In Europe, river cruising continues to experience an exceptional boom. Besides the utter increase in the number of boats on the rivers, the experience of a river cruise is changing, with more sophisticated amenities and smart new programs.
Here you can read about some of the new developments.
What’s shifting: Almost every river line offers the occasional buffet meal on its sun deck, typically on a day of cruising. What’s new is that some lines are incorporating alfresco dining into new ship designs. If dining outdoors is important to you, choose your ship carefully. Aside from the above-mentioned special sun deck buffets, lines have limited alfresco options.
Immersive Shore Excursions
What’s shifting: One of the charms of river cruising is that most shore excursions are included in cruise fares. These typically involve city walking tours or motor coach tours to major natural, historic or cultural sites. Increasingly, however, river cruise lines are adding more unique opportunities to their tour menus such as truffle hunting, visiting cognac houses to blend your own bottle and hands-on cooking classes.