River cruising has been around for decades, or even centuries, but now it is finally getting the attention it deserves. It used to struggle to attract ocean-going mariners who enjoyed their roomy accommodations, Broadway shows, culinary splendor and personalized service, but now river cruising of today is full of new ships, new designs, and new innovations.
“Personally, I’m a huge fan of river cruising now that I can eat great meals, sit on my balcony, walk, bike or run along the banks and into the towns,” described Cruise Specialists vice president Greg Nacco.
He shares his thoughts on why you might want to consider taking a voyage down the river:
1. River cruise companies took note of what was missing. Now you can find gourmet cuisine, fine wines, large suites with floor to ceiling windows and balconies. Not to mention a wide range of enrichment and entertainment offered onboard and special theme cruises such as those exploring the food and wine of a particular region you are visiting.
2. Passengers can pick from modern and exciting shore excursions. The shore excursions have all grown up as well with a wide variety of offerings to suit any activity level and interest. Blue water sailors used to shun the idea of visiting the great iconic cities and small villages of Europe and Asia because the river ships and bus tours had zero appeal, but now are flocking in the thousands to come see the rest of the world ‘somewhere beyond the sea.
3. Guests appreciate the all-inclusive pricing. Many river lines offer an all-inclusive cruise consisting of beverages including alcohol, all food, entertainment, transportation and shore tours. This is of great value to those who know how much these extras can cost above and beyond once you get onboard.
4. River cruises have the smaller ship appeal. In most cases, a river cruise offers a more intimate experience due to the smaller number of guests onboard. Many guests also appreciate the authentic feel of docking a block or two away from the City Center and Old Town of a charming town or village to get to see the people and culture up close and personal.
5. River cruises are still evolving. River cruise innovators will continue to examine their value proposition, continue to eye the competition and continue to improve service, accommodations and amenities on what is already an outstanding experience.
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