Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime with Travelsmart
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.