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Chapter XXI

Luxury Hotel Bargins The hotel barge became popular in the 1960s and has now grown into a very large network of hundreds operating on the rivers and canals of France, Belgium, Germany, Scotland, and the UK. These luxury hotel barges vary greatly in size, configuration, scale, and quality of accommodations, and standard and amount of catering. The largest barges take twenty-four guests, the smallest just four. All hotel barges have a high staff-to-guest ratio, but the smaller barges typically provide more personal attention and perhaps comfort. You can expect to get to know the other travelers well due to the intimate environment. These luxury hotel barges are wonderful for chartering and having your own private vacation. These lines are well suited for: • Seasoned travelers. • Destination-oriented travelers. • Travelers who enjoy the finer things in life and are looking for a boutique type of experience with personal service aboard an intimate ship. • Travelers seeking an immersion in small towns and villages. Chapter XXII River Cruises What is the allure of river cruising? Unlike ocean cruises, rivers provide easy access to city centers. Passengers sail directly into the heart of every destination and dock in the middle of town, then walk right off the ship and move easily into whatever city or town you are visiting. You spend less time getting there and more time being there. A river cruise allows for a more intimate experience as well. Because most of these ships accommodate only 30 to 200 guests, it is easier to meet your traveling companions. You can share a drink with the couple you met on the day’s tour or dine with interesting passengers in an open-seating restaurant. Another benefit: you can also forget about waiting in long lines to embark, debark, or have a meal. These river cruises are immensely popular and keep growing. Many lines have begun adding amenities previously restricted to ocean cruise lines, such as French balconies attached to the rooms. Tauck River Cruising MinimumAge: Varies by itinerary Children’s Programs: Moderate Babysitting: No Tickets: http://allthingscruise.com/browse-cruise-lines/tauck-river-cruising/ Overview Tauck River Cruising offers all-inclusive cruises along the rivers of Europe. The ships offer a choice of onboard dining venues, complimentary wine with dinner, and fitness centers. Private daily shore excursions are included.

Policies subject to change without notice, always check with your travel agent regarding pregnancy policies and children age policies prior to booking your cruise.

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