Updated: Mar 10
Unless you have had your head buried in the sand for the past couple of years, you are probably aware that Ocean Cruising, with its belly flop contests and buckets of beer, is slowly giving way to a more “civil” mode of travel - River Cruising, especially after the pandemic. Being popular in Europe, river cruises usually happen on the Rhine, Danube, Seine, and even Douro, and have also extended to Russia, the USA, and even as far as Southeast Asia, Cambodia, and Africa.
Many voyages are “themed”, such as “wine immersion”, a popular “beer tasting cruise” along the Rhine, and the ever-popular “Christmas Markets” cruises during the months of November and December. Not forgetting the romantic cruises along the Danube and the Rhine.
One of the most popular River Cruises is with Amawaterways, which has been operating since 2002. They offer a wide range of river cruises throughout the world and have now produced five new itineraries in Europe, three new ships, and even more exotic cruises and like Inspirational Travel Plus, their clients are very important to them. And can you imagine, you can now have your special day i.e. Wedding, Engagement, Proposal, or any other special event on one of their cruises.
Here are several reasons why so many travelers are switching to River cruising…and very few of them will ever go back to the oceans!
The river cruise boats are smaller and more intimate so you can actually get to know your fellow guests and not feel like you are being herded along like cattle…You may eat with whom you choose each evening and have a choice of a few onboard dining venues for variety.
It is as close to hassle-free as you can get. There are no lines to get on or off the boat and when you arrive at your next destination, you can usually walk right off and explore the country. Europe grew up along its rivers, so there are some very charming and interesting small towns and big cities to explore. Very few ports require bus transfers, which makes it easy to come and go at your leisure.
The trip can be totally all-inclusive, depending on the cruise line and ship you have chosen. All guests have different tastes, so there are a variety of shore excursions that are personalized to your taste to choose from. All this as well as some of your onboard activities are included in your cruise fare.
Being on the river means there are no waves well minimal waves, so seasickness is usually not an issue. Also, most cruises include transferring through a series of “locks” to accommodate the changes in elevation, which most people find super interesting to watch.
You can literally touch the walls of the locks from your balcony as you pass through!
You may think that the price tag of a River Cruise can be a bit of a shocker but when you figure out everything you are getting for the cost, it becomes much more manageable, and quite good value.
Amawaterway River Cruises are the most well-known River Cruise lines because they spend boatloads (literally) of money on television and print advertising and they have done a lot to introduce travelers to the River Cruise concept. Not only that, as we have said before they put their guests as their priority. They are just waiting to show you the time of your life.
Any Travel Agents who specialize in River cruising (like Inspirational Travel Plus) and who have actually experienced a cruise and have relationships with other experienced cruise representatives, can be incredibly valuable in helping you sort through all of the options and find the perfect one!
River cruising is also a great option for small groups of friends, family, or even work colleagues who like to travel together...most times at least 1 or 2 additional couples come forward! Who would you like to sip champagne with as you cruise through the incredible Romantic Danube River Cruise with its exceptional wine tasting or the exotic Riches of the Mekong River where you will explore the history and experience the amazing cuisine?
So, if you think you are finished with the hairy chest contests and waiting in line with 3998 of your new best friends on the Ocean cruise mega-ships, why not give River Cruising a try?
96% of first-time River Cruisers say they would recommend the experience to a friend!
Inspirational Travel Plus would love to help match you (and your friends) to the perfect experience!
Get on board the “civilized” River Cruise movement!
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