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Author: dave_d

Joined: 2/13/2011
Posts: 16
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2004

February 26, 2011

 My wife and I just booked this cruise.  Anyone joining us?

Dave and Marcia



Author: dk15urs

Joined: 7/22/2011
Posts: 11
GCT Trips Taken: 1
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2012

July 27, 2011

Dave & Marcia!

Sept. 18th is just around the corner, how wonderful! Are you taking the Bruges extension and the Lucerne 4 night stop?  Lucerne especially  should be great.

I sent a post through GCT 7-22-11 addressed to you and the other traveler, shatzi.

We will be taking that Rhine/Mosel cruise, but not till Aug. 2012 leaving from Antwerp and ending up in Lucerne. Even though that is still a long time till next year, I am all excited. Hope to include the pre and post stops.

Have done other cruises but this will be our first River cruise, this has to be much more relaxing.

Dave - we will await your return and your post telling us what to look out for and where the best shopping towns will be. (My husband is really excited about that part of the trip). 


Author: kmburch

Joined: 7/3/2012
Posts: 2
GCT Trips Taken: 9
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 1996

July 26, 2012

We're going on the Rhine and Mosel with the extension to Bruges leaving home August 24. Anyone else going? If so, what time are you arriving in Brussels to go to Bruges?

Author: sealionlady

Joined: 8/1/2010
Posts: 197
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 7
Traveler Since: 2001

July 28, 2012

I am very interested in this trip because A) the Bruges extension looks great and B) I want to see Strasbourg.  I hope "Rhine and Mosel" travelers will post on these two locations. 

Enjoy!  ...... wish I could join you.

Author: cbass

Joined: 8/18/2012
Posts: 9
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2013

August 17, 2012

I will be taking this cruise, with Lucerne Pre Trip option Sept 2013.....look forward to hearing about your trips....what you liked, and recommend; also to link up with others that are going on Melody when we do. This will be my first trip to Europe, and am so excited to explore towns along the rivers.

Author: dgevry

Joined: 9/4/2010
Posts: 109
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Traveler Since: 2010

August 18, 2012


We are also taking the Rhine & Mosel cruise in Sept. 2013 on the Melody  with the Lucerne pretrip. We leave on the 9th for Lucerne. This is our 3rd GCT river cruise, and we are looking forward to it. We took the Great Rivers of Europe in 2010, and Holland & Belgium in Springtime in 2011.  Both were wonderful, so I imagine this one will be just as enjoyable.

Diane & Larry

Author: cbass

Joined: 8/18/2012
Posts: 9
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2013

August 18, 2012

Diane, Larry - look forward to meeting you. I am very excited about seeing some of Europe...and doing the river cruising. I love ocean cruising....and my friends, traveling with me rave about the GCT river trips. 

We also leave on Sept 9th....traveling from OR/WA, so look forward to adjusting to time zone and seeing Lucerne first. One of my bucket list places is Switzerland and the Alps. Hoping (if weather is good) to take trip to top of Europe while there.




Author: singsling

Joined: 6/23/2010
Posts: 250
GCT Trips Taken: 11
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 1995

August 18, 2012

To all of you who  have booked this cruise, or want  in the future--it is wonderful. We took it  2007 with Post trip to Lucerne.  We never did get to Antwerp except to get on the bus and get of at the ship; The first two days of the cruise was spent in a  hotel in Brussels because of an accident on the river. 

The little towns along the way from Antwerp to Frankfurt, down the Mosel to the Rhine were super; My husband and I were in many of the towns in 1961-1964 and it was nice to see changes, or none, keeping the old European life.  One very important  surprise was at or near the juncture of the Rhine and Mosel, we passed the site where the Remagen bridge was during WWII.  On each side of the river were large pillars as memorials.  On the side we were on (going south), there was a memorial commemorating the American Army capturing the bridge in WWII   The biggest American flag I have ever seen was  flying; it was 9 PM, and there were illumnating the flag and memorial were not on, so picture taking was at a minimum.  The Captain pulled as close to the wall that he could get so we could take pictures from the sun deck.  The  flag flies 24/7, rain or shine.  What a wonderful site.  A friend of mine worked on repairing  that bridge, including the Remagen during WWII; he is 90 years old now.  He remembers it like yesterday.  What a site.

In Trier, we took the optional tour to the AmericanCemetery in Luxembourg . Our tour guide in the park was great, except he kept talking so much we almost didn't have a lot of time to walk thrugh the cemetery, so we left him.  He was knowledgeable though.  We had visited in 1962, so it was quite different than our first visit, grounds well kept, a chapel, and visitor centers.  Before we headed back to the ship, we visited a few miles away, the German memorial cemetery; it was  not well kept and sometimes two to a grave; worth seeing as well.

Baden Baden was nice;  it was Sunday morning early, and not much open.  Cure Haus was open for anyone who wanted a dip in a pool or to visit the casino; there were many kinds of water to feel or taste in the shop.  Nice city tour.

Strasburg was nice for those who like France.  Historical city;Cathedral is nice;  an astronomical clock in rear of church to watch at intervals; Alsace tour was wonderful countryside.

We didn't  have much time in Basel except to just walk around, as it was disembark day and we got on our bus for Lucerne.  Beautiful countryside going to Lucerne.  Alps in the distance.  We enjoyed Lucerne a lot, most everything walkable; we took the train to Bern one day which is another beautiful old city.  It was April and got very hot during the days in the sun; we had all nice weather during most of this cruise/post trip.



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