River Cruise Travel Tips for First Time Cruisers
Choosing the Right Cruise Line
There are over a dozen river cruise lines cater to the personalities and preferences of the various categories of travelers. The first thing to consider is the overall cost of your cruise and what is important to you. Some river cruises include airfare from a major airport to your departure port. Others include hotels where necessary to accommodate excursion activities. Perhaps you want a luxury cruise where everything is included.
If dining options and beverage are important to you, we can help you get what you want. Are you looking for a romantic cruise? If so, you might want to check out Viking River cruises on the Danube or Avalon Waterways cruise to Amsterdam. Maybe you want an exotic cruise on the Irrawaddy River in Mynamar! The Scenic Aura will take you to beautiful temples and monasteries in Burma. Call us at 1.888.804.CRUISE (2784) and let us find the right cruise that fills your preferences.
Set Your River Cruise Budget
River cruises can be pricey, so it’s important to know exactly how much you can comfortably afford to spend. That being said, there are often some great deals offered on river cruise, and we are always on the lookout for a great cruise package for you. Although it may cost more for a river cruise, you are getting a lot of perks. You never have to stare at “just water” from the deck or your room. You are always cruising past great scenery, historic cities, fields of flowers or crops, and even the occasional castle. Dining is always included as are beverages.
Complimentary excursions often include historic sites, food and wine, homes of great artists, village walking tours, and dozens of other options. As with all cruises, you get the amenities you pay for. If you want a balcony stateroom, all food and drinks options, and all available amenities, expect to pay the highest per day cost.
Consider Additional Costs
Since you are taking a European river cruise, your first expense is getting to your departure port. Occasionally certain cruises will offer airfare up to a certain amount. Be willing to pay the difference if you want to fly in higher class seating. Arrive a few ahead to protect yourself in the event of a flight delay, late arriving luggage, adjusting to jet lag, and visiting some other areas prior to arriving at your cruise departure.
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