Celebrating Throwback Thursday, do you remember a time before ocean cruise ships had water slides and could accommodate over 6,000 passengers? I do, and if you want to still experience such a lifestyle, river cruising is a fine option, dependent more on the destination than onboard attractions.
To be sure, there are still boutique ocean cruise ships that hearken back to a time of simpler travel, especially in the upper premium and luxury markets such as on Azamara Club Cruises or Silversea Cruises, but river cruising can provide an even more intimate experience with an average of around only 200 or fewer guests on vessels in Europe.
Onboard, riverboats consist primarily of a variety of private staterooms and suites, as well as a public main restaurant, observation lounge and bar and a sun deck. That’s about it. Sure, some have smaller extra bars, restaurants, lounges, boutiques, libraries, spas and even pools, but the venues are limited, and that’s actually a good thing. The reason, by the way, is because of river locks that restrict the overall width, length and height of vessels.