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  1. LOL - I just bought a couple of those towels because we went to Disneyland last week, just happened to be during a heat wave!! The towels were perfect. I will definitely pack them.
  2. I will check them out. In what way could the weather be poor during July? It's our anniversary so that's why we're looking at that time.
  3. Another question.... Does it matter where the cabin is located, as far as mid-section vs. front/back? I know for ocean cruises this can be important for people. I would think that you really don't get the movement on the river as you do on the ocean, but maybe for docking purposes? I know that this was true on our Hurtigruten cruise last year.
  4. Thank you! We would be traveling in July so I assume it will be warmer weather.
  5. Yes, thank you. I was able to view it. I'm going to check out the cruise you mentioned.
  6. Thank you lackcreativity. We have done a few ocean cruises and I'm very aware of how different they will be. Last year we did a cruise up the coast of Norway on Hurtigruten. They are definitely a no frills type of line as they were originally a working ferry system, and still is. The cruise was beautiful and we were able to spend hours sitting in the lounge watching the landscape. After doing this, I think the river cruise will be fine as we didn't miss the entertainment from the big ships. The "ship swap" is one of my big questions. I understand that there could be a time that the water levels are low and the ship won't be able to continue. Does this usually happen only one day or could it be the remaining of a trip? If it's multiple days then, I assume, Viking arranges hotel accommodations? Also, if this happens, we are usually given enough notice for packing. If we do have to change ships, I'm assuming (hoping) we would get the same room choices? The cruise we are considering is the Grand European Tour. Thank you for your input.
  7. Thank you JKLC123. Yes, I have been reading through some of her posts. Sometimes the more I read, the more questions I have. :D We're still undecided on whether or not to do the river cruise or land only. I'll be meeting with our travel agent in a couple of weeks so I'm just trying to learn as much as I can.
  8. Hello All - I have (many) questions about picking the right River Cruise. My husband & I (both early 50s) are looking at taking a river cruise for the first time. We are looking for something in July. I know there are a number of companies that do river cruises and so far, I've been doing a lot of reading on Viking. It appears that they are on the more casual side, as neither of us want to bring dress clothes. I also like that soft drinks/waters are included during the meals as I don't drink alcohol (it gives me migraines). Are there other companies that I should look at? We are considering some land options at both or either end and have no more than 3 weeks. One question comes from my FIL, he didn't think a river cruise would offer much scenery as we make our way from port to port. His comment was that it's all been built up with commercial buildings. Have you found this to be true? How do the excursions work? If I understand correctly, on Viking, there is one set excursion included per port plus there may be optional ones for additional cost? Is this true on all lines? I'm sure I'll have many more questions as this goes along but I appreciate any insight you can give. Thanks!!!
  9. Yes, especially if you have a Global Entry Card. You can have it revoked if you don't declare your items. My husband brought back a reindeer sausage and some cheese from Norway last year. We didn't realize that meat items could not be brought in. He told the customs person that he had it in his luggage and we had to go to the screening area. They xrayed the bags (he couldn't remember which bag they were in) and took the sausage but we were allowed to keep the cheese.
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