Did you know that over 500,000 people will have taken a river cruise in 2012? How about the fact that 85% of river cruisers have taken a traditional blue-water cruise? So what’s that all about? I think it’s a natural “next step” for the experienced cruiser that’s destination-oriented and is looking for ports they can never see via ocean liners. But I also think a river cruise is an astonishingly good option for touring Europe and Asia instead of doing a land-based trip. You really will get great “face time” with the towns and cities along the river and only have to unpack once. Sound familiar?
There are a number of misconceptions about river cruises–they’re older barge vessels or they have a limited appeal (i.e. “only for older folks”), or they’re a downscale experience. None of this is true of course, and I’ll be reporting about the experience as I cruise the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam next month.
If you have an interest in River Cruising, bookmark and return to this post to read not only about the ship, onboard and city experience, but you’ll also get the perspective of a young cruiser (my daughter who is 13). August will be river cruise month at CruiseDeals. What does that mean for you?
- We’ll be sharing more information about river cruising in general, as well as some of the differences between the various river cruise lines
- We’ll be offering some exclusive specials for remaining 2012 and 2013 river cruises
I hope you’ll find the updates to this post to be both entertaining and informative, and I welcome your questions and comments. If you have an immediate interest, you can learn about Avalon by clicking the video link on our Avalon Waterways webpage, or check out the Rhine Cruise Planner e-magazine.