River cruising has many incredible rewards for travelers of all ages and lifestyle, but for the Solo Traveler it also overcomes one of their biggest concerns, their safety. River cruises are without a doubt the safest choice of any vacation for Solo Travelers. And, in most cases they are also the most hassle-free and affordable vacation as well.
The team at Premier River Cruises has been assisting Single and Solo Travelers for many years. During that time we’ve become very familiar with many of the most common concerns that must be addressed when planning a solo traveler’s vacation. Some of the more frequent ones are:
• Will I be safe?
• Will I have to pay an outrageous “single supplement?”
• What do I need to know before I go to maximize my enjoyment?
• How will I know where to go and what to do?
• Will I fit in with my fellow travelers?
• Will I be able to stay in touch with people at home?
Will I be Safe? On most vacations, solo travelers tend to follow some self-imposed guidelines to ensure their safety in a foreign destination. For example, if they are not completely comfortable, they may limit where they go in a city and thus miss many of the more interesting sights, especially at night. Solo travelers need to be very careful about their hotel location, how and with whom they tour, where to store valuables, how to get around town and much, much more.
Yes, typical tourist attractions like museums, churches and castles are almost always safe, even when traveling independently, but they generally do not provide a true sense of the city, you know the “local color” that is so important to capture, especially for those who enjoy traveling solo. That said, unless you have befriended a local [prior to arrival] that you know and trust, there are many sights and areas of a city that the solo traveler just may have to avoid because you’re just not at ease going there alone.
Many solo travelers must rely on their own intuition or on people they don’t know to advise them about the “good” parts of a city — both can be a bit risky at times. All in all, planning a solo vacation alone can be very stressful and will most certainly create lots of extra work, and a great deal of pre-arrival anxiety.
A river cruise hassle-free and eliminates the safety concerns for solo travelers
• All elements of the trip are managed by experienced people who know the destination.
• One Stop shopping provides best air, secure hotels and your luxurious river cruise
• From the moment you arrive there are knowledgeable “locals” who you can turn to for advice
• Your in-depth, “included” touring is managed by local guides — who could know the area better?
• You travel in small groups of like-minded travelers which generally include 8-10 solo travelers
• The intimate nature of a luxurious river cruise creates a naturally social environment
• If you want to move about independently, you can rely on the ship’s European staff for sound advice
• The ship is your safety net, it moves from place to place and you unpack and pack only once
• You are quickly known and recognized by ship’s staff for that added security blanket.
There’s nothing like experience to overcome much of the anxiety and many of the typical safety concerns most solo travelers face. In buying your cruise from Premier River Cruises, you’ll always deal with one of our Solo Traveler Experts who will provide support you at every turn, before, during and after your exciting river cruise vacation.
• We’ve been to just about every river cruise destination and understand your concerns
• We’ve traveled solo, so we understand why it is important to feel safe
• Our experience allows us to advise you about which river cruise line will work best for you
• Our Exclusive COMPASSPOINT™ Guide series will make you an instant expert on every element
of your river cruise, including each destination you will visit.
To read more about the river cruise experience as a Solo Traveler, click HERE.
Will I have to pay an outrageous "single supplement"? One of the many advantages of dealing with a Solo Traveler Expert at Premier is that you will instantly have access to well over 100 specially negotiated river cruise offers where there are NO single supplement fees.
What do I need to know before I go to maximize my enjoyment? Ah, a really good question. Traveling to foreign lands can be a bit daunting and at times even overwhelming. With that in mind, we’ve used our many years of international travel experience to create our exclusive, destination-specific COMPASSPOINT™ Guide series. Each Guide in the series is chock-full of valuable information and hints that will help you plan, prepare, and even pack for your river cruise… right down to what the temperature will be in each place you visit, at the time of year your visit.
And, if you’re doing a pre and/or post land stay, your personalized Guide will also reveal some of our personal sightseeing hints and useful information on local transportation, cool restaurants, best shopping opportunities and even local tipping customs — all guaranteed to greatly improve the enjoyment of any river cruise, make it “hassle free,” and one of your best vacations ever. These extraordinary Guides are free when you book a river cruise with Premier. To read more about these incredible Guides, click HERE.
How will I know where to go and what to do? One of the most rewarding and cost savings elements of a river cruise are the FREE fully-escorted shore excursions in each and every port visited. There are many to choose from and you’ll always travel with a very experienced, English speaking local guide.
Because river ships stay in port much longer [sometimes overnight] than ocean ships, there’s also plenty of time to also explore on your own. Here too, you’ll always be prepared; you’ll have the ability to ask your European ships manager anything and everything about your destination — they’ll even give you a note in the local language for taxi drivers to get you safely back to the ship. And, you’ll also have you own copy of Premier’s COMPASSPOINT™ Guide with our sightseeing ideas as well as some really enjoyable and totally safe places to have a meal off the ship and of course, some great shopping suggestions.
Will there be other Solo Travelers? Will I "fit in"? Most certainly there will be other Solo Travelers. European river cruises tend to have the most solo travelers onboard and on most sailings, about 7-8% of the passengers are solo travelers. So, no worries about meeting others or having other solo travelers to dine with should you choose to do so.
Will I be able to stay in touch with friends and family at home? Today’s modern river cruise ship is a technological marvel with any technical or communication tools that one would expect. At your disposal is free 24-hour a day Internet [If you would like to, bring your computer.] and international long-distance phone service.
We truly hope that this article and the others on our Premier site have shown you why we believe a river cruise is the best and safest travel value for solo travelers. And, we may be a bit biased, but we are confident there’s no better place to book your river cruise that with us at Premier. Should you have any questions or comments please call one of our river cruise experts at 1.855.255.1200, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to hear from you and promise to answer you quickly.
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