I hear time and again from Grand Circle travelers about how much they enjoy our popular River Cruises—and this is made even more evident based on the many emails I receive from these travelers about their favorite River Cruise memories every week! Here, Jim & Tommie W. and Mary W. shared why they loved our European River Cruises so much.
Mist hanging over the water, a cool, crisp May morning, and an unbelievable blue sky all combined to paint a magnificent picture on the Rhine River. This cruise was everything we had imagined and more. The small towns we visited were a combination of medieval Europe and the 21st century. The cathedrals and castles make one wonder how they could possibly have been built in the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries without the machinery used today to build huge buildings.
We were awed by the beautiful artwork both inside and outside of the buildings. The people we encountered in the towns were warm and friendly. Our home visit was such a delight. Romance of the Rhine & Mosel can be taken two ways—a return to the era of Romance in Europe and the romance the cruise brings to the ship's passengers. We plan to return for another cruise with the wonderful Grand Circle crew.
Jim & Tommie W.
My husband and I completed the Romance of the Rhine & Mosel River Cruise on the River Harmony and what an interesting trip! My favorite was when we cruised the Mosel on a Sunday afternoon. The autumn colors were beautiful and the grape vines were changing to a yellow-green as they marched up the hillsides in perfect rows. The day was sunny and many were on deck to enjoy the sun and beauty on both sides of the river. The riverboat sailed so quietly that it helped create a most surreal atmosphere. Just beautiful.
Charlotte Hall, Maryland
Sometimes travelers have unexpected surprises during their trips—just as Lenore S. did while sailing on our Great Rivers of Europe River Cruise. Here, she shares how she learned that there are still good, honest people in this world.
My recent Great Rivers of Europe cruise was filled with an incredible array of exciting experiences. Even though I've traveled with Grand Circle and OAT nine times now, I still haven't become a disciplined daily journalist, and unfortunately, because of that, many marvelous memories become hazy or even lost.
One experience stands out from this March 2009 cruise on the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers. While I browsed waterfront shops at a stop in a riverside city, a young lady came into the shop where I heard her tell the shopkeeper that she had dropped her treasured ring in distress. We all searched everywhere among the wares, under racks of clothing, in corners, etc., but did not find it. The young women finally gave up and left.
After she left, I realized she had given no information about herself, so I informed the shopkeeper that should she find the ring, the owner was traveling on the River Melody just a few blocks away.
Later in the evening (while aboard ship), I learned that the shopkeeper had found the ring and returned it to the ship where its owner eventually retrieved it. I was so tremendously impressed by the honesty of that shopkeeper.
Manhattan Beach, California