• DONNA MCGOUGAN

10 REASONS OCEAN CRUISERS WILL LOVE RIVER CRUISING





You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. But let me show you how just how well they go together with AmaWaterways . River cruises with AmaWaterways combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at each port of call.


Here are the top 10 reasons why I know you’ll love river cruising, specifically on AmaWaterways!


1. Expand Your Options

While ocean cruises take you to countries, river cruises take you through them. There simply is no way to reach river cruise destinations on mega cruise ships.


2. Intimate Experience

River cruising offers a more intimate setting. Most ships range from 144 to 196 passengers. This means that you’ll never have to wait in line, giving you more time to enjoy all the amenities and have a more personal experience with other passengers and crew. From ordering a beverage to getting on and off the ship, you’ll enjoy the absence of long lines.


3. Dive into the Local Culture

Get away from the touristy ports and explore hidden gems. Large ocean liner ports can receive up to 20,000 visitors on the same day but with a river cruise, you’ll arrive into port with only a few hundred visitors. Not only will you avoid long lines at your destination, but you’ll also enjoy leisurely excursions at each incredible port of call. You’ll be able to take in the local culture and history of every unique town that you visit.


4. No Need to Rush Back

With many departures from the destinations being later in the afternoon or evening, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the nightlife in select ports of call. Whether you choose an evening walk through cobblestone streets, a local show or performance, or one last glass of wine after dinner while listening to a local musician, immersing yourself in the evening culture together with the locals is a unique experience.


5. Castle Views

That’s right, castle views. From Amsterdam to Basel along the Rhine River, and in Budapest, Bratislava, Dürnstein and Passau on the Danube, you’ll see colorful architecture and castles that will blow you away. But don’t stop at just viewing the castles, why not hike or drive to them and then explore a marvelous location with a knowledgeable guide? You’ll literally be walking in the footsteps of world history.


6. 5-Star Reviews

5-star reviews are only earned through 5-star service. When you’re relaxing with a glass of wine on the Sun Deck, enjoying a night under the stars, or having an unexpected encounter with kind locals that your tour guide has arranged for you, you’ll know where their 5-star reviews come from. See what people are saying about AmaWaterways’ flawless service.


7. Entertainment for the Whole Family

With a variety of activities and plenty of stops along the way, everyone in your family will have an unforgettable experience. River cruising is perfect for multi-generational families. From grandparents to teen-aged grandchildren, the entire family will bond over a range of topics and activities from food to history to countryside excursions. There really is something for everyone to do at each destination. Some members of your group may choose to take advantage of spa services, or the sundeck pool, or cultural activities, while others may prefer to seek out a quiet space with a book. Mealtimes are the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together again as a family. It really is the perfect vacation for your family or group of friends.


8. Taste the Difference

Whether you’re into wine tasting or local street food, a river cruise provides an exceptional culinary experience both on the ship and at every destination. The onboard culinary team focuses on utilizing fresh local ingredients. Dishes are paired with local wines. There’s absolutely no mass-produced and basic buffet food when you cruise with AmaWaterways!


9. Variety of Experience

Let’s not forget just how special every European country is! The towns and cities may be close in proximity along the river, but don’t be surprised by the unique feeling and experiences that each destination gives you. Choose from visiting local breweries, hiking to castles, biking through trendy neighborhoods or visiting museums that highlight the local culture.


10. World-Class Accommodations

One of the reasons so many people love river cruises (and I know you’ll agree) is the feeling of walking into a luxurious suite or twin-balcony stateroom that will be your home away from home for the next 7, 8, 10 days or more. Each of AmaWaterways staterooms is tastefully decorated and is river facing. Whether you choose to have a window view, a private balcony, or even a twin balcony(with both a French and outside balcony), you’ll always have a room with a view.


So, there you have it. 10 great reasons why you’ll love your first river cruise on AmaWaterways.


To all cruise-lovers, perhaps it’s time to shake up the ocean liner experience for an entirely new way to explore the world’s waterways. Let's book you on an AmaWaterways river cruise that will take you inland for a unique and relaxing tour of Europe.


I'd love to match your travel style with the right itinerary and ship. Get in touch with me today and let me know if you’re planning a romantic getaway, bachelorette trip or a friends’ reunion and I'll let you know the add-ons available that will make your experience truly special.

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