As though it is a requirement to board the ship, most river cruise travelers begin with ocean cruises. They might have enjoyed land vacations too but it’s the world of ocean cruises that hooks them on the notion of travel by ship. They may stick with ocean cruising and never consider a river cruise. They might mix it up with land travel for one trip, ocean cruising on another and an occasional river cruise when the time is right. But how do we know when to pull the trigger on booking that first river cruise? Actually, there are some signs to look for; signs you might like a river cruise.
You Really Don’t Like Lines At All – You go early or late to dinner to avoid standing in a line. When the ship has been cleared by local authorities and passengers may go ashore, you wait for the mob of people to do that so you can walk off without a wait. Ocean cruise = thousands of people. River cruise=less thank 200 on most lines. Do the math.
You Never Do Shore Excursions Because They Cost Too Much – Simply put, you would rather go it on your own because ocean ship tours bore you and are not worth the money. What if the price were reasonable and the guide was local, exclusive for your tour and showed you the best places to enjoy during abundant free time on that tour? River cruise tours do that. Some river cruise lines include tours in the price too.
You Think Staterooms Are Too Small – If you have every ocean cruised or have friends that do, you are probably used to the 180 square feet of squishy-ness and bathrooms you can barely turn around in. While you didn’t book the cruise to spend all of your time in the stateroom… maybe you wouldn’t mind a little extra space! River cruises offer larger stateroom options, many that have open air spaces and you can watch the stunning scenery go by from the comfort of your bed (or couch)
You Hate Spending Money On Specialty Dining & Drinks – River Cruising typically includes more than your average ocean going cruise. Some river cruise lines do offer specialty dining but at no cost. River cruising also includes items such as gratuities, wine and beer, shore excursions and more in the cost of the cruise fare! If you hate getting the final bill at the end of your cruise… you might be a river cruiser!
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