IT'S AN AFFORDABLE VACATION
A river cruise is a surprisingly affordable vacation, considering how much travelers typically spend each day on hotels, meals, drinks, transportation, tour guides, and museum entry fees. All of these costs are included on a river cruise.
River cruises deliver all the comfort and convenience of a floating hotel, as well as excellent food and wine, warm and friendly service, and the peace of mind that comes from not having to worry about a thing.
Yes, river cruises are more expensive than ocean cruises, but river cruises offer better value for the money. River cruising is all about the quality of the experience. When it comes to dining it’s all about the ingredients. Chefs on river cruises tend to use fresh local ingredients, so you have an authentic experience. Wine, beer, and cocktails are included.
River cruises don’t carry as many guests as ocean cruise ships, some carry as many as 200 but often with as few as 100 passengers, and river cruising is more leisurely paced. The latest river cruise ships feature very spacious and comfortable staterooms, often with step-out balconies and/or French balconies, plus beautiful and modern bathrooms, and Wi-Fi Internet and entertainment systems in every room. More river cruise lines now offer multiple dining options with fantastic menu choices and complimentary wine..
THE CULTURAL IMMERSION
On a river cruise, your time is spent exploring towns and villages rather than traveling to them. Most river cruises offer bicycles, so you can go off on your own to explore villages and towns. The best part of all, the residents of these smaller towns and villages often show an openness to travelers that you don’t get on in major ports where tourism is the main source of income.
Another great aspect of river cruising is being given the opportunity to meet with locals in their homes or at their businesses. Now this is cultural immersion at its best!