Most folks know the logistics of regular cruising, but few take advantage of all the extra amenities and service to detail that comes with a river cruise. You’ll find perks, dining experiences, and tours you wouldn’t see on the cruise giants.
You’ll also get that personalized attention you can’t find when 4,000 other people are trying to get in the same pool. Read why a river cruise might just be your next perfect vacation getaway and start planning your cruise through rivers and waterways across the globe.
More time in each port city
Cruise through the calm waters of the Danube or Mekong rivers for some popular and picturesque port cities around the world. A great benefit of many river cruises is your extra time in each city. Generally, you can dock right next to the city and won’t have to wait long to disembark or go through the hassle of tendering.
- Includes guided tours and sightseeing
- See Wachau Valley, castles & cathedrals
- Cruise thru Slovakia, Hungary and Austria
4-Day River Cruise from Vienna to Budapest
- Includes guided tours and sightseeing
- Castles, cathedrals, lush landscapes
- Cruise thru 4 countries along the Danube
10-day Prague to Budapest Danube River Cruise
- Special: $299 airfare on select cruises
- Sail thru Holland, Belgium from Amsterdam
- Special theme cruises for beer lovers
8-Day Holland Tulip Time River Cruise
- 2019 and 2020 cruises available
- Explore Paris, Seine River & Normandy
- Sample wines & cheeses of France
8-day Paris to Normandy 2019 River Cruise
- Sails August 12 from Frankfurt
- See steep vineyards & romantic castles
- Incl. port charges, all taxes & luxury cabin
9-Day Three Rivers Cruise | Sail the Rhine, Main & Moselle
- Sail from Amsterdam thru Christmas Markets
- See sparkling cities of Netherlands & Germany
- Incl. luxury cabins, great cuisine & all charges
Christmas Wonderland Adventure | 7-Day River Cruise
- Mention offer code 2019 Mardi Gras
- Fine dining w/ specialty & casual options, guided excursions
- Free hotel stay, daily enrichment programs, Wi-Fi & more
Mississippi River Cruises | Last Minute 2-for-1 Deals
- Exclusive free gratuities
- Book by January 31st
- Additional savings up to $2,200
7-Nt Asia Cruises on AmaWaterways
- Add R/T air from most U.S. cities for $499
- Travel round trip from Amsterdam
- Option to cruise 1st or 2nd leg only
10-Day Netherlands River Cruise
- Sailing summer and fall 2019 from Lisbon
- Free Wi-Fi, excursions and beverages
- See Porto, Regua, Salamanca & more
Viking River Cruises | 9-Day Douro River Cruise
- Sailing June - Nov. 2019 from Porto
- Save on airfare, up to $2500 per couple
- See lush river valleys of Spain, Portugal
Emerald Radiance | 7-Day Douro River Cruise
Since many cities on the rivers are closer together, you can spend more time exploring new destinations and less time getting to them. Many cruiselines offer several overnights on cruises sailing along the Danube, so you can have more time to walk down the ancient city streets in Prague, Budapest, and coastal villages in Germany.
More intimate cruising experience
Instead of holing up with 3,000 strangers aboard a ship, you’ll have a much more intimate experience and can really get to know the other travelers aboard.
Many ships have room for only a few hundred passengers, ensuring you have a relaxing experience aboard. Viking ships offer cruises for an average of 200 guests with individualized itineraries. You won’t have to wait in long lines or make numerous reservations for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. On river cruises, you’ll have plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the onboard amenities.
Visit cities large ships can’t reach
Smaller ship means more options for you to visit. Large cruise ships often can’t visit smaller ports, and definitely can’t sail down smaller rivers and canals like a river cruise can.
Sail down the Seine for an adventure through France with gourmet cuisine, famous wines, and beautiful scenery. You won’t find large ships navigating these waters; they’re just too big. You can also find river cruises on the Rhone, Volga, Mekong, and Irrawaddy rivers that offer prime views of scenery, farms, cities, and more.
Great views from your room
On ocean cruiseliners, you can choose from a variety of rooms; but even the nicest suites are limited on ocean views. On most river cruises, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows offering the greatest views of the outdoors right from your bed.
Most river cruises are built to give every guest views of scenic waterways and rivers, so you don’t have to worry about missing any of the action.
A more inclusive experience
Ever find yourself on a cruise that nickel and dime’s you for everything you want to enjoy? Coffee? Spirits? Entertainment options? On some cruiselines, the “all-inclusive” experience really just covers your room and view, if you’re lucky.
Many River cruises truly offer an all-inclusive experience, where fine dining, beverages, excursions, and tours, are all part of your vacation. American Queen Steamboat Company, Avalon Waterways, and Emerald Waterways all offer luxurious experiences with guided land-tours, excursions, and other amenities you won’t find on traditional ships.
By: Devyn Woolsey
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