River cruises are fast becoming one of the most popular ways to tour. So says Cruise Lines International Association. Since 2008, the number of travelers cruising rivers has increased by 57 percent, and the Rhine River through Europe is among the most sought-after journeys.
The appeal of River cruise boats is the constant flow of contiguous parallel sights all along the river’s edge…on both sides of the cruise ship. River cruises offer an intimate look at life and views both port and starboard. The intimacy of the smaller ship, far smaller than ocean-going liners, allows the river cruise ship to pass through locks and under bridges that the bigger vessels can’t. The limited size means it’s important for guests to pack smart and keep luggage compact. This isn’t a problem when relying on travel accessories from Magellan’s wide selection of compact luggage and travel aids.
Port to port, a typical cruise along The Rhine, one of Europe’s longest and most legendary rivers, starts in the headwaters of the eastern Swiss Alps and includes a wealth of stops and daytrips along the way. Winding past Liechtenstein through Switzerland into Lake Constance where the borders of Switzerland, Germany and Austria converge, then onto the Swiss-German border, skirt the Black Forest, cross into Germany north of Strasbourg and wind through Mannheim, Mainz, Cologne, and Dusseldorf continuing west toward the Netherlands and its outlet to the North Sea near Rotterdam.
Rhine River cruises typically start in Amsterdam with a tour of the city’s canals, museums and sights that inspired the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh. Rotterdam to Cologne where the famous Cologne Cathedral, one of Europe’s Gothic gems, stands and the next day might find you in Koblenz, where the Mosel River meets the Rhine in the heart of Germany’s wine country.
Strasbourg, France is the centerpiece of this Alsace Lorraine region. A military crossroads where the empires of Europe historically engaged in battle, the area is flush with castles influenced by the Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque periods. The final day of the cruise includes in port at Basel, the Swiss city acclaimed for its art and culture, and a touchdown in Zurich.
Our StowAways collection of 11 packing aids designed specifically for Magellan’s includes Cinch Folders that keep 8-12 shirts, skirts, or dresses compact and wrinkle-free. Compression Sacks create flat, airtight packages to save precious space in your suitcase. The StowAways line also has shoe bags, jewelry cases and separate cases for easy access to electronics.
The Getaway Wheeled Under-Seat Tote is custom-designed for Magellan’s with a multitude of perfectly positioned pockets for easy access en route during flight and on board the cruise. It has a detachable shoulder strap plus an extra-long telescoping handle and rugged wheels. The roomy main compartment includes shoe pockets and room for enough clothing for a two-day side trip, saving the cost and hassle of extra luggage.
The top-selling Magellan’s Travel Vest looks great and has plenty of pockets to keep your valuables safe and your essentials close at hand. The soft Supplex® fabric is windproof, stain-resistant, and fast-drying with a full mesh lining to keep you comfortable in all kinds of weather. It comes in six sizes and three colors so buy one for him and one for her and save big on your combined order.
Magellan’s is one of the world’s leading travel accessory companies with a staff of nearly 100 committed to making your travel comfortable and richly rewarding. We welcome you to visit us in person at one of our Southern California retail locations and invite you to browse our online catalog for all your travel accessory needs. You can always shop securely with the knowledge that we stand behind our products 100%. If you’re not completely happy with your purchase, we’ll make it right or cheerfully refund your full purchase price. While you’re on our web site, be sure to check out our Deal of the Week and other great sales and specials, too.
Wherever you may be heading, Magellan’s is your source for compact and casual comfort and convenience that makes your packing safe and smart.