A More Affordable River Cruise Vacation – Luxury European Cruise 2011

Every year, the cruise holidays have been getting more and more popular with many more families that are looking have a family cruise together as their yearly holiday. Even though the price of a lot of the current range of 2011 cruises is quite reasonably priced for what you get,  there’s still quite a large number of families who will find the price of a 2 week luxury cruise still too much money for what they can comfortably afford to spend on a vacation. This therefore begs the question, what option does a family have who want to enjoy all of the luxury and fun of a cruise but don’t have the money to spend on a 2 week cruise?

A good start for any family who can’t afford to take a 2 week luxury cruise holiday is to perhaps as an alternative just book a weeks European river cruise instead. This type of cruise can offer of the luxury and benefits of a normal longer sea cruise but on a smaller ship and at just a fraction of the cost which makes them more affordable to many people.

Even though the boats and ships that you will travel on whilst on a European river cruise are a bit smaller than the ocean going vessels don’t expect them to be any less luxuriant and the service that you will get when travelling is no less great. You can expect the best quality good food and drink on you European river cruise and service that will, and does, make some of the best hotels in the world blush. Accommodation on board is also going to be well presented, with a room service that is of a high quality too. Every day you will have a maid service and every night you will have your bed turned down as well.

A European river cruise ship is going to be smaller than an ocean going ship the onboard facilities are still there, with many ships having a ball room, lots restaurants and bars, with possibly a small cinema as well as viewing decks from which you can admire the architecture and scenery of many of the most wonderful European countries and cities.

In summation, the European river cruise is an extremely affordable way to take a cruise vacation and its style will suit many types of person, perhaps even more so than a all singing and dancing ocean going cruise. A European river cruise is usually an easier going holiday with more focus on relaxation  and sight-seeing rather than entertainment. If you do want organised entertainment you can find it available, but it is usually lower key than a family orientated sea cruise. A European river cruise gives you all the luxury associated with an ocean going cruise but at a much more cost effective price. So if you are just starting out with cruising holidays or you think you might like a change why not take look at booking a European River Cruise for your holiday in 2011?

Cruises on European Rivers

Have you ever thought about taking a European cruise holiday but perhaps you have already voyaged the Baltic, transversed the Northern seas around Norway and the Arctic or purveyed the Mediterranean oceans ? If this describes your experiences then may be you should consider a European river cruise instead.

If you want to visit some of the fantastic European cities such as Cologne, Paris, Budapest, Prague or Vienna then a river cruise is one of the best ways to do so. With a river cruise you can easily take in the sights and cultural heritage of the cities and between times, you get to experience the beautiful and impressive countryside.

Compared to ocean going cruises, a river cruise will offer a slightly different vacation. A river cruiser will be a smaller ship, with few decks and passengers. Also there are less likely to be as many facilities available, for example fewer bars and restaurants available to choose from. This is not to say a river cruise is inferior – far from it. Accommodation aboard a river boat will still be of a high quality and exceptional standard. As well as this you will get a much more scenarific holiday, as you will leisurely slide through the European waterways moving from city to town to city in abject luxury. with plenty of shore excursions and regular stops there’s something different to do and see every single day on a European river cruise.

With the possibility to stop over for extra days at some cities such as Paris, Berlin or Amsterdam, many passengers will extend their stays at theend of a cruise or perhaps at the beginning, staying in a hotel and this way make the most out of the holiday time.

Choosing a Russian River Cruise

Steeped in history and turmoil, Russia has always been a fascinating and culturally significant Country. Since its borders have been recently opened to westerners, the Russian people and state have much to offer a European river cruise enthusiast. With some of the best sights and so many wonderful historical buildings to visit, many with their root in religious and medieval architecture, a Russian River cruise is probably one of the best ways to visit this magnificent country.

To visit Russia by travelling to cities and booking hotel accommodation, one might find that the process can be quite high for good quality amenities that any discerning traveler might have come to expect from a European vacation. A simple way to get over this expense is to arrange a Russian river cruise. This way you will get great levels of service from you’re on board accommodation, easily equivalent to a nice quality hotel, but you will also get all the other experiences and advantages associated with river boat cruises.

Many of the cruises on offer will also provide shore excursions, sometimes built in, some at extra cost, but all pre-arranged. The ship itself will most likely have staff and translators that speak your language, although this is worth checking out when you book your cruise from your tour operator. When the ship docks for the shore excursions in Russia, you will be able to visit the locations, and again, many of the tours will also involve a translator so that as you are visiting the locations you will have explained to you the sights and sounds that you are experience in a clear and easy to understand fashion.

Make sure you take a camera or video recorder with you so that you can capture the memories so that you can watch them back when you arrive back home, be wary though of using flash photography in some of the place that you visit, some artifacts can be light sensitive and flash photography may be forbidden to prevent damage, your tour guide will be able to tell you when this applies, as well as translate other signs and notices that you might encounter on the trips.

When you are choosing your Russian river cruise, don’t forget to look at the entire package, to make sure that it will be visiting the destinations that you want to experience, whether that be Moscow and St Petersburg along the imperial waterways of Russia.

Whatever you decide, a European cruise to Russia has many possibilities, allowing you to visit those “must see” place such as the Kremlin.