Like ocean cruising, river cruising is very inclusive, with accommodation, food and entertainment all included in the price. Providing fantastic value for money, especially when compared to land-based holidays, river cruising still enables you to get to the heart of a destination the same way you would on a city break.
The inclusivity of river cruising isn’t the only reason it’s become so popular however; here we look at some of the top reasons why this type of cruise holiday is on the rise…
No choppy seas
With no waves or currents to contend with, river cruising is the perfect choice for those worried about seasickness! Daily Excursions are often included in the price…
Exotic far flung destinations
Exotic far flung destinations are being added to operator itineraries every month, with river cruising not just confined to Europe. Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and China are increasingly popular, with Myanmar set to follow suit.
A room with a view
This is guaranteed on river ships, with all cabins being outside, and most with large windows or French balconies, meaning that you will never miss the view!
Small and friendly
That’s the name of the game when it comes to river cruising. Most hold less than 200-250 passengers, making it easy to meet like-minded friends if you wish.
Fascinating talks and insights
Talks are often given whilst your vessel sails by towns and cities, with onboard tour managers happy to answer any further questions you may have.
What’s included in river cruising?
While accommodation, food and entertainment are a given, river cruise companies can vary enormously in terms of ‘what else’ is included in the price. Many include flights or a rail option, as well as local transfers, while others charge a supplement.
Unlimited wifi access is also something that more and more operators include free of charge, as well as free, guided shore excursions. All-inclusive drinks packages, again, are growing in popularity amongst luxury river cruise operators, while others will include wine or beer with meals and unlimited soft drinks.