Thanks Pauline...you know I was looking at the Holland one and thought how beautiful it would be for the spring. I have a feeling I would enjoy river cruising for all the reasons you mention. It also looks like a much better value than ocean cruising which seems to "nickle & dime" travelers, esp. for the shore excursions. The smaller ship, fewer people is attractive too as I imagine you have a better chance of getting to know folks and sharing the trip.
I've meant to tell you how much I enjoy your posts...always informative, personal,thoughtful,descriptive, kind toward others, the voice of a seasoned traveler..I could go on! I wish it was possible to meet you in person on a future trip. Pauline, you were also very helpful to me in the past with advice about buying trip insurance so thanks again for that.
Friends of mine in California did the Great Rivers of Europe this year and are still raving about it.
Thank you for responding... Oh...the Paris to Normandy cruise sounds divine/ hope that you review it afterwards and that you have a fantastic time.
Dear Wattsed, You lucky, lucky man to have such an extensive list of river cruise experiences to share. I truely appreciate how you rated them and your sense of humor is delightful. I look for your postings as well as Pauline's...so great to hear from folks who have "seen the world" and are happy to answer questions for those of us who came late to collecting stamps in our passports.
I'm thrilled to finally have the time and resources to fulfill some of my travel dreams, however, at 66 yrs in Jan. I am mindful that I need to choose my trips carefully while health & money last.
thanks so much for taking the time to answer,
Anyone else want to tell me about their favorite river cruises...I'm all ears and eager to hear from you. Cate