Top Ten Reasons Why to Choose a River Cruise
1: SO MUCH IS INCLUDED
River cruising includes so much that you could leave your wallet at home. All river cruise holidays include food and accommodation; many others include wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner or excursions and tours & gratuities.
2: SMALL AND FRIENDLY
The size of the river cruise vessels is governed by the length and width of the locks they move through and the height of the bridges they cruise under. As such, many river cruise vessels will carry a maximum of 250 passengers, making river cruising an enjoyable and intimate experience.
3: UNPACK ONCE & UNWIND
Once you get on board, unpack and enjoy the view as your river vessel takes you on a fascinating scenic journey through numerous historic cities, towns and picturesque villages. On a typical seven night cruise on the Danube, you could be visiting Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Melk & Durnstein. You can walk ashore and see the sights - and often ships stay overnight at the port so you can enjoy the evening and experience the night life.
4: WATCH THE WORLD GO BY
River cruise itineraries often feature half a day ashore and half a day sailing, but unlike an ocean cruise you'll always have a view of towns, villages, cities as you pass through. From the local countryside to bridges, locks, monuments and historic buildings, there's always something to see, and guest speakers are also on board to provide commentary.
5: A ROOM WITH A VIEW
On a river cruise vessel, all the cabins have French balconies or picture windows, allowing you to enjoy the scenery from the privacy of your stateroom.
6: LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY
Many river cruise lines now provide guides with microphones and passengers with Quietvox receivers and earphones, so you can hear what they're saying without having to crowd around. It means you never have to miss the guides' narration even when they have to speak quietly in churches of cathedrals. Several cruise lines offer a choice of excursions at selected stops - it might be a city tour, a bike ride or a visit to a historic location.
7: NO NEED TO FLY
If you don't like flying then European river cruises are a great option as many river cruise lines offer transfers via Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel or ferry crossings from UK ports to join your river cruise vessel. Cruises from Amsterdam, Paris or Lyon are popular with rail cruisers.
8: IT'S SMOOTH SAILING
Unlike cruises on the open ocean, there's no need to worry about sea sickness on a river cruise and although the weather is never guaranteed, you're never far from land.
9: MODERN LIVING
River cruise vessels are embracing all the luxuries of modern travel, with many vessels now offering flat-screen TVs and entertainment systems in their staterooms as well as Wi-Fi access through out the ship (sometimes at no additional cost).
10: THE WORLD'S YOUR OYSTER
While there's plenty to see cruising the great rivers of Europe including the Rhine, the Seine, the Douro and the Danube, but the adventurous traveller can journey further afield for exotic voyages along the Nile in Egypt, the Mekong in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, the Yangtza in China, the Ayeyarwady in Myanmar, the Chobe River in Africa and the Amazon in South America. You can find out more about these enchanting destinations and the routes the rivers take by following the links below.