Why river cruises?
Throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America rivers were once, and in many cases still are, the lifeline to trade and now bustle with people who want to explore the magic and imagine the history of these majestic countries through their waterways. These towns, which are often best accessed by their rivers, are filled with fantastic architecture of times past, and their cultures and traditions still exist today. To experience this for yourself, cruising the waterways and learning the history of such countries as the Netherlands, France, Russia, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, Hungary and Vietnam can be the experience of a lifetime.
Why book your river cruise with us?
You have many options on where and how to book your river cruise, so why should you book your cruise through us? Namely, our knowledge and our experience with river cruises and river cruise lines. We take the guesswork out of choosing the right cruise for your wants and needs. With just a few questions, we will help you figure out the cruise that will give you exactly what you are dreaming of in a river cruise. Our unbiased recommendation is yours at no cost. When you book through us, you pay the same price or less than if you booked directly with the cruise line yourself.
And of course, we will take care of any supplementary travel you need before the cruise, including travel to and from the airport, and to and from the ports of departure and return. Plus, you can take advantage of our convenient payment plans to lock down your itinerary without spending all that money up-front.
River or ocean cruise?
Both provide fantastic, and different opportunities for guests to experience the best that a cruise has to offer. However, if you are looking for a more personalized experience, nothing can compare to a river cruise.
River cruises offer a more intimate way to see the world, with a small number of guests on board at any one time, higher staff to guest ratios, and luxurious cabins, river cruises allow for a more unique experience.
River cruises offer you the ability to spend quality time in your chosen destination. You dock right in the heart of a city—which means you can step off the ship and begin experiencing the destination immediately. Because of the size of river cruise ships, you won’t have to wait in long lines to leave or board your ship, giving you more time to experience the destination. With a river cruise, the view is constantly changing as you sit back and let the world pass by.
Thanks to the calmness of the rivers, along with the engineering of river cruise ships, sea sickness is not something you need to be worried about.
Who chooses a river cruise?
River cruise fans like to immerse themselves in the countries and destinations they visit, rather than rushing through hectic, crowded itineraries. People who prefer river cruises tend to be a mix of independent travelers, couples and small groups. They are looking for diverse, culturally enriching experiences, great food, music, and knowledge. Luxury and great service is a must. With the smaller number of guests on board it provides the ability to make new, and sometimes lifelong friends.
Choosing a river cruise line
Even though river cruise ships tend to look very similar from the outside, each river cruise line has its own personality and ambience. Some river cruise lines have more inclusive amenities than others. The difference can be felt as soon as you step onto the ship. There is a river cruise line to fit just about any guest’s criteria and level of luxury. Let us help you select the river cruise and river cruise line that caters to your desires and fits your personality. With literally hundreds of itineraries and ships to choose from we will use our experience and expertise to match you with the perfect river cruise.
River cruise lines
Below are the four main river cruise lines we specialize in:
- Viking River Cruises >
- AMAWaterways River Cruises >
- Scenic River Cruises >
- Avalon Waterways River Cruises >
These four cruise lines encompass every type of river cruise experience. Each one caters to a different audience. Let us help you discover which cruise line fits your criteria and personality.
River cruise destinations
We specialize in four main destinations: Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.
These four destinations encompass every type of river cruise experience. Each one caters to a different audience. Let us help you discover which cruise line fits your criteria and personality.
Other considerations in choosing the right cruise
Whether you’re in Europe, South America, Asia, or Africa, river cruises share similarities. The first point is that ships are much smaller than ocean vessels giving you more of a personalized intimate experience.
Unlike ocean ships, river vessels visit a new and different port each day, sometimes even more than one; passengers can visit multiple countries in a single cruise yet still feel they have fully explored each destination.
All meals are included. Most meals will include some menu items related to the region you may be in at the time and the wine served may also come from that region. Most lines offer complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, plus unlimited tea and coffee. A few are totally all-inclusive offering all meals, snacks, top shelf alcohol at any time (open bar), tours, gratuities and even bicycles outfitted with portable GPS systems, allowing you to tour on your own.
The on-board dress code is more laid-back than on oceangoing voyages, there is no formal dress code. There’s usually a captain’s reception and gala dinner, where some people opt for smarter outfits, but it’s not obligatory and smarter dress may be nothing more than adding a sports coat or wearing a dress.
Entertainment is more low-key—with the major attraction being the passing scenery. Most cruises will also provide music and dancing in the evening with a local show featuring local singers and dancers. There may also be educational lectures about the regions and areas the ship is passing through providing more in-depth knowledge.
Staterooms tend to be slightly smaller than oceangoing vessels, but are not short on comforts and amenities, particularly on the newer ships. Standard amenities include hotel-style beds, bathroom with high-quality toiletries, TV and entertainment system, hair dyer, safe and ample storage space for your clothes and luggage. As with ocean going cruises each cabin is assigned a cabin steward to make your cruise more enjoyable and comfortable. A few will actually include butler service.
River cruises are not well suited to wheelchair users or passengers with severe mobility issues. Most modern ships have elevators, and some have handicapped-adapted cabins, but gangways can be steep and in some instances, you may have to cross another ship or two to reach the shore when disembarking.
River levels can fluctuate and sometimes be a concern on some rivers depending on weather conditions and how that river controls the water levels through a series of locks and dams. All these situations are covered by the cruise line and you won’t be left stranded somewhere on the river.
Call us toll-free today at (866) 394-2848 to begin planning your river cruise or Get a River Cruise Quote. We can help you with the differences between the river cruise lines and itineraries making sure your river cruise meets or exceeds your expectations.