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We are thinking of doing a cruise with NCL and a European river cruise back to back next year.  Has anyone done that?  Do they share the same ports?

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In what city were you thinking of ending one cruise and starting the other? It could make a huge difference. I have heard of others combining ocean and river cruises, and some have written about their experience here, but it's not a simple one-size-fits-all answer.

 

For example, in Amsterdam, the cruise ship docks and SOME of the river boat docks are very close to each other; we've docked there in each type of vessel. Though they don't share the exact same dock per se, you could potentially walk from the ocean cruise ship to your river boat in about 5 minutes, IF both are docked near Centraal Station. So it could be really easy to end a cruise in Amsterdam, then do a Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel.

 

However, if your ocean cruise ended in "Paris" and you wanted to tie that to a Seine cruise (Paris round trip), it would be more challenging. You'd probably dock the ocean vessel in Le Havre or similar, which is 3 hours away from where the river boats dock - in the outskirts of Paris. That would take more logistics.

 

Did you have a specific set of itineraries in mind?

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Another possible link-up is a cruise that ends in Lisbon and a Douro river cruise – but you do have to get from Lisbon to Porto.

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Last year we did a HAL transatlantic repositioning from Fort Lauderdale to Rome (Civatavecchia).  We flew from Rome to Bucharest and started a Viking River Cruise Bucharest to Amsterdam.  One way Intra-Europe plane fares are fairly reasonable, so it is easy to get to the start point of any cruise.  We made all our own flight arrangements.  

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You can really get from one area in Europe to another fairly easily. The train system is great plus there are plenty of low cost airlines. You can take a Seine River Cruise and take the high speed train to London, is just one example. Another example is fly TAP air from Porto after a Douro River Cruise to Nice or Barcelona. TAP air has great rates. 

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Just takes a little planning. We are flying to Paris, taking a Normandy Viking River Cruise and cruising home to NY on Cunard Queen Mary 2. 

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Amsterdam is a logical choice, but why limit your options? As others have posted, travel between European cities is easy and reasonable. While we've not done an ocean to river cruise itinerary, we have done a Med cruise that ended in Civitavecchia, flew from FCO to LGW and boarded a transatlantic out of Southampton, renting a car at LGW and returning it to Southampton near the port..

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On 7/23/2019 at 3:12 PM, INKaren said:

We are thinking of doing a cruise with NCL and a European river cruise back to back next year.  Has anyone done that?  Do they share the same ports?

 

  We are doing a Romantic Danbue river cruise the beginning of Oct. 2019  and then NCL Bliss Dec. 1st 2019 NYC. to S, Caribbean for 13 days ..  But I know they won't be using the same ports 🙂  Happy Sailing 

 

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We just booked Viking river (Lyon - Avignon) and then with a 4-day break, Viking ocean (Barcelona - Rome). We'll take the train from Avignon to Barcelona for some extra time exploring. The schedules married quite well.

 

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We have an Ocean Cruise next summer on Celebrity that begins in Dublin and ends in Amsterdam.  We are hoping that our River Cruise on Tauck that begins in Amsterdam and ends in Basal is docked nearby.  Hoping they are both near Central Station as it would be very convenient if we could drop off luggage and wander around Amsterdam.  Hoping Tauck will take luggage this early even though it’s too early to check in.   

 

The timing of these two cruises work very well together so it should be a smooth transition. We have been to Amsterdam several times in the past including four days last summer so do not feel the need to do much other than to walk as this is will be a lot of eating!!  We’re very excited as this will be our first River Cruise.  We have done lots of Ocean Cruising. 

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As I remember a few years ago, the ocean cruise ships weren’t too far away from the river cruises. 

Here is the website for the port:

http://cruiseportwiki.com/Amsterdam

If you are on the Celebrity Reflection on July 29, it looks like you will be there. 

https://www.ptamsterdam.nl/en/cruises-portal

(You have to pull up July 2020 to see that schedule.)

About halfway to the Central Station is where the river cruise boats dock. If you pull up satellite view in Google Maps, you can see one river boat. 

As for the ability to leave your luggage, I wouldn’t think it would be a problem. 

Hope this reassures you. Sounds like fun. 

 

 

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There have been reports of some river cruise ships that dock far away from the Centraal Station, but ASAIR that only involved one river cruise line (NOT Tauck).

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We've done this several times and used easyJet for one way air between cities.  We usually also add a few days stay between cities due to the cruise schedules.  Great way to maximize that long trip over the pond as they say.

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