“Go with the flow” could be the motto of river cruisers, the fastest growing segment of the cruise market.
Unlike oceangoing ships that carry as many as 5,000 passengers, most river cruise ships accommodate around 150 guests, for a more intimate experience. Balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and open-air viewing are features of most river cruise ships, and some even offer pools, spas, fitness areas, and jogging tracks.
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Guests are kept busy (if they wish to be) with daily shore excursions, most with several options depending on interests and activity levels. Bikes and walking tours are available in most ports, or guests can choose a leisurely day in a comfortable lounge enjoying the passing scenery.
Europe’s rivers are among the most popular and varied with ancient cities, historic landmarks, charming towns, and spectacular scenery. These cruise companies and samples of their European river cruises are just a few of the options available.