When: March 16-March 23, 2023
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland (France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland)
Optional Extensions: 2 nights in Amsterdam pre-cruise, 4 nights in Switzerland post-cruise (details when trip is confirmed)
Registration Deadline: November 30, 2021
Join us on our 7-night Rhine River Cruise, beginning in the colorful canals of Amsterdam, winding through Germany and France, and ending in majestic Switzerland!
NOTE: We’ve switched to the Rhine River itinerary due to its popularity and more family-style cabins on the ship (quads, triples, and connecting).
- 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
- 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.
A cell phone and international data plan for one adult in your party is required for the duration of the trip. This cruise is recommended for ages 7 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 flights and airport transfers, and are based on a full ship. (This is a private charter – our group will be the only travelers on board.)
Cabins have two twins or one queen bed (your choice of configuration). Some cabins have sleeper chairs and sofa beds for an additional one or two people, and a few have connecting doors. Larger families should register early for triple, quad, and connecting cabins.
Every cabin must have at least one person age 18 or older. (Age is determined as of March 16, 2023, and passports must be presented to verify age.)
Prices are per cabin (not per person), and differ depending on type of cabin, location, and how many people are in the cabin. Since they’re based on double occupancy, the price for one person isn’t much cheaper than the price for two people. (There are no single cabins.) Cabins are listed from least expensive to most expensive.
Cabins are on three decks:
- Lowest cabin deck is mostly below the waterline, except for windows.
- Middle cabin deck sits a little above the waterline.
- Highest cabin deck is well above the waterline.
French balconies are similar to a regular balcony, but the space is inside your room. When the patio doors (full glass windows) are closed, it’s an indoor sitting area with a full view. When you slide the doors open, it’s like a balcony, but you can’t step out (there’s a railing there to keep you from falling into the river). There isn’t a separate outdoor space.
Twin balcony rooms have a French balcony as described above, plus a separate outside balcony.
PRICES ARE PER CABIN, NOT PER PERSON
Category E – Lowest deck, 160 square feet – no more available
No balcony, windows are high, small, and don’t open; closer to crew cabins; smaller cabin; best for 1 or 2 people
1 person – $3,447 per cabin
2 people – $3,814 per cabin
Category D – Lowest deck, 160 square feet
No balcony; windows are high, small, and don’t open; a little farther from crew cabins; smaller cabin; best for 1 or 2 people
1 person – $3,775 per cabin
2 people – $4,142 per cabin
Category CB – Highest deck, 155 square feet – limited
French balcony, end of deck, smallest cabin, best for 1 or 2 people
1 person – $4,325 per cabin
2 people – $4,692 per cabin
Category CA – Middle deck & highest deck, 170 square feet
French balcony, end of the middle deck, close to end of highest deck, 2 people
2 people – $5,022 per cabin
Category BB – Middle deck, 210 square feet
Twin balconies, closer to center of deck, 2 people, some have connecting doors to accommodate parties of 4, two cabins can connect to Category AB cabins to accommodate parties of 5 (with sleeper chair)
2 people – $5,682 per cabin
Category BA – Highest deck, 210 square feet – very limited
Twin balconies, closer to center of deck, 2 people, some have connecting doors to accommodate parties of 4
2 people – $5,902 per cabin
Category AB – Middle deck, 235 square feet
Twin balconies, center of deck, larger sitting area, most accommodate up to 3 people (with sleeper chair), two cabins can connect to Category BB cabins to accommodate parties of 5 (with sleeper chair)
2 people – $6,122 per cabin
3 people – $9,183 per cabin
Category AA – Highest deck, 235 square feet
Twin balconies, center of deck, larger sitting area, most accommodate up to 3 people (with sleeper chair)
2 people – $6,342 per cabin
3 people – $9,513 per cabin
Suite – Highest deck, 350 square feet – very limited
Twin balconies, center of deck, largest cabin, most living space, has a tub in addition to a shower, accommodates up to 4 people (with sleeper chair and sofa bed)
2 people – $7,772 per cabin
3 people – $11,658 per cabin
4 people – $15,544 per cabin
Your total includes port charges, tips for ship staff/crew, and all meals, excursions, and site admissions on our itinerary 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 tours or excursions you do on your own, any meals while off the ship, trip insurance, and the optional pre- and post-cruise extensions.
Payment Schedule, Cancellation, and No-Refund Policy
A $100 non-refundable registration fee is required, and will be charged to your debit/credit card when you submit your request for spots. This fee will be applied toward your final balance.
