How does a river cruise differ from an ocean cruise?
There are many differences between todays mass-market cruises and a much smaller, more intimate river cruise. On an ocean cruise the huge mega-ship is the prime destination. The ship is like an entire floating resort. A river cruise ship is more like a floating boutique hotel that brings you to the desired destination. River cruises offer a very cozy environment with only 100 to 180 guests on board, and within one week you can meet all of them and make many new friends. It is an educational experience, and it is as easy to get on and off the ship as walking in and out of a hotel. (On European itineraries) boats are docked most of the time in the center of a gorgeous city or quaint village, surrounded by lovely vineyards or old European heritage sites.
Each day is a new port, and there aren’t any ‘sea days’ where you waste your time watching belly flop competitions or kids running amok. Each day you will arrive in a new port in the heart of it all. You will step off the ship and begin your new tour of discovery, which is also included in the price! That is another big difference, there are many more things included in your cruise fare with rivefr cruises. When the price is nearly all-inclusive…you will know your costs ‘up-front.’ No surprises.
River cruise vessels are only 3 decks high, and made to fit under the pictureque stone bridges that dot the waterways of Europe. You won’t get lost looking for a place to eat like on the big cruise ships. These small ships are built to specifically to observe the passing scenery, with lots of open deck space and many large interior windows. Imagine, floating by in your deck chair with ancient castles sitting high atop the river valley, wildlife in every direction, and vineyards stretched as far as the eye can see. Pass quaint villages where the culture unfolds before you, and sail into the heart of large cities…without a traffic jam.
You will see many different countries on your trip, and you only unpack once. No living out of your suitcase like on a bus tour driving town to town in close quarters, nor dragging suitcases from hotel to hotel. Your fabulous boutique hotel goes with you. What better way to travel through Europe?