6 Signs You Will Love A River Cruise
In recent years river cruising has really taken off and become popular amongst holidaymakers. But that's not to say its for everybody, and you certainly shouldn't expect the same experience to that of a mainstream ocean cruise! River cruising is an intimate and relaxed affair, the vessels hold roughly 150-300 guests, dining is most commonly run on an open dining system and there is no need for a suit and tie or cocktail dress, plus organised tours and excursions are usually included in the cruise fare!
Below are six key reasons why a river cruise might just be for you!
1. You love scenery
Rather than full days at sea (like you find on an Ocean Cruise), on a river cruise there is constant scenery, from hillside vineyards to medieval castles – you really can expect fairy-tale scenery. Whether you’re sat on top deck, on your balcony or even in the restaurant, you are guaranteed to see the beautiful scenes that pass you by.
2. You’re looking for a hassle-free experience
A river cruise truly is one of the most hassle-free ways to visit and explore the world’s most beautiful towns and cities. Think about it – you board a luxurious ship, unpack once and relax in true comfort while you sail from one destination to the next. PLUS unlike an ocean cruise, river cruises are far more relaxed and casual – so leave your dinner suit and cocktail dress at home!
3. You want to cruise but you’re worried about getting sea-sick
No need to worry – on Europe’s waterways you won’t be sailing out into the ocean & so there will be no waves to worry about! The flat bottom vessels provide a smooth and pleasant journey as you glide along the river.
4. You want to immerse yourself in local culture
A river cruise is a great way to immerse yourself in local cultures; from tours ashore to lectures onboard, your river cruise will provide a true insight into each destination. The tours and excursions (which are usually complimentary) are led by experts, taking you into the heart of culture and history at each port of call. Most cruise lines also provide a taste of the local cuisine onboard by adapting their menus according to the destination. Plus, you’re more than welcome to dine ashore at your own expense.
5. You want to explore various towns and cities in the same week
So you’re looking to visit various cities in a short space of time… and you don’t wish to stay in each city for longer than a day or so? A river cruise is perfect for visiting a new city each and every day with the added benefit of not having to hire a car, book multiple hotels and plan your route. Let the river cruise line take care of all the hard work while you relax and enjoy the journey.
6. You like to socialise and meet new people
Because of the nature of river ships, sailing through tight locks and under low bridges, their size if restricted. Most river ships accommodate between 150-300 guests, some even fewer. This brings fellow passengers together, making it easier to get to know each other and make friends. Did you know that on a river cruise the restaurant is open dining? This means that you sit where you like and with whom you like at dinner – this is the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers!
Struggling to decide on an itinerary? Why not read our guide to the Top Destinations on Europe's Waterways!
Browse our wide selection of river cruises online at www.rivercruising.co.uk.
Come Back Soon. Jess Nuttall - RiverCruising.co.uk