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First Time River Cruiser
River cruising offers ever-changing landscapes and scenery; smooth sailing with no seasickness; and walk-right-off-the-ship-into-town access to the history, character and cultures along the banks. To truly discover the nature of a land and its people, there’s no better means than traveling by river.
A Better Way to Explore
You’re about to discover the most convenient way to see the world. This is cruising on an intimate scale, with a personal touch. River cruising is a relaxing alternative to other types of travel. You’ll meander along at the easy pace of the river: Sloping vineyards, storybook villages and hilltop castles mark your progress through Europe’s great waterways or riverside temples and pagodas guide you through the ancient civilizations and verdant countryside of the Mekong River of Southeast Asia.
All this and it’s convenient & comfortable – with no packing and unpacking, switching hotels or lugging baggage around. Think of river cruising as life on a fine, floating hotel; light, airy, with no motion sickness.
You're on an unforgettable journey enriched by knowledgeable local guides, activities and excursions that immerse you in the culture, and fine regional wines and cuisine. Each river is unique - offering an ever-changing mural of scenery from your ship. Travelling by river allows you to dock right in the heart of both historic cities and quaint villages. You’ll gain a unique perspective of a land and its people.
By their very nature, rivers are dynamic and evolving. These were the original highways of the world for the Vikings and the Romans; they enabled medieval traders to traverse great distances; and helped to build the economies of the developing world by providing cheap transportation of bulky goods. Indeed, the great rivers of the world have been a conduit for commerce and exploration for thousands of years. Historic civilizations and cities were built on their banks, and their very shape has been honed both by nature and man.
Man has changed each river’s flow to accommodate his needs. From diverting water for agriculture to damming their flow to generate power, to building flood controls and creating impressive feats of engineering such as the Main-Danube Canal of Europe or the mighty Three Gorges Dam of the Yangtze, man has bent the river to serve him. Part of any river journey is this history, from the wild, turbulent river to its harnessed power tamed by locks and interlinked by canals.
On nearly every river journey, you’ll discover the clever solutions of engineers over the ages: different types of locks and methods for raising and lowering the ships along the way; you’ll cruise through areas of rugged natural beauty carved by the flowing water; and you’ll marvel at the ability of a river ship to gently slip under bridges and into the tight-fitting locks, as each vessel must be built to the specifications of the waters on which she sails. It’s truly a unique experience, no matter which river you choose.
Travel with Ease & Convenience
River cruising offers a uniquely comfortable way to explore new destinations. Unlike a bus tour or driving on your own, you unpack just once and settle into a comfortable home away from home. There’s no packing and unpacking, switching hotels, or lugging baggage around. You get your own room, indulge in meals that are included as part of your fare, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow passengers on an intimately scaled ship. Also, unlike an ocean cruise, there’s an ever-changing mural of breathtaking scenery from your ship, so the journey itself becomes part of your discovery. Because a river has no waves, sea sickness is never a concern. In addition, because each river cruise ship’s scale is limited so it will fit into the locks and canals along the river, ships are always small in scale, with typically just under 200 guests. These are just a few of the reasons why river cruising is truly the most relaxing way to travel.
Explore the World's Great Cities
Paris. Vienna. Amsterdam. Budapest. St. Petersburg. As diverse as they are, these and other unforgettable cities have one thing in common: they were all born on a river.
Whether you choose the Rhine, Danube, Seine, Yangtze, Portugal’s Douro or one of the many other rivers of the world, the pace of river cruising allows you to both enjoy the ever-changing scenery and also discover the unique customs, cultures and cuisines of the many countries along your journey. A large number of Europe’s rivers, for example, traverse the borders of many countries, enabling you to discover a variety of countries and cultures. Or, you can discover a single country in depth, focusing on a section of the river that stays within just one country such as Germany, visiting not only the cosmopolitan cities with all their vibrant museums, bustle and sophistication, but also smaller towns like Rüdesheim in the heart of German wine country, or the university town of Heidelberg, complete with its red sandstone castle, a romantic ruin of Gothic and renaissance architecture. Only a river allows you to easily get to such a wide variety of places to explore.
So many great cities await your arrival - with one very special way to experience them: on a river cruise.