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4 Reasons to Book Your River Cruise Early

4 Big Reasons to Book Your River Cruise Early

  At Simply River Cruises, one of the most common questions we’re asked is, “When should I book my river cruise?” 

Some clients assume that 3 to 6 months before your trip is the best time to book. But making reservations too close to your travel dates can be tough due to the rising popularity of river cruising and the more intimate, smaller sizes of river boats. The earlier you can book your next river cruise, the better! These excursions sell out quickly. Here are a few of the most important reasons why you should book your river cruise early.

  Reason #1: You can pick the most ideal time of year for your river cruise. 

Seasoned river cruisers tend to book their trips very far in advance. One of our partner river cruise lines has reported that they’re already at 80 percent capacity for their 2014 river cruises–including being completely booked for the entire month of September! River cruises are available from mid to late March through the holiday season, so schedule your trip as early as possible to ensure that you get your top choices for river cruise line and itinerary. 

The most popular time to travel on a river cruise is during the summer months and into early fall. If you’re looking for a quieter trip, we recommend booking for early spring, late fall, or during the holiday season when fewer cruisers travel. You need to find the perfect time that you’ll enjoy traveling, and that time is different for everyone. Some people enjoy the hustle and bustle of other river cruisers around them, while others want a quieter experience. No matter what type of cruising environment you’re looking for, we can help you pick the right one.

  Reason #2: You can choose your cabin and amenities before anyone else. 

One of the benefits of river cruising is being able to enjoy impressive views right from the comfort of your own room. Most river cruise lines offer a variety of room options to choose from, including some rooms with French balconies, picture windows, or partial windows. Beyond the incredible room styles available, river cruises provide a variety of extra amenities to help make you more comfortable while traveling. Most river cruise boats offer complimentary WiFi, plush robes and slippers, luxury toiletries, in-room safes, personal fridges, and hair dryers. River cruise lines are committed to making your experience a relaxing and memorable experience. 

Reason #3: Some river cruise lines offer special discounts and rewards for early reservations.

  Most river cruise lines will provide their guests with early booking discounts on rooms and entire trips. River cruises also offer loyalty programs and points programs to those who continue to book earlier rather than later. Early reservations are often rewarded with their top choices of itineraries. Seasoned river cruisers love booking early because payments are more flexible and manageable. Typically you’ll be able to make an initial deposit on your trip with final payments due  90 days before your trip begins, making it extremely affordable!

  Reason #4: Booking early is great for groups and friends.

River cruise lines encourage their guests to book trips with groups and friends. Not only is river cruising with your friends a fun and unforgettable shared experience, but it’s also a great way to save money. Many river cruises offer discounts or special amenities when booking trips for groups. 

River cruises are a great way to celebrate reunions, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and special occasions with your entire group of friends or loved ones. All lines go above and beyond to personalize your group experience, provide you with excellent support and service during your trip, and will work with you if you’re interested in creating a unique, one-of-a-kind cruise theme or itinerary for your group.    

Click here to start planning your river cruise today with Simply River Cruises!


Are You Ahead of the Game?

The Super Bowl is just a few days away, but I’m not talking football here.  If you intend to take a river cruise, then you need to be ahead of the game and book your river cruise for 2015 NOW!  Yes, I know it seems a little crazy, but river cruising is gaining in popularity and the boats really don’t hold that many people, so when demand is up and the supply is limited, you book your trips earlier.  Is there still an opportunity to travel on a river cruise in 2014 if I haven’t booked it yet?  Of course, but you need to act quickly and you may have to be flexible about your stateroom category and departure dates.  So if a river cruise is something you desire to do in the near future, don’t delay, call us today!

River Cruise Vacation

River Cruise Vacation

Tasty German Side Dish

The winter months always get me motivated to cook, probably to heat up the house a little and make it more cozy, but also because I am spending more time indoors.  I love to explore my German Heritage by eating traditional German foods, like Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage, a family favorite.

