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, Switzerland, Russia, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and the Amazon Region, Brazil, Hungary and Vietnam/Cambodia, can be the experience of a lifetime.
An extension of River Cruises that are becoming very popular are small ship ocean cruising using smaller ships that carry less than 500 passengers and experiencing places like Antarctica and other areas that the larger cruise-ships cannot enter. River Cruising is a great alternative to Ocean Cruising and for those that love Ocean Cruising but want a smaller more upscale experience than the large Cruise Ships, Small Ship Ocean Cruises are your ticket.
“Our unbiased recommendation is yours at no cost. We never charge fees for our expert advice and when you book through us, you pay the same price you would through the cruise line, with the same payment arrangements. Plus we throw in a few agency extras.” River and Small Ship Cruises for 2021 and 2022 are starting to fill up. Contact us for more information (480) 893-6584
—Sharon and Geoff Millar
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, we use our unbiased knowledge and our experience with river cruises and river cruise lines to make sure you are booked on the river cruise that meets or exceeds your expectations. We take the guesswork out of selecting the right river cruise. 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.
And of course, we are able to 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 airport return. We can also take care of any pre-cruise and post-cruise stays you want to include in your plans. Plus, you can take advantage of our convenient payment plans to lock down your itinerary without spending all that money up-front. Confused if you should take a river cruise one way or the other, river cruises are usually not round trips, we take the time to understand what your criteria is so we can and have used our knowledge to make the correct recommendation on which direction makes the most sense.
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, historic, and culturally enriching experiences, great food, music, and local knowledge. Luxury and great service is a must. With the smaller number of guests onboard it provides the ability to make new, and sometimes lifelong friends.
River cruise destinations
We specialize in four main destinations: Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. These four destinations encompass every type of International river cruise experience. Each one caters to a different audience. Let us help you discover which cruise line and destination fits your criteria and personality.
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, uncrowded cultural and historical experience, nothing can compare to a river cruise. The last river cruise we were on we had an expert on the river and it’s history join us on-board to provide us with the information about the river and he also made himself available for any questions we had. One another of our river cruises the dinner menus included many selections made up of the specialties of the region we were passing through at the time.
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. We once were on a river cruise where the passengers competed with each other in a music/dance trivia competition and virtually everyone on the ship joined in, including some of the crew.
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, seasickness is not something you need to be worried about. We have clients who won’t do ocean cruises for this very reason but they love river cruises.