Half of your total is due within 7 days of my confirmation of your spots. I can’t hold spots after 7 days. The remaining balance is due by February 15, 2022.
I accept checks (personal, bank checks, BillPay through your bank) and Zelle transfers (if your bank offers that and allows you to transfer the full amount – no split payments). I don’t accept credit or debit cards (other than for the registration fee), money orders, PayPal, Venmo, anything that requires me to provide my account number to a third party, or any other payment method.
This is a custom cruise with unforgiving contract terms, so I can’t refund any payments for any reason (medical, job lay-off, death in the family, anything). 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 and agree with 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.
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.). Pandemics and civil unrest usually aren’t covered, so make sure you check carefully. (I’ve heard some insurance companies are adding coverage for pandemics now, but again – check carefully!)
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 email flight recommendations/details after the cruise is confirmed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this trip still open? What cabins are left?
Registration will remain open until I fill the ship, or until the registration deadline – whichever comes first. I’ll update trip details at the top of the page (below the picture) when availability changes, and will update the cabin list so you’ll know which cabin categories are still available when you register.
Is the price per person?
It’s per cabin. For example, a Category E cabin is $3,814 total for two people. The cabin is $3,447 if there’s only one person in the cabin.
This is a lot of money to send to someone I don’t know, especially with no refunds. Can you provide references?
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 us, 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 me on Facebook.
It’s too stressful to send money until you trust me. So research first!
Do you think you’ll fill the ship and be able to confirm the cruise?
We were able to confirm our first river cruise (Danube) and second (Rhine), but the rest were impacted by COVID. We’re hopeful this will be our victory cruise!
I’ve never been on a river cruise before. Can you give me an idea of what the ship’s like, activities, etc.?
The ship may change (since it’s 2 years out), but 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 155-350 square feet. The smaller ones have fixed windows or French (inside) balconies, while the bigger ones have twin balconies (inside and outside balconies). Rooms have two twins or 1 queen (they hook the twins together to make the queen). Although we didn’t receive any complaints about the beds, their twins and queens seemed smaller than regular twins/queens (to me – others thought they were normal twin/queen size).
My description above explains what meals, amenities, etc., are included in the price (almost everything).
The focus of river cruising is on the places we’ll visit, not the ship (the opposite of ocean cruises), so there aren’t a lot of planned ship activities during the day (because we’re out touring).
In the evenings, we enjoy socializing, playing games, and getting to know each other and being together. 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 amazing!
Does the description above list everything we’ll be doing?
We usually have a choice of tours each day, so you’ll have a lot of choices – tours, walks, hikes, bike rides, etc. However, I’ve listed some highlights of what to expect.
When will you post information about the optional pre- and post-cruise extensions?
I’ll post more information when the trip confirms.
I have young children. Can we all share one room? I have a baby, toddler, preschooler – do they count in the price.
This trip is recommended for ages 7 and up, and everyone counts in the price. We have limited triples, quads, and connecting cabins. Register as soon as you’re certain you’re going for the best chance of getting these family-friendly cabins.
Should people with mobility issues go on this trip?
We’ll have “gentle walker” versions of most tours to accommodate travelers with mobility issues. There’s no elevator access to the lowest cabin deck (Category E and D cabins), or the top (open, non-cabin) deck. There’s very limited access for guests confined to wheelchairs.
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.
What cities will we fly into and out of?
I’ll provide flight information when I confirm the trip. Please don’t purchase flights until I confirm.
What payment methods do you accept?
The non-refundable $100 registration fee must be paid by credit/debit card when you submit your registration. This will be applied to your final (second) cruise payment.
For the rest of the cruise payment, I accept checks (personal, bank checks, BillPay through your bank) and Zelle transfers (if your bank offers that, and if they allow you to transfer the whole amount in one transfer – no split payments).
I don’t accept credit or debit cards (other than for the registration fee), money orders, PayPal, Venmo, any payment method that requires me to provide my account number to a third party, or any other payment method.
Are there any discounts?
This cruise is already heavily discounted, and no more discounts are available.
Want to join us?
- Register here for our Rhine Cruise.
- If you don’t receive a confirmation with payment information within 5 days, please email me.
- Half of your total is due within 7 days of receiving my confirmation of your spots. The remaining balance is due by February 15, 2022. (Your registration fee will be deducted from your February payment.)
- And that’s it! Email me if you have any questions.