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Paris to Normandy River Cruise 2021 - FAQs

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Is the trip still open? What cabins are left?

The trip description at my website will be updated when we run out of cabins.

Is the price quoted per person? 

It's per cabin, and per number of people in the cabin. Read the description under each cabin type for pricing.

Wow! That's a lot of money to send to someone I don't know. And no refunds! Can you provide references?

You're smart to hesitate before sending money to anyone you don't know, especially someone you "met" on the internet. I could provide references from families who've traveled with me since I began doing these trips in 2006, but the references could be faked.

Instead, read my About page to find out more about our organization, then do a search of “Carolina Homeschooler trips" and "Traveling Homeschooler trips." If I’ve cheated anyone, it’ll be all over the internet. My “Traveling Homeschoolers” name is newer, created in 2016 to differentiate between my local member trips, and trips that are open to everyone, so search both names.

You can also get a sense of who we are if you follow/read my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/travelinghomeschoolers/

Please don’t register for any of my trips or send me money until you trust me. It's just too stressful!

Do you think you'll fill the ship and be able to confirm the trip?

We were able to with our first river cruise on the Danube. We had such an amazing experience on that trip that most of those families decided to go on the next cruise on the Rhine, too. As a result, we filled that cruise very quickly. This new one costs a little more, so it may be slower to fill. Hopefully we'll fill it and be able to confirm by the end of the year.

Did you enjoy your Danube River Cruise?

Absolutely yes. It was amazing in all respects. Most (maybe all) of us were ready to write the check for the next one before we left the ship. The adults loved it and the children (even the teens) loved it. Most of those families are going on the Rhine Cruise in 2020.

I've never been on a river cruise before. Can you give me an idea of the ship, activities, etc.?

The ship may change (since it's 2 years out), but I think most river cruise ships are typical - the top deck is open for viewing and hanging out in the sun. The remaining decks are half cabins, half social areas (lounge, seating areas, restaurants, etc.).

The cabins are 170 sq ft, and have French balconies, with two twins or 1 queen (they hook the twins together to make the queen). My website explains what meals, amenities, etc., are included in the price (almost everything). Some cabins are larger (and those are the most expensive). The single cabins are smaller - 140 sq ft.

The focus of river cruises is on the places we'll be visiting, not on the ship (the opposite of ocean cruises), so there aren't a lot of planned ship activities during the day. (We're out touring, not on the ship.) In the evenings, we enjoy socializing, playing games, getting to know each other, etc., and they often bring local entertainment (musicians, etc.) on board. There’s plenty to do, but also time for parents and children to socialize and bond. And they did plenty of that on our Danube cruise - it was wonderful!

How big are the cabins and beds?

Most of the cabins are 170 square feet. The two single cabins are smaller, and the suites are bigger. Check the cabin descriptions at my website for more information about each. To me, the beds are smaller than US twins and queens. I had no complaints last time about the size of the beds, but if you have 3 in your party (with one age 10 or younger), really think about whether you want to share two twins or one queen with 3 people.

Does your website list everything we're doing? 

Cruise itineraries for 2021 haven't been finalized yet and are subject to change. Also, we have a choice of tours each day, so you'll have a lot of choices - tours, walks, tastings, hikes, bike rides, etc.

When will you post information about optional extensions?

I'll post information as soon as possible.

I have young children. Can we share one room?

You can have 3 in a cabin as long as one person is an adult (age 18 and up) and one is age 10 or under as of March 18, 2021 (age verification will be required). However, all three must use existing bedding (two twins or one queen that are smaller than US twins/queens). They can't add bedding (due to size of the cabins and safety issues). This trip is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Do they have cabins for families of 4, 5, 6...?

Cabins hold 2 people, or 3 as long as one person is an adult (age 18 and up) and one is age 10 or under as of March 18, 2021 (age verification will be required). Larger families will need more than one cabin.

I have a baby, toddler, preschooler - do they count in the price?

This trip is recommended for ages 8 and up, but everyone, regardless of age, counts in the price.

Should people with mobility issues go on this trip.

We have "gentle walker" versions of most tours to accommodate travelers with mobility issues. Describe your issues in the "special needs" section of the registration form and I'll make sure we can accommodate your issues before I confirm your spots and payment is made.

What cities will we fly to/out of?

Our cruise begins and ends in Paris.

What payment methods do you accept?

Checks (personal and BillPay through your bank - not PopMoney), and transfers through Zelle (if your bank offers that service). I don't accept money orders or credit card payments for this trip.

Here is the trip description and registration link: 


Have any other questions? Please reply in this thread and I'll answer and add it to the list!

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Will a full refund be given if the ship does not fill up in time? I know you expect them to, but there is always a possibility it may not. 

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I'll cancel the cruise if we can't confirm, and will, of course, issue refunds for payments made to me.



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