“SPRINGTIME IN PARIS” – GROUP CRUISE
APRIL 11-18, 2015
Complimentary wi-fi, premium coffees, shore excursions in every port, sparkling wine with breakfast, soft drinks, bottled water, regional wines and beers for dinner, and open dining.
I have been spending some time comparing options for a Paris and Normandy cruise for April of 2015. I wanted to naturally compare prices, but I also wanted to compare quality, amenities, age of the ships, and the cruise lines which transit this river.
Parts of the Seine River are narrower than other rivers in Europe and most of the locks on the Seine are also shorter as well. This is a very important note to mention because some of the other competing lines are using older and shorter ships that can fit into these locks. These other cruise lines also have ships that are 8-14 years old with very little balcony cabins or none at all sailing in this region. The ship I’m promoting is on the Avalon Tapestry II which is brand new and due to come out towards the end of 2014.
I have put together several videos of Avalon. Once you view these hopefully you will be able to appreciate the level of quality and luxury of this ship and the itinerary.
Avalon Cruise Video: See what makes them so special
Seine River Cruise: A short tour of what you will see on this cruise
Avalon dining options:Some of the best quality dining on the rivers
A Cruise Experience Unlike Any Other:
Click on the Seine River Cruise planner below
Setting up a group with a river cruise is totally different from a large ship cruise. On a large ship that has space for 3-5 thousand people I am able to hold many cabins for an extended period of time. However on the smaller ships all I can lock in is the price, but no cabin allotments. “So it boils down to first come; first serve”. Many of the river cruise are selling out 9-12 months in advance. The key is to book in advance in order to receive the cabin type and location you are looking for.
River cruises are also more inclusive than many other cruise lines. Common everyday items that you typically don’t pay for until you’re in the midst of your vacation are all covered on a river cruise like internet fees, specialty dining, shore excursions, wine, beer, sodas and much more. So even though the price is more upfront, think about all the extras that are already included in the base rate. And the intimacy of these smaller ships are priceless. Gorgeous villages, town squares, markets, monasteries, cathedrals and vineyards line the river front and are only steps from the dock.
Check out the chart below comparing river cruises and big ship cruising.