Why River Cruising?
Cruising isn’t just about sailing over vast expanses of ocean – some of the best cruise experiences can be found in the winding waterways of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Even if you’re a cruising veteran, a smaller river cruise ship, barge or river boat will grant you a completely new and unique experience, and here is why:
See the World’s Great Cities:
Paris, Vienna, Budapest, St. Petersburg…. So many cities and towns were developed along rivers, and on a river cruise ship you can arrive in the heart of your destination without even leaving the ship. You will often dock right in the heart of town, mere steps away from charming squares, beautiful cathedrals and vibrant market places.
New Scenery – All Day, Every Day:
Fairytale palaces, towering gorges, tiny villages… on a river cruise you will experience ever-changing scenery close up and at eye level. Your proximity to the shore means that colourful hillside villages, picturesque castles and ancient ruins are within view from all areas of your intimate ship.
A More Intimate Experience:
Smaller vessels mean fewer passengers, more attentive service and a more intimate cruise holiday. On a river cruise you never have to wait in long lines to get on or off the ship, you’ll never have to tender into port and you’ll never spend long hours wave watching on a vast ocean.
Dining on rover cruises has come a very long way. Most river cruise lines now feature fresh, local produce and foods from the regions you are visiting, giving you yet another cultural experience to add to your river cruise tick list.
Travel with Ease
In your river-view stateroom, just unpack once and then relax in comfort as you cruise along the smooth river. No matter which cruise you choose, you can always go at your own pace. So, whether you choose to go on a group guided tour, or do it on your own – it's all at the pace of your liking. Easy!
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River cruise vessels are smaller than ocean going cruise ships, and offer a range of excellent facilities. With short stretches of sailing between ports, be entertained or simply watch the world go by. Coupled with the peaceful atmosphere of having fewer passengers on board, a river cruise is a tranquil way to explore the wonders of Egypt on a Nile cruise or have a cultural expedition on a European river cruise.
Some river cruise vessels do not have lifts, so always check that the vessel you wish to travel on can meet your requirements. Read more about accessible cruises.
- Scenery all the way along the cruise.
- Visit significant worldwide destinations – dock in the centre of historic cities and towns and experience the real life of your port stops.
- Many port stops .
- Peaceful onboard ambience.
- Onboard bars, swimming pools, libraries and more.
- Most cabins have outside windows .
- An alternative to large ocean going cruise ships.
- Some cruise lines include onshore excursions in the cost of the cruise.
River Cruise Itineraries
A Nile Cruise or one of the many river cruises in Europe are the jewels in the crown of river cruising and retain some of the traditional routes of cruise history. A Nile cruise will take you through the heart of Egyptian history, from Luxor to the Valley of Kings and many more places in between. River cruises on Europe’s famous waterways take in Amsterdam, St Petersburg, Provence and more.
River cruising is not limited to these routes. You can take a river cruise along China’s YangTse River, the Mekong in Cambodia, through North America or the great Amazon River in South America – wherever your imagination takes you.