River cruise: a different way of cruising
When holiday come, people will make use the time to have fun with family and friends; cruising is a famous option. Other than ocean cruise, cruise lovers can also enjoy their favorite leisure time taking river cruise. River cruise will be the perfect choice for people visiting or living in the countries with no or very limited access to open ocean.
River cruise offers a unique experience that is distinct from a traditional ocean cruise trip. Unlike ocean cruise which use massive cruise ship, a river cruise utilizes small ship that allows access to narrow waterways. With a river cruise, you will have a chance to visit interesting cities directly from the boat. You don’t have to spend many days at sea experiencing nothing but the blue water and burning sunlight. On a river cruise, the view is always changing as the boat moves from one town to another.
As the ship of the river cruise is smaller, it also means fewer guests. A river cruise usually takes a few hundred guests instead of a few thousand. This way, you will be able to enjoy your vacation in a better atmosphere. Some companies even offer their ships for you to rent and have a private river cruise with families, friends or colleagues. Isn’t it fun?
River cruise is one of the most enjoyable ways to tour countries inEurope. You can visit multiple countries with one cruise only. Your hotel room travels with you, so you don’t need to pack and unpack luggage repeatedly. During the day, your river cruise boat docks in the center of many great cities ofEurope. During the night, you can enjoy your meal or champagne under bright stars while the boat sails to take you to another great city.
Cruising Along the Danube River
Cruise vacation is gaining more popularity nowadays; not only in ocean but also in great rivers such as the Danube that stretch along the European Union. There are many cruise lines offering Danube River cruises with different packages and facilities.
1. Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways offers 5 days long Danube River cruises. More extensive Danube River cruises add in the Black Sea and sail for 14 days. The line has a special offering called ‘Christmas time on the Danube’ cruises that last for 8, 9, 12 or 16 days. With these Danube River cruises, guests can experience the region’s holiday’s traditions. Guests of these Danube River cruises can enjoy visiting classic Christmas markets in cities including Nuremberg, Regensburg and Vienna as well as tasting traditional food such as warm spiced wine called Gluhwein and Lebkuchen, a classic German Christmas cookie.
Viking River Cruises offers a variety of Danube River cruises. The cruise line offers Danube River cruises that last for 8 to 16 days. The longer Danube River cruises include other European rivers. The Viking Danube ship accommodates up to 150 guests of Danube River cruises while the Viking Legend carries 189 guests. The later ship has 95 deluxe staterooms with either a French balcony or picture window. To make the most of your Danube River cruises, all of the ships have a sun deck that presents unbeatable views of the scenery.
3. Tauck Tours
Tauck Tours offers thorough and informative Danube River cruises on 3 riverboats, each holds only 118 guests. There is one Tauck tour director for every 40 guests of Danube River cruises, who manages the itinerary and keeps things running smoothly throughout the trip. A local tour guides is available at each stop to accompany the guests along the trip.
Experience the Yangtze River Cruise
The Yangtze River in China, which streams for almost 4,000 miles long to the East China Sea, offers magnificent combination of rare yet stunning views. The best way to experience everything lies across the river is by taking a Yangtze River cruise. Cruise lovers will definitely take pleasure in Yangtze River cruise as it has many popular places to visit. The most famous stops during Yangtze River cruise are in the river’s gorges which separately called the Wuxia Gorge, Xiling Gorge, and the Qutang Gorge.
As the Yangtze River cruise passes the Wuxia Gorge, visitors can see the legendary Twelve Peaks. This is the main reason people come to visit, especially by Yangtze River cruise. One of the town located here, Zigui, was home to poet Qu Yuan and famous lady Wang Zhaojun.
It is recommended to stop in the city of Baidichengas the Yangtze Rivercruise passes the Qutang Gorge. This historical place offers passengers of Yangtze River cruise numerous historical artifacts such as theArmourCave, Meng Liang’s Ladder, Rhinoceros Watching the Moon, and several others.
The biggest gorge visitors would likely to visit during the Yangtze River cruise is the Xiling Gorge which has two different sections, the west and the east. The west route of Yangtze River cruise takes passengers to visit Bull’s Liver and Horse’s Lung Gorge. The east route includes visiting the Yellow Cat Gorge and the Shadow Play Gorge.
Another stop during Yangtze River cruise will be in Fengdu or the Ghost City. This is the city where local people commemorate the deceased. Passengers of Yangtze River cruise will have an opportunity to board a gondola which takes them up to the top of the hill. Along the hill, passengers are amused by a line of breathtaking temples and statues.