Travel Trend – European River Cruising

Is a Danube River Cruise Right for You? Allianz offers handy tips for cruising – of any kind

With river cruising being dubbed as one of this year’s ‘hottest travel trends’1 and nearly four in five travel agents (79%) saying that river cruising is, to some extent, a good way to introduce customers to cruising1, it’s no wonder we’re all flocking aboard ship.

According to Allianz, over one million people annually are going on cruising holidays2,, with numbers topping 1.3 million in 20173  And cruising – of any kind – is a popular pastime among Aussies of all ages, with those under 40 being the most likely to go on a cruise2. The European River Cruise, as seen on Channel 9’s Travel Guides – Season 3, of which Allianz is a major sponsor, is a global cruising hotspot, ranking as the third2 most popular cruising destination in 2015. In recent years, the South Pacific has also become a top spot for cruising, followed by Australia2.

Allianz has found that the three most common incidents customers made claims for when cruising are2:

  • Broken Bones – falls risk increases due to the ship’s constant motion and slippery conditions
  • Stomach Bugs – these easily spread when people touch handrails and other surfaces
  • Respiratory infections – viruses spread quickly when aboard a ship

To help cruisers thinking about a European River Cruise, Allianz recommends the following top tips:

  • September is the best time to take a river cruise. You’re less likely to encounter weather issues like frozen rivers and low or high water levels.
  • During spring (April – May), flooding may affect Danube and Rhine rivers making it difficult for boats to pass under bridges. This can lead to your river cruise becoming a bus tour!
  • If you’re worried about possible motion sickness choose a cabin on a lower deck, close to the centre of the ship. These rooms usually experience less movement.
  • Hold on tight to your belongings when on the ship’s balconies to avoid losing them in the water.
  • Stock up on over the counter medication before boarding the ship – it may be hard to find your usual medication at ports.
  • Check how far your “must see” attractions are from the port and allow plenty of time to return to the ship. Cruises run to a strict schedule and won’t wait if you’re late.

SOURCE

  1.  1. https://cruising.org/-/media/ta-outlook/travel-agent-cruise-industry-outlook-december-2018.pdf
  2. Source: Allianz Global Assistance Data:  paid claims data for Australian travellers between 1 January to 31 December 2015. Allianz Global Assistance is part of the global Allianz Group.
  3. Source: http://www.traveller.com.au/almost-one-in-18-australians-have-taken-a-cruise-clia-industry-report-h10mq9

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