Mike and I had looked at river cruises before but had never booked because of two factors.
They are expensive compared to ocean cruising ….at least how we cruise. We typically look to pay no more than $100 per person per day (same as Medicare will at a nursing home!) and usually try to be well under that figure if we aren’t in a balcony. The 19 day canal cruise was about $85 pp/pd because officially we booked an inside stateroom but used points (which were later redeposited when prices fell) to be in our grand balcony. This six night cruise works out to be more like $325 pp/pd and that is for the lowest price cabin…more on that in a later posting.
Our other concern with river cruising is also one of its biggest draws. There will only be a total of 190 passengers aboard which makes it very appealing u til you start to wonder, “what if I don’t like any of those 188 other folks?” Or what if no one on board is comfortable with two middle aged married men? On a shop of 2000 or so there are plenty of people you don’t want to meet but there are always some you do….we weren’t so sure that would be the case with a MUCH smaller population
But we decided since we were bringing our friends with us, the second concern should be one and that this was our best chance to experience a river cruise without that worry …so as I was recently reminded at Mom’s funeral- the Brinks’ truck doesn’t follow you to the cemetery so we decided to go.