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15304 NE 201st Street
Woodinville, WA. 98072

Monday June 24th, 2019

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The Moselle Valley: Frequently Asked Questions

Uniworld Experience
In July 2015, Northwest Travel chartered the River Royale for seven nights in Bordeaux. My previous river cruising experience up to that time had all been with Viking River Cruises. I could not have been more pleased with my personal experience as coordinator and with the comments and reviews provided by my guests during and after the cruise. It was an easy decision to choose Uniworld for the 2017 charter on the Rhone River and this program for 2018 on the Douro.

If you have enjoyed other river cruise companies, I guarantee you will love what Uniworld has elevated the experience to.

Air Transportation
Flight details for arrivals and departures:

Your cruise begins in Frankfurt on May 11th, and the ship will actually depart the following evening to provide time to tour the city. It’s suggested that you plan to arrive early to take full advantage of your time aboard. You’re able to board the ship as early as 1:00 PM. The ship departs from Frankfurt on its way to Mainz in the early evening of the 12th.

There are a few carriers that will get you to Frankfurt from the US. Lufthansa operates a nonstop to Frankfurt from Seattle with reasonable arrival and departure times. Connections via Amsterdam, Paris, London, Dublin, are options as well. Keep in mind that your transportation to and from the ship are provided by the cruise line if you arrive by air on May 11thand/or depart by air on May 20th.

When the cruise ends on the 20th, you’ll be taken by rail from Cologne to Franfurt. Some flights depart quite early from FRA to points in the USA. The ship is docked in Cologne the evening before to accommodate any early flight departure from Frankfurt.

Aboard Ship
The order of the day is casual. There is no reason to pack any formal wear for your time aboard. The cruise line asks that you dress appropriately for dinner and evening time. There will be evening events scheduled both on and off ship.

You need not be concerned with motion during the cruise. River cruise ships are not subject to the same type of side to side motion common to ocean-going vessels.

There are three scheduled meals per day with table sizes ranging from two to ten guests. Seating is not assigned. Dine with a group of friends each evening or mix it up to enjoy your meal with friends met along the way. Wine, beer, and liquor are included with your cruise.

You’ll need a valid passport, which much have at least 6 months validity from the date you plan to depart from Germany to home. No additional visa is needed for US or Canadian citizens.
Your stateroom
The River Queen was launched in 1999 and was voted #1 cruise ship in the entire industry in 2012 (River and Ocean). She holds 128 guests in a variety of stateroom configurations andsizes. Determine what’s right for you by looking over the cabin descriptions above or visiting the webpage at: https://www.uniworld.com/en/ships/river-queen/staterooms/
The ship provides three meals a day, beginning with a breakfast buffet, plated lunch and dinner. Tables are not assigned. You’re free to dine with different group of friends each evening. The ship is able to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions and allergies.
All shore tours offered by the cruise line are included in the cost of your tour. There will be additional wine touring options arranged by Northwest Travel at additional cost. I anticipate that additional wine visits will cost approximately $40-$55 each, mostly to cover transportation costs. Early booking guests will earn priority in selecting these tour options.
Early booking incentive
Guests who book early will have priority in stateroom selection. In addition, early booking will secure priority in selecting optional wine touring throughout the week and well as pre-cruise and post-cruise tour extensions, which will be limited to 22 guests for each tour.

A $200 (per person) early booking discount is in place until the first 40 staterooms are booked.

May is an excellent time to visit the region. Summer tourists have not yet arrived, and the weather is fairly moderate with average temperatures ranging from 50°-68°. Last year temperatures were in the upper 70s during this time frame. On average, Frankfurt received 2.4 inches of rain with rain happening 10 out of 30 days.

Seattle weather is very similar to what you can expect in the Moselle region. About the same temperatures and rainfall, though more sun and less cloudy days than Seattle.

Port or Starboard?
Which side should I choose? All ships on the Rhine and Moselle dock facing upstream, and most of the towns are located on the left bank as you face downstream. The starboard cabins would be on the dockside overnight, with the port cabins on the water side.
Deposit and payment schedule
Payments made to Northwest Travel Service are non-refundable. If you need to cancel, I will do everything possible to find someone to take your place. Cancellation insurance is an option to protect your deposit. Trip cancellation will cost between 6% and 10% of the total cost of your tour. Please request details about insurance when you make your reservation. An initial deposit of $1000 per person is required to hold your reservation. An additional deposit of $1500 per person is due by August 15th with the balance due by January 15th, 2019.
What if I need to cancel my cruise?
Because payments are nonrefundable, travel insurance is suggested. Both of the companies listed below have a policy rate calculator online. Enter the cost of your tour and personal data to receive a no-obligation cost estimate. Two recommended companies are: Cancellation insurance will range in price based on the cost of your travel and the age of the applicant. Get a quote at the websites above before making a purchase. If you have a pre- existing condition to cover, you usually must purchase your policy within 2 weeks of the initial deposit.

To Book your accommodation for this cruise/tour program, visit: www.nwtravel.com/moselle or send the passenger data on the following page to Brad Cilley at Northwest Travel Service. Email address is brad@nwtravel.com. The physical mailing address is printed below.

Grapes of the region
Moselle-Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, and to a lesser degree, Kerner, Elbling, Spätburgunder, Dornfelder, Weißer Burgunder, Bacchus, Grauer Burgunder, Regent, Chardonnay, Auxerrois

Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2018