Floating away on a Rhine River Cruise

Tomorrow I’m off on another adventure, cruising on one of the major waterways of Europe on a Rhine River cruise with Lüftner Cruises. I used to think of cruises as something that my parent’s generation would enjoy, but as time moves on, the thought of exploring many different places in comfort, while only having to unpack once, has grown in appeal.

Castles on the Rhine Photo by Lueftner Cruises

Castles on the Rhine

This will be our first river cruise, so I’m keeping an open mind on what to expect, but anticipating that we’ll really enjoy the comforts of the Amadeus Princess which is essentially a floating luxury hotel. I’m looking forward to the gourmet food, the wine tastings and exploring picturesque towns, cities and castles along the Rhine.

Basel where we start our Rhine River Cruise Photo: Lueftner Cruises

Basel where we start our Rhine River Cruise

Our journey starts in Basel in Switzerland before we briefly pass by the French border to at Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region with vineyards lining the banks. Next stop is Speyer with its Romanesque cathedral where many German emperors were buried and Mannheim which had its heyday in the 18th century. Next we’ll stop at Rudesheim with cobbled streets lined with wine houses that I know my husband will enjoy, then we move through a stretch of the Rhine that is known for the castles that overlook the river where we’ll be listening out for the Loreley or siren whose singing might tempt the unwary sailor onto the rocks. Where the Rhine and the Moselle rivers meet we stop at Koblenz, before ending our journey in Cologne where we disembark, although the ship continues on to Amsterdam.

Amadeus Princess Cabin Photo: Lueftner Cruises

Cabin on the Amadeus Princess

I’ll be posting photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the cruise using the hashtag #RhineCruiseHC and of course I’ll be writing all about the trip on my return. In the meantime, I tried to find out as much as I could about European cruises, especially on the Rhine and came across these articles that you may also enjoy from other travel bloggers;

The Castle-studded Rhine River video – I enjoyed hearing Rick Steves talking about the medieval castles that line the banks of the Rhine that were built by princes to tax the trade going up and down the river.

10 reasons a river cruise is great for solo travellers – Janice Waugh of the Solo Traveler – Although I prefer to travel with my husband or other family and friends, I think a river cruise is a great option for a woman travelling alone.

Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas – Donna Hull of My Itchy Travel Feet  took a Rhine cruise that followed the same route as ours and enjoyed the festive atmosphere and Christmas markets in Strasbourg.

Seizing the moments of my journey with Viking River Cruise – Jeff Titelius of EuroTravelogue takes a river cruise through the Netherlands, enjoying the windmills and cheesy edam moments.

The Rhine at Cochem Photo: Lueftner Cruises

The Rhine at Cochem

Thanks to Lüftner Cruises who are hosting our Rhine River Cruise and are specialists in European river cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and other major rivers of Europe

All photos provided by Lüftner Cruises

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  • Reply
    Brett Domue
    May 9, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I love Rudesheim, sitting in the square with the local wines and food, and then going by river from there to Koblenz. So many amazing castles and such amazing scenery on that whole stretch!
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      Heather Cowper
      May 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      @Brett I’ve got Rudesheim to look forward to – I hear there are a lot of wine shops there and also the stretch with all the castles as the scenery so far has been quite flat and uninteresting.

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    May 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I also thought cruising was most suitable for the over 65 retirement market, and that is not totally wrong. The cabin on the Amadeus Princess above looks spacious and peaceful, and the port visits look leisurely. So when my oldish parents did the Rotterdam to Budapest cruise a few years ago, they of course loved every minute of it. But it is for my generation as well.

    The trick to a really successful cruise seems to be how much preparation a person does before disembarking at a port. I know Basel, Speyer, Worms and Cologne very well, but I know zero about Koblenz and Rudesheim. So a lecture on board the night before or a journal article for reading would be great.
    Hels´s last blog post ..Alcatraz: prison life on a very nasty rock

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      Heather Cowper
      May 10, 2013 at 6:18 am

      @ I’m certainly finding this an extremely relaxing way to travel – There is actually a large amount of info given about each place we visit in the daily itinerary, the daily talks and also of course by the guides, so I think that on this kind of cruise you don’t need to do as much preparation or research as you might if you were sightseeing independently.

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    Barbara Weibel
    May 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I have absolutely no interest in an ocean cruise, bu I have discovered that I love river cruises. First, I don’t get seasick, but more importantly they are chock full of cultural activities and sights. This one sounds wonderful!
    Barbara Weibel´s last blog post ..PHOTO: Sign and Streetlamp at the Corner of Toulouse and Royal Streets in the Heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      May 10, 2013 at 6:20 am

      @Barbara – it’s vertainly a relaxing way to travel and see a lot of culture in a short space of time

  • Reply
    Mark H
    May 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

    These trips get huge coverage and advertising in Australia. Super popular with recent retirees…
    Mark H´s last blog post ..Berlin: A True Urban Adventure (Germany)

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      Heather Cowper
      May 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      @Mark Yes I can quite understand how they attract those who are getting a bit older and want comfort while they travel while still covering a lot of fascinating sites.

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    Becky Waits
    October 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Heather, I really hope you enjoyed your river cruise (I’m sure you’ve written about is since on here!) This article is great, as it’s interesting to read people’s views before they go on their first river cruise. I used to think I was the ‘wrong generation’ for river cruising but I’ve totally changed my mind! Viking River Cruises do a wonderful Basel to Amsterdam cruise (or Amsterdam to Basel, which is the way I prefer it). Amsterdam is such a beautiful city, I’d like to spend a weekend there before starting a cruise.

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      Heather Cowper
      October 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      @Becky I did have a great time, and like you I started out thinking that river cruising was for my parents but I loved the amount of fascinating places you can see on one trip. Do have a look at some of my other articles from this trip in the Cruise category

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    Jeff Titelius
    May 7, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Oh how I want to do a Rhine River cruise some day and SOON! I bet you had the most splendid time!! Thank you so much for including me in your post! I am eternally grateful!
    Jeff Titelius´s last blog post ..Exploring the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon

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