Jewish Journal

Summer Sailing Dreams

By Tyler Brooks

June 17, 2014 | 8:48 am

danubeCruises have always been a favorite pastime vacation of singles, couples and families alike.  There are many types of cruises.  Some are day long excursions, visiting one destination, such as day cruises to swim with Sea Lions or Sea Turtles at the Galapagos Islands. These are more than likely very basic sightseeing cruises that are economical and only lasting a few hours. Others are cruises to get from one destination to another, such as a cruise to get from Southern Spain to Turkey.  On the other end of the range are cruises that engulf entire months, cruising from port city to port city, eventually circling the entire world. These are luxury cruises that may cost in excess of £100,000 or more. In the middle are one week to two week cruises that many tourists enjoy on their yearly vacation. Good examples of this include cruising the Greek Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Exploring Alaska during the long summer days or discovering the many islands in the Caribbean or South Pacific.  

Many popular cruises today are European river cruise holidays, which are offered all over Europe.  Some of the most popular cruises are from Eastern Europe to on the Danube River or Amsterdam to Budapest on the Rhine River.  These cruises usually include a day or two of sightseeing in the departing city, a few days on the river with places to get off and do some exploring.  At the end of the cruise, the cruise line usually gives you an optional city tour and the tour subsequently ends, leaving you time to do whatever you want.  At this point in time, many tourists decide to catch a plane home, but some will actually take another cruise or go to a different destination!  

Not all time is spent on board the ship.  That would get monotonous and boring.  Instead, many cruises have organized tours into a city which might include a walking tour, a tour to a local museum or a local attraction.  If that does not appeal to you or your family, the cruise line will also let you make your own itinerary, which lets you explore the local city/place at your own leisure. As long as you make it back to the boat on time for departure to the next port, the sky is the limit on what you can do.  Once back on the ship, the boat will depart and dinner will be served.  Overnight, after a long day of sightseeing when you’re sleeping, the ship will creep along the river to the next destination.  When you wake up, you will be in a new place and a new day ahead to explore.   Obviously, a cruise is an experience that everyone should partake on at least once in a lifetime.  A river cruise in Europe is the pinnacle of any cruise in the world.  From the Danube River to the Rhine, a holiday on a European river is an adventure that will never be forgotten.

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