River cruising is becoming extremely popular for the past several years. Being on board for 10, 12, or even 21 days is a great chance to relax, swim, enjoy the landscapes, learn new places, and simply have a great time with your family and friends. European river cruises are especially popular among Americans who come to Europe for the first time. It is a great opportunity to explore large territories very fast, get all-inclusive services, and excursions every day.
So, what should you expect from a typical European cruise? What can you do on a European cruise trip? What does an all-exclusive river cruise look like? In this article, we’re going to answer all the questions you are interested in and even more. So, keep reading and start planning your next European tour now.
7 Facts About European River Cruise
- You don’t have to pay for anything. 99% of all European river cruises are all-inclusive. This means you don’t have to pay for food, drinks, snacks, excursions, etc.
- The daily menu is very diverse. Eating great food is a big advantage of any river cruise. Usually, the travel company offers different kinds of local cuisine while passing different regions. At least, you get a fantastic choice. The menu is never boring and simple. For example, fresh juices, fried/scrambled eggs, oatmeal with berries, pancakes, yoghurts, pastries, cream soups, meatballs, hot dogs, strawberry tiramisu, cheese, smoked salmon, sweet peas, salads, shrimps, lobsters, sorbet, creme brulee, etc.
- You get an organized schedule. When doing a river cruise, the company you are travelling with, plan everything by itself. So, you get a concrete regime and schedule every day. All you have to do is to follow the program.
- Very long walking excursions is a huge part of any river cruise. So, be ready to cross long distances. Most excursions are walking tours through big cities and small towns. Be ready to walk at least 4-5 hours a day. Most excursions concern history, architecture, monuments, exploring cuisine and wine places of a region.
- The informal and even friendly atmosphere on board. You will never meet a formal dress code on this type of cruise. Everybody is dressed very casually, relaxed, and simple. The general atmosphere on the ship is very informal and sociable.
- Cruise ships tend to do breaks and stop in the central part of the cities very frequently. Get ready to stop at numerous ports from large cities to cozy villages.
- Modern ships provide computers or laptops in each cabin. Travellers can easily surf the Net and send emails directly from their rooms. This is a convenient variant for those people, who want to continue working while being on a trip. You can even have access to printers to print out any important documents. Check this information on the official website of your cruise company.
So, if you have never tried a European river cruise, but always wanted, this is a perfect time to do it. Choose the cities you want to visit the most, pack a small suitcase, and buy a ticket. Unexplored Europe is waiting for you!