When you think of a cruise, of what do you think? No doubt a large ship or something that seems like a floating city. While these ships can offer an amazing vacation experience, there are many reasons to consider river cruise lines instead. Let’s look at three quick reasons here.
Do you get overwhelmed with the idea of being on a ship that is holding literally thousands of people? Some find this uncomfortable; river cruise lines use smaller ships that offer a more intimate feeling.
The fact that they are smaller with fewer passengers means less waiting for dinner and for amenities as well. If you want to schedule a massage at the spa or time with a personal trainer, you can usually do so at your convenience. Additionally, the staff may be more attentive to your individual concerns since they have fewer passengers that need attending.
Using smaller ships also means that they are more friendly to the environment. They use less fuel to travel and usually have smaller travel routes as well. This means less pollution overall, something that many vacationers appreciate.
On a full-size cruise ship, you of course have many ports-of-call where you can disembark and see the local sites and attractions. But you do also spend quite a bit of time on the open water, and while the water can be beautiful, it means seeing the same thing for hours and even days at a time.
With river cruise lines you typically have many more attractions you can see and visit. Often you’re in full view of nearby historical buildings, temples, monuments, or can see forests and mountains from the ship itself. You also see local residents along the river, so you feel as if you’re getting an authentic taste of the area even without leaving the ship!
Because their ships are smaller and travel routes are usually shorter, typically river cruise lines are more affordable than large, full-scale ships. This means you can save on your budget or plan a longer trip along a particular route.
This also makes these types of cruises a better option for families that may not want to spend quite as much on the larger cruise ships. Children often enjoy the historical sites on the routes of these river cruise lines can they can be an experience they’ll never forget.
Most river cruise lines plan specific routes along certain historic locations, whether it’s to see ancient Asian temples or travel routes mentioned in the Bible. The affordability of this type of vacation means you’re getting something of a guided tour along with your accommodations, fabulous meals, and other amenities.
So there are many reasons to consider this type of cruise for your next vacation, and we’ve only mentioned a few here. They’re affordable, offer historically significant routes, provide you with every amenity imaginable, and are perfect for those looking for a more eco-friendly holiday on the water.