7 Reasons to Go On a River Cruise

by Christine Ongsueng

7 Reasons to Go On a River Cruise

by Christine Ongsueng

The launch of 13 new river ships last year alone is proof that river cruising is fast becoming a popular way to travel. Add in the chance to see some of the most picturesque destinations in the world, all at a sweet, slow pace, and it's a no-brainer for cruisers. If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these seven compelling reasons why you should give river cruising a chance.

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1. You won’t get seasick.

On a river cruise, the waters are much calmer. If the scenery wasn’t changing, you may not even notice that the ship is moving. Vessels like the Viking Longships are equipped with quiet directional thrusters that maintain a motionless sensation, even through difficult maneuverings.

On a river cruise, the waters are much calmer. If the scenery wasn’t changing, you may not even notice that the ship is moving. Vessels like the Viking Longships are equipped with quiet directional thrusters that maintain a motionless sensation, even through difficult maneuverings.

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2. The ships are intimate.

Most river ships carry fewer than 200 people, so it’s easy to get to know your fellow passengers. This also means that the crew will quickly come to familiarize themselves with your personal preferences, such as what you drink with dinner and how you like your eggs at breakfast.

Most river ships carry fewer than 200 people, so it’s easy to get to know your fellow passengers. This also means that the crew will quickly come to familiarize themselves with your personal preferences, such as what you drink with dinner and how you like your eggs at breakfast.

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3. There’s always something to see.

The good thing about never losing sight of the shore is you get to witness a variety of scenery. On a cruise from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, the landscape transforms from towering skyscrapers to sleepy country hamlets ... and back again. On cruises through Germany, you can keep your eyes on the shore in search of castles and vineyards.

The good thing about never losing sight of the shore is you get to witness a variety of scenery. On a cruise from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, the landscape transforms from towering skyscrapers to sleepy country hamlets ... and back again. On cruises through Germany, you can keep your eyes on the shore in search of castles and vineyards.

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4. You'll feel like you're staying in a boutique hotel.

Don't let a river ship’s small size (especially when compared to its ocean-going counterpart) trick you into thinking that you’ll be stuck in tight, cramped spaces. Modern construction and contemporary styling make public areas feel light, airy, and open. Cabins are efficiently designed to maximize available space and most come with verandas or French balconies, and newer vessels come with modern in-room treats such as bedside USB plugs, plush linens, and heated bathroom floors.

Don't let a river ship’s small size (especially when compared to its ocean-going counterpart) trick you into thinking that you’ll be stuck in tight, cramped spaces. Modern construction and contemporary styling make public areas feel light, airy, and open. Cabins are efficiently designed to maximize available space and most come with verandas or French balconies, and newer vessels come with modern in-room treats such as bedside USB plugs, plush linens, and heated bathroom floors.

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5. There are no sea days.

The close proximity between ports means you’ll find yourself in a new place everyday, perhaps blending your own cognac in France, taking a cooking class in Cambodia, or learning about Venetian carnival masks in Italy. In some cases, you’ll be able to visit several UNESCO World heritage sites on one itinerary.

The close proximity between ports means you’ll find yourself in a new place everyday, perhaps blending your own cognac in France, taking a cooking class in Cambodia, or learning about Venetian carnival masks in Italy. In some cases, you’ll be able to visit several UNESCO World heritage sites on one itinerary.

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6. You’ll have more time on land.

Most river cruises dock near the center of town and are within walking distance of the most important local points of interest. And, since there is no need to tender, you can disembark quickly and start exploring, whether you decide to set off on your own or join an included walking tour.

Most river cruises dock near the center of town and are within walking distance of the most important local points of interest. And, since there is no need to tender, you can disembark quickly and start exploring, whether you decide to set off on your own or join an included walking tour.

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7. It’s stress-free travel.

On a river cruise, you don’t have to constantly pack and unpack or worry about how you’ll get from one place to another. River cruising hits all the must-see spots but gives you the option to be as active and independent as you want to be — without dealing with rental cars, GPS systems, trains, or planning out complicated itineraries in advance.

On a river cruise, you don’t have to constantly pack and unpack or worry about how you’ll get from one place to another. River cruising hits all the must-see spots but gives you the option to be as active and independent as you want to be — without dealing with rental cars, GPS systems, trains, or planning out complicated itineraries in advance.

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