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lisa32lisa32Member since 3/17/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 6:38 PM
My husband and I have done the train tour through Italy and into Switzerland on our own and we enjoy the freedom that provides. but, we're completely intrigued by the idea of unpacking once and seeing so many countries. We are looking at the European cruises.

So, my question is, how much freedom do you have in each port? Do we have to use the excursions or could we design our own days in each city as long as we stayed in the confines of the times we have to be on board?

Also, are the departures late enough in the evenings that you can get back off the boat after dinner?

Thanks in advance.

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communitymanagercommunitymanagerMember since 10/5/2011 Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012 12:54 PM
Hi, this is Anne. I'm Uniworld's community manager.

Yes, you do have the option to go into town on your own as long as you are back on the ship by the time you are told to be back. Just make sure you're aware of meal times (should you want to eat on the ship) and ship departure times. If for some reason you don't make it back in time, you can contact the ship that you're running late, or if you choose, you can also meet the ship at the next port by finding transportation to take you there.

River cruising does allow some flexibility for those that want to explore the town on their own. Schedule varies daily so you'll have to speak to the cruise manager to plan your days you'd like to go into town on your own.

You may speak with the cruise manager to get an idea of much time you have each day and also the cruise manager can recommend restaurants, bars, or places of interest to see while your out in town on your own. Maps are available to help guide you along your way.

I have done this frequently while on our cruises and it is not a problem at all. There are some cities where you are in port overnight, so you have the day including the evening to explore on your own.

My best,
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