For the past couple of years on my weekend radio show I’ve talked about one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry—river cruising. Last month an astounding number of new river cruising vessels were inaugurated in Europe. Twenty-four to be exact.
That’s an extraordinary number, 24. Now, these vessels—as they’re called in the river cruising industry—carry maybe 150 passengers each, but those 24 are a testament to the popularity of seeing regions and towns up close and in slow motion.
Here’s what’s good about river cruising: Lovely ships, easy boarding and embarking at every destination, the ability to pull right into the center of a town, a different port stop every day (though you might stay in one larger city for two days).
The vessel often repositions at night, though there’s just enough day cruising to remind you you’re on the water. No sea sickness. And of course, you get to explore a region like Bordeaux without having to pack and unpack suitcases or change hotels.
I’ll talk a bit more about river cruising in tomorrow’s “Travel Minute.”