Travel trends are finally catching up to what astute travelers have always known; there is more than one way to cruise. This means you don’t have to forgo luxury cruising if have an aversion to spending days on the ocean or you are just not into traveling with a crowd. The landscape of river cruises provides a backdrop for nostalgia and personifies the ephemerality, grace and style of any megaship. The popularity of river cruising today is evidenced by the fact that, in recent years, it is not uncommon for these cruises to be sold out months or as much as a year in advance. Check out our top 5 reasons to take a river cruise!
1. Smooth Sailing.
Probably the most important benefit of taking a river cruise is peace of mind. Since there are no waves and swells to contend with, you can stop worrying about motion sickness, queasy stomachs. In fact, the depth of most rivers are typically only a few feet. And, with the shoreline always visible, you naturally feel more secure which is always a prerequisite for total relaxation.
2. Passenger List.
Forget the hustle and bustle of crowds and lines at the buffet tables or when getting on or off the ship. River cruise ships are designed to accommodate fewer guests which translate into a more intimate and memorable travel experience. It’s easier to get to know your fellow passengers as well as members of the cruise team that attend to your needs. This enhances the ability to immerse yourself into the history and culture of the destination you are visiting.
The emphasis on exploration and enjoyment of the places being visited intensifies the overall pleasure of cruising. Apart from the fact that you wake up to an exciting new destination every day, you have the option to bask in stunning scenery complete with castles, vineyards and historic villages and towns from the privacy of your room or balcony. American river cruise itineraries feature stunning panoramic views on the Mississippi River, Southeast U.S., Northeast U.S., Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest. European river cruise adventures feature a diverse and sophisticated mix of picturesque locations such as Amsterdam, Budapest and Paris plus cruises on rivers such as the Danube and the Rhine to name a few.
There are a range of games and activities on every river cruise. Planned programs provide enriching experiences tied to location such as authentic performances from local entertainers, wine tasting, archaeological tours and interesting displays from destination artisans. Plus, on days or nights that you prefer staying in, your stateroom television offers a variety of TV programs including movies, news and documentaries among others.
It is not atypical on a river cruise to have the entire day spent enjoying the port of call whether you choose to stroll, bike around town, browse store fronts, sample the local fare or join an organized tour. Proximity of ports to towns, restaurants, cafes, local historic sites and museums provides ample time for exploration. It reminds us that a river cruise is about leisure rather than keeping dinner schedules or hopping from one activity or floor show to the next. On a river cruise, you can enjoy non-stop scenery, whether an urban landscape or the countryside. There will also be talks by guest speakers, and perhaps wine- or beer-tasting sessions or cooking demonstrations.
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