GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
SHORE excursions are generally covered by the cruise price; longer day trips may be optional and a separate expense.
Prices fluctuate seasonally: high season extends from mid-May to the end of September, with cheaper cruises available before or after. Cabin costs vary according to the deck you choose; upper decks offer better views and can be quieter. Check whether a quoted price includes port taxes and fuel surcharges.
Nationalities vary on cruises. If this is of concern to you, check whether your fellow cruisers are likely to be American, French, English, German or mixed nationalities. APT World Discoveries will run 15 cruises next year, with passengers mainly from Australia and New Zealand and with APT cruise directors aboard.
Will an Australian celebrity escort your cruise? Popular television journalist Steve Liebmann will lead Avalon Waterways’ Magnificent Europe cruise in September 2008.
Some cruises involve a theme or seasonal elements, perhaps designed for wine or music lovers, or to visit Christmas markets along the Danube. Peter Needham