As your Travel Advisor, I know you have been hearing a lot about coronavirus in the media. Here is some information that may be helpful.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS? Coronavirus (formally known as COVID-19) is part of a large group of viruses. A common cold, for example, can be a coronavirus. However, the coronavirus known as COVID-19 is new. You can catch coronavirus from other people. The World Health Organization lists the following as symptoms of coronavirus:
• Respiratory symptoms
• Shortness of breath
Severe cases of coronavirus can cause more serious symptoms such as pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and kidney failure. Anyone with symptoms that could be coronavirus should see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
SHOULD I TRAVEL? Only you can answer this question, but as a travel professional, I can offer you some guidance:
• Talk to me! I am always available to answer your questions and talk through your concerns.
• Don’t assume you’ll have to skip your vacation. If you are uncomfortable traveling to a certain destination, together we can we can find another place for you to travel that can give you a similar experience. Ultimately, it is your decision whether to travel.
• Seek out information from reputable sources like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
• Both the U.S. State Department and the governments and official tourism bureaus of your destination are great resources. They will give you the up-to-date travel advisories and warnings, as well as any information about the spread of the virus in their countries.
• Take a look at your travel insurance. Many insurance plans don’t cover coronavirus. You can find out more at www.travelleadersgroup.com/coronavirus-travel-insurance-updates
• Think about when your trip is, as well as where you are traveling. You may want to wait to make a decision on whether to travel. As your travel advisor, I can help you understand vendor cancellation policies and deadlines and talk through decisions about trips in the future.
• Tell me if you have any special circumstances health or immune system issues or pregnancy? Those types of risk assessments are important when deciding to travel anywhere, any time, but are especially important to consider now. People with compromised health are at greater risk for coronavirus infection.
HOW CAN I PREVENT CORONAVIRUS? There is no vaccine for coronavirus and no way to completely protect yourself. Common sense is your best guide, including washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, covering your cough, staying away from sick people, wiping down surfaces with Lysol or bleach, and staying home when you are sick. As always, eating nutritious food, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep are important steps to make sure you are as healthy as possible. Follow the advice of the experts at the CDC.
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I’ve been assisting travelers with river cruises for nearly 10 years now. Here are the most popular questions I get asked:
First up – “How do I get the best deal on a river cruise?”
Early booking usually offers the best discounts and promotions. By early, I mean at least 9 months to nearly 1.5 years out. Some cruise lines run what I call a ‘deceptive marketing strategy’, so beware. If you see, “2 for 1” pricing and such…just know that’s really not true. You really have to compare the ending price for everything you need with each cruise offer. Mark my words, if they offer “FREE AIR” or “FREE” anything…it’s not really free, it’s just worked into the pricing. This is where our shopping skills come into play and many times we can offer things not available to the public. Did you figure that into your value?
2. Why should I go through you instead of booking online myself?
Chances are, you have researched a little about river cruising already. Does that mean you are an expert? No, just better informed. We are CERTIFIED by the cruise lines themselves in their brands. We know the cruise lines, the ships, the differences, the itineraries, the rivers, the inclusions, the ports, the tours and much more. We’ve been on the different rivers and cruise lines ourselves. We are not ‘middlemen.’ We do not charge you for our services, the cruise lines pay us. You win! You get our experience, training, and assistance at no extra cost. In fact, we will very likely SAVE YOU MONEY! (and a lot of headaches) A river cruise is a big investment, don’t throw your money up for chance and hope things work out in your favor.
3. What is the best time of year to river cruise?
That depends on your interests and a few other things. Do you like cooler weather or do you like it hot? Popular options for warm weather will surely be summer months in both Europe and the USA. Do you like better value? Do you like cooler weather? Maybe a Spring or Autumn cruise is best for you. Pricing is down in the ‘shoulder’ seasons and the weather is a bit cooler as well. Crowds start to thin out as well. And, of course you can visit the world-famous Christmas Markets in the winter. (think Germany/Austria and the like) So, depending on your likes…seasonal changes can make a big difference on what you see and how warm the weather will be.
