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What are the differences between a river cruise and ocean cruise?

If you’re thinking of taking a European vacation, two of the best travel options are river and ocean cruises. However, you should know river and ocean cruises are two completely different experiences. Three big differences are:

1. Number of passengers. Ocean ships are huge and up to 4,000 guests are onboard while a river boat has approximately 150 passengers.

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2. Ports. Because ocean ships are so large they can only dock at large ports which require taxis, buses and walking to get to the heart of the city. River boats travel through the land and dock right where you want to be.

3. The View. Instead of looking at water while cruising, on a River Cruise you’ll be looking at the picturesque landscaping along the way.

On a river cruise, you really get bang for your buck. A river view stateroom, guided sightseeing tours, museum admissions, onboard cultural lectures, demonstrations, wine and beer and, of course, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in the price!

The Avalon Luminary has contemporary amenities like sky decks, room service, internet access, gym and hair salon, or the Viking Embla where all suites have two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom, in-room 40-inch flat-panel TV and refrigerators.

People are choosing river cruises because the boats are luxurious, tours are included, local chefs, artisans and entertainers are onboard, and they offer a more in-depth visit to the heart of the country.

To learn more about European river cruise itineraries, contact by logging onto our website We are also available by phone at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784). All of our agents are Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) accredited and can help answer any questions.

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