I had been dreaming about river cruising for quite some time. For the past year I immersed myself in every online course available from the different river cruise companies. I even had the wonderful opportunity to have a meeting with one of the owners of AMA Waterways earlier this year. I felt I knew everything there was to know about river cruising. My expectations were pretty high for what this experience would bring.
The trip did not disappoint... river cruising was such a unique experience. The best way I could describe it is it felt like I was floating along in my very own boutique hotel without the crowds and visiting so many charming villages along the way.
Below I share with you the 5 most important takeaways from my experience...
In summary, the entire experience was really wonderful but what really stands out for me is the intimate setting and personalized service.
River cruising has come a long way. It used to be known as the vacation for the 60 plus community but not anymore! The ages on most regular sailings start in the mid-fourties. However, there are many cruise lines and you need to know which one appeals more to the different age groups.
Also, river cruises now have specific sailings for families where the focus is on having kid friendly activities and excursions. And, the newest trend in river cruising to launch in April is a brand new line of ships catering to 21-45 year olds. Yes, that's right! River cruising for millennials. It is such a hot trend right now with brand new ships, night clubs, mixology classes, sip and paint experiences, and a super cool decor.
River cruising is a new way to travel for those who prefer the intimate experiences and personalized service. One of the best ways to experience river cruising is creating your own group of family or friends. So talk to some friends and contact me to start planning your river cruise experience. I promise you it will be magical!
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I work with my clients on creating personalized travel itineraries while consulting on everything from destinations to excursions and logistics of the trip. Through my personal travel I seek unique activities including private guides and tours for exceptional experiences. More on Belkys