Can you imagine traveling in an intimate ship on the rivers of Europe, Africa and Asia with impeccable service, food and wine, where you are steps away from a charming town every day? That's River Cruising!
In Europe ships sail parts of Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Spain. No matter where you cruise, you'll experience the beauty of Europe's rivers with spectacular on shore sightseeing options. You can also enjoy river cruising in Asia, explore Vietnam and Cambodia aboard your exotic Mekong River Cruise. In Africa, combine a safari experience with a wildlife cruise along the Chobe River.
So why does River Cruising offer such an amazing experience?
Small Ships – European River cruises all carry about 150 passengers. Quite a difference from the ocean liners with about 4,000! So, you won’t have to compete with a daunting number of travelers for a seat at the hottest restaurant onboard or for a lounge chair by the pool.
Truly All Inclusive - Most river cruise lines include wine and beer with meals, some include hard liquor. These amenities are an additional cost on ocean liners. Most river cruises will also include many shore excursions providing you with exclusive sightseeing options at every port.
Exclusive on shore experiences - Small ship shore excursions are more exclusive than those of larger ships. Moving four thousand people around on shore is much more difficult than transporting a couple of hundred. You can expect to step off the ship and be in a small city or lovely village within minutes. You will have excursion options such as wine tastings, sampling local cuisine, riding bicycles through the villages, walking, and hiking to name a few.
Personalized service – Service is top notch on these small ships. You will have the ability to make special requests such as dietary requirements, exclusive tours, or private anniversary dinners.
Intimate Feel - Small ship cruising is typically very low-key, with plenty of time to unwind. Expect comfortable common areas where you can linger, read a book, or get to know other travelers, and a beautiful deck to enjoy river breezes or soak in the hot tub!
Socializing - Small ships grant ample opportunities to meet and mingle with people from all over the world. Open dining room seating, comfortable lounges and small-scale shore excursions provide myriad occasions for socializing.
Upscale dining - River cruise lines provide upscale fine dining at its best in luxurious dining rooms and onboard restaurants.
Family Friendly – Lastly, river cruising used to be for the 50 and over crowd but not anymore! Families also enjoy exploring the picturesque rivers and lovely villages so the cruise lines now offer family themed cruises. The ships on these itineraries offer cabins that accommodate a family of 4 as well as interconnecting rooms. Onshore activities include cycling, GPS scavenger hunts and many others where families can have fun together. Plus, many of the family friendly sailings offer children at half price!
Update... starting in Spring 2018 there will be a very unique line of river cruise ships and sailings for millennials. Itineraries take millennials to some of the most dynamic, inspiring and fun cities in Europe while offering very active shore excursions and onboard activities such as a Silent Disco, Painting Sessions with Wine, Yoga, Cooking and Mixology classes!
There are many river cruise companies but not all offer the same level of service, food, and exclusive shore activities.
Making sure you are matched with the cruise that is right for you is the first step in planning your River Cruise experience.
Contact me today to begin planning your River Cruise experience, custom tailored to you!
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