|Sailing the Danube River in Austria.|
Photo: Avalon Waterways
BETTER EXPERIENCE OF PLACE River cruises take you to places inaccessible to ocean-going cruise ships – not only the interior of continents, but small villages and towns that can only ever be served by small vessels. As a bonus, you can admire beautiful countryside, rather than just open ocean, as you drift from destination to destination. Keep your camera at the ready: there’s scarcely a moment without something of interest gliding past your cabin window: water buffalo working rice paddies, workers harvesting grapes in autumn-dappled vineyards, the pastel-blue towers of a baroque church. What’s more, if you spend time on the rooftop sun deck of your river-cruise ship, you get a 360° view of the passing landscapes.
|Passing scenery on the Nile River, Egypt.|
Photo: Cruise Captain
MORE TIME Frankly, one of the pleasures of river cruising is that you can escape the ship so frequently. Days at sea have no equivalent on river cruises: Captain Rivers doesn’t know any river cruise in which you don’t disembark every single day, often for long periods. You spend less time getting to places, more time just being there. How? Cities along rivers tend to be closer together than they are on coastlines. Ships usually tie up right in town centres and stay longer than ocean liners – often overnight. With more time in dock, you can do join your guided tours and have time to explore yourself, dawdle the promenades, sit in cafés or go out in the evenings.
Stay tuned: Captain Rivers will be writing shortly about why he thinks the ship experience on rivers is also better than that on oceans.
We're sure you have many of your own reasons to recommend river cruising, so why not leave a comment and let us know what they are. Who knows, you could encourage an ocean cruise enthusiast to head upriver for the first time…