4. Do I need a passport or visa to river cruise?
It depends on where you were born and what country you are visiting. For most US citizens, you will simply need a valid passport in countries like Germany, France, Hungary, Austria, The Netherlands. If you cruise in Vietnam, China or Russia you will likely need visas as well. No worries, we assist you with these things to assure things go smoothly and you have the proper documentation to travel. Remember, you can river cruise in the USA without a passport or visa if you are a citizen of the USA!
5. What are the most popular places to river cruise?
The Danube River through Germany, Austria and Hungary is about the most popular. Usually between Nuremberg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary for equal parts beautiful vineyards, ancient cities and multiple countries. You can also do the Eastern Europe run from Budapest to Bucharest on the same river.
The Rhine River is also very popular, between Amsterdam and down into Basel, Switzerland. These cruises will start in either of those cities and cruise through The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Many castles in the Rhine Gorge to see and the river cruises into the Black Forest.
France has a few popular options, with Paris/Normandy itineraries on The Seine River, as well as both South of France rivers and even in the Western Bordeaux region. Military buffs will love the northern route to Normandy to see the beaches and cemeteries while wine aficionados will love the other regions. Foodies, head to the South of France for the best in cuisine.
U.S.A has some great options on The Mississippi River with many options on rivers to the East. In the Western USA, you can cruise the beautiful Columbia River on the Washington/Oregon border through the fantastic Columbia River Gorge. You can cruise on new-build, modern ships or cruise replicas of the days gone by on a paddlewheeler or steamboat! I’ve done them both and they are very unique. Some theme cruises are wine-focused, where they visit the many vineyards in the area or history-focused showcasing the days gone by.
Thanks to all those that went on our fabulous group cruise this winter. It was great to have so many new cruises along! You can now see why we all get addicted to traveling and having others along makes for even more fun.
We started out in Galveston, Texas. Most of the group shared a rented beach house for two nights prior to the cruise.
We boarded Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas and cruised for 7 nights with port stops at Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. The ship was enormous, the staff was stellar and the food was great. We had two large tables in the dining room for our group and had an outstanding waitstaff to take care of us.
I’m in the beginning stages of putting together a group cruise for winter 2020 right now. Please contact me if you are interested in joining us next year. Stay tuned for the announcement!
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IATAN accreditation tells you that Jolly Mon Vacations is a serious, reputable, business professional and seller of travel. Jolly Mon Vacations is an IATAN Travel Sales Intermediary (TSI) agency. Our IATAN number can be found in the IATAN database by cruise lines, airlines and hotels worldwide.
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as part of the accreditation process, agencies must demonstrate revenue consistent with being a significant travel business.
As tourism grows, so have the medical costs in many countries that have had to cover vacationers using healthcare services while visiting.
As a result, an increasing number of countries are making travel insurance compulsory, a requirement for a tourist to even enter their borders.
A recent report noted how 15 of the 26 Schengen nations (a combination of European Union countries and independent nations like Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) currently require some type of insurance for visitors, students and expats.
Additionally, Cuba, Ecuador, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. are requiring the same. On Aug. 28, 2018, Egypt announced its plans to introduce mandatory compulsory insurance; and Thailand is currently undergoing a debate on mandatory travel insurance for visiting tourists.
According to the report, in many countries, “travelers are asked to show proof of medical or hospitalization coverage before they can enter.” Visitors who can’t provide proof of travel insurance may be required to either purchase a policy on-site or be denied entry into the country.
Late season hurricanes are very active this year. Do you have a flight, resort vacation or cruise scheduled soon? Recent flight changes, airport or resort closures and devastated ports or islands may affect your vacation.
Keep abreast of the current situation with all things on your itinerary. I highly recommend travel insurance and the use of a travel professional when booking your trip. This way you have protection and someone to assist you when you need it most.
Mother Nature can spoil your plan at any time. Being prepared is necessary and good peace of mind.
I’ve just returned from a week-long vacation in Grenada, “The Spice Island.” What a beautiful country full of warm and caring people! They are so welcoming to Americans. They love Ronald Reagan! They say, ‘he gave them back their freedom.’ (remember the invasion back in 1983?) They love us for it.
