A river cruise provides travelers a unique way to travel.
River cruise ships are generally smaller than ocean-going cruise ships, typically holding 90-240 passengers.
Due to their smaller size and low draft, river cruise ships can go where ocean ships cannot and sometimes to where no other transport is practical; rivers are an excellent way to reach some attractions.
River cruises can usually last from 7 to 15 days, although some can last three weeks or longer.
During river cruises the countryside is usually visible, so they are relaxing and interesting to those who prefer to land nearby.
Most river cruises the staff is usually English speaking so it makes it easier for the guests to communicate with them.
Some river ships look like 5-star hotels, with sun decks, dining rooms, lounges, fitness facilities, swimming pools, casinos and other entertainment. Accommodations, meals onboard, entertainment and special events (holidays, festivals, contests, concerts, etc.) are usually included in the cruise price.
Most river cruises include complimentary fine wines, beer, and soft drinks with dinner and the best shore excursions.
Some destinations river cruise will travel to the Baltic, Russia, Black Sea, and Western Europe.