The popularity of cruising via river continues to rise. The allure of traveling with only 150 – 200 passengers on a floating boutique hotel, personalized service, gourmet dining, or the ship’s ability to dock right in the heart of the city or town – all key reasons to experience this fascinating style of cruising. But, deciding which River Cruise line to choose can be a confusing task.
You must first consider where you want to go, when you want to go, and what is your budget. For instance, most River Cruise lines sail the major rivers of Europe, but only Uniworld and Croisi Europe have itineraries on the Po River in Northern Italy. The season you wish to travel is important as well. Are you more interested cruising in April at Tulip Time, or would you rather experience the excitement of the Christmas Markets along the Danube? When thinking of budget, are you interested in a luxurious experience that is completely all inclusive, or are you more interested in a budget friendly line?
Once you have decided where, when, and what’s your budget, it’s time to pick the river cruise line that is the best fit. When choosing your floating boutique hotel, you will need to consider the attributes of each of the river cruise companies and decide what is important to you.
Let’s take a look at 7 popular river cruise companies, listed from most luxurious to more moderate / budget friendly:
When comparing the similarities and differences of these cruise lines, here are 10 questions you must consider:
We hope this information is helpful to you in narrowing down what is important to you on your river cruise. We hope it will be much easier to select the perfect river cruise. Reach out to us and allow us to help you with the processWe will have you packing in no time!
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