Join us on our 7-night Rhine River Cruise, beginning with the colorful canals of Amsterdam, winding through Germany and France, and ending in majestic Switzerland!
When: March 19-March 26, 2020
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland
Where: Optional 2-night extension in Amsterdam, Optional 4-night extension in Switzerland
Registration Deadline: We’re currently full, but spots may open due to cancellations. If you’d like to join us, submit a registration and list the cabin categories you would accept, in order of preference. (See below for category descriptions.) I’ll waitlist your registration and will let you know if spots come available.
- Scenic canal cruise in Amsterdam
- Tour of Cologne, including Old Town and the cathedral*
- Cruise through the Rhine Gorge*
- Gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue
- Tour of Heidelberg’s medieval city and castle or Speyer’s Romanesque cathedral* and medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate
- Tour of Strasbourg, France, and its storybook La Petite France* district, Notre Dame Cathedral, and astronomical clock
- Hike to the Black Forest, home to quaint towns, ruined castles, and elaborate cuckoo clocks
- And more! (Some ports will have multiple excursion options, including hikes and bike rides, so you can personalize your experience.)
*These are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Itineraries for 2020 are still being finalized so listed sites may change, but this is what we’re planning, plus more! This trip is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Cabins, Cost, and What’s Included
Your cost depends on the cabin type and how many people are in your party. Prices are heavily discounted, include almost everything outside of airfare and airport transfers, and are based on a full ship (this is a private sailing, created just for our group).
More discounts are available if you pay in full, and if you pay early (see below).
Cabins have two twins or one queen bed and can hold two or three people. If there are three people in a cabin, at least one must be age 10 or younger. Age is determined as of March 19, 2020, and passports must be presented to verify age.
No additional bedding will be provided if you have three people in a cabin (there’s not enough space), so the third person must sleep on existing bedding. One person in the cabin must be an adult, age 18 or older. There are no connecting cabins.
If you have a party of 3, 5, 7, etc., and all are age 11 and above, you’ll have to pay for an unused spot in a cabin (minus port charges and tips). Consider bringing a grandparent, aunt, or uncle along to get the best value.
We have two single cabins with a twin bed in each, first registered, first served, 18 and older only.
Price quotes are double occupancy or triple occupancy in the cabins. Cabins are described from least expensive to most expensive. Total prices are per cabin (not per person). To increase your chances of getting the price/cabin you want, register as soon as you’re sure you can go.
Cabins are on Decks 1-3. Deck 1 is lowest, mostly below the waterline except for windows. Deck 2 starts a little above the waterline, and Deck 3 is well above the waterline.
PRICES ARE PER CABIN, NOT PER PERSON
NOTE: We’re currently full, but spots may open due to cancellations. If you’d like to join us, submit a registration and list the cabin categories you would accept, in order of preference.
A] Deck 1: lowest deck; windows are high, small, and don’t open; 170 square feet
2 people/1 cabin: $3,360 (per cabin, not per person)
3 people*/1 cabin: $5,040 (*at least one person must be age 10 or younger)
3 people/2 cabins: $6,390 (per 2 cabins, not per person)
B] Deck 1: same as A; more centered on the deck
2 people/1 cabin: $3,560
3 people*/1 cabin: $5,340
3 people/2 cabins: $6,790
C ] Decks 2 & 3: at end of the deck; French balcony (full windows that slide open); 170 square feet
2 people/1 cabin: $4,160
3 people*/1 cabin: $6,240
3 people/2 cabins: $7,990
D] Decks 2 & 3: same as C, but cabins are more centered on each deck
2 people/1 cabin: $4,360
3 people*/1 cabin: $6,540
3 people/2 cabins: $8,390
E] Deck 2: single cabin; one twin bed; French balcony; 140 square feet
1 person/single cabin (2 available, first-paid, first-served): $2180
F] Deck 3: cabins are more centered; French balcony; 170 square feet
2 people/1 cabin: $4,560
3 people*/1 cabin: $6,840
3 people/2 cabins: $8,790
G] Deck 3: cabin is central on deck; French balcony; sitting area; 255 square feet
2 people/1 cabin: $5,360
3 people*/1 cabin: $8,040
H] Deck 3: same as G, but have a tub in addition to a shower
2 people/1 cabin: $5,560
3 people*/1 cabin: $8,340
3 people/2 cabins: $10,790
Your total includes port charges, tips for ship staff/crew, and all meals, excursions, and site admissions during the cruise. (Tips for local guides are at your discretion.)
Meals include full buffet breakfasts, lunch buffets, afternoon tea, desserts, and sandwiches, and multi-course dinners. Drinks include pre-dinner drinks for the adults (choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic), regional wines, beer, and soft drinks for lunch and dinner, with cappuccino, latte and espresso available upon request. Coffee, tea, and water are available all day, and bottled water is provided in the cabins.
Prices don’t include airfare, airport transfers, any extra/optional tours or excursions you do on your own, any meals while off the ship, trip insurance, and the optional extensions.
Payment Schedule, Cancellation, and No-Refund Policy
Due to the custom nature of this trip and strict contract terms, there will be no refunds for any payments, for any reason (medical, job lay-off, death in the family, whatever). When I sign the contact, I have to pay for the entire ship, regardless of whether all cabins are filled.
Please make sure you understand this before you register – no refunds, no matter what. I can’t afford to pay for empty spots. Your signed waiver, registration form, and payment acknowledges your understanding and agreement with my no-refund policy.
Half of your total for the cruise portion will be due 7 days from my confirmation of your registration, and the other half will be due by May 15, 2019. (To take advantage of full-payment and early payment discounts, see next section.)
Travel insurance that covers your expenses if you cancel the trip is highly recommended. Thoroughly research policies to make sure of the reasons you can cancel, and that it covers emergencies and any unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, death of a loved one, and acts of God (natural disasters, etc.).
If you pay the full cruise amount within 7 days of my confirmation email, you’ll receive the following discounts:
$200 per regular cabin, if 1 or 2 people in the cabin
$300 per regular cabin, if 3 people in the cabin
$100 per single-person (Category E) cabin
If you pay half within 7 days of my confirmation email, and the remaining half by March 30, 2019, you’ll receive the following discounts:
$100 per regular cabin, if 1 or 2 people in the cabin
$150 per regular cabin, if 3 people in the cabin
$50 per single cabin, if you have a single-person cabin
Food Allergies, Special Needs
Make sure you list any food allergies or other special needs on your registration form. I’ll check to see if your needs can be accommodated before I confirm your registration. (No money will be refunded, and special accommodations can’t made due to allergies or other special needs if you don’t tell me about them when you register.)
Multi-city airfare and transfers to and from the airport are not included in the price. Do not purchase non-refundable airfare until the trip is confirmed. Airlines have their own refund policies and I have no control over them.
I’ll post flight recommendations/details after the cruise is confirmed.
Want to go?
- Here are the FAQs for this trip.
- To register, submit this form.
- If you don’t receive a confirmation with payment information within 3 days, please email me.
- Half of your total will be due within 7 days of receiving my confirmation email.
- I’ll email a confirmation when I receive your payments, and send you periodic trip updates via email.
- And that’s it! Email me if you have any questions.