River and Coastal Cruises In Europe are supplied by Blue Danube Holidays. We have a large range of Small luxury ships. Small vessels visit a new port daily, so passengers can visit five or more countries in a week. Itineraries are focused on the culture and history of the towns and are often included in the fare. There are more and better planned land excursions and dining in authentic local restaurants. The shallow draft of the small Coastal ships allows them to pull right into secluded bays on uninhabited islands where a big ship could never dream of sailing. The small ships are moored right at the city dock and can get on and off as often as you like as opposed to queuing for a ferry to take you ashore. Here is a sample of the European River and Coastal Cruises.
Small Ship River Cruises:
Magnificent Europe – 7 Nights to Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia – Cruise BD101
Iconic Christmas Markets – 7 Nights Austria, Germany, Hungary- Cruise BD102
Captivating Rhine – 7 Nights Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland – Cruise BD103
Romantic Danube – 7 Nights Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia – Cruise BD106
Gems of Southeast Europe – 7 Nights Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia – Cruise BD107
Enticing Douro – 7 Nights in Portugal Cruising the Douro – Cruise BD109
Small Ship Coastal Cruises:
Adriatic Cruise – 7 nights Dubrovnik to Split – Cruise BD401
Central Europe and Adriatic Cruise – 7 Nights Cruise and 7 Nights in Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Bol, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Dubrovnik BD428
Supreme Split to Hvar and Return Cruise – 7 Nights Split, N.P. Krka, Šibenik, Zadar, Np Kornati, Primošten, Vis, Hvar, Bol, Split BD439
Classical Greece Cruise – 7 Nights Athens, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Rethymnon, Monemvasia, Nafplion, Hydra, Piraeus BD901
Large Ship Ocean Cruises:
5 Day Greek Island Cruise with Turkey – Cruise GR407
5 days from Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Piraeus, Athens
Three Continents – Greek Islands, Egypt, Israel & Turkey Cruise GR411
8 days Cruise from Athens, Athens, Alexandria, Port Said, Ashdod, Limassol, Rhodes, Kuşadasi
The Advantages of Small Luxury Ships
Small ships drop anchor in little coves where you can take a swim, take a warm shower, then and join your friends watch the sun set with a drink. There is rarely a single other boat in sight. Passenger numbers are limited to no more than 200 so you actually get to know the staff. The service is personal and most rare these days, sincere. You’ll be pampered from start to finish. Sailing on a small ship, you get the feeling the cabins were designed with real people in mind. Each one is roomy and light, with its own en suite. It’s the difference between staying in a boutique B&B and a big faceless hotel chain. Big cruise ships pollute the water with the sewerage of the thousands of people on board and the massive diesel engines need to power them.
All meals are included, with many lines offering complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, plus unlimited tea and coffee. There is generally an open-seating policy, so you can sit where you want. Lighter meals can be enjoyed in the lounge, or outside on the deck, and some vessels have additional specialty restaurants. The food is better, there are still buffets, but they’re prepared with care by a small team of local chefs who really know the region’s food. They’re made from market-fresh produce and designed to reflect the traditional flavors of a destination. The Cruise manager or one of your tour guides will happily point you in the direction on the best shops, markets, bars or the most authentic local restaurant to spend the evening at. The onboard experience is more laid-back than it is on oceangoing voyages, with no formal dress code. There’s usually a captain’s reception and gala dinner, where some people opt for smarter outfits, but it’s not obligatory.
The most important packing tips are to take layers to cope with unpredictable weather and comfortable shoes or sneakers, as many tours involve walking on cobblestones or uneven surfaces. While the entertainment is high quality, music on the main lounge the major attraction is the passing scenery on both banks and ports of call. The intimate nature also means you’ll soon get to know your fellow passengers and enjoy dining with a variety of people or having a quiet intimate meal.
The Staterooms particularly well finished and comfortable, although compact. Standard amenities include hotel-style beds, marble bathrooms with high-quality toiletries, TV and entertainment system, hair dyer, safe and ample storage space. Some cabins have dual French balconies and walkout verandas. If you’re on a budget, the lower deck cabins have fixed windows but still provide a view, albeit at water level. When it comes to sailing, inland waterways are very calm and flat, so seasickness is never an issue on a river cruise.
With the internet making travel so much easier to research you might think organized tours are a thing of the past. Well you’d be wrong! An organized, guaranteed departure tour provides the perfect opportunity for busy people to see the best of a destination without all the hassle of renting cars, booking hotel rooms, standing in queues and missing the hidden gems each place has to offer.