River Cruising – Ten Reasons To Book Now!

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Ten Reasons To Go River Cruising Now



River Cruising! Let’s take a look at the ten reasons to go river cruising now! It is becoming the favorite choice for cruising around the world. And that is what makes it so attractive. They are available in all of the areas we want to visit and not just the well known European destinations, but itineraries are also available to Asia, South America and Africa. While destinations all over the world are a top reason to consider this vacation option, there are many more.

  1.  It’s a great bargain – If you are looking for exceptional value for your dollar – to-  amenities and services ratio, a River Cruise offers it all. Unlike most ocean cruising, river cruises include excursions, tours and activities for no additional cost. There is no need to go into your pocket for stops at each port you visit.  Free wifi, beverages and all meals are also included. Top shelf alcoholic beverages will most likely not be included. When booking your cruise always double check what all-inclusive means for your particular cruise and if transfer costs and port taxes are included.Another feature which makes river cruising a great bargain is airfare included.  For example cruise lines will offer airfare deals, deeply discounting your cruise. Emerald Waterways guests who book a sailing of 13 days or more on their Mekong River Cruise will receive free round trip airfare to Asia, or $2,500 savings per couple when booked by June 29.  Ask about airfare deals and other amenities to ensure you are getting every possible deal.
  2.  Windows to the world – Small ships with fabulous views! Boats used for river cruising are much smaller than ocean cruisers. With ceiling to floor windows and balconies, staterooms have an open view to the outside world. Traveling along the river shoreline, you can take in sights of all the small villages, cities and activities along the route.


  3. New ships!  Many cruise lines are adding new ships to keep up with demand.   Emerald Waterways newest ship – Emerald Harmony Star Ship has 42 staterooms and suites with Panorama Balcony Suites, a pool, an Asian-themed Horizon Bar & lounge – which spells luxury and intimate sailing for 84 guests.  New ships are taking extra advantage of grand views, larger staterooms and more pubic spaces for gatherings on board.
  4.  Delicious gourmet meals and beverages – Dining on river cruise ships has become a luxurious experience. Local cuisine paired with regional wines creates an elegant dining experience for guests.  And dinner is not the only meal catering to the most discerning palates, breakfast, lunch and snacks offer options to satisfy everyone.  Most river cruise lines feature fresh local ingredients and foods from the regions you are visiting prepared by excellent chefs. And, for instance on Emerald Waterways with a guest ratio of 2-1 your dining experience will be very elegant with opportunities to relax, enjoy and have great conversations with your table mates.

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  5. Themed cruises – The perfect way to immerse yourself  in the local culture is through the many themed cruises offered by river cruise companies.  There are an assortment of options with everything from a focus on local wines, chocolates, cooking lessons and holiday cruises.  European Christmas Market cruises are very popular. Another great question to ask when booking your cruise – “Are there any themed or special featured cruises available?”
  6.  Visiting smaller ports – Some of the world’s greatest cities and towns are located along rivers. The smaller size of river cruise ships allows them to navigate the rivers with their shifting water levels and dock in smaller city ports. Get ready to explore cities and towns you may have never considered visiting.

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  7. Great excursions – Because you are visiting smaller cities that you may not normally visit with a land tour, you have an opportunity to see parts of the region’s culture and history. Often the country side allows you to see more of the preserved cultural traditions than you would not experience in the larger cities. For each port several excursion options will be offered.  Prior to arriving at your ports, onboard educational programs and reviews of the excursions help you decide the best option for your interest and mobility.River Cruising
  8. Excellent choice for baby boomers and empty-nesters – Mature travelers enjoy the ease of river cruising. The all inclusive experience makes it convenient and less stressful during the planning process. The options for excursions and activities offer soft adventures – biking, hiking, visits to museums, art galleries and guided tours where you are learning about the history of the region, cultural traditions, festivals and you have opportunities to meet local residents.

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  9. Educational program onboard – Vacations are all about taking it easy and relaxing, but there is always the interest in learning more about the area. River cruises offer  great educational programs onboard. Local historians, naturalists and programs informing you about the music, dance, visuals arts, cuisine and history in the region are offered while sailing between ports.  Many programs provide educational sessions before you arrive in the next port so you are ready to explore.
  10. Easy to meet people – the intimate experience of river cruise ships allows you to meet people with similar interests, backgrounds and activity level.  It’s easy to meet your fellow travelers over dinner, during activities onboard and while touring.

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Choose a cruise line which fits your style and interest.  The all inclusive experience is what makes river cruising a top choice for vacationing. Once you book and pay… you’re free to enjoy your cruise and create your memories.

Listen to the recording below of Annita on the Morning Edition With Bill Maine radio show talking about river cruising.

Visit their website – emeraldwaterways.com or call your travel agent

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