This new Sandals LaSource Resort sits right next to the Maurice Bishop International Airport and is a very short shuttle ride. The steep entrance drive is quite a fun ride during arrival. Upon arrival, you are let off at an open-air (tiny and unimpressive) lobby for check-in. If you have booked a CLUB LEVEL or BUTLER category room, you are escorted into the nearby, air-conditioned Club Sandals area for a private, more comfortable check-in process. Butler guests will be taken to their rooms for check-in. (how ‘suite’ is that!)
We had a Club Level Room in the Pink Gin Village. It’s a beautiful, beachfront building nearest the ocean. From our room we had beautiful, sweeping views of the ocean, pool area and beach. We were in the Penthouse, which is fancy for….third floor. With a vaulted ceiling and the best oceanfront view…it was worth the walk up the stairs.
The food and restaurants are great. We loved the French restaurant, Le Jardinier, the best. The service was stellar and the food delicious. No reservations were needed at this resort with the exception of Butch’s Chophouse and the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. Both of those were very good as well. Lobster was out of season, so shrimp was served in it’s place, at Butch’s, for the ‘Surf & Turf’ that’s very popular. “Doggies” is a new addition, it’s a hot dog cart with all the trimmings. Open for about 3 hours per day around lunch time and parked outside The Living Room. Delicious and a great addition. The buffet and Mediterranean restaurants were good as well. I don’t care for buffets and this one doesn’t have any seating that’s air conditioned. Indoor seating is quite warm and so is the outdoor seating. I preferred eating elsewhere because of it. Don’t forget the great ice cream in the Cafe! (try the Nutmeg ice cream!)
Drinks abound at this high-end all-inclusive resort. The Living Room was a popular evening hangout with nightly entertainment and fun. It’s a covered, yet open-sided area with a bar and fun ‘living room’ style furnishings. We could hear the nightly music right from our room nearby. The main pool has a swim-up bar that was popular day and night. The main beer served was Caribe, which is very good. The Tipsy Turtle Pub had many other selections as well.
Service was great for the most part…expected at Sandals. Love that no-tipping policy, which takes a lot of stress away. The only problem we had was with the room stewards. A few nights, they didn’t get to our rooms for service…either day or night-time turn-down. On the flip side…the concierge at Club Sandals were AWESOME! They will bend over backwards to make your stay perfect. Well done! I can’t say enough times how getting at a minumum….a CLUB SANDALS LEVEL ROOM! (entry level rooms don’t have concierge and a whole lot more!) If you take nothing else away from this blog today….take that tip! CLUB LEVEL or BUTLER ONLY! So worth it.
The beach is very nice. Not an overly long stretch, but more cove-like. White & black sand with clear water. Not overly wavy either. Nice trampolines anchored in the bay to relax on. If you walk down past the Watersports area…you can walk off-property down the beach for quite a ways. Some very cool rock formations down there…very photo-worthy! You can also see the capital city of St. George’s down the coast. (lit up nicely at night) Lots of lounge chairs and even with those ‘chair hogs that tend to get up early and throw their stuff on chairs to never return’…won’t spoil it. Lots to choose from. Lots of hammocks as well. Drink service is also available…although spotty sometimes.
Entertainment was good. Loved the crew’s talent performances and beach party. White Night was fun as well. I don’t go to these resorts for entertainment…so many nights we skipped it. My favorite night-time activity is to find a nice, dark beach lounger near the ocean and listen to the waves lapping the shore while watching the stars and lights of the city. Nothing more relaxing than that. Make sure you protect yourself, as sand fleas can be pesky and they bite leaving some marks! (bug repellent)
We did one excursion (Island Routes) tour. It was the half day city tour. Very informative and fun. When we got to the marketplace, some guides kind of force themselves upon you. The driver said to ignore them, but after awhile…let him guide us around. He taught us many things about his people and country. He also expedited us to the stores with items we were searching for. Of course, he wanted a bunch of money at the end of the tour…but we tipped him $40 and felt it was worth it. (although, I didn’t like his ‘non-consent’ way of getting us to follow him) Lots of fresh spices and local items in the city markets. Bargaining is the way here, but I often times gave them what they asked…and they were genuinely grateful. The view from Fort Frederick is amazing!
