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Jeff & Gina Paglialonga

Jeff & Gina Paglialonga

Teeming River Cruises is an independent family-owned business. Although newly founded in 2016, their story began well before that. Owners Jeff and Gina Paglialonga’s love for travel spans decades as does their romance (high school sweethearts, fellow University of Florida graduates, married 30+ years with four children). This twosome was bitten by the travel bug early in their marriage and instilled the same love of travel, adventure & exploration into all their four kids. They have toured the globe (visiting 6 out of the 7 continents) both as a couple and as a family.

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“For many would-be travelers river cruising remains only a dream. The cost of the experience has been prohibitive for many travelers who would love to see Europe by river ship but simply cannot justify the expense. That’s changing as new operators like Teeming River Cruises introduce river cruises that go for around $200 per person per day.”
–Ralph Grizzle, RiverCruiseAdvisor.com

Current Cruises


Royal Tulips & Windmills

From $1199 Small Ship Cruising aboard the MS Royal Crown

including all taxes and port charges! Previous Teeming River Cruise passengers receive $100 Off per person.

March 22, 2018 - View Itinerary

8 Days | 10 Cities | 2 Countries

For pricing details on all cabins click here

Encore European Tour — Amsterdam to Budapest

From $1799

including all taxes and port charges! Prices based on Double Occupancy. 

November 5, 2018 - View Itinerary

15 Days | 16 Cities | 5 Countries

For pricing details on all cabins click here

Encore European Tour — Budapest to Amsterdam with Christmas Markets

From $1799

including all taxes and port charges!

November 19, 2018 - View Itinerary

15 Days | 16 Cities | 5 Countries

For pricing details on all cabins click here

Why Choose Teeming River Cruises

An Invitation to a Teeming Experience…

In the warmest spirit of hospitality, we invite you to travel with Teeming River Cruises. Our maiden voyage was on the Royal Crown, often referred to as “The First Lady of Europe’s most beautiful rivers”. Three additional cruises are available for 2018. The March cruise will be on the Royal Crown and the two November cruises will be on the Johann Strauss. Experience a contemporary kind of river cruising that is designed to give travelers the opportunity to create their own adventures and itineraries while exploring 15 lovely cities on the waterways of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Jeff and Gina, the owners of Teeming River Cruises and Teeming Vacation Rentals, will be along for the first Royal European Tour, offering their excitement for travel and personal expertise to this fantastic journey. We encourage you to climb aboard. Teeming River Cruises truly is “teeming” with difference.

Jeff & Gina PaglialongaTeeming with Value!

Our innovative standard for cruising provides an incredibly low priced and an à la carte type of luxury cruise. Because each guest is in control of their adventure, the choice of how you wish to spend your time and vacation dollars is yours. The Royal European Tour as well as the Encore European Tours are “teeming” with a vast array of experiences and sites at our amazing destinations. In the majority of our ports, we are offering city walking apps for a minimal cost. With this à la carte approach, you only pay for the activities and tours you choose to do. Teeming River Cruises offers the “royal” all-inclusive treatment while on board for a great value and allows you the opportunity to determine what you would like to do at each port!

Teeming with Personalized Journey!

We know each of our guests are unique with unique interest, activity levels, paces, travel budgets, culinary tastes etc. It’s your trip of a lifetime. We want to leave the choices of how to spend your days up to you. Perhaps you want to follow a busy day by a more relaxing, leisurely one. This cruising experience will be tailor-made to each passenger based on their travel desires and interests. We are happy to offer advice and assistance, but leave the decisions to you. Teeming River Cruises purposely offers more time in port to help accommodate your decisions. Be it people watching in a delightful café or exploring an ancient castle or both, the choice is yours!

Teeming with Destination-Focused Dining!

