This is because building materials and labor are far less expensive as is catering and staffing. Finally, should we spend the money for a Prestige Suite or will the smaller, Signature Suite suffice? A — What happened to your cruise consultant? Fans of your efforts. We are financially comfortable and we are willing to travel anywhere to have the best possible experience on a river boat. Basically, review overload is getting to me. So here are my questions at the end of my rambling: — Would you recommend Emerald for first time river cruisers who enjoy local history and sites, walk, hike a bit, bike a bit, like to eat good food, drink some good wine?
Many of the better travel consultants will talk to you for a while and try to formulate a five-year travel strategy based on the kinds of places that are or should be on your bucket list. Last year, Viking River, the world’s largest river boat company, carried 500,000 guests on its vessels, 88% of them from the States. In the next 36 months or so something interesting will be happening. You run river level risks on all of Europe’s major rivers but we think that the Elbe and the Danube probably offer the highest risk, with the Rhine close behind.
One thing we are wondering about — how can we get invited to the Captain’s table for dinner. We hear that is a special event and we’d love to try it one time. They are designed by Tauck and built and leased from Scylla, a Swiss company that owns the boats and provides the crew.This is quite common among river boat companies. Thus far, this has not been offered as an option.