Cruising

Basmah Qazi

Why a river cruise holiday will help you live in the moment

Why a river cruise holiday will help you live in the moment

We live in an era of smartphones, where everything is at our fingertips. Whether you’re planning a trip away or attempting to sort out your budget, taking a holiday is now much easier – but the sheer number of options can still be overwhelming.

Enter river cruising. The ships act as floating hotels that can take you on adventures on some of the world’s most famous rivers. Not only are they smaller in size and far more intimate than a regular cruise ship, river cruises are a great option for those who want a fuss-free holiday without the planning and plotting. You won’t even have to re-pack your suitcase. When you’re on a ship with just over a hundred passengers, you’re left with the true purpose of travel: To experience something new.

If you like to step out of the ordinary, then this experience has your name written all over it, as unlike big ships, river cruises focus more on the hidden gems. Smaller towns, far away from the flashy metropolitan cities where you can expect to find local treasures for a truly authentic experience.

Here are all the reasons why a river cruise should be your next holiday option.

1. The ships are luxurious

If there’s one thing to remember when it comes to river cruises, it’s that size isn’t everything. Newer vessels are a million miles away from the cramped, older ships of yesteryear, as they’ve now been primped and updated with the latest amenities, providing you with a luxury experience.

River cruises are smaller than your average ship, but they still have the “wow factor” as the interior is well thought out and structured. With plenty of light seeping in and activities all around, you will always have something to do during your cruise. And if you’re someone who loves getting their vitamin D, there are plenty of opportunities to sunbathe out on the open decks, making it the perfect time for some well-deserved relaxation.

2. You always have a view

Does anything sound more heavenly then waking up each morning to a view of the stunning river? As you wait to reach your destination, you’re guaranteed beautiful scenery all around, complimenting the relaxing atmosphere you’re already immersed in. Depending on where you go, you may come across locations such as castles, vineyards and even see plenty of active marine and bird life as you’re plying the waters.

3. River ships are intimate

Ships that travel along the river must be limited in size because they go through locks and under low bridges – this means most river cruises can only carry up to just 200 people at a time.

The benefit of fewer passengers means that staff on board your cruise know who you are by name, giving you a completely personalised experience that’s difficult to find anywhere else. Plus, it’s a great way to make friends with other passengers as you’ll be spending quite a bit of time with them on the sun deck and during meals.

You’ll often find that even years later, you will still be in touch with the people you met during your river cruise journey – and that’s a lifelong benefit that’s impossible to put a price on.

4. You make unforgettable memories

Taking a river cruise is an experience of a lifetime, and not only will it help you unwind and relax, but it will give you stories to tell for years to come. Whether it’s the destinations you visited or the activities you got up to on board, a river cruise holiday is unforgettable. The laidback luxury and rooms with a view allow passengers to truly immerse themselves throughout the journey.

Taking a trip with Avalon Waterways is a decision you won’t regret. Featuring Avalon Fresh chefs, local guides and adventure hosts, you’ll be expertly taken care of every step of the way. Plus, with Avalon Choice, guests can customise their cruise experience as they take part in activities that suit their interests.

Book now to save up to $6,800 per couple on selected 2020 Europe river cruises.

This is sponsored content brought to you in partnership with Avalon Waterways.