River cruising is a form of cruise vacationing that is growing ever rapidly in popularity. The number of cruise lines that now offer this more inclusive product has increased do to the demand of passengers that are looking for something new after cruising on large ships. River cruises are also an ideal cruise option for those who usually select a land tour for their vacation because it allows them to stay in one place longer. The whole focus of river cruising is to immerse the passenger in a region surrounded constantly by incredible scenery, floating gently, calmly from stop to stop. When destinations are reached, river cruise lines place you in the center of that port’s town or city for your traveling enjoyment.
Because river cruises are such a rapidly growing segment of the cruise industry, there are lots of new ships to choose from as well as some who have been sailing for some time, but still receive awards every year for their service and cuisine. You will find that you will not sacrifice anything in these two elements of your cruise enjoyment over what you have come to expect, if you are an experienced ocean cruiser. But what you will be able to add is the wonderful aspect that most river cruise lines INCLUDE the shore excursions in the price of the cruise.
One might call a river cruise a more boutique cruise experience as you will be sharing the ship with no more than 150 other passengers and many times many less than that. The accommodations are an area that again you will benefit greatly by dealing with our cruise staff to relate the differences as there are a number of them. Some ships are built definitely with the North American traveler in mind and others are regularly populated with both European and North American travelers and accept and respect the travel habits of that multi cultural mix. We can tell you which is which and match the right cruise line and ship to not only your destination request, but your travel habits and requirements.
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