Sunday, June 3, 2012

River Cruising Check it out!

River cruising is a growing industry.  Why not?  Prices appear higher but actually include airfare, excursions, all on-board activities and even beer and wine.  No other form of cruising includes all of that at the base price.  Below is an article about river cruising from my Expedia Cruiseship Centers Website.



River Cruises

River Cruising Faq  |  Rivers Of Europe
Discover all the luxury and services River Cruising has to offer. Experience exceptional value through these complimentary amenities included on most river cruises:
  • Experienced guides will lead daily, enriching shore excursions
  • All meals including complimentary wine, beer, sodas with lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water, specialty coffees and teas
Looking for an alternative to contemporary ocean cruising? Just like traditional ocean cruising, river cruises are an ideal way to visit several countries in a short time to discover the heart of a destination.
River cruises ply the waterways of essentially every continent including the world's three largest rivers: the Amazon, Nile, and Yangtze.
From its beginnings in the mountains of Qinghai Province, the Yangtze flows to Shanghai on the East China Sea. The Yangtze is the third longest river in the world, flowing 3,690 miles - longer than the car trip on Interstate 80 from New York to Los Angeles.
The heart of this cruise runs through what is known as the Three Gorges with walls that rise as high as 1,000 feet above the riverbank. The site is also a cradle of ancient, Chinese civilization where travelers take in thousand-year-old temples, spectacular mountain vistas, and local village life.
Europe presents a variety of options for river cruising. From the rich history of the Rhine and the Danube to the untouched Douro that meanders through Madrid and Northern Portugal. Glide through colorful waterways and visit many of the gems often overlooked by other travelers. Enjoy the atmosphere of Amsterdam. Discover the wine country of France, the renaissance of northern Italy, the spectacular castles along Germany's Rhine River, the romantic Danube as it flows to Vienna and Budapest, and many other treasures of the Old World.
Russian river cruises are also very popular. They take you to the center of one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg through picturesque waterways. Explore medieval towns, quaint villages, and the breathtaking scenery of a country locked behind the Iron Curtain for most of the 20th century.
Set sail on the river of your choice aboard any of these fabulous River Cruise Lines:
AmaWaterways features upscale cuisine, enriching ports of call, and an international feel. With unique amenities such as bicycles free for use by passengers, to allow them to venture out on their own in each port of call, AmaWaterways is committed to providing a river cruising experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Uniworld River Cruises
Uniworld River Cruises offers many voyages so that you’ll have the chance to sail when and where you please, aboard one of their comfortable and intimate ships. You'll enjoy extra-spacious cabins with picture windows, attentive service by English-speaking staff, and superb dining with panoramic views. With staff to attend to your every need and whim, you’re sure to have a relaxing and enriching vacation.
Viking River Cruises
Viking River Cruises provides a superior travel experience, from one end of your trip to the other. With the intimate atmosphere aboard all Viking ships, it’s easy to make new friends, while the spaciousness enables you to enjoy some quiet time as well. Guests enjoy all the amenities they might expect in a fine hotel, plus expansive, panoramic views throughout.
For a truly unique experience, CLICK HERE to contact one of our Cruise Consultants to plan your very own river cruise to Europe, Russia, or China.


  1. Sounds very cool! I love cruises and have never been on a River Cruise before.

    1. I haven`t either. I do know that one company in particular is very good to travel agents, so I hope to do one soon and will let everyone know how that goes! :)

  2. I've always wanted to go on a river cruise but there is no such thing here in Manila! I hope to do it when we go on our next vacation. :D Thanks for the info!

    1. How sad that they don't have them in the Phillipines. I bet they will expand there soon. River cruising is relatively new and I can't wait to see where they go next. :)

  3. I would love to take one of these trips! I've been on one cruise so far, but I'd like to try a River Cruise. Seems even better!

    1. It sure does! We are always asked why they are so much more expensive, but there are guided tours in all of the ports and they look amazing. :)

  4. I went on a River cruise in Italy - it was wonderful. I highly recommend it. Great article - very helpful!

    1. Oooh. Italy. It is so on my bucket list. Sadly, I have not made it overseas yet. Lots of travel here in Canada and throughout the US and now to the Caribbean. Will definitely be cruising some time in the next 12 months, though! :)

  5. One of my favorites is the Rhine River in Germany...fabulous with all of those castles!

    1. I have been eying that one up. The other one I am super interested in is the Russian river cruises. The palaces and churches! *swoon I want to go everywhere.