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

1/4 cup butter

2 lb. red cabbage thinly sliced

6 Tbsp. sugar

2/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Melt the butter in a lg. pan over medium heat.  Add cabbage and sauté until lightly wilted, about 5 minutes

Add sugar and toss to coat evenly, add vinegar.  Reduce heat to med-low cover and simmer until cabbage is tender about 30 min.

Enjoy with German sausages, potato pancakes, or pork chops.


Makes me want to take another Danube or Rhine River Cruise!

How do the World’s Biggest Wine “Snobs” Travel?


Want a sneak peek at how the World’s biggest wine “snobs” travel? 
You are cordially invited to come experience how wine and river cruising go together.  Taste 4 great wines, while getting a sneak peek inside the river boats, and learn why river cruising is the hottest way to see the World today!

When:  Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Where:  Bottle Cellars Wine Shop 6039 Telegraph Rd. Oakville, MO 63129

Time:  7-8:30 PM

Cost:  $5 per person in advance

Why:  Expand your wine knowledge by learning fun facts and helpful hints from our wine experts at Bottle Cellars while satisfying your curiousity, relaxing and engaging with others of similar interests.
 Space is limited and these events fill quickly, so act now!  Call us today to reserve your seat 314-293-1050.


Discover everything the World has to offer!

Discover everything the World has to offer!

We’re Going National!

Looking for that unique honeymoon, or want to relax and reconnect with your spouse after your child’s wedding?  A River Cruise may just be what you are looking for!

We’re going National by collaborating with Modern Weddings Magazine.  Click on the link to see our ad  then let us know what you think!

Time to Celebrate!

This Holiday Season eliminate the stress of shopping, wrapping and decorating.  Give the gift of time.  Time well spent with your loved ones, creating lasting memories and celebrating life!  Time to catch up on your dreams, goals, and interests.  Time to refresh your marriage or friendships.  Time to relax.  Time to learn about new places and people.  Time not wasted, but invested in Life and Living.   Time for a River Cruise.  Give the best gift of all to the people on your list, devoid of distractions, hustle and bustle, stress or worry, Time with you.


The Lion Monument, Luzern

The Lion Monument, Luzern

News about River Cruises

River Cruising remains a very popular mode of travel, and trends are indicating that it will remain popular for some time.  American Cruise Lines is confident that river cruising in the U.S. will continue to grow as indicated by their commitment  to building 4 new boats beginning with a new paddlewheeler, launching in 2015.  The new boat is likely to be used on the Mississippi River, although the company has not specifically stated which itinerary it will travel.  No passport required!

Picture This! A Photo Journal of My Rhine River Cruise

Day 1:  Overnight flight to Zurich

Day 2:  Shuttled to Movenpick Hotel in Zurich to meet our local host and treated to much needed refreshments.  Balance of the day was ours with choices of excursions to Mt. Pilatus & Luzern, or a Zurich City tour, or lounge at the hospitality room at the Movenpick.  We chose the Mt. Pilatus & Luzern tour.  From Luzern we we then shuttled by a comfortable motorcoach to Basel to meet up with our floating hotel, the Avalon Felicity.  Below are the pictures depicting the beginning of our  “Romantic Rhine” journey.

Call Simply River Cruises Today to book your own “Romantic Rhine” river cruise, and journal YOUR photos!


River Cruise Vs. Ocean Cruise

Many times I have been asked, “How is a river cruise different from any other cruise?”, or “What is a river cruise?”, and “Isn’t a river cruise more expensive than an ocean cruise?”, so today I am going to answer these questions to help you understand how river cruises are different from ocean cruises.

