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Author: tomnat

Joined: 6/4/2010
Posts: 178
GCT Trips Taken: 19
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Traveler Since: 2004

August 05, 2013

While reading the Rhine & Mosel reviews from the last year, one suggested grouping Riverboat folks by walking ability or maybe interests, e.g. hikers vs. strollers or shoppers.

Some reviewers with a walking disability appreciated a PD who went slow enough & assisted them, when necessary, and conversely, other reviewers complained about being slowed down by slower walkers.

We do not know if GCT tries to group people by interests &/or phyical ability, but I think it is worth discussing, as it might make walking tours more efficient & interesting for all customers of multi-group/PD riverboat trips.

Note, one of us is a photographer, who with a headset has not usually minded a slower group, since it allows time to take photographs. Even though I still can walk fast, many times photographs cause me to lag behind my group!!

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 724
GCT Trips Taken: 14
OAT Trips Taken: 4
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Traveler Since: 2002

August 05, 2013

 Currently river cruise groups seem to be based primarily on pre and post trip slections, such that friendships that develop on a pre-trip are not separated on the main trip, and people that are going to be together for the post-trip get a better chance to develop friendships on the main trip. to be continued on the post thrip. These relationships also are true of relationships with the PD. There are many ways to potentially make up groups, but this seems to be the most effective. When there is a particularly challanging walking day a slower walking group could be made up, if there is an additional staff member to lead it, as they did with us on Kizhi Island  on the Russia Revealed cruise. The choice of pre and post trip is also a measure of the interests of the travelers.

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