Heart of Germany, which starts as low as $1,719 per person. This cruise starts with a 6 night cruise from Frankfurt to Nuremberg and ends with a complimentary 2 night stay in Prague. Germany is a great place to spend your holidays because they really get into the spirit. Many of the ports you will stop in will have amazing Christmas markets and numerous holiday inspired events. You won’t want to miss this cruise.

Uniworld has the longest holiday cruise with their 14 day Grand Christmas & New Year’s Cruise at a start price of $3,699 per person. This 14 day cruise begins in Nuremberg and ends in Budapest. You will be treated to walking tours in Regensberg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest to name a few. Each city is rich in culture and holiday cheer. Go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Bavarian Forest or if you feel up to it waltz to the famous tunes of Johann Strauss in his home city of Vienna, Austria. These captivating countries and the enchanting river will provide you with the perfect backdrop for celebrating the holidays in style.

Avalon Waterways Blue Danube Discovery Cruise

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Have you been considering taking a European River Cruise, but are unsure where to go?  There’s never been a better time to cruise the beautiful Danube River.  Destination Oceans and Avalon Waterways are offering a 14 Day Blue Danube Discovery River Cruise with savings up to $1,500 per room.  With pricing as low as $3,039, which includes the cruise and land, this is a cruise you can’t afford to miss.

Your cruise vacation begins when you touch down in the culture rich city of Budapest, Hungary, where you will have two days of guided sightseeing.  After this, you will board your river cruise ship and head westward for the capital of Austria; Vienna.  Once here, you will have the chance to take a guided tour of the city.  Next on your itinerary is a walking tour in Durnstein to see the Baroque Stiftskirche.  Durnstein is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region and is also very well known for their Riesling wine.  Arriving in Melk, you will have a guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey and then take part in some local wine tasting.  If wine isn’t your thing, Nuremburg will give you the option of participating in a German beer tasting, which is what Bavaria does best!  Your cruise culminates in the “Golden City” of Prague, Czech Republic, where you will have three nights to unwind and explore this history rich city with guided sightseeing as well as plenty of free time to enjoy the sights at your own pace.

Destination Oceans and Avalon Waterways will help you make this a cruise vacation a memorable one.

How to plan for a European Cruise

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The time has finally come for you to plan your European Cruise. Where do you start? For many of us a European cruise has become a culmination of years of planning, saving and searching for the perfect cruise and the perfect destinations with careful consideration in travel seasons, destinations and pricing.

Let us first touch base on travel seasons. Regardless of where you are traveling to, each season provides a different cruising experience. Holiday cruises have become extremely popular in the last few years with more empty nesters gaining the opportunity to enjoy a holiday vacation. Christmas markets and festivals draw people in with their festive lights, immense shopping and local culture.

Perhaps you are more interested in soaking up the sun on the Mediterranean in the middle of July. Imagine not only sitting poolside during days at sea, but also taking advantage of the gorgeous beaches offered throughout the ports of call in the Mediterranean.

Spring cruises offer budding flowers and fairs, while fall cruises provide foliage and harvest festivals.

Choosing a travel destination is of course one of the most important decisions in your travel planning. The only advice I have is to research each locale and try to narrow down a few different cruise itineraries that you are interested in, at that point you can use price to narrow down your choices.

European Cruise pricing can vary from a few hundred dollars, to many thousands of dollars depending on the cruise line, where you are flying in and out of, and even what types of shore excursions you may be interested in. Airfare to Europe can sometimes make up 50% or more of your total vacation costs. You may be able to find a great deal on a Greek cruise in the summer, but the summer season airfare is expensive.

Patience also helps in finding the best Cruise Deals. Many times companies may offer specials and discounts significantly lower than you would expect. Again, I suggest do your research, understand the industries and feel free to ask questions. Any reputable cruise company or wholesaler will be more than happy to guide you to the exact cruise you are looking for.