Ocean vs. River cruising: Which one is right for you? Click HERE to find out. 

River Cruises can be summed up in one word: Intimacy

There is no better way to see some of the worlds best destinations than on a river cruise. From the Christmas Markets in Germany to the vineyards in France. You can also visit Africa, Vietnam, and China!

River cruises tend to be much smaller (190 max vs. up to 6,200 on the largest ocean cruises), and as a result, you’re much more likely to be interacting with other passengers and crew members.

That smaller scale translates to all areas of the river cruise. You dine on a regular schedule at tables with other passengers (wine is included in the price of the cruise). The chefs usually go onshore to the farmer’s markets to pick out the fresh produce for the days meals. The amenities tend to be more modest with river cruises — think libraries, a workout room, cultural programs, and free Wi-Fi. There tend to be fewer kids on river cruises, making them popular for couples seeking quiet and relaxed time together. (The exception to this would be Disney’s River Cruises which cater to families.)

You stop almost every day at a new port with river cruises, often for walking tours through quaint towns with little tourist traffic, and you’re always in view of land. What could be better than sitting with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and seeing the gorgeous landscape slide by?

When you’re getting ready to plan your next on-the-water trip, here are a few questions to consider:

  1. How many people are traveling? What are their ages?
  2. What time of the year do you want to travel?
  3. Do you need the amenities of a mega-ship — spas, gyms, a dozen restaurants, and many activities? Or are you looking for something calmer, more intimate and easy-paced?
  4. Are you seeking authentic inter-cultural experiences? Or do you prefer more familiar settings?

As always, I’m here and would love to discuss your next cruise. We can look at all the moving parts of your upcoming trip — what you need, what you want, what your dream is — and together we can come up with a cruise you and your loved ones will remember fondly for the rest of your life.

To learn more about AmaWaterways click HERE.


To learn more about Viking Cruise Line click HERE.


To learn more about River Cruises with Adventures by Disney, check out my Adventures by Disney Page.