Pre­pare your­self for the trip of a life­time with Trav­els­mart

The Tribune (NZ) - - TERRACE END -

Are you pre­pared for your next big ad­ven­ture? If not, Trav­els­mart in Ter­race End can send you places you’ve only ever dreamed of. One of the most pop­u­lar dream hol­i­days is river cruis­ing where you get the op­por­tu­nity to re­lax and re­ally get to see and ex­pe­ri­ence a coun­try, or a num­ber of coun­tries, along with their cul­ture, their scenery and the his­toric towns and cities along the route.

River cruises are now avail­able on vir­tu­ally any con­ti­nent and as Trav­els­mart Travel Co-or­di­na­tor Mar­garet Scott says wher­ever there’s a sig­nif­i­cant river around the world, there will be a cruise avail­able.

The most pop­u­lar desti­na­tion for New Zealan­ders is Europe and river cruis­ing can take up vir­tu­ally the en­tire trip or be added as a spec­tac­u­lar ex­tra to your over­seas ex­pe­ri­ence, and the team at Trav­els­mart can talk you through the amaz­ing range of op­tions that are now avail­able. Mar­garet adds that it’s not too late to book a north­ern sum­mer cruise for this year, al­though you’ll need to get in quick as de­mand for th­ese sea­sonal Euro­pean river cruises comes from right around the world.

Most of the ma­jor rivers in Europe and Rus­sia have river cruises, in­clud­ing the Danube, the Rhine and the Rhone, as well as Rus­sia’s Volga River where you can cruise through the awein­spir­ing sights from Moscow to St Peters­burg.

Euro­pean river cruise ships typ­i­cally take be­tween 100 and 120 peo­ple with some of the larger ships up to 140 pas­sen­gers.

‘‘There’s so much en­joy­ment with river cruis­ing. When you get on board you only have to un­pack once and, be­cause of the rel­a­tively small num­bers of pas­sen­gers, the crew get to know you and you have a greater op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise with other pas­sen­gers,’’ says Mar­garet.

‘‘An­other sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of river cruis­ing is that most large cities and old towns are built close to rivers so you’ll berth pretty much in the cen­tre of town. This makes vis­it­ing the his­toric sights and gen­eral sight­see­ing so much more con­ve­nient. All in all, river cruis­ing is a fan­tas­tic way to spend a hol­i­day.’’

If Europe is not your cho­sen desti­na­tion, river cruise ships nav­i­gate the Nile, Ama­zon, Yangtze and places to nu­mer­ous to men­tion.

‘‘From June, Air New Zealand will be fly­ing di­rect to Ho Chi Minh City and that will make it so much eas­ier to con­nect with the many cruises that make their way along the Mekong River.

Prices vary for the many river cruises de­pend­ing on the du­ra­tion, the in­clu­sions and the style. Some cruises have an allinclu­sive price which cov­ers ev­ery­thing from meals and re­fresh­ments to on-board con­cert par­ties and or­gan­ised shore tours. Other river cruises pro­vide op­tions that you can pre-pay or pick and choose from while on board.

For all the in­for­ma­tion you’ll need on the amaz­ing world of river cruis­ing call into Trav­els­mart in the Broad­top Shop­ping Cen­tre, up­town Ter­race End, or give the friendly and pro­fes­sional team a call on (06) 3547246 to ar­range your dream ad­ven­ture.

The Trav­els­mart team, from left, Mar­garet Scott, Michele Gullery and Shel­ley Hosk­ing.

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