Why You Might Love to Take a River Cruise This Summer

We have seen a major surge in requests for River cruises.

Why?  We asked some cruise specialists and these are the reasons they offered.

River cruises offer many amenities as their open sea counterparts, with a few extra special additions.

Immerse yourself in culture:  Activities on river cruise ships typically reflect the cruising region’s interests; also expect to see cuisine, entertainment, and music that mirror the local traditions.  Lines also may feature lecturers that speak to the history and customs of the area.  Lines like AMAWATERWAYS offer signature lectures to expand your knowledge.

Up close and personal views:  Experience Paris via the Seine, or Budapest via the Danube…both rivers wind their way through the heart these cities.  At night, from the river, these cities are magnificent; lights emphasize the beauty of structures like the Budapest’s Chain Bridge and Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral.

River Cruise Lines like AMAWATERWAYS are all-inclusive and include all meals plus items such as Champagne with breakfast and free flowing wine and soft drinks at dinner, destination tours in every port, nightly entertainment, bicycles to explore charming towns, internet access in your stateroom and Wi-Fi connections in the lounges plus Hollywood feature films, classic films and destination movies shown in your cabin.

Have your cake (and cuisine, and wine), and eat it too:  Dining on a river cruise line such as AMAWATERWAYS is superb; fine local wines are selected and paired with the daily cuisine.  If the onboard experience isn’t enough, hop off the river cruise ship in port and visit some of the offerings in the cities along the way.   River cruising line AMAWATERWAYS offers a river cruise through Provence, a chance for wine lovers and connoisseurs to enjoy the vineyards and tastings made famous by this area.

River cruise ships are much smaller than their sea-faring equivalents.  This translates into a cozier experience; you’ll become acquainted with your sailing companions over more intimate activities and dinners, and you’ll get to know the staff (and vice versa) much more quickly than on a large vessel.

Experience Adventure:  River cruise ships move at a relaxed pace.  Shore excursions bring out the adventurer in everyone.  See the Egyptian Sphinx, visit the Great Wall of China, or fly to the Gobi desert…the options are endless.

Exquisite river ships, such as the AMAWATERWAYS ms Amadante include spacious staterooms with hotel-style beds, fine linens and marble-appointed bathrooms with spa-quality toiletries. And many other features such as in-room hair dryer, safe, terry bathrobes individually controlled air-conditioning and ample closet space.  And what better way to enjoy the ride than to let in the fresh air from your French balcony?

Avoid seasickness:  River cruisers report that the ride on these ships is exceedingly smooth; even for those who suffer on board the sea-faring ships seem to have little or no trouble on the river cruises.  Maybe it’s the oh-so-slow movement of the boat; most move about 10 miles an hour.

River cruise ships are spacious, comfortable and have wonderful amenities within walking distance.  Taking a river cruise means that you avoid all the highway congestion.

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