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The ever increasing popularity of river cruising

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16 hours ago, notamermaid said:

Let us hop over the language devide and have a brief look at the German river cruising market, the company 1AVista Reisen: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/river-cruise-news/21531-1avista-expands-in-german-market.html

 

If you speak passable German and would finally like to bring your dog along on a cruise, this is the line for you.

 

notamermaid

 

That is so cool (about the dogs). When my Mom was alive, she had a Seeing Eye dog (well, technically 2, not at the same time). She had some other disabilities and would often only do half the port days. I would then take the dog off the ship on the days she stayed in the cabin. I have pictures of the dog all over North American ports. Her 2 dogs were very well traveled dogs. They loved to travel. They also liked being the only dog on the ship and everyone wanting to pet them when they were not working. They thought everyone came on the ship because of them.

 

I wish I spoke German!

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AmaWaterways will have a new ship, the AmaSiena, and the godmother has been chosen: https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/news-headlines/world-travel-holdings-fiorino-is-godmother-of-amasiena/

 

The company is also offering a cruise for those with special dietary needs: https://www.travelweekly.com/River-Cruising/Insights/AmaWaterways-to-host-a-gluten-free-river-cruise

 

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Let us cross the channel and have a look at how a British tour operator is making the headlines this week. Saga has announced its first new-built on the river, she will be called Spirit of the Rhine. This is the press release in one version: https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/featured/saga-orders-newbuild-river-cruise-ship/

 

And cruise critic in the UK has covered the news like this: https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/4713/

 

The info is, well, the usual marketing stuff, but the photos (renderings) on Saga's own website do look nice. The info I am missing is - size! How big will the ship be? Could not find the overall measurements anywhere. Perhaps when the cabins (their size is mentioned) go on sale in December - yes, this year already for 2021 - we will know more.

 

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3 hours ago, notamermaid said:

News from CroisiEurope: While the ship is not new, the route in Italy is. In 2020 the company will offer a trip from Venice to Mantua through the canal for the first time: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/river-cruise-news/21542-new-waterways-for-croisieurope.html

 

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 I like this quote from CroisiEurope's NA general manager:

With a river cruise boom in Europe, DaCosta said: “We have basically stopped adding more ships on the Rhine and the Danube, but we have introduced new ships on the Rhone and Douro this year. In addition, we are going to more new rivers and tributaries to the big rivers. We are one of very few companies on the Elbe and the only company on the Loire. We are also going off the Danube on the Tisza into Hungary’s wine region. And we do the Sava river in Croatia. These are rivers that are not that much explored by other ships.”

 

That is a good way to deal with the 'ever increasing popularity of river cruising' and the resultant crowding!

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If anyone’s is interested we and another couple are hiring a barge on the Canal du Nivernais next year, we are all competent boaters but if anyone is interested in how we get on let me know and I can post a report. CA

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1 hour ago, Canal archive said:

If anyone’s is interested we and another couple are hiring a barge on the Canal du Nivernais next year, we are all competent boaters but if anyone is interested in how we get on let me know and I can post a report. CA

We definitely want a review!

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On 11/18/2019 at 12:42 PM, Canal archive said:

If anyone’s is interested we and another couple are hiring a barge on the Canal du Nivernais next year, we are all competent boaters but if anyone is interested in how we get on let me know and I can post a report. CA

Please do.

 

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40 Percent is a lot. But with the tax being 8 euros per 24 hours per passenger, I mean can these cruise lines not afford 16 euros per passenger (presuming they stay a maximum of 48 hours)? Why not calculate it into the cruise price? Will a passenger notice? A tourism tax is a bone of contention in many places. And Amsterdam needs to start somewhere. Management of ocean cruise and river cruise passengers is easy compared to all others. More problematic I see the mood being shifted against cruisers, enforced by deliberate negative journalism. Fortunately, this targeting is still a minor issue along the Rhine for example. But river cruise companies and towns need to be beware. Cologne will in all likelihood never have a problem with it, but a town like Rüdesheim, although used to mass tourism, could reach tipping point for mood and locals "revolting" in my opinion.

 

Harbour docking fees I already find quite high, an additional tax would not be a good idea I think.

 

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As for Passau, there I think tipping point has been reached and it is one of the towns where river cruising plays a considerable part in the overall spectrum of tourists. But it is a case of "die Teufel die ich rief werd' ich nicht mehr los"*. The town council and harbour master should be in a position to limit and manage docking. River cruise companies do not force you to allow them to dock. In my opinion, to put it bluntly, prestige, statistics and money are the driving forces behind offering docking spaces.

 

Next up, a British Association has identified another increase in the interest for this type of travelling. (Surprise, surprise (sarcasm)).

 

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*A well known saying from the "Zauberlehrling" by Goethe

 

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