Dining on the cruise ship is an important part of your journey and our chef is committed to providing an enriching culinary experience with freshly prepared dishes made with local ingredients and specially selected wines. To help immerse our guests in the culture, our menu reflects regionally inspired dishes. Seated at private tables with crisp white linen, candles, embossed silver and fine porcelain, you will be served a delectable four-course meal. Quench your thirst with our complimentary beer and wine that we serve with dinner or sip on a delightful cup of coffee or tea. Allow us to treat you to afternoon tea in royal fashion, while you drink in the picturesque landscape from the lounge.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions are continually updated to address questions we repeatedly hear about our cruise(s) and company, Teeming River Cruises. In addition, please refer to our Terms and Conditions which details all the specifics of the cruise. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Why is Teeming River Cruises less than half the price of other European river cruises?
Are flights included or will Teeming River Cruises arrange my airfare reservations?
Are transfers to and from the airport included?
Does this lower price mean I will be sacrificing the quality of my cruise, ship, food etc. if I book with Teeming River Cruises?
How do I know this is real and is not a “too good to be true” scenario?
How do I pay?
Do you take credit cards?
What currency will I need on the cruise?
How much foreign money should I bring on the trip?
Is tipping included in my price?
What additional costs should I expect to pay while on Teeming River Cruises European tour?
When can I purchase shore excursions and smart phone apps?
Do I need a passport and a visa?
Should I purchase travel protection?
Can you accommodate solo travelers? Or do you allow for three people in a stateroom?
What about young travelers?
What about wheelchairs, walkers and service animals aboard the vessel?
Will you accommodate my special diet while on board?
Is their medical staff on board?
Is smoking allowed on board?
The rooms look small, how do they compare to Viking?
What are your future plans? Will you have other dates or more cruises in the future?
What do I need to consider regarding my baggage?
Do I need to bring an adaptor/converter plug to use the electricity while on board?
What are the seating arrangements in the ship’s dining room?
What language is spoken on board and during port tours?
Will there be a Cruise Director on board?
Could there be changes in the itinerary or daily program?
Is there Wi-Fi provided on board the vessel?
How can I communicate with those back home?
Is there a fitness center on the ship?
Is there a shop on board?
What is the dress code on board the ship?
What are the embarkation and disembarkation times?
Where are the berths in the ports?
I have a large group from my church/organization that would fill up an entire ship. Can you do an exclusive trip for our group?

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Q: Why is Teeming River Cruises less than half the price of other European river cruises?
A: Teeming River Cruises is an independent, family-owned business which was founded with the intent of being the low-price leader in European river cruises, offering an incredibly low price with an à la carte approach to cruising. This way you only pay for activities and tours you choose, as opposed to a price which includes all excursions. (Note: bus charters are extremely expensive in Europe and all-inclusive excursions can dramatically raise the cruise price as well as limit passengers control of their time at port.) Likewise, while some river cruise companies allow unlimited alcohol or wine & beer with every meal; with Teeming River Cruises coffee & tea are offered with each meal and beer & house wines are only offered with dinner. These are examples of a few of our cost saving measures intended to allow you to “Explore More for Less”. With our cruise, you can be much more flexible, having more control over your time for less money. Back to top

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Q: Are flights included or will Teeming River Cruises arrange my airfare reservations?

A: No flights are not included and Teeming River Cruises does not make your airfare reservations. You must make your own flight arrangements. Teeming River Cruises will not be responsible for late arrivals or missed transfers due to delayed or cancelled flights, for missed cruise/trip days, or for extra costs resulting from the foregoing. Back to top

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Q: Are transfers to and from the airport included?

A: Transfers are not included with the cruise. To provide a lower cruise price, as well as more individual control, passengers are expected to arrange for their own transfers. In Amsterdam, an UBER from the airport to the cruise dock is 24-33 euros. In Budapest, Taxi fare runs around $25. Buses are very expensive in Europe. It is far more efficient and cost effective to use a Taxi or UBER. This also will eliminate waiting for a group and the bus to fill up. Back to top

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Q: Does this lower price mean I will be sacrificing the quality of my cruise, ship, food etc. if I book with inRiver Cruises?

A: We have contracted direct with the ship owner, Neerlandic Shipping Group who supplies both vessels, the MS Royal Crown and the MS Johann Strauss. These luxury vessels offer both form and function. They are each beautifully appointed with their own unique style and offer an elegant, comfortable setting to take in the picturesque scenery.

What’s more, the hospitality company who has been contracted to handle all the ship operations including food, staff, operations, captains and crew, is River AdviceRiver Advice is the leading independent manager of river passenger ships worldwide, operating a fleet of about 45 passenger cruise ships for river cruise companies such as Avalon, Excellence, and Monarch brands. Back to top

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Q: How do I know this is real and is not a “too good to be true” scenario?

A: Although we are new to the river cruise industry, we are not new to business ownership, the service industry, the hospitality industry or the travel industry. Due diligence for any purchase such as this is always a good idea.

  • We are members of the Better Business Bureau (link on bottom of this page).
  • Review our Allstate agency page at allstate.com/jp where you can see that we own and operate an agency with Allstate and have done so for 26 years.
  • Look up our business on SunBiz.org, Florida’s Division of Corporations Official Site. Click here and search “teeming”.

