Early birds catch the dis­count Euro­pean river cruises

The Daily Examiner - - MID-WEEK - With Corey Ber­talli Corey Ber­talli has been the man­ager of Grafton Travel for the past nine years and travel con­sul­tant for 25. Each week Corey shares his ex­pe­ri­ences and tips on des­ti­na­tions from around the world, the op­tions avail­able to get there, and

RIVER cruis­ing es­pe­cially in Eu­rope has be­come so pop­u­lar over the past few years that they are fill­ing 2019 de­par­tures with fly-free deals, dis­counted of­fers on premium econ­omy and busi­ness class air­fares.

Of­fers that in­clude pay­ing 2018 prices for travel in 2019 type deals. How­ever be quick as most of these deals fin­ish at the end of April. So don’t miss out if you are con­sid­er­ing a river cruise in 2019.

A lot of the clients we are book­ing onto these cruises are clients that have done the Coach Tour of Eu­rope and are now look­ing to go back and do some­thing dif­fer­ent. The itin­er­ar­ies that are on of­fer are vast and many of the cruis­ing itin­er­ar­ies are based on the Rhine, Danube and Neckar Rivers.

Coun­try spe­cific river cruis­ing is also on the rise with the same stan­dard of ship that you would ex­pe­ri­ence on your tra­di­tional 15-day cruise from Am­s­ter­dam to Bu­dapest. Spain, France and Ger­many are just a cou­ple of coun­tries where you will be able to tour the vine­yards and cas­tle of just one coun­try. The tra­di­tional cruise itin­er­ary will take a leisurely 15 days and leave you well and truly feel­ing like you have had a hol­i­day by the end of it. (I for­got to men­tion all meals are gen­er­ally in­cluded so you can ex­pect to add a kilo of two whilst on board).

The cruise com­pa­nies also have op­tions avail­able to you where you can spend a few days ei­ther side of your cruise see­ing dif­fer­ent cities, like Prague, Bu­dapest Am­s­ter­dam or even Paris. As long as you are on the ship the day that it is due to leave, the op­tions are end­less.

There are a lot of rep­utable com­pa­nies cater­ing for all stan­dards of cruis­ing from three-star ac­com­mo­da­tion to top of the line five-star cruis­ing.

Grafton Travel sells a lot of Aus­tralian Scenic Tours, APT Tours, Ev­er­green and Trav­el­mar­vel. All are Aus­tralian com­pa­nies and they have a very good rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity and ser­vice. Their ships are four to five-star lux­ury.

They will spoil you so much that you won’t want to get off at the end of the cruise. No mat­ter which com­pany you end up choos­ing, one thing they all have in com­mon is that you will see the same towns and land­scapes as you me­an­der along the river.

They will stop at cities, small and large along the way giv­ing you the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore.

Some of the ships have bikes that you can use to ride around if you want; all of the ships will have a tour pro­gram lined up for your ar­rival into each town. So you won’t be left won­der­ing what to do.

If you don’t feel like hop­ing off and ex­plor­ing a par­tic­u­lar town or just feel like a lazy day then the ships are more than equipped to sat­isfy your needs with a lounge and bar.

A well­ness area for a lit­tle bit of pam­per­ing, gift shop and restau­rant, sun decks and ob­ser­va­tion deck are well used and where you will meet other cruise minded hol­i­day mak­ers.

Be­cause river cruis­ing is so pop­u­lar at the mo­ment and there is only so many cruise ships on the river, cabin spa­ces are very lim­ited from year to year.

If you are think­ing about cruis­ing next year then you should re­ally start to do some­thing about it don’t wait un­til next year, you might miss out. These com­pa­nies have al­ready pre-re­leased their deals for 2019.

If you would like some more in­for­ma­tion please don’t hes­i­tate to call in and talk to one of Grafton Travel’s friendly staff.

Photo: file

A cruise down the Rhine on the Avalon's new river­ship Panorama takes in towns and vil­lages like Koblenz, Cochem and Cologne.

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