River Cruises Like Youíve Never Dreamed!
A new kind of luxury travel – at a price you can afford. River cruise vacations give you a front row seat to some of the most breathtaking waterfront cities in the world. These one-of-a-kind river cruise ships dock right at the center of each city, providing you with all the attractions you are looking for just as soon as you make port. You will walk off the cruise ship, and step into the heart of the city; the dining, the sights, the once-in-a-lifetime experience – all just waiting for you!
Sail the esteemed rivers of Europe, Russia, or China and experience something you never thought you would. With American Cruise Lines, you will explore the enchanting inland waterways of the United States of America! Anywhere in the world you want to be – we’ll get you there!
A Different Atmosphere
Our luxury river cruises offer a different atmosphere than ocean cruises. They are a little slower paced, more relaxing, giving you a chance to soak it all in. Imagine looking out upon the picturesque scenery of some exotic locale, be it at home or abroad. View breathtaking sites throughout canals, inlets, and harbors from around the world. These can be taken in places such as Australia, China, Egypt and dozens of European cities and countries as well as throughout Asia.
An added bonus of river cruises are the ports. These allow you to get up close and personal to art galleries, restaurants, castles, theaters, shopping, wineries and museums. Viking River Cruises, Avalon Waterways, AMA Waterways and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises are four of the most popular river cruise lines in the world, each with its own unique charm and special offerings.
The idea of going on a cruise appeals to many people, but the price and the prospect of being stuck out at sea for so many days is a little bit daunting. Not everyone is able to afford a cruise when they need to pay $400 or $500 for a few nights, per person. In addition, many people have no idea how they are going to react if they find themselves in a position where they are out in the open sea for days, without any land in sight.
Luckily, there are options to alleviate both concerns. The main option comes in the form of a river cruise, which delivers the same luxurious experience and excitement at a fraction of the price. There are so many incredible waterfront cities around the world, whether you are in Europe, Russia or Asia, and you can experience all of them with a stunning river cruise. You will definitely not regret this plan, and we think you are going to have the time of your life.
The best part about being on a river cruise is that you get the best of both worlds. You get to find yourself on a big boat that is going across the river, but you also get to spend a ton of time in the various cities. These are the types of cruises where you will probably spend more time offshore than you would on the deck, which is not a bad thing at all!
One of the most popular destinations for river cruise enthusiasts is Europe, and we think you are going to love the concept as well. The great thing about Europe is that you will never run out of major rivers to check out. For instance, there are cruise packages available for the Danube, Rhine, Main, Moselle, Rhone, Saone, and Seine rivers, and these are just a few of the choices.
These cruises are a lot less expensive when you compare them to a regular cruise, which means even those who are on a budget have a chance to enjoy a cruise for a week or longer! Let us say you book an eight-day cruise on the Rhine River. Your journey is going to begin in Basel, and you will find yourself at the wonderful town of Breisach am Rhein within a day. Then you make your way through Stasbourg, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk and Amsterdam. Eight different cities in eight days! Now that is one incredible way for you to tour through Europe.
For those who already live in one part of Europe, going on these cruises is even cheaper. All you need to do is find a cruise with a starting point that is closest to where you live, and you will not need to spend much money to get to the port. But even if you are based in the United States, it is no problem. You can always take a flight to a major European city, spend a day or two there, and then make your way to the port where your cruise is set to begin.
When we compare a river cruise to an ocean cruise, one of the major differences lies with the onboard entertainment. But there is a reason why you will not get as many entertainment options on board a river cruise. For one, these ships are a lot smaller, which means they do not have as much space for massive entertainment halls or movie theaters. In addition, you are spending much less time on the boat when you are on a river cruise. You will mostly travel from one city to another, and you will spend the bulk of your day outside exploring the various sights and sounds of Europe’s best river cities!
But when you are onboard, you can always check out the terraces that are out on the deck. These are great spots, because you get a full view of the water and the various towns that you pass by, while enjoying a drink, or a little bit of lunch, with your friends or family. There are also observation lounges and bars included in all the river cruise packages, where you can relax with the other guests as you enjoy your favorite cocktail.
Many people choose to have their meals when they are offshore, preferring to take in the various restaurants in the European cities they are getting to experience. But if you do find that you are hungry while you are onboard, you can always head to the main restaurant on your river cruise. There will be all sorts of seating options, including tables for smaller and larger parties.
Things to Do at the Destination
When you go on an ocean cruise, you are somewhat limited in terms of the areas where you will stop. Those are port cities, and there is only so much time you get to spend when you are off the cruise ship. But when you are going through a river cruise, you will have an entire day to check out the cities where you have docked. For instance, you can experience the culture of cities such as Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, Budapest, Vienna and more.
Being on a river cruise is almost like backpacking or traveling by train through Europe, except you are going through the network of rivers that makes up the continent. You can spend your days like a regular tourist, checking out the sights, shops and restaurants that interest you the most. And then you can catch up with everyone else on the cruise as it gets ready to set sail for another city!
When you are going on a river cruise, the whole idea is to get through as much of Europe (or another part of the world). While you will enjoy your time onboard, you will have even more fun when you are out and exploring some of these incredible cities. Make sure you pack enough clothes for your adventures, because the last thing you want is to only have dirty clothes. But the good news is that you can always shop when you are off the boat, so you can pack light.
Experience A River Cruise Like No Other!
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