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River cruising is booming. Here is why….

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For all those who like the ease of cruising and enjoy immersing themselves in the sights and sounds of beautiful towns and ports, river cruising is perfect. In river cruising, the ship is not the main attraction, it’s the destinations. It allows travelers to really experience the cities and attractions in a way big ships can’t.

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For many travelers, the slow flow along the river is just the right pace for getting the lay of the land. Sitting on the top deck of a ship under brilliant blue skies, you gaze on fabled landscapes dotted with castles, villages and vineyards. A flight of stairs down, and you have all the amenities of a modern hotel — restaurants, bars, lounges, fitness facilities, spas, internet access and comfortable staterooms.

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River cruises offer opportunities to step ashore in fairy tale towns and fabled cities. Immerse yourself in contemporary culture, and learn something about the history of the towns along the world’s greatest rivers. With many overnight destinations, you get the chance to experience the nightlife and culture of the destination at your own pace.

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The majority of itineraries are seven nights or more. Book one year in advance, if possible, and consider cruising March through May or September through December, when the crowds are thinner and airfares may be more reasonably priced than during peak periods.

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River cruises travel along many of the major rivers in the world. In Europe, the Danube River is second in length only to the Volga River in Russia. The Danube is one of the most popular rivers to cruise along, and many river cruises include the Danube as part of their itinerary. The Main, Rhine, Moselle, Elbe, Rhone, Saone and Seine are also popular rivers in Europe for river cruising.

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Elsewhere in the world, the Amazon River in Peru and Brazil, the Nile River in Egypt, the Yangtze River in China and the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia are also popular river cruise destinations. These cruises offer you a unique way to explore exotic destinations in style and comfort.

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Each port offers a variety of excursions and activities to experience the local culture and traditions. Bicycles, hiking and foodie tours are almost always available to satisfy the tastes of all types of travelers.

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With companies like Crystal River Cruises entering the market, you can experience the unrivaled standard in all-inclusive luxury, aboard five spacious, all-suite river yachts. Indulge in ever-changing scenery and lush landscapes with uniquely curated shoreside discoveries designed to surprise, enrich and fascinate. And complimentary butler service in each and every suite will make you feel like royalty each and every day.

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Viking River Cruises is also adding new vessels to their fleet specially designed to navigate the world’s great rivers and provide convenient daily access to a plethora of destinations and experiences. Enjoy all the comfort and elegance of river cruising: attentive and professional staff, delicious onboard meals and spectacular scenery from every stateroom and public area.

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Aqua Expeditions offers beautiful 16 cabin vessels in the Amazon and Mekong River Delta. Amazing cuisine, great guides and unique excursions make these expedition cruising experts a perfect choice for the adventurous at heart.

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If this sounds like it might be for you, please contact our team of experiences cruise experts to help you plan your trip. We can offer great prices, added amenities and our guidance to help you find the perfect river cruise for you. Call us at 305-931-3002 or info@houseoftravel.net for more info.

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