Ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and for good reason. They’re convenient (only pack and unpack once while visiting many cities!) and offer travelers peace of mind knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is all in one place. What could be better than that? Well, consider a river cruise.
To all cruise-lovers, perhaps it’s time to shake up the ocean liner experience for an entirely new way to explore the world’s waterways. Let us book you on a river cruise that will take you inland for a unique and relaxing tour of Europe.
Here are the top 10 reasons why you’ll love river cruising…
Explore the Interior of Countries
Ocean cruises take you to countries, while river cruises take you through them! There is no better way to reach charming European towns and villages than on a river cruise.
River cruising offers a more intimate setting. Most ships range from 144 to 196 passengers. This means that you’ll never have to wait in line, which means you’ll have more time to enjoy all the amenities and have a more personal experience with other passengers and crew. From ordering a beverage to getting on and off the ship, you’ll enjoy the absence of long lines.
Dive into the Local Culture
Get away from the touristy ports and explore hidden gems. Large ocean liner ports can receive up to 20,000 visitors on the same day but with a river cruise, you’ll arrive into port with only a few hundred visitors. Not only will you avoid long lines at your destination, but you’ll also enjoy leisurely excursions at each incredible port of call. You’ll be able to take in the local culture and history of every unique town that you visit.
No Need to Rush Back to the Ship
With many departures from the destinations being later in the afternoon or evening, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the nightlife in select ports. Whether you choose an evening walk through cobblestone streets, a local show or performance, or one last glass of wine after dinner while listening to a local musician, immersing yourself in the evening culture together with the locals is a unique experience.
Variety of Experiences
Let’s not forget just how special every European country is! The towns and cities may be close in proximity along the river, but don’t be surprised by the unique feeling and experiences that each destination offers. Choose from visiting local breweries, hiking to castles, biking through trendy neighborhoods or visiting museums that highlight the local culture.
That’s right, castle views. You’ll see colorful architecture and castles that will blow you away. But don’t stop at just viewing the castles, why not hike or drive to them and then explore their fabulousness with a knowledgeable guide during your day excursions? You’ll literally be walking in the footsteps of world history.
5-star reviews are only earned through 5-star service. When you’re relaxing with a glass of wine on the Sun Deck, enjoying a night under the stars, or having an unexpected encounter with locals that your tour guide has arranged for you, you’ll understand why river cruising is a 5-star experience.
With a variety of activities and plenty of stops along the way, we’re sure everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. There really is something to do for everyone on board at each destination. Some members of your group may choose to take advantage of spa services, or the sundeck pool, or cultural activities, while others may prefer to seek out a quiet space with a book. Mealtimes are the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together again.
Taste the Difference
Whether you’re into wine tasting or local street food, a river cruise provides an exceptional culinary experience both on the ship and at every destination. The onboard culinary team focuses on utilizing fresh local ingredients. Dishes are paired with local wines. There’s absolutely no mass-produced and basic buffet food when you sail on a river cruise!
One of the reasons we love river cruises so much (and we know you’ll agree) is the feeling of walking into a luxurious balcony suite that will be your home away from home for the next 7, 8, 10 days or more. Staterooms are tastefully decorated and are river facing. Whether you choose to have a window view or a private balcony, you’ll always have a room with a view.
So, there you have it. 10 great reasons why you’ll love your first river cruise.
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We’d love to match your travel style with the right river cruise line, itinerary, and ship. Reach out today and we will design your entire experience from the cruise to a custom land package for your pre and/or post river cruise stays.