How long have you been working for Fred.\ River Cruises?
I joined the rivers department in 2013 however I had started working in the travel industry in 2005 during a placement year at University where I worked aboard. Over the years I have gained experience working in adventure travel and made the transition to river cruising which I thoroughly enjoy.
What, do you believe, makes river cruising unique?
Waking up somewhere different every day to head off the ship and explore independently or with a local guide highlighting the sights of the town/city. You certainly immerse yourself in the destination. It can also be viewed as several city breaks combined together, having to only unpack once. I recently visited Cologne for the morning when cruising the Rhine and know that at some point I want to head back for a weekend break to spend longer there. When I first sailed along the Danube we visited the picturesque town of Durnstein, a place I wouldn’t have stumbled across otherwise and it provided fantastic memories of my time along that stretch of the river.
Which river cruise lines have you cruised with?
My very first river cruise was aboard an AmaWaterways ship, AmaPrima. Over the years I have been fortunate to sail with Amadeus River Cruises aboard three of the newer ships in their fleet, Amadeus Silver 2/3 and Amadeus Provence. Towards the end of 2016, my travels took me to India where I experienced Far Horizon and sailed along the mighty Brahmaputra river. 2017 saw Volga Dream celebrate their 10 year anniversary and a chance for me to experience Moscow and a short sailing along the Volga River. In December 2017, I flew to Luang Prabang in Laos and embarked on an Upper Mekong sailing with Lernidee Trains & Cruises, which allowed me to discover an area untouched by tourism. Having attended a trade event in Amsterdam over recent years, it has allowed me to take a look around other river cruise ships and has provided me with a great deal of product information, understanding the differences of what each company offers.
Are there any rivers or regions that you would particularly recommend?
For those new to river cruise I would certainly recommend the Danube and the Rhine rivers as these particular rivers capture the very essence of river cruising for me. For those looking to experience more exotic places, India is certainly a must see due to the culture and wildlife the country has to offer, combining a river cruise with various land stay options.
What is your most memorable river cruising experience?
Arriving into picturesque Durnstein on a beautiful sunny day for an afternoon of exploration and wine tasting. The town was so quaint, lovely cobbled streets and friendly local people welcoming us to their town.
What are the unique factors of booking with Fred.\ River Cruises?
I would have to say that it would be down to the 30 years of river cruising experience within the team. As a combined team we have sailed on a number of rivers worldwide and can advise customers and agents of the itineraries on offer and which river cruise companies would best suit customers’ requirements.