Why Choose A River Cruise?First-timers and experienced travelers alike have discovered the joys of a river cruise vacation. River cruising is quite simply the best way to visit many of the world's most fascinating places – the adventure of a lifetime, a river cruise offers travelers access to a variety of destinations that would otherwise be difficult to reach. River cruises also provide passengers in-depth exposure to the culture and history of each destination.
River cruising is the carefree way to vacation. After boarding your ship, you'll enter your spacious stateroom and unpack just once. Then, you'll relax in comfort for the duration of your cruise (there's no need to worry about traffic jams or the other hassles that passengers often encounter when traveling by motorcoach, etc.).
See The World's Greatest Cities & Towns
River cruise vacations enable you to get close to all of the key sites - many of the world's most famous attractions and iconic landmarks, built when cities and towns were only accessible by river, are assembled alongside the waterways you'll travel. And unlike ocean cruises, river cruises dock right in the heart of town - so the exploration begins the moment you disembark!
New Scenery (All Day, Every Day)
River cruising and breathtaking scenery go hand-in-hand. Regardless of where you are on your ship, in fact - a bar, a lounge, or a restaurant - you should be able to take in an amazing view. And river cruise ships keep moving, so you'll see new vistas and explore new destinations throughout each and every day. River cruise vacations are filled with wonderful surprises, too (ships often travel at night, so you'll usually wake up in a new and exciting place each morning).
A More Intimate Experience
River cruise ships generally accommodate between 150 and 300 passengers, which helps make for an intimate and cozy experience. It's easy to make new friends with like-minded people - share a drink with the couple you met on that day's excursion, or dine with fellow travelers in your ship's open-seating restaurant. There's no waiting around to embark or disembark, either - river cruise vacations are truly stress-free from start to finish.
Travel Your Way
It's your river cruise vacation, your way. Enjoy the guided walks, tours, and excursions available to you in each destination or see the sights on your own (time is always allocated for independent activities). River cruise vacations are all about providing you with the best of both worlds.
There's little risk of a bumpy ride on a river cruise vacation, thanks to the specially designed and flat-bottomed shape of most ships. It's a safe, smooth ride from Point A to Point B (no need to worry about motion sickness)!
Where Can You Go?
On a river cruise vacation, you'll not only sail to the most popular destinations in Europe, Russia, China, and elsewhere - you'll also cruise directly into many small towns and villages, too. River cruisers get a real "insider's perspective", and virtually every port of call offers you opportunities to expand your knowledge via enriching shore excursions conducted by local, English-speaking guides and experts (these excursions are almost always included in your fare).
European river cruises visit a wide variety of destinations ranging from quaint riverside hamlets to historic cities. Tour Holland's tulip fields, indulge your taste for fine wines and gourmet cuisine in the culinary mecca of French Burgundy, or brush up on the continent's WWII history during a trip to Nuremberg or the beaches of Normandy. Love art and architecture? Opt for an itinerary that includes a visit to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and the grandeur of Cologne's Dom, one of Europe's tallest Gothic cathedrals. Whatever your passion, there's a cheap river cruise for you.
Considering a cruise on the mighty Yangtze, China's very lifeblood? The country's ancient wonders (and bustling, modern Shanghai) await passengers at every turn, regardless of itinerary - the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracota Army, and more.
Now that you know about the amazing adventures, convenience, and value that river cruises have to offer, isn't it time you experienced it all for yourself?
Book an eligible stateroom on any qualifying sailing and receive a free upgrade! In some cases, you'll be upgraded to a more desirable location aboard your ship. In other instances, you'll be upgraded to a stateroom with extra space and/or a better view. It's also possible that you might receive all of these benefits. Select your sailing date to see which upgrades are available.
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