Cruising a river is an experience you will never forget. It is an opportunity to travel with like-minded people in a small group. Furthermore, you will get a chance to really get to know a destination and get a unique perspective of it. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from luxurious river cruises like a Viking river cruise.

What a Luxurious Cruise Offers You

  • A spacious and comfortable ship with no more than 200 people.
  • Comfortable cabins with all necessary amenities.
  • Fantastic on board cuisine prepared when you order.
  • Wonderful drinks.
  • Excursions in every port you stop at.
  • Fitness and entertainment activities on board.
  • Plenty of time to explore the different cities you will dock at.
  • A chance to really get to know a region.
  • A casual but luxurious atmosphere.
  • River views from your room.
  • A chance to travel on water without getting seasick.
  • A personalized service from staff.
  • A chance to build a lifetime of special memories.

Where to Go

River cruises can take you all over the world. While European cruises are popular, you can also go to Asia (including China and Russia), South America and more. Essentially, you can go wherever your personal bucket list wants to take you.

Sure, you will not be able to visit the places that an ocean cruise will take you to. However, an ocean cruise will not be able to take you into the heart of some of the most amazing cities in the world. So you are not able to cruise between different Caribbean islands. You also won’t have to spend days on board a hugely overcrowded ship with loud activities for days on end with no land in sight. And no, you may not have a huge pool on your ship (that you have to share with hundreds of others), but you will have a chance to visit places like Paris, Prague, the Nile, the Mekong and various other fascinating places. Essentially, a river cruise is an opportunity to explore culture and history, something that an ocean liner will never be able to do.

History of River Cruising

River cruising is something that many people believe to be reasonably new. In reality, however, it is not. Hundreds of years ago, before we had main roads, motor vehicles and airplanes, people used to travel from one place to the other on river cruises. It was also an opportunity for commerce and trade. While river cruising as a modern method of getting to know the world is a reasonably modern concept, you will actually be following in the footsteps of your ancestors. Not just that, you will have an opportunity to experience some of the places that have inspired great thinkers and artists for hundreds of years. The Viennese Waltz, for instance, was inspired by the flowing waters of the Danube River. Artists like Monet painted their greatest works of art by traveling along river banks, the very river banks that you will be enjoying yourself.

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