First and foremost, and not to be sarcastic, but the obvious difference between a river cruise and an ocean cruise is river cruises are on rivers. You may be thinking, no kidding, how does that matter? Well, if you have motion sickness, or you like being able to see land, then it matters. On a river cruise, there is constant scenery on both sides of the boat, and the shore is yards away, not miles. The boat flows along smoothly like the ebb and flow of the river, no big waves or rocking motion. River cruise boats are smaller allowing for a maximum of about 150 passengers, as compared to the ocean liners, which in some cases, host up to 4,000 passengers. This is a major difference and one that matters if you like to meet fellow travelers, be treated to more personalized service, and have easy access to your stateroom. River cruise boats have the ability to dock right in the heart of the World’s most desirable destinations allowing you the opportunity to see and do more. Then there is the dining, all open seating, and no formal attire required smart casual is the accepted dress for dinner. Food is plentiful but unlike the ocean cruises, there is not a 24hr buffet on river cruises, however, there is always bottled water, coffee, tea and fresh fruit and cookies available, and the meals are served buffet style for breakfast and lunch and 4 or 5 course dinners. Included sightseeing is another major point of difference, the big ships don’t have it, river cruises do! That’s right, at every stop there is included guided sightseeing. One thing both have in common is you see multiple destinations and only unpack once.

Now for the question of river cruises being more expensive than ocean cruises. On the surface it would appear that a river cruise is pricier than an ocean cruise, however, when you factor in the inclusions of a river cruise, the cost is really a great value. Included in a river cruise are your accommodations in an outside stateroom, all meals while onboard, wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner and on some vessels with lunch also, daily bottled water, coffee, tea and snacks, guided sightseeing at each port stop, onboard entertainment, lectures and demonstrations, and an all English speaking crew. Typically on an ocean cruise, the inclusions are your accommodations, not always in an outside stateroom, all meals and some onboard entertainment.

I hope this answers some of your questions, and helps you have a better understanding of what I believe is “Simply the best way to travel”, river cruising. Please feel free to comment or write us about questions you may have, or call us at 314-293-1050

Weltenburg Abbey, Along Danube River

Weltenburg Abbey

Exciting River Cruise News!

The River Cruise Industry has been announcing some very exciting happenings for the remainder of 2012, and the upcoming 2013 river cruise seasons. 

March 2012:  Viking names the 190 passenger Viking Odin and Viking Idun in Amsterdam introducing the company’s new Viking Longships class of vessels which feature private balconies and larger cabins and suites. 

April 2012:   Two more Viking Longships will launch, Viking Njord and Viking Freya, both holding 190 passengers.  AmaWaterways is introducing the 164 passenger Amacerto, increasing it’s European fleet to 9 vessels, sailing along the Danube River.  The Great American Steamboat Co. will launch  it’s newly renovated 436 passenger American Queen on the Mississippi River.   Scenic Cruises adds the 169 passenger Scenic Crystal increasing it’s European fleet to 6. 

May 2012:  Avalon Waterways launches the 166 passenger Avalon Vista and  Avalon Visionary featuring larger cabins and floor to ceiling, wall to wall sliding glass doors.  Viking Rurik relaunches after being renovated, ending the four year refurbishment project of the company’s Russian vessels. 

June 2012:  Ama Waterways begins sailings on the 28 passenger Zambezi Queen which sails on the Chobe River in Botswana between June and December.

July:  The Viking Embla another of the Viking Longships will launch.

August 2012:  Viking Aegir, the sixth of the Viking Longships will launch.  American Cruise Lines’  newly built 150 passenger paddlewheeler, the Queen of the Mississippi, will make it’s maiden voyage on the Mississippi River.

September 2012:  Avalon Waterways’ 32 passenger Avalon Angkor sets sail on the Mekong River. 

NOW,  for 2013, this is so exciting!!!    Uniworld is introducing a river cruise on the Po River in Italy, complete with added stays in Florence and Rome on their Splendors of Italy itinerary.   Also, One of the hottest new river cruise destinations is Portugal’s River Doro, an area steeped history and wine!   Booking season for the 2013 river cruise itineraries is OPEN, what are you waiting for?

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