Reader Cruising Survey
preferred cruise options
Whether it be a river cruise or a trans-Atlantic
crossing, you can be sure of a wonderful experience in
comfort and convenience on a Travel Insider cruise.
Here are two very different
cruise options for your consideration.
Many people have done a
'typical' cruise, eg, around the Caribbean. And some have
done a European river cruise. But here are two much more
distinctive cruise experiences - a river cruise through Eastern
Europe and taking you all the way to the Black Sea and Turkey,
or a trans-Atlantic crossing reminiscent of the golden age of
Which would you prefer?
And, yes, 'both' is a permitted answer!
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About the Two Cruises
Queen Mary 2 Trans-Atlantic
This would leave Southampton
in England at 5pm on 9 August and get to New York six days later
at 7.15am on 15 August.
The QM2 makes no stops as it
copies the famous passenger liner routes of the first half of
the twentieth century, but this doesn't mean you'll find the
crossing boring. The last time I did this (on the QE2 many
years ago) the voyage was actually wonderfully interesting and
filled with interesting and fun activities all day every day.
I'm choosing a westbound
sailing - these are enormously more pleasant than the eastbound
ones, due to having most days with 25 hours rather than 24 (as
you cross time zones), and at a good time of year where the
weather should be favorable and you can also enjoy the summer
weather in Britain or Europe prior to taking your cruise back to
Of course, we'll have some
special Travel Insider events onboard, and will offer some type
of pre-cruise optional activities in England also.
Massively spacious outside
staterooms with verandahs are available from about $1900 per
person (share twin), and an inside stateroom can be had for as
little as $1450. Airfare to Britain and back home from New
York would be extra.
River Cruise from Budapest to
the Black Sea and on to Istanbul
This is a river cruise with
coach touring extension, starting in Budapest, proceeding along
the Danube to the Black Sea and then by coach on to Istanbul.
It starts in Budapest on 12 October, and ends in Istanbul on 25
This is with Amadeus
Waterways, the same people we use for our Russian and Christmas
Markets cruises, on their brand new boat, Amalegro. This
cruise visits generally under-developed and relatively
inaccessible countries, and with the convenience and comfort of
being based on the luxury cruise ship, can be done much more
easily than would be the case any other way.
There are activities, port
stops, and other things happening every day, and, yes, we'd have
some special Travel Insider inclusions too.
Rates start at $1983 per
person (share twin). Airfare would be extra.
Would either (or both) of
these be of interest to you? Please fill out the short survey on
this page here to help us decide which to offer.
19 Jan 2007, last update
20 Jul 2020
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