I’m a big proponent of river cruising, and I mentioned a number of reasons in yesterday’s “Travel Minute.’ Small vessels, easy on and off, the ability to explore villages and cities at leisure. Let me list some additional pluses and minuses.
I’m told by a number of passengers who have sailed aboard Uniworld, AMA Waterways, and Viking River Cruises that the cuisine is exceptional. The kitchens have the advantage of being able to buy locally almost every day when they pull into town. The wines, too, are above average. Guides are knowledgeable or you may explore by walking or renting a bike on your own easily—an on-board concierge will help you with all arrangements.
So what’s the downside? Well, if you’re not a bit social, you might find the smallness of a river vessel that carries 150 or so passengers too close for comfort. Journalist Cash Peters recently wrote a hilarious account of a terrific river cruise in France that he and some friends recently took. It’s called Best Trip Ever! and while he meant that title, he said there’s always someone who rubs you the wrong way. But certainly don’t let that put you off!
Find Cash’s amusing, first-person book here.