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Q: How do I pay?

A: A nonrefundable deposit of at least 50% of the total fare, per person is required at the time of reservation. Final payment is due at least 90 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Consult Teeming River Cruises Terms and Conditions for further details. Back to top

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Q: Do you take credit cards?

A: Yes, we take all major credit cards; MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and AMEX. Reservation deposit must be made on a credit card. Credit cards usually come with many types of protections including fraud, some travel type coverage, etc.

Some credit card companies may impose a “Foreign Transaction Fee” even though your transaction is denominated in US dollars. This is an arbitrary fee that occurs in a small number of cases and accrues entirely to the credit card–issuing bank. Teeming River Cruises does not control these bank-imposed fees nor does Teeming River Cruises derive any benefit from them, monetary or otherwise; we are therefore unable to accept responsibility for the fees. If your card is issued in US and you are a US resident, there should be no additional transactions fees as we are a US based enterprise. Back to top

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Q: What currency will I need on the cruise?

A: Most of the countries visited on European river cruises will use the Euro although some still have their own local currency (e.g. Hungary). For small purchases (under $10) ashore or in small towns, local currency is preferred. However, most shops and stores accept major credit cards. We suggest that you have an updated credit card that has a chip. Also, we suggest you take more than one type of credit card as not all types of credit cards are accepted. ATM machines are located onshore at most all ports. Prior to departure you should confirm your ATM card and PIN will work overseas. ATM’s are the best and most cost effective way to get Euros. All purchases on board are charged to your shipboard account. The on board currency on river cruise ships is the Euro. Shipboard accounts may be paid by Euro, U.S. dollars or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and AMEX). You will be able to pay for all selected excursions in US Dollars with a credit card. Back to top

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Q: How much foreign money should I bring on the trip?

A: Either prior to leaving home or after your airport arrival, it is a good idea to obtain at least a small amount (@ $50) of foreign money. Although many locations accept credit cards, for small vendors and incidentals some local currency may be necessary. We suggest withdrawing the bulk of your funds from an ATM machine that is part of a bank during your trip. Back to top

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Q: Is tipping included in my price?

A: It is customary to give cruise gratuities, subject to your satisfaction with the services rendered. Gratuities for your Cruise Director, Local Hosts, Local Guides, driver, and ship’s crew are not included in the vacation price and are discretionary. Typical gratuities run around 12 dollars per person, per day for the crew and 3 dollars per person, per day for the cruise director. Back to top

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Q: What additional costs should I expect to pay while on Teeming River Cruises European tour?

A: Our Teeming River Cruises include all the essentials (e.g. all meals on board your ship, dinner, daily housekeeping, Wi-Fi, Teeming City Guided Walk apps for smart phone, port taxes & fees etc.), so most services are already included. However, there are some optional services or amenities on board that are offered for an extra charge. These include shore excursions [varying prices per port], meals & drinks purchased while on shore, GPSmyCity walking smart phone apps [$4.99 per city purchased], purchases in the on-board shop, laundry service, and phone calls. In addition, fine wines, champagne and other premium beverages are offered at an additional cost. You will also probably want to have some spending money for souvenirs. In addition, there is the cost of gratuities which is up to your discretion [ typical gratuities for crew and the Cruise Director run $15 a day per person as noted in previous question]. Back to top

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Q: When can I purchase shore excursions and smart phone apps?

A: You can learn about the shore excursions available on your Teeming River Cruises vacation, by viewing the “Itinerary” on www.TeemingRiverCruises.com. For each day, if you click the “More” under the details column, you can view the details of the port along with “Optional Excursions”. These are available to purchase in advance from time of booking until 14 days prior to departure. We recommend you book early to avoid excursions selling out. These excursions are on a first come first serve basis. You may still be able to purchase some excursions after boarding the ship, depending on remaining openings and availability. You may purchase (in the case of GPSmyCity) and download the city smart phone apps at any time with Wi-Fi service (we will be happy to assist you over the phone as we recommend downloading prior to boarding the ship). We will email you with a full excursion list about 30 days prior to departure.

Please note that optional activities and excursions are subject to change and may not be available as described. Teeming River Cruises reserves the right to reschedule and/or cancel any port extensions or excursions if the minimum number of participants is not met or for safety reasons. Please visit our website for up-to-date information, including Terms & Conditions and details regarding payment. Back to top

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Q: Do I need a passport and a visa?

