Q – We are looking over several brochures including Grand Circle and Uniworld, and we notice that almost all of their programs are 10 to 14 days long. As a a working mother I can’t take off more than a week for a river cruise vacation. Are there specific lines that concentrate on shorter cruises?
A – With the exception of Crystal and Grand Circle, all of the river boat programs you see that include land components at the beginning and end of a seven-night cruise can be eliminated and you will receive a credit. Decide which destination works best for you and coordinate your air arrangements so it maxes out at eight nights away from home, the shortest option. You will likely have to fly using connections so make certain it is worth going to Europe for only one week. You might want to postpone this vacation until you can arrange more time off.