ABOVE: On most shore excursions, Casanova
provides separate guides for German- and English-speaking passengers.
Some river-cruise lines include shore excursions in their fares.
Peter Deilmann doesn't, for a simple reason: Many of its passengers are
Europeans or experienced travelers from abroad. Often, such guests have already
visited towns along the cruise route and prefer to go exploring on their own.
Casanova and other Deilmann vessels do have optional
shore excursions at reasonable prices; these range from city walking tours to
half- and full-day outings, depending on the cruise itinerary.
In most cases, Deilmann splits tours into German- and
English-language groups, with separate guides (and, in some cases, separate
buses) for each. Free bottled water is handed out at the gangway, and the ship's
breakfast and lunch schedules are adjusted where necessary to accommodate tour