All in all…it was an another AWESOME SANDALS VACATION. Most flights arrive quite late into Grenada. We arrived at 8:30 PM and were at the resort eating dinner by 10:00 PM. Some opt to stay in a local hotel the first night since they arrive so late, as it’s more cost effective than wasting most of your first day while traveling.
We are certified SANDALS SPECIALISTS! We know these properties very well, and have been to most of them. Sandals prices are the same, no matter where you purchase them from…SO WHY NOT LET US BOOK YOU? YOU’LL GAIN OUR FREE HELP AND EXPERIENCE at no extra cost! We know the best resorts for you, the best room levels, best views, best beaches, best pools, best excursions.
Why do I believe in Sandals Resorts? Because they believe in Travel Agents!
Sandals ensures we are highly trained in their products through annual certification workshops. Sandals levels the playing field when it comes to pricing. They have a “no discounting” policy, so you can’t find a lower price online than you can get from us!
They support us in many other ways as well. No other resort, cruise line or vacation product provides the kind of support that Sandals and Beaches Resorts does. None.
Their all-inclusive product is easy to sell…because they include everything! Other resorts just pale in comparison in the value you receive from Sandals. The closer you look…the better they look.
What’s the difference between Sandals and Beaches Resorts?
Sandals is for couples and Beaches is for all others. (couples, kids, singles, families) Many of the same high quality amenities are available at both. Why not check them out by contacting us today?
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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is proud to offer themed cruises in 2016 that highlight unique aspects of European culture, as well as family-friendly cruises that allow guests to share the gift of travel with their children or grandchildren.
Uniworld’s themed cruises:
Our NEW Monarch Collection cruises showcase the finer aspects of European royalty.
The NEW Connoisseur Collection cruises take your clients on a culinary adventure through France. Good food, wine and friend…what else do you need?
Holiday Season cruises introduce travelers to the magic of Europe at Christmas. It’s no secret that Europe’s Christmas Markets rank among our very favorite river cruises to take each year. The combination of Holiday spirit and old-world charm makes visiting Europe in late November and early December a delight, particularly given that the summer crowds that clog streets, museums and attractions have long since dispersed.
Finally, our award-winning Multi-generational Family-Friendly program includes more itineraries and departures than ever before…50% off cruise fare for ages 4-18! Family-friendly shore excursions will keep everyone thrilled. A great bonding experience for the whole family.
Uniworld Cruises are ALL-INCLUSIVE! Look what’s included in our up-front pricing:
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We just returned from a fabulous trip across Scotland and Ireland. We escorted a group of 16 from the Midwest and what a great group of people it turned out to be!
Here’s how it went down:
Jolly Mon Vacations blocked some space on a CIE Tour that many people seemed to like. We picked a date that was doable to most, which was just outside of the busy ‘tourist season’, but still had pretty fair weather. It ended up being May 1st to 11th on an adventure across three countries.
Jolly Mon Vacations took care of the booking, paperwork, payments and documents. We also booked everyone’s flights, transfers and even a pre-night hotel stay.
Everything went off without a glitch! Our group flew into Glasgow, Scotland on the same flight and transferred to the hotel together. This gave our bodies some time to adapt to the time difference and rest before the start of the tour the following day.
We toured big cities, small towns, the highlands, the country side and everything in between. We cruised by boat on the infamous Loch Ness and across the sea on a ferry boat. We cruised across the River Shannon and cruised the canals of Dublin.
We saw beauty everywhere: castles, ruins, monastic sites, historic sites, farms, mountains, loughs, cliffs, waterfalls, bridges, National Parks and much more. We even stopped in the county my ancestors called home! We were immersed in the cultures of these places and experienced things we will never forget. This is the beauty of traveling by luxury coach.
Is this a relaxing vacation?
