Why it’s Time to Trade Sea Days for See Days on a River Cruise

Posted on 08/07/2023

For many travelers, cruising on the open sea is the ultimate vacation experience. But, there is another type of cruising that's gaining popularity - river cruising. Instead of spending days at sea with nothing but endless water in sight, river cruises offer the chance to explore picturesque towns, vineyards, and cultural landmarks along the way.

River cruises have many advantages over traditional sea cruises. Here are some reasons why it's time to trade sea days for see days on a river cruise with Avalon Waterways:

1. Scenery and Landmarks 

River cruises are all about exploring inland waterways, which means that the scenery is constantly changing. The views from the ship are often breathtaking, with rolling hills, medieval castles, and charming villages along the riverbanks. On a river cruise, you'll also have the opportunity to visit historic landmarks, museums, and local markets.

2. Intimate Experience 

One of the biggest advantages of river cruising is the intimate experience it offers. River cruise ships are smaller and more intimate than ocean liners, which means there are fewer passengers on board. This makes for a more personal and relaxed atmosphere. You'll have the chance to get to know your fellow passengers, and you'll also have more opportunities to interact with the crew.

3. Accessibility

River cruises offer the chance to visit smaller ports that are inaccessible to large ocean liners. This means that you'll have the chance to explore quaint towns and villages that are off the beaten path. In addition, river cruises often dock in the heart of the city, making it easy to explore on foot.

4. Culinary Experiences

One of the highlights of a river cruise is the culinary experience. Avalon river cruises offer locally sourced cuisine that showcases the flavors of the region. You'll have the chance to try traditional dishes and local wines, as well as attend cooking demonstrations and wine tastings.

5. Wellness Opportunities

River cruises are also known for their wellness opportunities. Avalon’s fleet of Suite Ships have a hot tub on the Sky Deck, fitness center, complimentary bicycles, Nordic walking sticks, and an Adventure Host. Avalon’s Adventure Hosts are trained experts knowledgeable and passionate about the regions where the river cruises travel. They are equipped to lead activities such as yoga, hiking, kayaking, and biking tours. They are an essential part of the Avalon Waterways experience, providing guests with a unique and enriching way to explore the world's waterways.

In conclusion, river cruising offers a unique and intimate experience that is different from traditional sea cruises. With stunning scenery, access to historic landmarks, and locally sourced cuisine, it's easy to see why river cruising is becoming increasingly popular. So, it's time to trade sea days for see days and explore the waterways of the world on a river cruise.

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