In the past few years, we’ve heard more and more clients ask us about river cruising. Some have heard about the river cruising experience from friends who have made a trip, others have seen it advertised on TV or online. River cruising has become more and more popular these days, and the team at our agency has taken advantage of the new trend with its diverse offerings.
Ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and for good reason. They’re affordable, convenient and offer travelers peace of mind knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is all in one place. What could be better than that? Well, consider a river cruise.
You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show by taking a look at AmaWaterways just how perfectly well they’re suited for one another. AmaWaterways river cruises combine all the convenience, elegance, and comfort of a cruise on the ocean with the excitement of European destinations, with unique adventures available at each port of call with excursions to suit anyone’s preferences!
To cruise-lovers, maybe it’s time to trade in the ocean liner experience for a completely new adventure, to explore the inland waterways of the world’s rivers. For a unique and relaxing tour of Europe, AmaWaterways could just be the best choice!
Here are the top 10 reasons why you’ll love river cruising, especially on one of our top recommended brands, AmaWaterways!
1. Expand Your Options
While ocean cruises take you to countries, river cruises take you through them. There simply is no way to reach river cruise destinations on mega cruise ships.
2. Intimate Experience
River cruising offers a more intimate setting. Most ships range from 144 to 196 passengers. This means that you’ll never have to wait in line, you’ll enjoy more time experiencing all the amenities and you’ll have a far more personal experience interacting as much as you wish with other passengers and crew. The people are a special element of any trip and this is an opportunity to enjoy a more personable holiday.
Even if you don’t prefer your privacy, the intimate setting has its benefits for you as well. From ordering a beverage to getting on and off the ship, you’ll enjoy the absence of long lines.
3. Dive into the Local Culture
Get away from the touristy ports and explore hidden gems. Large ocean liner ports can receive up to 20,000 visitors on the same day but with a river cruise, you’ll arrive into port with only a few hundred visitors. Not only will you avoid long lines at your destination, but you’ll also enjoy leisurely excursions at each incredible port of call. You’ll be able to take in the local culture and history of every unique town that you visit.
4. No Need to Rush Back
With many departures from the destinations being later in the afternoon or evening, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the nightlife in select ports of call. Whether you choose an evening walk through cobblestone streets, a local show or performance, or one last glass of wine after dinner while listening to a local musician, immersing yourself in the evening culture together with the locals is a unique experience.
5. Castle Views
That’s right, castle views. From Amsterdam to Basel along the Rhine River, and in Budapest, Bratislava, Dürnstein, and Passau on the Danube, you’ll see colorful architecture and castles that will blow you away. But don’t stop at just viewing the castles, why not hike or drive to them and then explore their fabulousness with a knowledgeable guide? You’ll literally be walking in the footsteps of world history.
6. 5-Star Reviews
5-star reviews are only earned through 5-star service. When you’re relaxing with a glass of wine on the Sun Deck, enjoying a night under the stars, or having an unexpected encounter with kind locals that your tour guide has arranged for you, you’ll know where their 5-star reviews come from. See what people are saying about AmaWaterways’ flawless service.
7. Entertainment for the Whole Family
With a variety of activities and plenty of stops along the way, we’re sure everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. River cruising is perfect for multi-generational families. From grandparents to teenaged grandchildren, the entire family will bond over a range of topics and activities from food to history to countryside excursions.
There really is something to do for everyone on board at each destination. Members of your group can choose among the following activities:
- take advantage of spa services
- enjoy the sundeck pool
- cultural activities
- seek out a quiet space with a book
- and many more!
Mealtimes are the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together again as a family. It really is the perfect multi-generational vacation for your family or group of friends.
8. Taste the Difference
Whether you’re into wine tasting or local street food, a river cruise provides an exceptional culinary experience both on the ship and at every destination. The onboard culinary team focuses on utilizing fresh local ingredients. Dishes are paired with local wines. There’s absolutely no mass-produced and basic buffet food when you cruise with AmaWaterways!
9. Variety of Experience
Let’s not forget just how special every European country is! The towns and cities may be close in proximity along the river, but don’t be surprised by the unique feeling and experiences that each destination gives you. Choose from visiting local breweries, hiking to castles, biking through trendy neighborhoods, or visiting museums that highlight the local culture.
10. World-Class Accommodations
One of the reasons we love river cruises so much (and we know you’ll agree) is the feeling of walking into a luxurious suite or twin-balcony stateroom that will be your home away from home for the next 7, 8, 10 days or more. Each of AmaWaterways’ staterooms is tastefully decorated and is river facing. Whether you choose to have a window view, a private balcony, or even a twin balcony (with both a French and outside balcony), you’ll always have a room with a view.
So, there you have it. 10 great reasons why you’ll love your first river cruise on AmaWaterways.
If you’re considering a trip to Europe and you’re thinking about river cruising as a potential option, we’d love to match your vacation style with the best ship and travel itinerary for you.
Contact us and let us know if you’re planning a romantic getaway, anniversary trip, or you just want to get away and see somewhere new. We’ll do some research and get back to you with the options available as well as any relevant add-ons for you to choose from to make your vacation truly unforgettable!