How do River Cruises Differ from Ocean Cruises?

There are both similarities and differences between ocean cruises and river cruises, so it is smart to have an understanding of both prior to choosing which is ideal for you. Generally, ocean liners have a tendency to be quite a bit bigger and you will enjoy more amenities in your room. Consequently, they are able to hold substantially more travelers aboard. atoll-2179234__340.jpg River ships have a much more familiar feeling due to the smaller size, and people commonly find themselves making lots of new friends.

In contrast to ocean cruises that can include multiple sea days, you will almost never experience a full day of sailing on a river cruise. Every day takes travelers to a different port of call. When river cruising, you can also enjoy an ever-changing mural of breathtaking views from your ship, so the travel itself becomes part of your discovery.

If you are anxious you might get seasick, a river cruise is the way to sail because land is always in your line of vision, the water is not deep, and there is barely any turbulence. Yes, ocean cruises tend to offer more upscale benefits like fitness centers, multiple dining options and a wide array of live entertainment. But cruising on a river is practical since the inclusive pricing packages mean you will enjoy free Wi-Fi, all the water and other refreshments you want (even alcohol), and interesting activities off-ship at certain destinations.

Cruise the Mediterranean

It is generally held that modern civilization began along the shores of Southern Europe – from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art. The thousands of years of history of the "Old Country" are evident along its many coasts. You will not want to leave once you've experienced the loveliness of the Greek Islands and Santorini, worshipped the sun on the sandy beaches of Italy and Spain, and seen up close the historical attractions of Jerusalem and Greece. Ancient Rome is still evident in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the dramatic St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see.

Enthusiasts of architectural design will enjoy a stop in Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s remarkable work. Wine lovers will want to pass time in the prestigious wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France. On the Adriatic coast, see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, the historic city surrounded by ancient stone walls.

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