River cruising is the best way to travel through many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. You will find that experienced and first-time river cruisers have discovered how convenient and comfortable it is to travel on one of these vessels, making it “the” fastest-growing segment in the travel industry today! Most of these river cruise boats are designed to accommodate between 100 and 150 guests, making the experience intimate and personal.
Unpack once in your spacious river-view stateroom (many with private Juliette balconies or floor to ceiling windows) and this becomes your floating hotel that will travel with you from country to country. No need to worry about maps, traffic congestion or the many other hassles of traveling by bus or train through different countries to new destinations. A river cruise is “the” stress-free way to see some of the world’s best-kept secrets by combining all the advantages of an escorted tour with the convenience of cruising.
Many historic cities and towns were developed along the waterways and rivers making many of these cities inaccessible to large cruiseships. Bus passengers spend most of their precious time traveling on highways and checking in and out of hotels (that are not always conveniently located). Only a river cruise can show you more of these destinations in a most convenient and comfortable fashion, with meals that are outstanding and quite often include wine during dinner (most lines include wine with dinner a select few have beverage packages that you can purchase).
Some of the world’s great cities lie along rivers, particularly in Europe. The Danube, Main, Rhine and Moselle provide a wealth of itineraries and enough fairy-tale castles, medieval fortresses, majestic cathedrals and bucolic vineyards to tell the story of Europe in one unfolding vista. The Elbe, Rhone, Seine and Douro also offer river cruising opportunities, as does the legendary Volga in Russia. Reach out and almost touch the castles and wave to the people in the fairy tale villages as you sail by. Most ships will also conveniently travel at night, so you can wake up in an exciting new place each morning. Your riverboat will sail directly into the heart of every destination and dock in the middle of town giving you the ability to walk right off the ship and enjoy an included excursion or your own personal explorations. Also, Europe isn’t the only location where river cruising is booming. China’s Yangtze is welcoming more and more visitors each year, and we can’t forget about the amazing cruises on the Egyptian Nile.
No need to worry about seasickness since riverboats are designed with a flat-bottomed shape to ensure a safe and smooth ride. No need to spend days “getting your sea legs” as with ocean cruising—which means more time to really enjoy your vacation. Guests who would never have considered an ocean cruise liner are falling in love with the river cruise experience.
Now ask yourself which destination will we try first?