The River Thames, London River Cruises

Is travelling to London something that you have considered but not yet tried?
If you do visit London then you should definitely look at including some day trips on the River Thames as to not do so would be a great shame since you would be missing out on one of the iconic parts of London from a unique position, the river.

Travelling by river can easily be considered to be one of the most relaxing and comfortable ways to see the sights of London from the Thames. Travelling through London in this way is a unique experience and will let you take in all the sights such as the House of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye to name but a few places. River travel actually makes the experience different for you too, so even if you have already seen many of these places, seeing them from the river Thames from the deck of one of the many tour boats that populate the London River is an experience to be recommended.

Many of the cruises along the Thames can be pre-booked; you can also show up on the day and pay as you get on board. This is entirely up to you of course, but since the river trips may take in different sights depending on where about they depart from as well as which direction they are travelling, doing some research will mean you get to see what you want to on you river tour.

As an idea, you can make the river cruise day trip part of you sightseeing for day, rather than travel to the London destinations by tube, bus or taxi, you can incorporate the points of interest in the river tour, so when you get off the boat you can continue your sightseeing from a different part of the Thames.

Bear in mind the times of year that you will be visiting London, sometimes out of season, for example Jan-April and Oct-December the weather can be quite cold, to this end you should plan to take a cruise that has plenty of shelter on board, most cruises do have this but some may well be completely open-top which unless you wrap up warm might make the river tour less enjoyable.

Another interesting possibly is to hire your own river craft to travel on the Thames. Private hire boats though can be quite expensive, ranging between £900 and £1500 which is quite a lot, but if you are organising a large party if people it may well work out more cost effective.

Seeing London by night from the Thames is also something worth considering, many boat cruises will be available in the evenings; some have buffets or full silver service so you can eat while you sightsee. Live entertainment and music is also available on some cruises, so no matter what you want, there is something for everyone.

Choosing a Cabin for My Cruise

With so many other things that involved in planning your cruise, there is one thing that you might just overlook, but can in fact be very important to making the cruise that you choose more enjoyable. This thing of course is the cabin and as with most things when picking out a cruise package, you will have the opportunity to select the kind of cabin or staterooms that you most want.

If you are taking a European river cruise, for example, there are so many wonder sights to see as you pass through the capitals of Europe such as London’s River Thames or the Seine River in Paris, France. To this end you may want to make sure that you get a room with a view, in this case a wonderful balcony stateroom that will let you take in the majestic countryside and townscapes on a London river cruise.

You may think that having a cabin with views isn’t all that important because you will hardly be spending any time there at all, but in fact you might prefer to relax on your own so this should be part of the considerations when choosing a room.

Outside Cabins
The ships cabins that on the outside of this ship will all have windows, you should however take into consideration what kind they are. This will of course largely depending the type of cruise ship that you are on, if it’s a large cruise liner travelling the Mediterranean, then you will most likely have balcony areas, if however, it’s a smaller vessel traversing the waterways of the Rhine or Danube in Germany, then you might in fact have a smaller port hole window. The other thing to consideration is the location of the cabin, you might have a window but it may well be facing some superstructure of the ship that blocks the view. All this can be found out by examining the plans of the ship which you will be presented with in the cruise brochure whilst you are choosing which cabins and their locations when you buy you cruise package.

Inside Cabins
An inside cabin is just this; it is usually entered from a corridor on the inside of the ship, as most rooms are. In this case there are no windows in this type of cabin. This doesn’t mean that it will be any less luxurious and well fitted out with all the modern amenities expected from a modern cruise ship, but not having a window may be important to you so it’s good to remember this if you decide to opt for an inner cabin.

If you are looking for real luxury then you can get a suite. Here you will get separate bedrooms and living accommodation, some even have private deck space.

In general the price difference between inner cabins, cabins with windows and balconies or suite rooms are as to be expected incremental, it’s worth noting however, that you may initially choose an inside cabin without a view and as the time for the cruise departure closes in, the cruise operator may actually contact you, in fact this is usual practice for most, to see if you will be interested in upgrading to an outside cabin for a small cost that will quite often be a good bargain. This is due to the companies finding it easier to sell the inner cheaper cabins and also means if you want a room with a view you can.