It can be. It’s a journey that takes you to places you won’t see any other way. From present day back to ancient times. There is a daily schedule and you will travel from place to place. Relaxing on the beach? Not going to happen. This is a different style of vacation. It’s comfortable but busy, inclusive and fun. This type of trip is much more about the journey AND the destination melted together as one. Your Tour Director is your Yoda and everything is taken care of for you.
You will make new friends and have some great bonding experiences. You will laugh together, dine together and enjoy the ride together. You will hug when the trip comes to an end and you will contact each other when its all over.
Jolly Mon Vacations exists to make thing easy for their clients. Seamless trips like this is what we do. Let us plan your next adventure, you won’t be disappointed that you missed something and no detail is left out. Contact us when you are ready to explore! We’ll make your dream a reality.
1. Use a certified River Cruise Specialist! A specialist is highly trained in river cruises and has actually been on them before. They know the ins & outs of the different brands, inclusions, itineraries and much more. They can help you find the right cruise that fits your style and budget…saving you money. They know flight options, insurance, pre and post cruise stays, transportation, tours….you get the picture? You’ll pay the same or LESS than booking directly…and get MUCH BETTER ADVICE…all for free.
2. BUY EARLY! When you buy early…and you can buy a full year ahead…they usually offer some great discounts. These ships are small and fill up fast. Waiting can cause you to ‘miss the boat!’ Why not get some of the best discounts by booking early and choose a cabin location or category that YOU want. (not settle for what is left) I repeat, buy early.
3. Choose wisely. Each brand has its own style and inclusions. Some brands are much more inclusive than others. When comparing prices, take into consideration that some lines make you pay for extras…like gratuities, drinks, ship transfers, shore excursions and more. Some lines include it. Figure out what you need and how much more it will cost if you choose a line that doesn’t include it. You may find the more expensive price actually is the better value!
4. Pre or post trip extensions: You can buy them from the cruise line…but they can be expensive. It’s very convenient to add them on but be sure to weigh the cost of doing your own extensions. Your Rive Cruise Specialist can provide you with hotels and tours as well that may be a better value.
5. Some lines offer discounts for paying in full at time of booking. Some offer discounts for paying with an electronic wire transfer. Some offer free transfers when you have them book your airfare. Some lines waive single supplements. Some have single berth staterooms. Again, your River Cruise Specialist can help you with all the discounts being offered that you may not know of.
The bottom line is this…Know before you go.
You don’t have to re-invent the wheel to understand river cruising. You just need to enlist an expert to answer your questions and help you make the right choices that fit your travel style. And that my friends…is why we exist!
Contact us today to get started on your river cruise planning.
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The easiest way to ensure you don’t over pack or under pack is to make a list. Figure out what you need for each day and list it. Type it, print it, check it off. You can always ask Jolly Mon for a copy of his own trip packing list!
2. Choose a method
Your goal is to have what you need, meet flight requirements and get it there safely. I firmly believe in two packing methods. One is called, ‘packing light’ and the other is rolling. These methods can save you a lot of space and cause less wrinkles! ‘Packing Light’ is a method that folds clothes together in one big bundle. Rolling (or Ranger Rolling, tightly rolling each garment makes for more room in the suitcase. (which is great for motor coach touring where you live out of your suitcase) Choose a method that works for you. You can continue reading about this here: Click Here!
3. Know before you go
Know your airline/cruise ship and TSA baggage rules. You can find out by checking your documents, the airlines website FAQ, and the TSA’s site. Know your weight restriction and baggage sizes BEFORE you pack. Nothing is more frustrating than being over the weight limit at the airlines baggage scale and shuffling clothes or paying enormous extra fees! Your travel agent can help you with this.
4. Layers and dual purpose garments
Pack for wearing clothes in layers according to climate. Instead of a bulky coat, you can pack a couple of garments to ‘layer’ for warmth. This gives you more items to wear and cuts the bulk during packing. Dual purpose garments are something you wear with multiple other garments or pants that turn into shorts. Each pair of pants or trousers can go with multiple tops. Bring comfortable shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits and still be comfy! Saving space while offering more options.
5. Never check your essential items
Valuables, medications, passports, money, credit cards, electronics, important documents and such should always be brought onto the plane in your carry-on bag. Keep them secure and close to you.
