The fastest-growing segment of the cruise industry is river cruising. The boats are intimate vessels, usually with fewer than 150 passengers, visiting more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and Russia. You unpack once and get to visit smaller towns and villages as well as big cities as you travel in luxury without missing the passing scenery. It’s an incredible value because most include shore excursions in the ports of call and wine with dinner.
Beware however, because just like there are many different types of hotels, there are many different types of riverboats. Some of the questions you should be asking before taking a riverboat cruise are:
What is the language on board?
Is this a cruise that is geared to Americans or will we be in the minority?
What size are the cabins?
Are there actual beds in the cabin or are they convertible sofas or pull down berths?
What type of food can I expect?
Does the company I have chosen own the vessels or are they a charter operator?
What will happen in case the water levels on the river are too low or too high?
The professional staff at The Cruise Center knows the ships and itineraries to help you make an informed decision about what will be the best value for your money.