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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Sunny River Cruise Forecast

With Europe’s 2014 river cruising season well underway, and a record number of river cruise ships traversing the historic waterways, Cruise Holidays International is sharing data indicating Amsterdam and Budapest are now the most popular river cruise destinations its agencies have booked across Europe this year. In addition, Southeast Asia has the most booked river cruise destinations outside of Europe. The information shared by Cruise Holidays is based on actual bookings by its network of cruise travel agencies for river cruises departing in 2014.

“Amsterdam is Cruise Holidays’ top river cruise destination for 2014, thanks to its role as the hub for most ‘Tulip Time’ cruises, along with many Rhine river cruises,” stated Kevin Weisner, Senior Vice President, Cruise Holidays International. “In culling the data on our river cruise bookings for 2014, Budapest, Hungary, follows closely behind. Its prime position straddling the Danube makes it a top choice for travelers who want to visit treasured European destinations throughout Germany, Austria and Hungary.”

Here are the Top 10 destinations for 2014 river cruises, according to Cruise Holidays International, along with the itineraries and rivers most commonly associated with these cities:

Amsterdam, Netherlands  “Windmills & Tulips”
Rhine (7-day), Dutch waterways (if roundtrip), some Mosel, Rhine/Main/Danube (14-day)
Budapest, Hungary “Grand Tour”*
Danube (7-day), Rhine/Main/Danube (14-day)
Paris, France
Seine (7-day), Rhone (8-10 day), Seine/Rhone (14-day)
Basel, Switzerland “Rhine River Valley”
Nuremberg, Germany
Prague, Czech Republic
Main/Danube, some Elbe
Avignon, France “Provence”
Rhone (7-day), Seine/Rhone (14-day)
Vienna, Austria
Danube (7-day or 14-day)
Chalon sur Saone, France
Bucharest, Romania
Danube (10-day or 14-day, including Black Sea)

*A “Grand Tour” is typically a 14-day cruise of the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers.

“The growth in popularity of European river cruising is astounding and shows no signs of slowing down.  In fact, it should be noted that availability for 2014 European river cruises is extremely limited and September is virtually sold out, especially in the more desirable suite categories,” added Weisner. “We strongly advise travelers who intend to go to Europe this year, and have yet to book their river cruise, to be as flexible as possible. But we also advise consulting with one of our Cruise Holidays agents, who can closely monitor if a cancellation arises on a particular itinerary and act quickly to secure a reservation. On the other hand, availability for non-European destinations in 2014 is still fairly abundant.”

Destinations Outside of Europe
While the vast majority of river cruisers choose European destinations, river cruise lines are increasingly adding itineraries around the globe. “This will become even more important as travelers who get a taste of river cruising in Europe find the lifestyle so appealing that they decide to visit more exotic destinations, also via a river cruise. Our Cruise Holidays river cruise experts are shoring up their knowledge of ports around the world, including in Southeast Asia, by experiencing them firsthand so they can counsel their clients on the river cruise lines that are best suited to explore these fascinating destinations,” said Weisner.

Here are the Top Five river cruise destinations in Southeast Asia, according to Cruise Holidays International:

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Hanoi, Vietnam
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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