The 10 Things you need to know before doing a European River Cruise!

Gary Bembridge, cruise expert and author from, shares 10 things that you should expect if you go on a European river cruise. All you need to know to help make up your mind if river cruising in Europe is right for your vacation.

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Try Thinking For a change says:

Jeans? Too heavy and uncomfortable. Lets try to not be sloppy Americans.

apntv says:

Thanks Gary, very interesting, we have been thinking about a river cruise for some while and were looking at a number of the boats while we were in Rouen recently.

Steven Banks says:

I love his concise and info-packed delivery. There are NO “I means,” “ums,” “you knows,” or “and stuff.”

Best River Boat Cruise says:

Wow, very good information, I will have to make a video about these tips.

Tom Rempe says:

#11….. VERY expensive

Martin Thomas says:

Never been on a River cruise but many Sea cruises, this would be great to experience As long as “One” does not have to participate in all excursions and Activities! ??

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79goldmaster1 says:

Went on one in Germany on the Rhine….You are exactly right about everything.

D Tom says:

Spot on with every comment! We did our first river cruise on the Rhine last year and it was great. It is an excellent way to see the interior of countries, not possible on large cruise ships which only touch at the large coastal ports. As for tipping you are correct but we always give a small tip to the local guides who have all been exceptional so far. Doing the Danube in Sept!

glennmcc64 says:

Great video, we did Amsterdam to Budapest with APT/AMA. Loved it, the boat covered most distance at night, we had to change boats twice as the Danube was low and blocked by barges, so we had a couple of bus sectors. Make sure you liver function is good before you board, because it will not improve with the amount of booze consumed. We did have a choice of tours for most days. We often got off at one town eg Cologne and then bused it to the boarding point like Bonn.

Steve Ramm says:

Great video Gary and even better ebook! I’ve used your audio guides for cruises and destinations for years and we are going on our first River Cruise (Tulips in April 2017), so this was perfect. I knew 9 of your 10 things already but no suit or even sports jacket was really helpful. Now to read your book (and yes, I clicked “thumbs up”!

Jean Taylor says:

The current TV ads for Viking show a pretty large ship.

Petr Frizen says:

Ready to walk!

Sal Arena says:

Thanks , very informative

bushyconn says:

A very positive, interesting and factual review

Fred van Haren says:

He is not correct, by telling that in general it is all inclusive, this probably only is for the very expensive ships as Viking cruise, where you pay well over € 100,- pp per day, normally bottle water or wine at dinner, drinks from the minibar, drinks at the bar, all have to be extra paid for.

juan monge says:

Oh you will pay!

Alejandro Morales says:

hi gary amazing video. i really enjoy and i did not know. thanks for your knowledge in travells

Andrew Walker says:

If you go on a two week cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest you will travel on the Rhine, the Main, the Main-Danube canal and the Danube and from the start of the Main river until you reach Budapest the ship will have to go through 66 river locks during the journey which is very noisy and time consuming but also quite interesting if you are a passenger. I know this because I used to work as a crew member on one of the river cruise ships. The water level in the rivers is very important because if the water level is too high the ship will not be able to get under the many low bridges on the route and if the water level is too low you run the risk of running aground. The food and drink is very good as are the excursions. There is not much to do entertainment wise but most passengers just want to sit in a deckchair and see the beautiful scenery as you sail along the rivers

Thomas Bernecky says:

Very useful info here, Thanks!

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Katie Marie says:

Great information. Thank you ! –I’ve been wondering about River cruises and they do appear very relaxed, however I am not 50…yet. LOL. –I am reading your ebook…and it is interesting and your life. Thank you for sharing your ebook ! 🙂 Also, you are soooo lucky to have the opportunity to travel Once per month for 25 years ! That right there IS AMAZING to me ! 😀

Jyotsna Gokhale says:

Thank you.

Mike Gehre says:

Loved my river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. First class cuisine, top shelf drinks, being able to see so much from the decks, and nightly entertainment in the lounge. A far, far cry from the ocean cruises with casinos on the way to the dining room and loud passengers. It’s a relaxed, pleasant experience that I would love to repeat. Although tends to be expensive, in my estimation it’s well worth it. The passengers get acquainted easily as it;s not a huge mega ship. I will add that it’s mostly geared towards non singles. But the passengers will insist you join them for dinner. European river cruises should be at the top of your list. Because it;’s expensive, the passengers tend to be older, and have money. Makes for a generally upscale, educated convivial experience.

Cheryl F. says:

River cruising was a great experience except I found out when I got home I had a broken foot and needed surgery. Consequently, I didn’t get around as well as I would have liked. I guess I’ll just have to go again. I would only add that it’s imperative to read all the pamphlets offered by the cruise company and attend all the night before docking discussions with the cruise staff so you’ll know all about the town/sites you will visit the next day. We weren’t prepared on several places early in the cruise, because we didn’t do that, and missed a lot of interesting things. We wised up by the last couple of days but we missed all the other things. I much prefer river cruising to the large ships as I like to get to know people, staff, and the boat more intimately.

Dave Stroble says:

Well done and very informative (as usual!). Thank-you.

Bill W says:

This was very informative. I will be going on a Seine river cruise in Sept. Thanks

Nigel Weir says:

European scenery

Mike's Road Trip says:

Hey Gary…great video/tips! I’ve never been on a river cruise before, but have wanted check one out.

peter tuann says:

thank you, helpful. I’ve ocean cruised a dozen times, tired of huge ships, don’t care about beaches.

Robert Kassoff says:

THe link of the ebook is:

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Greg H says:

Expect to get fast walked to “see” what they want you to see. You won’t sit and have a cup of coffee and enjoy just being in Europe while ashore.

Paul Alderson says:

Have you done a review of Scenic (company) river cruises?

R Edirac says:

50 plus? Try 75 plus! My wife and I were 50 and 52 respectively and we were by far the “kids” on the ship!

Tammy Green says:

Everything you have mention is true. However, after 3 river cruises, I do find that we are not always docked right near the center of town… And what cruise are the photos taken? Longing for another river cruise, because they are so effortless and so relaxing.

Petr Frizen says:

What is your most favorite river criuse?! If you don’t mind my asking so… Have you cruised the Nile?.. Or the Mono in Togo?..

Tim OL says:

Thank you Gary, took my 1st Rhine cruise in the late 1970’s and I think it is time to do it again…when is your latest ebook on River Cruises going to come out? I plan to introduce my new wife to European travel-

Smudge White says:

What an informative video, many thanks.  Just about to go on our third river cruise, love them.  Plenty of organised outings but also plenty of free time – it’s entirely up to you how much you do.  Floating 5* hotel when you’re on board!  Looking forward to more videos from you, with thanks for your time and effort!

TakersMissy says:

I always have thought that were I to take any sort of cruise, it’d be a European one and this video confirmed my thoughts. Sounds like the perfect type of cruise for me; I sure as heck wouldn’t go on one of the much-publicized Carrribean Cruises; they don’t sound like my thing at all. Thanks, Gary!

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