Big Ship Cruises Not For You? New Cruise Line Has You In Mind

by Chris Owen Viking Oceans Cruise travelers who are turned off by thebig ship ocean cruising experience or just want to try something different, increasingly turn to a river cruise. On tiny ships, they ply the waters of European rivers, sailing directly to iconic destinations. Viking River Cruises is a major player in that arena and is quite successful at what they … Read more

River Cruising vs. Ocean Cruising: Which Floats Your Boat?

by Perrin Post River cruises and ocean cruises differ more than you might think. Many of the people I’ve met on the former are refugees from the latter: They chose a river cruise to avoid the crowds, lines, and hassles they’ve encountered on giant ships at sea. But they compare 120- to 160-passenger river boats with mammoth 2,500- to 3,000-passenger … Read more

Is a River Cruise for You? Ten Things to Know Before You Commit

By Wendy Perrin   A riverboat gliding along the Seine in Vernon, France. See more photos of Europe’s scenic waterways.   Remember how I took to three European rivers—the Rhine, the Danube, and the Seine—on three different ships last spring? You can now read the article I was on assignment to report: “The River Cruise Revolution,” just published in Condé Nast Traveler’s … Read more

Cruise Number 76 is about to get underway.

CruiseExpertBob is in Basel, Switzerland. Today will be the start of my first river cruise in Europe. We will be traveling on the Rhine River up to Amsterdam. This will be cruise number 76 for me. I will try to post photos along the way.