Though today’s ocean liners continue to increase in size, at Travel Associates, we’ve noticed a spike in boutique river cruises. Discerning travellers are cottoning on to the benefits of river cruising, preferring to cruise in a more boutique and intimate setting over super ships that cater to the masses.
While river cruises play into the ‘bigger isn’t always better’ concept, the itineraries are proving to be their principal drawcard. With size on their side, these cruises can reach remote and rare ports that the bigger cruise ships can’t.
Europe in particular is where river cruising really shines, particularly for travellers returning to the region and seeking a unique perspective. The hassles and stresses of land travel are also nowhere to be seen. Free of traffic, lost baggage and multiple hotel rooms, on a river cruise you can see Europe and only ever have to unpack once – now doesn’t that sound appealing?
One of the region’s most popular cruises is down the legendary Danube, with various stops in Nuremberg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest. To further add to the experience, a number of our providers offer special interest itineraries, such as APT’s Melodies of the Danube, ideally customised to your interests. Smaller ships also mean smaller crowds, allowing for more intimate and bespoke excursions that seek to engage and enrich your cruising experience.
So now you’ve heard about the rise of riving cruising, it’s up to you to keep your booking hush-hush before the masses move in.
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