River cruising has grown increasingly popular in the last few years. Proof is in all the new ships that have come on board trying to keep up with the demand. River cruising is not limited to just Europe. It’s also available in Egypt, Asia, Africa, and the US. Why the big deal?
The ease.You only have to unpack once and you’re ready to sail past beautiful scenery to quaint towns and villages while enjoying excellent dining along the way. Attire aboard the ship is casual even at dinner. No fancy dresses or coats and ties required.
The intimacy of a small ship. River cruise ships average 150 – 200 passengers which gives you an opportunity to actual meet and get know your fellow shipmates as well as the crew members. It’s amazing how quickly they remember your name and cabin number!
Inclusive pricing. When you first look at the pricing of a river cruising you might think it’s a bit pricey however fares generally include all meals, a shore excursion in each port, unlimited beer and wine at lunch and dinner and free wifi.
Docking in the center of town. Most of the shore excursions are within walking distance of the ship and are led by local guides in small groups. They are very accommodating and even have a group for “slower” walkers. If you opt to explore on your own or just stay on board and relax, the choice is yours.
If you like a lot of activity on board you’re out of luck. Because the ships are small, entertainment may consist of a resident lone piano player and local musicians brought on board just for the evening. There is usually a small library for reading and a few lectures.
Mother nature, low or high water levels on the rivers. If this happens you may have to bus part of your journey instead of sailing or even swap ships. I have experienced both and each time the cruise line did an excellent job of handling the situation.
Let us know if we can assist you experience the joy of river cruising!