Why Ocean Cruisers Love River Cruising


Compared to River Cruising, ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and for good reason. They're affordable, convenient.

Also, they offer travelers peace of mind, knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is in one place. What could be better than that? Well, consider a river cruise.

You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show you on AmaWaterways how superbly well they go together. AmaWaterways river cruises combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at every port of call.

To all cruise-lovers, perhaps it’s time to shake up the ocean liner experience for a new way to explore the world’s waterways. Let's book you on an AmaWaterways river cruise that will take you on a unique and relaxing tour of Europe.

Here are the top 10 reasons we know why you’ll love river cruising, specifically on AmaWaterways!

Expand Your Options

While ocean cruises take you to countries, river cruises take you through them. There simply is no way to reach river cruise destinations on mega cruise ships.

Intimate Experience

River cruising offers a more intimate setting. Most ships range from 144 to 196 passengers. This means you’ll never have to wait in line. It also means you have more time to enjoy all the amenities and have a closer experience with other passengers and crew. From ordering a beverage to getting on and off the ship, you’ll enjoy the absence of long lines.

Dive into the Local Culture

Escape from the tourist ports and explore hidden gems. Giant ocean lines can attract up to 20,000 visitors the same day, but with a river cruise you will arrive in port with only a few hundred visitors. You will not only avoid long lines at your destination, but also enjoy leisurely excursions at every incredible port. You’ll take in the local culture and history of every unique town that you visit.

No Need to Rush Back

With many departures from the destinations being later in the afternoon or evening, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the nightlife in select ports of call. Whether you choose an evening stroll through cobblestone streets, a local show or performance, or one last glass of wine after dinner while listening to a local musician, immersing yourself in the evening culture together with the locals is a unique experience.

Castle Views

That’s right, castle views. From Amsterdam to Basel along the Rhine River, and in Budapest, Bratislava, Dürnstein and Passau on the Danube, you’ll discover colorful architecture and castles that will blow you away. But don’t stop at viewing the castles. Why not hike or drive to them and then explore their fabulousness with a knowledgeable guide? You’ll literally be walking in the footsteps of world history.

5-Star Reviews

5-star reviews are only earned through 5-star service. When you’re relaxing with a glass of wine on the Sun Deck, enjoying a night under the stars, or having an unexpected encounter with friendly locals that your tour guide has arranged for you, you’ll know where their 5-star reviews come from. Notice what people are saying about AmaWaterways’ flawless service.

Entertainment for the Whole Family

With various activities and plenty of stops along the way, we’re sure everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. River cruising is perfect for multi-generational families. From grandparents to teenage grandchildren, the entire family will bond over various topics and activities, from food to history to countryside excursions. There is something to do for everyone on board at each destination. Some members of your group may choose to take advantage of spa services, the sundeck pool, or cultural activities, while others may prefer to seek out a quiet space with a book. Mealtimes are the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together again as a family. It is the perfect multi-generational vacation for your family or group of friends.

Taste the Difference

Whether you’re into wine tasting or local street food, a river cruise provides an exceptional culinary experience both on the ship and at every destination. The onboard culinary team focuses on utilizing fresh local ingredients. Dishes are paired with local wines. There’s no mass-produced and basic buffet food when you cruise with AmaWaterways!

Variety of Experience

Let’s not forget just how special every European country is! The towns and cities may be close in proximity along the river, but don’t be surprised by the unique feeling and experiences each destination gives you. Choose from visiting local breweries, hiking to castles, biking through trendy neighborhoods or visiting museums that highlight the local culture.

World-Class Accommodations

One of the reasons we love river cruises so much (and we know you’ll agree) is the feeling of walking into a luxurious suite or twin-balcony stateroom that will be your home away from home for the next 7, 8, 10 days or more. Each of AmaWaterways staterooms is tastefully decorated and is river facing. Whether you choose to have a window view, a private balcony, or even a twin balcony (with both a French and outside balcony), you’ll always have a room with a view.

So, there you have it. 10 leading reasons why you’ll love your first river cruise on AmaWaterways.

We’d love to match your travel style with the right itinerary and ship. Reach out to us today and be sure to mention if you’re planning a romantic getaway, bachelorette trip or a friends’ reunion, and we’ll let you know the add-ons available that will make your experience truly special.