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Why River Cruising?
River Cruising is one of the fastest growing travel
categories on the market today. Most people love
river cruising as you move from place to place
without packing and unpacking while you are on
the river but most days you are in a new town.
We do a lot of trips where we combine land
vacations with a river cruise as most itineraries
start and end in a different city. Our travel agency
is experienced with river cruises and we have
actually taken a river cruise so we can give you
first hand advice.
Where do River Cruises Go?
The two most popular rivers in Europe are the
Rhine and the Danube. The Danube is a long
river that runs east and west from Germany
through Austria into Eastern Europe. The Rhine
is the main north south river which runs from the
North Sea at Amsterdam down to Basel which is
near Zurich, Switzerland. Many river cruise boats
sail the rivers of France with some sailing into
Paris and others doing the wine country.
European boats also sail the Douro in Portugal
and the Po in Italy.
River cruises also sail from St. Petersburg to
Moscow in Russia. This is a misnomer as much
of this is lake cruising rather than traditional river
cruising. Most China trips include a trip on the
Yangtzee and river cruise boats also sail Vietnam
and Mynnamar (Burma). Some of these
countries require an entrance visa unlike Western
Europe for Americans.
The last frontier of river cruising is America and
they are coming in a big way now and in the next
few years. Right now we have two companies
sailing the Mississippi from New Orleans and all
the way up to Ohio and St. Louis in the
summertime. Next year Viking has signed a
contract with the State of Louisiana to
headquarter boats in New Orleans.
Are River Cruises Expensive?
We do get promotional discounts on most brands
of river cruises and we can help you understand
which brand is the best deal on your dates, on
your river, with your chosen category of room.
River cruises are a pretty inclusive experience as
they offer most meals onboard, beer or wine with
lunch or dinner and most include must see shore
excursions along with a tour director.
Is there a BEST brand of River Cruise?
As with most travel products, it is not which brand
is best, but which brand is best for you and your
traveling companion. Different brands of river
cruises offer different amenities including full bar,
wine tasting cruises or more gourmet dining
experiences. Some offer more shore excursions
than others plus pre and posts experiences differ
vastly among the river cruise companies. Some
have bikes you can ride along the river and others
have more deluxe room configurations onboard.
We even have brands like Tauck, Disney and
Crystal entering the river cruise business. Boats
are marketed as 4 or 5 star experiences. All of
these affect the price and richness of the river
Why use an Travel Agent to book a River Cruise?
Since our services are FREE why not? River
cruising is a complicated landscape with air
promotions sometimes and also land only
promotions. Free or reduced air may be from
limited gateways where another land only promo
may work best from your home city. We are
familiar with room categories on various ships
along with the style of the different brands.
Our tip about river cruising… Pick the river or
region you want to travel. Tell us about the type
of experience you desire and we can explain the
various lines that will satisfy you best. If it is all
about price, we do that type of analysis too.
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