Are You Thinking About A European River Cruise?

Enjoying time with family and friends is special and traveling together is a wonderful way to do this and create memories that will last forever. 

River cruising is a great option for a family or a group of friends who want to travel together. Over the past 15 years, river cruising has become more popular and the demand for more cruises has increased dramatically. New cruise ships are being built all the time and many companies are finding different rivers to build their itineraries around.

A river cruise is like a boutique hotel. Most of the ships have only 120-190 passengers on board, which allows for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. The staff will know you by name and you get to know your fellow guests.

The ships have a main dining room that will accommodate all of the guests, but they also have smaller alternative restaurants.There is no set seating arrangement so you can enjoy dinner with whomever you want. The ingredients that are used to prepare lunch and dinner are from the area that you are visiting. Sometimes you will find the chef in the local markets shopping for ingredients for dinner. With river cruising most everything is included. The inclusiveness of alcohol varies from cruise line to cruise line, but beer and wine are included and served with lunch and dinner. 

While on a  river cruise, the countries and the small towns within the countries are your destination and the cruise ship acts as your hotel. When you stop in each town you do not need to take a bus to the town center because the ship docks and you are already immersed in your destination. Included in your cruise are optional excursions that you can choose. There are small group tours with knowledgeable local tour guides and self-guided tours for people who would like to explore on their own. Besides the local tours there are extra special activities that are planned. In the evening local entertainment is brought on board to perform for the guests

River cruising is a relaxed and easy way to visit Europe with family or friends. You don’t have to worry about getting from one city to another. You enjoy luxurious accommodations and delicious food while only having to unpack once!

If you or anyone you know is interested in a river cruise or planning a trip to Europe please give me a call or click the link below to set up a complimentary consultation. As a travel consultant, I am committed to making your vacation, as well as your vacation planning, the best experience possible. 

 

(photos from AmaWaterways)

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