Finding your ‘sea legs’
Slow cruising with Nicko Cruises means the waves are much calmer along the river, so you shouldn’t really have a problem with travel sickness.
In the highly unlikely event you do feel a little queasy, head onto the top deck and look in the direction you are travelling while spotting a static point on the horizon that you can focus on.
Casual and comfortable clothing is essential, and layers are a great idea so be sure to pack t-shirts and light jumpers that allow you to layer up, plus a lightweight, waterproof jacket just in case. And of course, sunglasses, sun cream and a hat are always advised – as you are calling in at different ports, there can be considerable changes in weather. Naturally comfy, non-slip shoes are also advisable whether you’re relaxing out on deck, or wandering a new European town or city.
And if you’re visiting any religious sites on tour, you may need to ensure that your shoulders and knees are covered, so a shawl or coverall is a great multitasker, as well as zip-off trousers.
Earplugs are always a good idea too – ships can sometimes travel through the night and pass through locks which may generate a little noise.
And with storage space at a premium onboard, make sure you pack smart!
The beauty of visiting a number of different countries in one trip is naturally a big perk, but this can mean that you need to have a selection of currencies for purchasing any souvenirs or tipping while out exploring on tour for the day.
For example, for the Cruising The Danube tour, you pass through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, so you may want to take a small amount of both euros and Hungarian forint in case credit/debit cards are not widely accepted.
It’s worth remembering that all our river cruises include inclusive drinks packages. Many meals and all excursions featured on the cruise itinerary are included too, so you’re unlikely to need huge amounts of cash.
Note, if you want to purchase any premium brand spirits whilst on board, this is not included in the holiday price, but any additional spend onboard can be added to an account which is payable before you disembark at the end of your cruise (debit/credit cards are preferred, but euros will be accepted).