4 RIVER CRUISE MYTHS(AND THE TRUTHS REVEALED)
There are many myths about river cruising and what this type of travel entails. Below are the top 4 I hear. Have you heard these before?
MYTH # 1: ALL PASSENGERS ARE SUPER OLD
Truth: Each river cruise line attracts a certain demographic. And, you can feel uncomfortable onboard if you choose your river cruise because of a TV commercial.
Before we book your trip, you and I have a conversation to make sure we find the right sailing to fit your personality and travel interests.
I can also tell you that I have had some of the best conversations onboard with river cruise passengers that are a different generation than me.
So, a person’s age doesn’t always matter. It’s more often their mindset.
MYTH #2: THE SHIPS ARE TOO SMALL
Truth: Yes, river cruise ships are smaller than most of their ocean counterparts. But, that’s what makes river cruising so amazing!
Sail THROUGH countries, not AROUND them.
You don’t have the cattle-call experiences for excursions. Simply scan your keycard, walk off the ship, and begin exploring.
In Regensburg, Germany, you dock right in town. Exit the ship, walk a few paces and the famous Old Stone Bridge will be right in front of you for a fantastic photo-op.
Walk a few more paces, and sample sausage and a pretzel from Wurstkuchl(The Sausage Kitchen) where little’s changed since it opened over 500 years ago.
Continue walking along the cobble-stoned streets to the center of town and delight in the gothic architecture of Dom St. Peter, the Regensburg cathedral. A church has been standing in this exact spot since 700 A.D.
Larger ships can’t dock in ports like Regensburg because of their size. Ocean cruisers miss out on quaint towns like Regensburg.
Or, bus for hours on end to get there.
MYTH #3: I WON’T GET TO EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL CUTLURE AND LEARN THE LOCAL HISTORY
Truth: During my river cruise travels, I have sat in Courtroom 600 where the Nuremberg trials took place, chatted with friends in a Viennese coffee house, tasted the most delicious Hungarian cabbage soup, watched amazing Serbian dancers, ate yummy desserts I can’t pronounce, listened to a magnificent German Acapella Quartet, watched talented Bulgarian children perform their traditional dances, enjoyed a classical concert in Vienna, shopped for unique, handcrafted gifts for friends and family, and toured lovely palaces and a breathtaking monastery.
The local culture and history are why I river cruise in the first place. It’s the focus of river cruise travel.
MYTH #4: I WON’T GET TO SPEND ENOUGH TIME IN EACH CITY I VISIT
Truth: This is a struggle about travel in general. If you try to experience everything a city has to offer on your first visit, you come home from your trip exhausted.
A river cruise provides a taste of each city. The excursions offered by the river cruise lines are chosen to give you the best that each city has to offer. But you’ll come home wanting more.
I’ve been to Budapest 4 times now and I still have a list of places I want to see along with experiences I wish to repeat. I want several months in Budapest to explore, but I don’t have that amount of vacation time right now. So, the city highlights that a river cruise offers works wonders for my lifestyle.
And, because of the ease of river cruise travel, I come home from my trip and dive right back into my life. I don’t need “a vacation from my vacation” since I’m not worn out from the travel logistics that are required for other trip types.
With a river cruise, you check into your floating boutique hotel, unpack once, and immediately immerse in the local culture and history.
It’s that simple.
So, these are some common myths I hear about river cruising. Have you heard others? What are they? I’d love to know!