Everyone is familiar with the idea of cruising: an exciting, large floating resort with hundreds of people heading off into the deep blue sea to a beautiful port of call. Service is wonderful, activities are aplenty, and fun is to be had by all. While the ocean liners of brands such as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line are as popular as they ever were – there is also a new trend on the water that is growing by leaps and bounds: River Cruising.
Travelers are flocking to this new way of experiencing the beauty of the smaller waterways of Europe and Asia. These ships are designed to sail down the majestic Rhone, Rhine, Danube, Douro, Yangtze and Mekong Rivers. The ports are an endless list of storybook villages, home to hilltop castles and vineyards on Europe’s waterways and riverside temples and pagodas through the ancient civilizations and verdant countryside of the Mekong. Sip on wine while sailing into Bordeaux, or create your own masterpiece in a painting class on your way to Amsterdam. The destinations dictate the experiences, and are unparalleled to any other sailing adventure because of how closely you can sail to cities dotting the riverside landscape.
Onboard you are offered an experience including meals, beverages, activities, and onshore excursion packages. The service is impeccable and the accommodations are first class. The food often showcases the local specialties of the destination, and wine is paired accordingly. Culture is rich, and you can be prepared to leave with a higher education in local lifestyle and geography than when you arrived. Attend a Hungarian wedding, dine in a castle with a duke and dutchess, or experience a Parisian cabaret; river cruising allows for true cultural immersion. Travel by river allows you to dock right in the heart of both historic cities and quaint villages. You’ll gain a unique perspective of a land and its people.
And – it’s convenient & comfortable – with no packing and unpacking, switching hotels or lugging baggage around. Think of river cruising as a relaxed vacation –an adventure with no fear of motion sickness.
Call a Mann Travels travel agent to learn more about our preferred river cruise lines such as AMA Waterways, Tauck, Scenic Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruising, and Viking River Cruises.