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Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 724
GCT Trips Taken: 14
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Countries Visited:

Antarctica, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

July 21, 2012

 Conde Nast's August issue has a feature article on the European River Cruise Revolution comparing 6 different European river cruise ships. It rates the Ama Waterways' AmaCerto, Avalon Panorama, Grand Circle's M.S. Bizet, Tauck's M.S. Swiss Jewel, Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette and Viking Idun. The article is It has vital statistics, likes, dislikes and sample fares for all of these ships. These evaluations probably reflect to greater and lesser degrees on the rest of the ships of the cruise lines. There is also an associated article Wendy Perrin was one of the writers of these articles. She was on our cruise on the Bizet dowm the Seine in early April. Her favorite part of the trip was the travelers and the programs directors, Audrey, Jean-Pierre and Jean-Ives, who she refered to as 'the highest caliber guides'.

I did a blog on that trip,


Author: sealionlady

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

July 21, 2012

What an interesting article!  I've traveled quite a bit (I was even a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, back in the day), but, right now, river cruising works for me.  We don't eat every meal on board, we hop off and find interesting restaurants and I buy items at local bakeries. 

I guess what I like best is the comfort level; on the GCT river cruises I love having breakfast and lunch only a few steps away.  And I so enjoy the small towns we visit (Viviers, Vernon) .... Gosh!  This is my "love letter" to GCT!


Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 721
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Countries Visited:

Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji. Ireland

Traveler Since: 2006

July 21, 2012

Wow! What a great compliment to GCT travelers. And Nanaandpapa were among the "best group of travelers."


Author: jayge

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 185
GCT Trips Taken: 13
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2004

July 22, 2012

We prefer Grand Circle ships which are comfortable and informal and friendly crews and wonderful program directors.  We do not like what is happening to Ocean cruise ships..they are becoming "amusement parks". 

Now, many rivership companies are starting to do the same thing with rivercruise ships with luxurious staterooms, chandeliers, etc.  What a sad thing, I feel!  It takes away from the idea of enjoying the scenery, the companionship, etc. which have been traditionally the focus of cruising the beautiful rivers of many countries.

I hope Grand Circle does not succumb to this trend.


Author: oldbog

Joined: 2/6/2011
Posts: 59
GCT Trips Taken: 6
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 1999

July 22, 2012

 I will second jayge emphatically!

Author: shatzi

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 71
GCT Trips Taken: 10
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2009

July 22, 2012

I agree with jayge 100%!

Author: avalarue

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 86
GCT Trips Taken: 8
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2008

July 22, 2012

In total contrast to the huge oceanliners, we traveled on the MS Chardonnay last month and thoroughly enjoyed having only 44 passengers and 13 crew. Over our seven day cruise we were able to at least visit with every one on the ship and loved the intimacy and hotel-like features of the ship.

I read the conde Nast article this morning and loved seeing her photos of places I could identify as "having been there!"

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