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River Cruise Tips #3

2-Minute Tips for River Cruisers

In 2017, I started a new series of quick tips for river cruisers. Each tip should take less than 2 minutes to read. If you missed the first two tips, you can see them HERE and HERE.

Now, let’s move to the 2-Minute Tip for this week,shall we?

Tip #3: Know Your Own Mobility

If you’re active and fit, then you might want to skip this next tip. This particular article doesn’t pertain to you. But, don’t worry, I have tips coming for active river cruisers too!

But, if mobility is a concern, then keep reading.

If your travel partner is more active than you, a river cruise might be a great option. Ships are smaller, which makes them easier to get around.

You can choose different daily excursions that best fit your ability level. One of you can venture out one day, while the other stays onboard to relax. This worked quite well for one couple I met on our last river cruise. The husband explored while his wife relaxed on the ship. They always seemed quite happy when they met up at dinner to talk about their day.

I also met another wonderful traveler on our last cruise. She walked slowly with a cane. Her footing was unsteady. She skipped many of the activities because she couldn’t physically handle the walking. She enjoyed her trip just the same. I loved chatting with her.Her joy for life was infectious and she was just happy to be on the trip.

While this works for some travelers, will it work for you?

You need to ask yourself some questions to make sure a river cruise is the right fit for you.

  1. How much walking can you do? Mom and I clocked 17,000 steps in Budapest on our last trip. We definitely walked more this day than any other, but plan to keep your fitbit busy on most days during your river cruise. Will you be okay skipping out on some things if it requires too much walking for you?
  2. How are stairs for you? Many river cruise ships have elevators. Some do not. Even if the ship has an elevator, you still need to navigate some stairs in the towns you visit. Some tours require coach transportation. Will you be able to get in and out of the bus unassisted?
  3. Do you need a wheelchair or scooter? I have made arrangements for wheelchair assistance in the airport, but you will need to be able to walk independently during the river cruise itself. In my opinion, I would find it a difficult trip if a wheelchair or scooter is a must. The streets are cobble-stoned, gangways can be steep, and steps are prevalent. I have seen a traveler with a wheelchair on a river cruise. To make it work, she had brought along a folding wheelchair and her travel companion assisted her.

Now What?

Honestly, call me so we can chat. We can work together to see if a river cruise is feasible or not. We can also decide which river cruise is best for your personal needs.

Bottom Line – Don’t be shy. The more I know, the more I can assist.

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