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Old April 14th, 2010, 05:59 PM
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Default What's the difference? Viking River, AMA, etc?

There are so many different European river boat companies. Those of you who have tried several, can you say there is a real difference, and if so wjat is it?

Is it better to go on newer boats than older ones? say, you had a choice between and older boat of one line, and a new boat on a line you may not like as much, but the same route:

Would you pick the boat or the cruise line?
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Having taken three different lines - i would say the new boats (less than 2 years old) are worth booking, because they are that much nicer - new fremch balconies, wireless Internet, etc.

But as far as cruise lines. AMA or Viking River are my two favorites.
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I would have chosen a cruise line. They are more comfortable than boats. And if you want to travel on a boat, it would be better to choose the new one. Hope you will enjoy your trip.

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Has anyone tried Scenic Tours? They seem to be the only one's with real balconies.
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No, I haven't. But I have tried French balconies and for me they are just as good. You still get fresh air and clean pictures.

In fact, I would rather have the floor space in my cabin than on the balcony.

But I don't know Scenic Tours, there are probably other differences as well.
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yeah totally agree with french balconies they're the best in views with lovely gf it's totally romantic isn't it ?? :P
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Here is a simple checklist to decide which option is the best one for you. If you are a first timer with a boat then bareboat is not an option for you. For first timers a sailing instructor on board may work well. Now choose the boat. Too small may feel cramped. See the number of people on board and then select one. Check if the boat is well equipped and clean. New is always not the best. See the amenities available on board.
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Personally, from the top, I would select;

Tauck
Scenic Tours
Uniworld
Ama Waterways
Avalon
Viking

There's also one that has caught my attention - they just opened up their cruises to the No. American market - Arosa. We checked out one of their boats when were were on our river cruise and were impressed with it. While we've not sailed on them, clients we have who spent time on them were impressed.

Tauck & Scenic Tours are the best, but they're also luxury class, so alot more expensive than the others.

We're hooked on river cruises and can't wait to go again - truly a wonderful way to visit cities on the rivers that you can't get to on an ocean cruise.

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