A: When traveling outside the United States, a passport is required for U.S. citizens and we also recommend bringing some form of government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license. Furthermore, we suggest that you also carry a photocopy of your passport in your luggage. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements. Back to top

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Q: Should I purchase travel protection?

A: Teeming River Cruises makes every effort to ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable. However, situations beyond our control may occur. Keep in mind that your health plan coverage for a stay outside the US may be limited. We recommend you purchase travel insurance. To help provide you with some peace of mind, Teeming River Cruises offers a comprehensive travel protection plan for U.S. citizens. To review options and secure a quote call us or see RoamRight Travel Insurance link. Travel insurance usually runs about 7% of your trip cost depending on your age. Back to top

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Q: Can you accommodate solo travelers? Or do you allow for three people in a stateroom?

A: There are no specials for single travelers. Each cabin is designed to sleep two and all prices are per person based on double occupancy. None of the cabins are equipped to accommodate more than 2 passengers (regardless of passenger being adult or child).

We will keep a list of any potential passengers who are interested in being paired with another same gender solo traveler and will be happy to provide you with names of other single travelers you can contact to see if you might like to share a cabin. We cannot be responsible for your decision once you are aboard the ship. We cannot make any cabin reassignments as well. All cabin reservations are in the names of both people occupying the cabin. Back to top

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Q: What about young travelers?

A: Passengers who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied and share a stateroom with a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult over age 21. There are no connecting cabins on Teeming River Cruises. Children under 8 years of age are not allowed on any Teeming River Cruises. There are no discounts for young travelers on Teeming River Cruises. Back to top

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Q: What about wheelchairs, walkers and service animals aboard the vessel?

A: Motorized scooters and service animals cannot be accommodated on the vessel. Wheelchairs and walkers can be stored in your room. Remember, there are no elevators, so your wheelchair and/or walker would need to be carried off the ship. Please bring the lightest wheelchair you might have. Back to top

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Q: Will you accommodate my special diet while on board?

A: Teeming River Cruises cannot accommodate specific or special diets. Small ships have limited choices aboard and we cannot create or maintain a special menu for your diet. Back to top

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Q: Is their medical staff on board?

A: On our Teeming River Cruises ships, there is no doctor or nurse on board. In the case of an emergency, we will immediately contact a medical facility or medical personnel on land, and the ship will stop at the nearest possible landing point to facilitate emergency medical attention.

If you have any medical conditions that are of concern to you, please visit your physician to be thoroughly checked and cleared before embarking on a cruise. Back to top

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Q: Is smoking allowed on board?

A: Smoking is not permitted inside Teeming River Cruises vessels.  You may smoke in designated smoking areas on deck only. Also, smoking is not permitted on motor coaches or any excursion while with the group. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials including vapor e-cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Marijuana (whether legal or illegal) or any other illegal drug is strictly prohibited on board. Back to top

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Q: The rooms look small, how do they compare to Viking?

A: The smallest cabin on Viking is 135-160 square feet. The smallest cabin (Deluxe) on MS Royal Crown is 145 square feet, while the smallest cabin (Category E) on the Johann Strauss is 128 square feet. Back to top

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Q: What are your future plans? Will you have other dates or more cruises in the future?

A: We are still in the process of determining our 2018 sailings, with an eye to even further expansion in years to come. Back to top

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Q: What do I need to consider regarding my baggage?

Teeming River Cruises has no baggage limit aboard the vessel, however all your bags must fit in your cabin without obstructing access in and around the cabin.

Airlines may have additional baggage restrictions and may impose additional fees for checked baggage and/or excess baggage. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government and non-government entities. Keep an eye on your baggage—it is your responsibility throughout the trip. Teeming River Cruises is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to baggage and/or personal belongings at any time during the cruise or cruise/tour, or on included transfers and other transportation. A protection plan covering lost, stolen or damaged baggage can be secured by purchasing travel insurance. Back to top

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Q: Do I need to bring an adaptor/converter plug to use the electricity while on board?

A: Yes. Electricity on board the vessel is 220V, so a power plug adaptor/converter is required to use small appliances such as flat irons, electric shavers, mobile phone chargers etc. Back to top

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Q: What are the seating arrangements in the ship’s dining room?

