Excellence Princess | From Basel to Amsterdam – Day 7: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Day 7: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The ship reached port while I was still in Slumberland. It was a light sleep though as I could hear most of the maneuvering echoes through the steel walls of the exterior. It must have been around three or four in the early morning that we had finally reached Amsterdam and docked, as had finally fallen and I could continue to rest for a few more hours. Continue reading

Excellence Princess | From Basel to Amsterdam – A Week on the Rhine River

River cruises are supposed to be something for older people. At least, this is what people said on each resort ship cruise that we have taken so far. And it is kind of true, at least when we talk simply about the average age. But remember how in general cruising was poised to be a typical retirement vacation until just a few years ago? And look where it is heading these days. The same will happen with river cruises, I believe.

It was a very spontaneous decision to float on a river instead of the ocean. Most of my vacation was ruined by a severe bronchitis and I needed a little getaway, if only for a week. I needed a cruise preferably in Europe (to avoid long distance flights) and, most importantly, I was trying to keep the single occupancy surcharge as low as possible. Continue reading