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Is a European River Cruise Right for Me?

The Spectacular Rhine River Gorge
The Spectacular Rhine River Gorge

Many of your friends have probably returned from a European cruise, full of great stories and memorable experiences.  But, is a river cruise right for you?

Here are the top 10 reasons I think you’ll love river cruising!

Expand Your Options 

River cruises take you through the heart of the countries you want to visit. There simply is no better way to reach river cruise destinations.

Intimate Experience

River cruising offers an intimate setting. Most ships range from 144 to 196 passengers. This means that you’ll never have to wait in line, which means you’ll have more time to enjoy all the amenities and have a more personal experience with other passengers and crew. From ordering a beverage to getting on and off the ship, you’ll enjoy the absence of crowds.

Dive into the Local Culture

Get away from the touristy ports and explore hidden gems. On a river cruise, you’ll arrive into port with only a few hundred visitors. Not only will you avoid long lines at your destination, but you’ll also enjoy leisurely excursions at each incredible port of call.  You’ll be able to take in the local culture and history of every unique town that you visit.

No Need to Rush Back

With many departures from the destinations being later in the afternoon or evening, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the nightlife in select ports of call. Whether you choose an evening walk through cobblestone streets, a local show or performance, or one last glass of wine after dinner while listening to a local musician, immersing yourself in the evening culture together with the locals is a unique experience.

Castle Views

That’s right, castle views. From Amsterdam to Basel along the Rhine River, and in Budapest, Bratislava, Dürnstein and Passau on the Danube, you’ll see colorful architecture and castles that will blow you away. But don’t stop at just viewing the castles, why not hike or drive to them and then explore their fabulousness with a knowledgeable guide? You’ll literally be walking in the footsteps of world history.

Great Service

5-star reviews are only earned through 5-star service. When you’re relaxing with a glass of wine on the Sun Deck, enjoying a night under the stars, or having an unexpected encounter with kind locals that your tour guide has arranged for you, you’ll understand that great service can make the difference between a fine vacation, and a vacation that’s “just fine.”

Entertainment for the Whole Family

With a variety of activities and plenty of stops along the way, we’re sure everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. River cruising is perfect for multi-generational families. From grandparents to teenaged grandchildren, the entire family will bond over a range of topics and activities from food to history to countryside excursions. There really is something to do for everyone on board at each destination. Some members of your group may choose to take advantage of spa services, or the sundeck pool, or cultural activities, while others may prefer to seek out a quiet space with a book. Mealtimes are the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together again as a family. It really is the perfect multi-generational vacation for your family or group of friends.

Taste the Difference

Whether you’re into wine tasting or local street food, a river cruise provides an exceptional culinary experience both on the ship and at every destination. The onboard culinary team focuses on utilizing fresh local ingredients. Dishes are paired with local wines. Fine dining is a great complement to any vacation!

Variety of Experiences

Let’s not forget just how special every European country is! The towns and cities may be close in proximity along the river, but don’t be surprised by the unique feeling and experiences that each destination gives you. Choose from visiting local breweries, hiking to castles, biking through trendy neighborhoods or visiting museums that highlight the local culture.

World-Class Accommodations

One of the reasons I love river cruises so much (and I know you’ll agree) is the feeling of walking into a luxurious suite or balcony stateroom that will be your home away from home for the next week or more.  River cruise staterooms are tastefully decorated and all face the river. Whether you choose to have a window view, a private balcony, or even a twin balcony (with both a French and outside balcony), you’ll always have a room with a view. 

I’d love to match your travel style with the right river cruise, or develop a European vacation that seamlessly incorporates a river cruise.  Contact me today and together, we’ll plan the vacation of a lifetime on a river cruise!

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