Is fast becoming the popular cruise venue for travelers that have already got a few ocean voyages under their belts! Now, that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider a sleek, enchanting river cruise for your first cruise experience, it's just not where most new travelers typically begin their first cruise vacation.
River cruising offers a nice variance from the typical, big-ship ocean voyages. The key features that set it apart are several, but the most mentioned by those that have had the experience are: (1.) ability to visit smaller, more-quaint towns and villages unavailable on a standard ocean cruise, (2.) smaller ships with fewer passengers allowing a more personal feel, and (3.) a generally slower pace to the overall trip, resulting in a much more relaxed cruise experience.
As the concept has grown over the last few years, most of the cruise lines offering river voyages have begun to increase their itineraries and enlarge their river-going fleet. Currently, a person should have no problem finding a nice, suitable cruise either in Europe or the U.S., within a 10-12 month cruise season.
Of course, a more personal, small-ship river cruise is likely to be somewhat more expensive than your mainstream ocean voyages. However, unlike the larger cruise ships, most all trip costs are included in the basic fare, typically even including alcohol, WiFi, shore excursions and gratuities. In some cases, river cruise companies frequently offer free (or, discounted) round-trip air fare to and from the cruise departure and return ports.
If you're ready to explore the wonderful world of river cruising, we're ready to help you get started. Just contact us, let us know your basic thoughts on itineraries and schedules, and we'll begin the process of finding that exact river voyage to suit your specific requirements. We represent all major river cruise lines and are sure we can accommodate your wishes.