Old World, New Way
Is a European river cruise right for you?
Take this personality test to find out
RIVER CRUISES allow you to travel through the shal-
low waters of France, Germany, and Austria (among
other countries). So should you book a trip? Ask yourself:
ARE YOU A…
; Hare or tortoise? River cruises are ideal for those seeking slower-paced trips, says Nancy Yale, owner of Cruise
Resort & World Travel in Fairfield, Connecticut. They
have fewer passengers (the average is 100 to 300) than
ocean cruises do, so you won’t feel rushed in large groups.
; Spring breaker or mature vacationer? River cruises
appeal to those over 50 who’ve seen tourist attractions and
want to delve into the countryside, says travel specialist Jamison Bachrach, owner of Wandering Puffin in Plymouth,
Minnesota. But river cruises have fewer onboard amenities than ocean cruises do; don’t expect casinos.
; Unathletic traveler or outdoor enthusiast? Look
forward to some physical activity. For example, Peter
Deilmann Cruises (800-348-8287; deilmann-cruises.com)
offers trips appealing to everyone from hikers to golfers.
; Spendthrift or smart shopper? Excluding discounts
and airfare, and depending on the ship and itinerary,
expect to spend $200 to $300 per day. That price covers
your stateroom, onboard meals, and excursions.
; Homebody or adventurer? Plan on trying cultural
activities during shoreside trips. For example, many cruise
lines, including Avalon Waterways (877-380-1535; avalon
waterways.com) and Uniworld (800-733-7820; uniworld
.com), boast winetasting excursions in regions such as
Burgundy and Provence. —Laura Daily