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River Cruises

A River Cruise is a supremely calming experience

Due to their smaller size and low draft, river cruise ships can go where ocean cruise ships cannot, and sometimes to where no other transport is practical. Akin to a life in the slow lane, sailing along at a gentle pace, soaking up the scenery, with plentiful opportunities to explore riverside towns and cities en route.

It is a supremely calming experience, an antidote to the pressures of life in a fast-paced world, in surroundings that are comfortable without being fussy or pretentious, with good food and enjoyable company. When your river cruise vessel docks you simply walk up the gangway and into the town or city, in many cases the dock is located right at the heart of things

Full of things to see

During river cruises the countryside is usually in view, so they are especially relaxing and interesting, to those who prefer land nearby. River cruises usually last from 7 to 15 days, although some can last 3 weeks or longer.

Some river ships resemble 5-star hotels, with sun decks, dining rooms, lounges, fitness facilities, swimming pools, casinos and other entertainment. Accommodation, meals onboard, entertainment and special events (holidays, festivals, contests, concerts, etc.) are usually included in the cruise price, while bar expenses, sauna, massage, laundry and cleaning, and phone calls are not.

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A unique way to travel

Most cruises have a variety of onboard and on shore activities. The latter include guided tours to historic and cultural sites, visiting local attractions, museums and galleries, and other points of interest. Guides give a running commentary while sailing. A river cruise undoubtedly provides travelers with a unique way to travel.

Popular River Cruises

Popular river cruises include trips along the Nile, the Amazon, the Mississippi, the Yangtze, the Mekong, the Danube, the Rhine, the Seine, or the Volga. Nearer to home the Kimberley's have grown to be one of Australia's most popular cruising areas. Spectacluar waterfalls and curious phenomena such as the horizonatal falls are only a small part of the lure of the area.

Below is a list of specialist River Cruise companies, many who own and operate their own ships. Simply click on a link to discover the variety of magnificent River Cruise itinereraries you can book.

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