Ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and for good reason. They’re affordable, convenient and offer travelers peace of mind knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is all in one place. What could be better than that? Well, consider a river cruise.
You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show you on AmaWaterways just how superbly well they go together. AmaWaterways river cruises combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at each port of call.
Although ocean cruising and river cruising have some similarities, sailing the rivers is quite different, but in many pleasant ways. The ships dock in the middle of town so you can start exploring as soon as you disembark the ship. Although there are no theaters for large productions, local artists frequently perform in the river ship’s lounge in local costumes and music and dancing are usually involved. Many additional expenses of a cruise are eliminated as river cruises are very inclusive.
On an AmaWaterways river cruise (and on many other river cruise lines), you’ll say goodbye to your standard routine and hello to outdoor activity, fine dining and relaxation. Our goal is to match you to a luxurious but affordable vacation experience that is both comforting and adventurous.
When you’re not touring a destination, you’ll be enjoying the many amenities offered on the ship, as well as breathtaking views from the Sun Deck. With a smaller number of passengers on board, you’ll have more time to enjoy the amenities in a more personal way.
At Getaway Dreams Come True Travel, we will discuss all the activities and cities you are interested in visiting and help you choose the correct river cruise and cruise line for your interests, with emphasis on culinary and cultural experiences. We can also make reservations at a local restaurant before you leave home if desired. Here are a few top reasons we know why you’ll love river cruising.
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, which means you’ll have more time to enjoy all the amenities and have a more personal experience with other passengers and crew.
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 or even small cruise ships. 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.
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, as immersing yourself in the evening culture together with the locals is a unique experience.
Enjoy castle views. From Amsterdam to Basel along the Rhine River, and in Budapest, Bratislava, Durnstein 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 their fabulousness with a knowledgeable guide? You’ll literally be walking in the footsteps of world history.
Five-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. AmaWaterways offers flawless service.
With a variety of activities and plenty of stops along the way, they’re sure everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. River cruising is perfect for multi-generational families. From grandparents to teenaged grandchildren, the entire family will bond over a range of topics and activities from food to history to countryside excursions. There really is something to do for everyone on board 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.
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!
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.
One of the reasons we at Getaway Dreams Come True love river cruises so much (and we know you’ll agree) is the feeling of walking into a luxurious suite or twin-balcony stateroom (with both a French and outside balcony) 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, you’ll always have a room with a view. One of my clients said AmaWaterways “is a first-class operation and we felt more like honored guests than passengers.”
We’d love to match your travel style with the right itinerary and ship. Reach out to us today and be sure to mention if you’re planning a romantic getaway, neighborhood group travel experience, or family multi-generational reunion and we’ll let you know the add-ons available that will make your experience truly special.
You may wish to view additional published blogs on river cruising –
Danube or Rhine for your first river cruise?
Luxury river cruises by AmaWaterways