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Old 09-10-2015, 11:38 AM   #31
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We will do that. We got the same deal Eric and Mary got -- 1/2 price tickets and $95.00 airfare round trip. Then added on a week on our own.
I'd better not mention this thread to my wife or she'll be booking tickets. What a deal! She's mention those cruises previously.

I've done the whole Rhine in my own boat but it might be nice to let someone else do the driving for a change.

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Old 09-10-2015, 11:40 AM   #32
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I'd better not mention this thread to my wife or she'll be booking tickets. What a deal! She's mention those cruises previously.

I've done the whole Rhine in my own boat but it might be nice to let someone else do the driving for a change.

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Especially don't tell her our deal then.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:43 AM   #33
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Hi Ron. May I ask who you booked through. I cant seem to find any deals like that. THANKS, pETER
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Especially don't tell her our deal then.

And don't let her find out that wine and beer are included in the price!
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:55 AM   #35
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Hi Ron. May I ask who you booked through. I cant seem to find any deals like that. THANKS, pETER
My own boat, I didn't have to book with anyone. Had to go through France and a few hundred locks to get to the high Rhine though to be able to go down the Rhine. Going up wasn't an option, that river really moves.

Crew lines up at the rail to greet you when you return to the ship? Hmm, no one did that for me

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Peter, I can't speak for Ron, but we've done both our bookings directly with Viking. If you go to their website, request info you will get on their mailing list - and get snailmails with offers WAY too often. I think we got both our cheap deals because we were completely flexible on travel dates. I think they want the cruise filled as far ahead as possible and offer remaining dates on specific deals to make sure every cabin in full.

FYI - I stopped mentioning the deal we got to other passengers as no one that I talked with on our cruise got anywhere near the same deal. I think the ones who booked thru travel agencies paid a lot more than we did.
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Old 09-10-2015, 12:12 PM   #37
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My own boat, I didn't have to book with anyone. Had to go through France and a few hundred locks to get to the high Rhine though to be able to go down the Rhine. Going up wasn't an option, that river really moves.

Crew lines up at the rail to greet you when you return to the ship? Hmm, no one did that for me

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Ron, I got to chat with our captain a bit, a wonderfully friendly Dutchman who grew up on one of the small family run barges we saw all along the Rhine. A young sailor was learning the river from him. He said that they Rhine is broken into sections, and they have to pass a test on each section. When they have passed every test they qualify to captain a commercial vessel on the Rhine.

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Oh my. That food looks so good!
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Yes, the Rhine does have it's own rules and requirements. Once I got used to the "Blue Board" rule the rest was easy. Basically the oncoming vessel gets to call the shots on which side you pass. It would almost be like driving on the road and having the oncoming car wanting to take the inside of a corner, putting out the blue board, and you'd switch sides of the road. Does take a little getting used to, especially when there's more than two vessels involved.

You're right about the view. I was carrying a 50' mast on deck. Added another level of stress maneuvering in close quarters in crowded locks.

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Once I got used to the "Blue Board" rule the rest was easy. Basically the oncoming vessel gets to call the shots on which side you pass.

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OK, I'll ask. How does one decide which boat is the oncoming vessel? Your or him?
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