Travel Tip Tuesday: How is River Cruising Different From Ocean Cruising?

While there are some similarities, a river cruise is an experience unto itself. It’s an incredible way to navigate a country’s interior along a network of waterways into charming towns and historic cities, bringing you close to the local culture.

River Baroness, Paris, France
River Baroness, Paris, France

Unpack once in your floating hotel and sail to several destinations. Europe is one of our favorite places to experience the benefits of river cruising to traverse beloved wine regions and ancient riverside fortresses in France and Germany. Exceptional experiences are also to be had along the mighty Mekong or uncover the mystique of China’s Yangtze River.

Ama Sonata, Budapest, Hungary
Ama Sonata, Budapest, Hungary

River cruise ships are quite intimate, many carrying fewer than 200 passengers. You’ll get to know like-minded travelers during small-group excursions and over leisurely dinners where wine and spirits are included in your cruise fare. A high ratio of dedicated crewmembers to guests ensures impeccable personal service — from greeting you by name to having your favorite cocktail prepared each day.

MORE TIME ON LAND

Sleek ships pull into the heart of each destination and disembarkation takes mere minutes, giving you the entire day for a complimentary guided excursion or an opportunity to borrow a bicycle from your ship and pedal along cobbled streets at your own pace.

Biking along The Danube
Biking along The Danube

Take advantage of late-night departures to dine in town and partake in nightlife, or return to your ship for a sumptuous meal inspired by local flavors. As you rest comfortably in your stateroom, simply glide to your next port of call overnight.

BLISSFUL DAYS ON WATER

Some itineraries include entire days on the water, offering plenty of time to watch riverside scenery slipping past your veranda. Join fellow guests on deck as your cruise director points out highlights along the way, indulge in a spa treatment or attend enriching lectures and workshops tied to the destinations.

S.S. Antoinette, the Rhine, Germany
S.S. Antoinette, the Rhine, Germany

FIND YOUR IDEAL VOYAGE

River cruising is expanding rapidly, with cruise lines racing to include yacht-like vessels and longships in their fleets. Perfect for families, too, you’ll find voyages during school vacations that incorporate kid-friendly activities and active hiking and biking excursions.

Crystal Mozart, Danube River
Crystal Mozart, Danube River

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