River Cruises: See the World Up Close and Personal
Updated: Sep 5, 2019
If your definition of travel is simply getting from point A to point B, don’t read any further.
But, if your travel dreams lean toward one-of-a-kind experiences, beautiful vistas, and overall luxury, you definitely need to take a closer look at river cruising. It’s an ideal way to travel throughout Europe, Asia or Africa, without having to pack and re-pack your bags. Think of it as checking into a high-end hotel that moves with you as you take in regional sights and out-of-the-way villages along the way.
Let’s dive in to discover what makes a river cruise different from any other trip you’ve taken.
There’s no comparison
First off, forget what you know about cruise ships. Comparing an ocean cruise with a river cruise is like the proverbial apples and oranges dilemma. It’s not practical or fair to compare two completely different things.
Of course, the vessels are smaller for river travel. But smaller doesn’t mean you’re giving up amenities. You’ll instantly notice the intimate feel of the ship. As soon as you step on board, it feels almost like your personal yacht, as if you’re sailing with a group of good friends, both passengers and crew.
And, it feels surprisingly spacious. With panoramic views of cities, countryside, and historic landmarks just outside your stateroom windows, the changing landscape becomes an extension of the ship, giving you incredible scenery to enjoy while relaxing in your suite, lounging on the upper deck, or tucking into a delicious meal in one of the onboard fine-dining restaurants.
That’s the thing, no matter where you are on board, there’s always an amazing view. You’ll fall asleep gazing at the French countryside and wake up to a seaside village in Germany. It’s magical.
Tailor your travel
Choosing which river cruise to take can be difficult because there are dozens of choices with different combinations of destinations as well as themes. But, with the array of options, you’re sure to find something to match both your travel style and your bucket list.
If castles are your thing, a Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel fits the bill. For history buffs, a Paris cruise with a trip to Normandy is a must.
Looking to explore the beauty of Vietnam and Cambodia? Choose a cruise along the Mekong River. Or, if wine is your passion, the Dordogne river offers a unique way to experience the Bordeaux region in France and Spain.
Last year, Cruise Dreams designed a Trip of a Lifetime – a one-of-a-kind river cruise charter along the Rhine River with 100 of our clients from around the world. The cruise took us from Amsterdam to Basel, with our post-land tour ending in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Along with stunning views of medieval castles and fortresses as we relaxed onboard, we also had the perfect mix of sightseeing opportunities onshore. From a private tour along Amsterdam’s legendary canals to visiting the house where Anne Frank lived in hiding, exploring Heidelberg, and wandering the streets of Strasbourg in Alsace, it was a trip to remember.
Travel globally; Experience locally
No matter which route you choose, a river cruise provides a unique opportunity to truly immerse yourself in each place you visit. In fact, the all-inclusive shore excursions are what really set river cruising apart.
There’s always a menu of complimentary excursions to choose from, with options ranging from walking tours to guided hikes or bike tours. Knowledgeable guides share information and insights that take you back in time and provide inside secrets only the locals know.
Along the way, there’s plenty of time for exploring the cities and small towns on your own, so you can design a personal mix of tours and wandering to match your preferred vacation pace. Tour in the morning and relax on the sun deck in the afternoon. Or sleep in before opting for a bike tour later on. It’s all up to you.
Relax and enjoy
Back on board, there are public spaces and activities to fit every mood. Enjoy onboard programs, such as cooking demonstrations and music performances, which further enhance your travel experiences. Or, take advantage of the ship’s walking tracks, fitness classes, and top-of-the-line exercise equipment. When’s the last time your daily workout came with a picturesque view of the European countryside?
From breakfast through multi-course dinners, the meals, featuring local cuisine prepared by expert chefs, will have you raving. Paired with local wine selections and the scenic landscape, every meal is the definition of a luxury travel experience.
A river cruise makes going from point A to point B so enjoyable, you’ll be planning your next voyage before you’ve disembarked.
Consider Cruise Dreams’ 2020 Trip of a Lifetime for your first – or next – river cruise. Our exclusive Melodies of the Danube private charter will sail the Danube from Budapest to Prague in 2020 aboard AmaWaterways newest vessel, the AmaMagna. (A sundeck pool. A Zen Wellness Studio. Four delicious dining venues. You have to see this amazing ship to believe it. Click here for a peek.)
With an itinerary that also includes Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, and the Strudengau Valley, just a few rooms remain available for this Trip of a Lifetime.
Call us at (877) 999-4533 or email email@example.com for the details.
Waves to you and smooth sailings ahead,