I do hope that when I take this tour next year I will not have time to be sitting on the ship’s deckhaving drinks, I want to be out there exploring. Maybe I should read the itinerary a little more carefully. We just booked the flights today.
Thank you everyone for the info!
Claudia Sails wrote:
British, do you go on tours and spend the entire time just rolling out of bed, eat breakfast, walk around all day til dinner then immediately back to bed again? No time to just kick back, enjoy the place and the company?
Every river cruise is different and every day is different. We've had some where we were busy all day with only a little bit of time between returning to the ship and the start of happy hour/TD discovery briefing in the lounge. Others with a more leisurely pace with time to explore the area near the ship or just sit and enjoy the area the ship was parked at. As Alan mentioned, there are times in daylight when the ship is sailing to the next port. It's not like its going through a tunnel with nothing to see. The Seine had some lovely stretches with interesting buildings (chateaus etc) along the river. And of course there is the Upper Middle Rhine with castles and the Lorelei.
It's all too easy to get so caught up in the seeing and doing (and endless picture taking) that I often don't take the time to just BE and enjoy where I'm at. I can look at the pictures later and relive the things I saw, but it's harder to recapture that feeling you get when you realize you're in an extraordinary place that you may never get to again.
Don't laugh. There are some places on some of their river cruises where you can actually do that.