Travel Bureau - Cruise Blog: Why River Cruising is the best way to travel

Why river cruising is the hottest way to travel in 2019...

Thursday 1 November 2018

We all want to see the world and much as travel is about adventure and discovery, it is also about relaxation and indulgence. So how do we fulfil our desire to squeeze every last drop of travel experience from our holidays, while also satisfying our need to relax and feel at ease? We think we’ve found the answer in river cruising.

Enjoying the sights from Scenic's Sun Deck

Unlike ocean cruising, where you can often spend several days at sea throughout your holiday, on a river cruise there are ports of call every day, so you really make the most of your travelling time. What’s more, most cities have grown up over time around the banks of rivers meaning that nine times out of ten your ship will be able to moor close to the centre of town. Walking straight from the ship into the heart of your destination leaves you more time to get to know the historic towns, picturesque villages, sweeping vineyards and ancient castles that you’ll find along your river cruise itinerary.

Emerald Waterways in Budapest

Even better, during all of this city-hopping you’ll only have to unpack once as your floating hotel transports you in perfect comfort and ease from one destination to the next. If this isn’t enough to tempt you there are even more benefits to swapping the high seas for the waterways of Europe and Asia. As all river cruise ships have outside cabins with a river view, you’ll never be stuck looking at the four walls, instead you can watch the world drift by even as you drift off to sleep. You won’t have to lift a finger while you cruise, with professional crew on hand to meet your every need, and with more informal dress codes and flexible dining arrangements, river cruising is truly one of the most relaxing and rewarding ways to travel.

Emerald Waterways Panorama Balcony Suite

Travel Bureau partners, Emerald Waterways and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours provide the finest river cruising experiences available from the shores of the Danube to the banks of the Mekong. With a whole range of cruises available you can visit some of Europe’s finest cities including Budapest and Vienna on the Danube, Amsterdam and Strasbourg on the Rhine, Lyon and Avignon along the Rhone and Salamanca on the Douro. Cross continents to Asia and you can explore Vietnam and Cambodia as you travel along the Mekong, exploring the ancient and more recent history of cities like Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City, or journey through Myanmar on the Irrawaddy river.

Balloons rise over ancient temples in Myanmar

Just one of the great things about sailing on an Emerald or Scenic river cruise is that they both offer all-inclusive pricing with no hidden extras. Scenic offers a truly 5-star experience, which guests who have sailed with Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea Cruises or Azamara will adore. With a choice of five fine-dining restaurants, unlimited complimentary premium-branded drinks, a personal butler for every guest, flexible inclusive excursions and exclusive private events and experiences, this really is all-inclusive luxury at its best. Those who have cruised with Celebrity, P&O or Royal Caribbean in the past will love Emerald’s contemporary boutique-style ships, which carry just 182 guests. With a daily shore exclusion, a choice of two great dining experiences and even tips included, sailing with Emerald Waterways gives you excellent value for an intimate cruising experience. 

Butler service on a Scenic river cruise

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