On a river cruise there are no sea days. Every day brings new sights and different views to admire, exciting destinations to explore, and no chance of seasickness!
River ships are smaller and more intimate than ocean ones. In Europe there are around 100 to 180 passengers. In Asia the ships are often smaller. Lounges and public areas offer plenty of space to relax, with a sun deck offering 360 degree views over the river.
Dining rooms are large enough for all passengers to eat in one sitting, but most cruise lines offer flexible dining times so you can eat when you want, with whom you want. Breakfast is usually a buffet, with lunch a buffet or waiter service. Dinner is often a 4 or 5 course fine dining experience. Alternative dining venues are available on many ships at no extra cost. Some cruise lines also include in-cabin dining and room service.
River ship cabins have outside windows with views over the waterside scenery. Many ships have French balconies, with large sliding doors or a drop-down upper section to create an open-air experience. Some ships have full sit-on balconies. Others offer a twin balcony, with both a sit-on and a French balcony.
On a river cruise much of the travelling through the best scenic areas is done during the day. Watch the passing sights from the lounge areas with their panoramic views, or from a shaded or sunny spot on the sun deck.
River cruise ships are usually able to moor close to the centre of waterside towns or cities, so you can often walk from the ship to explore the sights and sounds at your own pace.
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