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River cruising has been extremely popular for several years now, with more ships being added all the time.
They allow passengers to see Europe the way the Europeans do. They are much more intimate than ocean cruising as the maximum amount of passengers on some of the ships reach 195. The atmosphere is very casual and relaxed and typically you will find many friendships made among passengers that you normally wouldn’t see on the larger ships.
The different lines vary in what is included but usually they include most shore excursions and beer and wine at lunch and dinner.
River cruising attracts many Baby Boomers who have the money to spend and time to travel and are ready to see something different than what they usually experience on the same old Caribbean cruises. They like traveling in smaller groups and on more private tours, so river cruising is excellent for them.
There are much better port opportunities than ocean going ships, making it a more popular option for cruisers. The ability to visit ports of call that traditionally large mainstream cruise ships can’t get into is a large draw. When the ships stop in the ports, typically they are in the heart of the city and most often right in the main marketplace. The large cruise ships usually don’t always port in the city. Typically they port and then passengers face a long bus ride to the center of town.
As of last year, river cruising has also become more popular with families. AMA Waterways now has many itineraries for families that are very hot right now because of their partnership with Disney.