A: The Teeming River Cruises’ dining rooms features single dining sessions, with open, unreserved seating. Dining times for all meals may vary depending on the day’s sightseeing and sailing schedule, but in general, meal times are as follows: Early Riser Light Breakfast: 6:30 am Breakfast Buffet: 7:00-9:00 am, Lunch Buffet: 12:00-1:30 pm, Dinner: 7:00-9:00 pm. Back to top

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Q: What language is spoken on board and during port tours?

A: The official language on board is English. All Cruise Directors, Hosts, Local Guides speak English, and all ship commentary is conducted in English. Back to top

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Q: Will there be a Cruise Director on board?

A: Yes. The Cruise Director and the crew at Reception look forward to answering your questions, taking care of you and offering helpful suggestions. The front desk/Reception is staffed 24 hours a day. Back to top

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Q: Could there be changes in the itinerary or daily program?

A: Teeming River Cruises reserves the right to change the vessel, itinerary and shore excursions at any time for any reason including water level problems, excessive winds or ‘force majeure’ event. In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach. Although every effort will be made to keep itineraries and tour package as presented, substitutions may be necessary. In such cases, we will do everything we can to make sure the locations visited, the excursions taken and the vessels offered are like the ones originally planned. Back to top

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Q: Is there Wi-Fi provided on board the vessel?

A: Wi-Fi connectivity is provided by an independent third party with separate Terms & Conditions of usage and acceptance thereof. Wi-Fi connectivity is not guaranteed, and is often disrupted, unavailable, and slower on board than you are accustomed. You will not be able to download or stream movies or most video. Onboard Wi-Fi will be best for emails and texting. In many cases, the bandwidth cannot support Skype or other type of calling services or apps. Back to top

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Q: How can I communicate with those back home?

A: There are telephones available in your cabin for you to make outside calls. A price list for calls is located at Reception, as well as part of your cabin directory. In case of emergency, we are also able to assist in sending emails. We will be offering a short talk on “How to use Skype” and “Calling with Facebook” as well on board. For $10 a day ATT offers unlimited calls to the US and unlimited data within your normal plan. For details visit ATT. Other carriers may offer similar international plans as well. Back to top

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Q: Is there a fitness center on the ship?

A: There is a fitness center on the Royal Crown, which is open from 6:00 am until dinner time. The Royal Crown spa (sauna and/or steam room) is available during these hours upon individual reservations only. Currently, the Johann Strauss is not equipped with a fitness center. Back to top

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Q: Is there a shop on board?

A: There is a small shop on board the Royal Crown, but not on the Johann Strauss. The onboard shop offers a selection of toiletries, cosmetics, everyday commodities and a limited number of souvenirs. Back to top

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Q: What is the dress code on board the ship?

A: Dress code during the day in “smart casual” clothing (including shorts, pants, jeans, skirts etc.).  You may wish to bring items that do not wrinkle easily.  Bring a variety of clothing for the environments expected during your cruise, including light clothing for hot weather, a sweater or jacket for cooler weather, and of course a raincoat and/or small umbrella. Please check the weather for your specific cruise countries, as the weather can vary quite a bit from day to day. Items you can layer like lightweight jackets/sweaters are ideal. Sunglasses, a sun hat, sunscreen will also prove helpful. Depending on the season and destination, you may also want to add a warm coat, gloves and water-resistant footwear. Don’t forget to bring comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing, which includes walking on rough and uneven terrain (i.e. lots of charming cobblestones roads).

There are no “formal nights” on Teeming River Cruises, though most passengers dress up more for the Welcome Aboard & Farewell Dinner. Recommended evening dress is “elegant casual” such as a dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse for ladies; for gentlemen, trousers and a collared shirt. Ties and jackets are optional. Back to top

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Q: What are the embarkation and disembarkation times?

A: On the day you board your ship, your cabin will be available at around 3:00 pm. On the day of disembarkation, your cabin will no longer be available after breakfast. You may sit in the ship’s lounge or on the Sun Deck until disembarkation. Back to top

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Q: Where are the berths in the ports?

A: In some cities the port authorities assign several ships the same berth because of the high traffic density. In these cases the ships berth side by side and the clear view from your cabin can be affected. Unfortunately, Teeming River Cruises has no influence over berth assignment. Docking positions are also dictated by the local Dockmaster and positions can change with every trip. Back to top

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Q: I have a large group from my church/organization that would fill up an entire ship. Can you do an exclusive trip for our group?

A: We can negotiate a deal for your group and also customize an itinerary to your liking. You can reserve part of a ship or the entire sailing. Back to top