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Both are of interest to me. 

The cost of Mississippi cruising has so far been beyond my budget for the perceived value for the type of cabin I researched.  I assumed that was due to an all-American workforce.  I'd rather sail Star Class on the ocean or do a rail journey across Western Canada for that kind of money.   I'd like to do the Mississippi but the price would need to come down before I consider it further.  

Europe river cruising is very interesting to me.  Family have done many and love it.  I think it's a great way to experience Europe to a much greater extent than you can on a Med. cruise.  

I've come to appreciate the value that ocean cruising on mass cruise lines has become compared to small ship river cruising although the service and on board experience is very different so that isn't a fair comparison.  

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7 minutes ago, twangster said:

Europe river cruising is very interesting to me.  Family have done many and love it.  I think it's a great way to experience Europe to a much greater extent than you can on a Med. cruise.  

I agree! The only caveat is that the rivers have to have enough water to move the ship. This has been an issue the past few years. A friend's travel group has tried to book one, but have found that depending on the amount of water in the Rhine/Danube/etc., the company had to move guests to busses to continue the "cruise" in certain areas. 

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I would like to try river cruising.  I have looked into it and for what it is @twangster has a great point about the cost.  Correct me if I am wrong I think they are all inclusive and include excursions.  We talked with someone who has been on a couple and that is what she told us.  They did the Mississippi.  

I think a European river cruise will be something we need to put on our radar.  They just seem to really get you to the heart of the places you visit.  

So if Royal started this sort of cruising we would check it out.

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7 minutes ago, DublinFC said:

Correct me if I am wrong I think they are all inclusive and include excursions.

Many are this way but perhaps a new player like Royal could introduce another option.  Time and again people express the desire to do their excursions.  I don't want to pay for excursions that don't interest me.  If they are included you do pay for them and have to choose from their menu of excursions.  That may work for some but thinking beyond the pandemic I don't want to be forced to sit on a boring bus ride because it is the least undesirable excursion option available.  

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4 minutes ago, twangster said:

I don't want to be forced to sit on a boring bus ride because it is the least undesirable excursion option available.  

Terrific point.  I did not think of that.  Things are going to be different for awhile.  We usually pick cruise line excursions for peace of mind if we were delayed for some reason.  But, now there looks like we won't have a choice of going out on our own.  For now at least.

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

Many are this way but perhaps a new player like Royal could introduce another option.  Time and again people express the desire to do their excursions.  I don't want to pay for excursions that don't interest me.  If they are included you do pay for them and have to choose from their menu of excursions.  That may work for some but thinking beyond the pandemic I don't want to be forced to sit on a boring bus ride because it is the least undesirable excursion option available.  

Right I agree - I know the prices are higher but they are more inclusive - food is good - drinks (wine, beer) included - excursions like you said.  I just think smaller ships could be more desirable to some in the future seeing as how if you are on a river cruise, that ports in a town everyday, then you could kick off anyone with flu systems and not have to keep sailing.    Plus an excursion in New Orleans is always a good idea.

 

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

Both are of interest to me. 

The cost of Mississippi cruising has so far been beyond my budget for the perceived value for the type of cabin I researched.  I assumed that was due to an all-American workforce.  I'd rather sail Star Class on the ocean or do a rail journey across Western Canada for that kind of money.   I'd like to do the Mississippi but the price would need to come down before I consider it further.  

Europe river cruising is very interesting to me.  Family have done many and love it.  I think it's a great way to experience Europe to a much greater extent than you can on a Med. cruise.  

I've come to appreciate the value that ocean cruising on mass cruise lines has become compared to small ship river cruising although the service and on board experience is very different so that isn't a fair comparison.  

European river cruises are great - yes, pricey but I thought worth alot of what I paid for them.  Some lines better than others but the excursions I really like and the pulling right up to a city, like Paris was amazing.  Will do more of these in my future.  You are right -ocean cruising has a better value for sure

 

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All I am going to say is that you had me at cruise!  At this point I would go anywhere, as long as it was with a reputable brand! I do believe that I would enjoy the leisurely pace as well as being able to see parts of the country that I have never seen before, I know that it is a small inconvenience but I believe that it would be nice to be able to take a cruise like that and not have to worry about a passport or going through immigration on the way back into the country (unless it did go out of the USA).  I do enjoy going out of the country and seeing other places but I do believe that it is time for me to start focusing on the natural beauty that we have been blessed with here at home from time to time! 😃

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Thinking a bit more about this... I wouldn't do a river cruise just because Royal started offering them.  I like C&A points as much as everyone else but not that much.

It might fit better under the Azamara brand.  "Azamara River Cruises" even sounds better.  They are better at small ships and it fits their model better unless some other brand is built or acquired for the concept.  It doesn't seem to fit RCI so I doubt C&A points would be on the table.  

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