6. Extra bags
Pack an extra tote bag into your luggage. They squish flat and come in handy for trips to the beach, a shore excursion, bringing towels to the pool or keeping your things together and secure. They can also come in handy if you buy some souvenirs at your destination and run out of room to pack them in your luggage. You can put them in the tote bag and use it as your ‘personal item’ to be carried onboard the plane and tucked under the seat in front of you. Smart packing!
7. Mark it
Tie a colorful ribbon to the handle, or mark your suitcase with colorful tape if it doesn’t stand out in a sea of other suitcases. Remove all old airline or cruise tags. Attach a luggage tag with your cell phone number/name so that it can be identified. I like to put that information INSIDE the case as well. If the tag gets ripped off, they can still find you.
8. Purchase and protect
Luggage is a personal choice but there are things to consider. No matter what amount of money you spend on a suitcase, it is going to get beat up. Cheap luggage won’t last long. Plastic gets broken, soft sides get ripped and it doesn’t hold up well. Many larger suitcases are simply too big. If you pack them full, it will be over the weight restriction. Buy the size that fits your needs and purchase the best you can afford. A well-made suitcase will hold up longer, protect your things and pay you back in longevity. Keep a close eye on your luggage during travel.
BONUS TIP: Use your smartphone to take a picture of the items inside your suitcase before you close it up and again once it’s closed. If the luggage goes missing, can show the airline staff what it looks like and you will also have proof of what’s inside for any claims that need to be made.
Jolly Mon Vacations and River Cruise Guru assist with all your travel needs from start to finish. Planning travel is a lot more than simply booking it. A lot of thought MUST go into the choice because not all destinations, resorts, hotels or cruise ships are the same. Pick the wrong one for YOU and your vacation could turn into a nightmare.
An AmaWaterways wine cruise is designed to provide travelers with immersive experiences related to the destinations they are visiting. Like all of our cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours and activities that highlight the sights in each port of call. In addition to these city tours, your trip is amplified with exclusive excursions that reveal more about Europe’s famed wine regions, local epicurean traditions, winemaking, and of course, tastings.
Each cruise is hosted by a qualified wine expert, who usually brings hand-selected wines on board. Some wines come from the expert’s own winery and other varieties are sourced from local vineyards located along the cruise itinerary. This expert will recommend food and wine pairings, lead discussions and even hold special tastings during your cruise.
Guests enjoy a number of tours at local vineyards and wineries, where vintners and growers will not only walk you through the winemaking process – they will give you a taste of their special varieties, too. These authentic encounters add to the rich tapestry of local culture, making for memorable experiences for wine enthusiasts and dabblers alike. Your taste buds are in for even more excitement in our sophisticated dining venues on board, where our expert chefs pair fine wines with award-winning cuisine for the ultimate epicurean experience. It really is a flavor adventure unlike any other.
On our brand-new for 2016 Taste of Bordeaux wine cruise itinerary, you’ll enjoy many wine experiences – one of them being an authentic Sauternes tasting. Sauternes blends account for a very small amount of the wine production in Bordeaux, but they contain a great amount of flavor. These highly sought-after wines are made from various grape varieties, are available in many styles, and achieve a mouthwatering balance of sweet and tart. Their notes of rich honey, peach, apricot and nuts pair wonderfully with savory French cuisine.
Contact your River Cruise Specialist today!
Pete Larson, CTA, DS, LS
Certified River Cruise Specialist & Owner, River Cruise Guru
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There are still some great river cruise deals in Europe for 2015!
While availability is waning, I’m still finding some deals for clients. Several lines are offering discounted airfare as well as steep discounts on the cruise portion.
Cruises for 2016 are also discounted for early booking. The best way to find the right cruise for you is to take advantage of our complimentary services! We are certified RIVER CRUISE EXPERTS and we specialize in river cruises. We custom fit you to the itinerary and cruise line that suits your needs.
Whether you are looking for the highest levels of luxury or looking for a cruise to fit smaller budgets. Allow us to assist you in making your cruise experience all it can be.
What is there to do on a cruise ship?
