With modernized ships and great itineraries, river cruising is fast becoming popular with younger travelers. Millenials are more interested in cruising Europe than other generations, and more likely than Generation Xers or Baby Boomers to take a river cruise in the next two years, so we’ve compiled some reasons why travelers of any age should get onboard the river cruising bandwagon.
With limited vacation time, you’ve got to make the most of every day. Every hour spent on a bus or a train is one you won’t spend discovering hidden alleyways, sipping on local wine, or hunting down the best souvenirs in classic markets or trendy boutiques.
Traveling by river cruise means you wake up in a new city every day with no time wasted, so you can see more cities than you might think on a relatively short break.
You know what’s not fun? Dragging your wheeled luggage over cobblestone streets, or up the stairs of that charming hotel that just happens to lack an elevator. What’s even less fun is having to go through the whole process in city after city throughout your trip.
On a river cruise, you unpack once, settle into your room, and enjoy a wrinkle-free wardrobe for the duration of your vacation. It’s easier to bring along that extra pair of cute shoes (or pick one up in one of your destinations) when you know you won’t have to drag them through multiple cities in your bag.
There’s simply no better way to arrive in a European city than docking at the river cruise port and finding yourself just steps away from the main sights. It’s like having a hotel in a prime location in every city you visit, complete with waterfront views. You can stroll right off the ship to begin your sightseeing without having to figure out the local transit system or where to get a cab.
You’ve got enough on your plate without trying to plan the perfect day in every city on your trip. Most river cruises include multiple trip options in each city you visit, so you can select from expert-curated experiences to fit your travel style – whether that’s diving into the city or strolling through the countryside.
Many river cruise itineraries also feature exclusive experiences, from dining with university students for an insider look at local life in Germany to digging for truffles in Provence. These are experiences you simply couldn’t book on your own, and they’re often included in the price of your cruise.
You work hard for your vacation dollars, and it’s important to know what you’re committing to before you leave. Most river cruises offer all-inclusive dining and beverages so you’ll never find yourself scrimping on dinner because you blew your daily meal budget on a bottle of wine at lunch.
Beyond the dining room, you’ll also find that your cruise fare includes many excursions, along with equipment to take ashore, like bicycles and hiking poles.
No matter your age, there’s a river cruise that will wow you. A travel agent can help connect you to the cruise line that’s the best fit for your budget, goals, and travel style.