River cruising...there's nothing quite like it! Over the past few years it has continued to grow in popularity and demand. This may be due in part to the nature of river-cruising...It is one of the most relaxing ways to travel and it's as if you get to see the world in "slow-motion" as you sail from port to port. Another perk of river cruising is the personalized service and intimate atmosphere you experience. An average river cruise sailing has about 130 passengers.
River cruising often seems more expensive to those who have looked at traditional (ocean) cruising in the past. However, river cruising will often have so much included in their pricing that the difference is not quite as big as you might think. For instance, here is what is included with Avalon Waterways river cruises...
Expertly guided destination excursions? Included.
VIP access to the key sights? Included.
Regional beers and wines with dinner? Included.
Spacious staterooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, free Wi-fi - all included.