(#wanderlusttips #rivercruise) The tourism trend of luxury ocean cruises, also encompasses river cruise, popular with many tourists who see their many perks. Wanderlust Tips has put together a list of some of the newest and most exciting features.
A rich cultural journey
Are you looking for a cruise tour? Not sure whether to do an ocean and river cruises If you are keen to go on a trip that offers rich cultural experiences during which you learn about the unique culture of each destination, and will set foot on little-known parts of a country, a river cruise is an excellent choice. It will give you more experiences than any ocean cruise, even the most luxurious ones. This is the very reason that river cruises has been growing in popularity exponentially in recent years, with an increasing number of visitors.
Ocean cruises are often massive, and you can enjoy views of coastal towns and cities, and visit destinations where the cruise ship docks. Facilities and entertainment services on board are often very convenient, allowing visitors to feel like the ship alone is a destination to explore and experience. Meanwhile, river cruises are often smaller ships, giving visitors an unobstructed view of the riverbanks with their ever-changing scenery. More importantly, visitors can easily dock ashore and explore destinations on their own. Being smaller, all cabins on a river cruise have windows, allowing visitors to enjoy beautiful scenery even when they rest in their cabins. Big ocean cruise ships on the other hand often have to anchor offshore, and visitors have to transfer to a smaller boat to reach the shore.
Access to local culture
“A river cruise will give you more opportunities to explore a country, its nature, people, culture, cuisine, and lifestyles.” – says Ms. Ta Bich Ha, Director of Visit Russia Asia and Chief Representative of Volga Cruise in Asia. According to Bich Ha, a river cruise will allow visitors to access and interact with local people and their culture and ultimately expand their worldview thanks to “knowledge and deep understanding of the local people and their lives.”
A different service and journey
River cruises are considered medium-sized portable hotels, equipped to meet the needs of their guests, whereas ocean cruises are like large resort. On a number of river cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia, visitors can experience several countries on one tour. You will only need to check in and check out once without having to worry about packing every night, and the menu changes to showcase the specialties of the different destinations of the cruise. The atmosphere on board is always friendly and relaxed, and you never feel the pressure of time. Seasickness is a rare problem. River cruises can take you to your destinations in a way that no ocean or onshore tours can achieve.
Get comfortable with an “all-inclusive” package
An “all-inclusive” river cruise will ensure that you don’t have to worry about breaking your budget because of unforeseen expenses. You can consider and select from a variety of packages when choosing a river cruise. With an “all-inclusive” package, the price that you pay includes meals, accommodation, on board and on shore activities. On most river cruises, you can enjoy free Internet, so contacting your family and friends at home will not be limited or costly. Thus, a river cruise is truly worth your time and money.
Many local cultural activities take place on board
You do not have to go too far to experience and participate in local cultural activities, which take place right on board: themed meals according to different regions, programs introducing the history of different destinations, recreation activities imbued with local culture. A river cruise will always make you feel refreshed and adventurous, as you will be immersed in the culture of your destination. For example, on a Volga Cruise exploring the great Russia, you can learn more about the Russian Empire, or attend a Russian party – where the food and the clothing of servers fit the theme, visit a Russian farm in the countryside, enjoy a Russian tea ceremony including a famous Samovar teapot, daydream while listening to a Russian folk song, or join a Russian folk dance.
No noise, and no waiting time
On a river cruise, you will never feel tired because of the hustle and bustle of the crowd. A river cruise will allow you to relax and enjoy yourself, thanks to the organization and the cleverly designed itinerary. River cruise ships normally have a maximum capacity of 200 guests, so you can have your own quiet haven and enjoy the caring service of the staff on-board, which makes it different from a noisy and crowded luxury cruise with a capacity of over 3,000 guests. You will never have to wait for food service, or queue in line to get ashore whenever the ship docks.
A river cruise is a great choice, because you will never have to worry. You will only need to decide on a program and a type of cabin for yourself, and everything else is planned for you. You do not need to plan your itinerary, or pick restaurants to visit, because everything is included in the “all-inclusive” package. You do not need to rush to comply to a tight schedule, transferring between buses and trains, to visit all the planned destinations to get your money’s worth, regardless of your health or preference like on regular tours. On a river cruise, if the beauty of one destination compels you, you can take a long time to discover the area. On the other hand, if the destination does not attract you, or if your health does not allow, you can go back to your cabin, enjoy a cup of tea and a good book. This does not affect anyone else, because the cruise is your companion every step of the way.
A river cruise will give you the most profound experiences. This is a way to explore the world differently.
To get information and consultation about cruises along the most famous rivers in the world, you can contact:
VOLGA CRUISE by CRUISE ALLIANCE
- Address: Hanoi Tower – No. 49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi
- Tel: (+844) 8585 8588
TIPS: 6 reasons to choose a river cruise
- The long trip will allow you to let go of your worries and fully re-energise
- You only need to check in and check out once without having to pack multiple times
- You can explore the culture, history, and traditions of little-known destinations in detail
- The menu changes every day to reflect the abundant local cuisine of each destination
- Free Wi-Fi allows you to connect with your friends and family throughout the trip
- No extra charges.
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