Norwegian Cruise Lines has stepped things up with many innovative and fun things to do onboard. On a two or three story ropes course, you can zip line and even walk the plank over the side of the ship! A great adrenaline rush. They also have the fastest water slides at sea. And when they say fast…they actually take your breath away! Far better than any I’ve been on anywhere. Mini golf, loads of other water features, rock climbing walls, basketball, fitness centers, spa, Broadway shows, comedy, live music, magic, exquisite dining, bars, and even a fireworks show to cap off the night. And that’s just some of the things on board. Wait until you get to the islands!
Jolly Mon Vacations knows the ships and itineraries well. We assist you in finding the right ship for you and your family at no cost to you.
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European river cruising is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, and here’s why. The itineraries pack as many as four countries into a 7 night cruise, with a chance to wake up somewhere new each day. How cool is that?
Over the past three years, more than fifty new river vessels have taken to the water, with around twenty more due this year. The season runs from March to December– with special Christmas Market and New Year’s departures. You can find many theme cruises as well, from wine and art to history and beer. Holiday market cruises are spectacular, as you can visit the famous markets, sip Gluhwein and shop in the brisk but festive atmosphere.
With spectacular scenery, charming villages and cities such as Amsterdam, Cologne, Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest, it’s easy to see why the Rhine, Main and Danube attract the highest number of cruisers. Other popular rivers include the Seine, where ships are based in Paris and cruise to Normandy, and the Rhône, for trips through Provence between Lyon and Arles. Or you can cruise the Elbe from Berlin to Prague, the Moselle through Germany’s wine-growing heartland, Italy’s Po or Portugal’s Douro. There are many options to fit the discerning traveler. One of my favorites is the Moselle (or Mosel) as pictured below. I stood in a castle when I took this picture!
The size of European river cruise vessels is limited by low bridges and narrow locks, so compared with ocean-going ships they’re small and friendly, carrying less than 200 passengers. The on-board atmosphere tends to be relaxed, with no strict dress codes and usually open seating at mealtimes. All meals come as standard and the majority of lines also offer free daily excursions. All-inclusive river cruise lines are available, with drinks and tips included in the fare.
As vessels tend to moor right in the heart of towns and cities, it’s easy for passengers to explore on their own if they feel like opting out of organised excursions.
Many lines carry bicycles you can take and explore the river, the towns or cities at no extra cost. The top lines, such as Scenic Cruises, offers a GPS guided device you can take along while you explore on your own. It gives you directions and acts as your mini tour guide telling you about the sites you are seeing.
Many river cruise lines cater to English speakers, so there is no worries about language barriers. Its a great way to explore Europe and unpack only once.
We are certified River Cruise Specialists. We do not charge you any fees and will help you every step of the way. Your package can include your arrangements from the time you leave your doorstep to the time your return there.
Call us today. Don’t miss out on one of the greatest ways to travel Europe at a great value.
Let’s face it…life is short. Time wasted is…well, time wasted. You can’t get it back. Once it’s gone…it’s gone. So my question is…why are you wasting it?
Some people will argue, “I travel a lot on business.” That may be true, but that can be a totally different experience than traveling with your spouse, partner, family or friends. Traveling on business often means, you are a hostage of your job. You aren’t off exploring the reaches of the destination because you are there for a purpose. You didn’t pick the destination, your employer did. Your head is there, but your heart is not. Neither are is your spouse, partner, family or friends!
The Earth is very large and we roam a very tiny spot on it. Don’t you want to see more? Aren’t you curious? Do you have a bucket-list of things you want to see and do? What is stopping you? Is it something real…or is it really just an excuse?
Excuses are usually just that…excuses. There is usually a solution for every excuse you may have. “I don’t have enough money.” I hear that all the time. You may have said that when you wanted to go to college, buy your first car, have a child, buy your own house…etc. But, you found a way to overcome it and you ended up getting it.
Figure out a way around your excuses…and travel. Go see the things you’ve always wanted to. You have a limited number of days to live and no one knows when its going to be over. Get out there…the world awaits. I have the solutions for how you can do it. The time is NOW.