Recently there has been a huge surge in travelers opting for a River Cruise when they travel and for good reason. For those who have yet to embark on a sailing, you might be curious why so many people of all varieties are choosing this option.
First, a tiny bit of backstory. In the early 90s the Main-Danube Canal opened opening up more than 2,200 miles of river, thus began the grand cruise itineraries from Amsterdam to Budapest and beyond. Travelers were introduced to life along the banks with opportunities not only to reach deep into the heart of the Europe but also to explore some of its more remote regions.
Travelers could now watch history unfold admiring the scenery from the ship’s sun deck as they are transported along with their accommodations.
River Cruising has now expanded beyond Europe to include Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Africa where you can watch the wildlife right from the water.
Here are my top 3 reasons to consider a River Cruise for your next vacation.
River Cruises make your travel easy.
You’ll only have to pack and unpack once, you will not have to fret as you try to find your way from point to point finding yourself exhausted by the time you reach your next destination, you will not have to worry about where you will find your next meal or how to order it, you will not get lost on a massive ship trying to find your room, and there’s no chance of getting seasick.
You can watch history unfold as you breeze along. For your shore excursions you can be as vigorous or as lazy, as social or as unsocial, as you wish. Sitting on the top deck of a ship under brilliant blue skies, you gaze on fabled landscapes dotted with castles, villages and vineyards. A flight of stairs down, and you have all the amenities of a modern hotel — restaurants, bars, lounges, fitness facilities, spas, internet access and comfortable staterooms.
River Cruising is rated more highly than seagoing sailing citing better itineraries, shore excursions, service, facilities, and design. Travelers relish the personal attention they receive on a small ship. Mega-ship staples like pools, multiple lounges, specialty restaurants, spas and endless activities are available on some riverboats, although on a very, very much smaller scale. And you won't find any sea days, although there are periods of scenic cruising.
River cruises offer opportunities to step ashore in fairy tale towns and fabled cities. Immerse yourself in contemporary culture, and learn something about the history of the towns along the Continent’s greatest rivers.
River cruising is perfect for those who want a relaxed grand tour of Europe and for cruisers who want to explore Europe beyond the coastline. River cruising presents the grandeur and charm of Europe as well as the enduring landscapes that inspired Europe’s great artists.
You will find a lone resident pianist or small ensemble on most ships, plus folk dancers, singers or other local troupes brought onboard for a quick evening show. During the day you can expect educational seminars and maybe the odd cooking demo, wine tasting or quiz. With river cruising the passing scenery and destinations visited are the main star of the show
Modern ships with expanded amenities offer intriguing itineraries to places oceangoing vessels can't reach.
Best of all, most river cruises include a variety of shore tours and many other inclusions in their fares making it easier to budget. If you've been put off about being nickeled and dimed on oceangoing ships, you'll find river cruise fares refreshing. Fares will typically include wine, beer and soft drinks with gourmet meals, 24-hour tea and coffee, Wi-Fi, and your riverboat will dock right in town, often a short walk or quick bus ride into the heart of the city.
Remember, not all river cruises are created equal and some may be more suited to your particular interestes and needs. Give me a call and we’ll get you sailing on a river that is perfect for you.
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HOLLY MANN: As an Independent Contractor of Vista Travel Consultants, Inc. a member of the Virtuoso Network, my access to the highest quality of vetted global travel partners allows me to create rich, culturally immersive, and liberating travel experiences.