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River Cruising - Luxury Travel Experiences 



After personally experiencing 3 RIVER CRUISES - I am  your river cruise expert! The popularity of river cruises has grown rapidly whether

Dunabe River Cruiseit's through Spain and Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, or a number of other destinations in Europe, Russia or Southeast Asia


Imagine a vacation where you get to explore the treasures of Europe or Asia's most fascinating cities, all in the lap of luxury while only unpacking once. You dock in the heart of each city, and English-speaking tour guides help you navigate through captivating town squares, and introduce you to local chefs, winemakers or chocolatiers. Each night you escape to the comfort of your stateroom while anticipating the day's next port. Welcome to the world of river cruising.
The popularity of river cruises has grown rapidly over the past few years as the word spreads about this wonderful way to explore the world aboard comfortable, modern ships. Cruise Holidays is an industry leader in helping travelers craft the river cruise itinerary of their dreams, whether it's through Spain and Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, or a number of other destinations in Europe, Russia or Southeast Asia.


Guests on river cruises are explorers, more than they are cruisers. Getting into the history, culture and really becoming immersed in the destination is what these travelers are all about. They also know that a river cruise is one of the best ways to cover a lot of destinations without the wasted time of packing, unpacking and traveling over the road.


Shari's River Cruise Experiences


Interested in River Cruising? I SURE AM! Those of you who know me, know I LOVE TRAVEL! And I really enjoy sharing my experiences with others. I hope you'll enjoy following along with my journeys and become inspired to allow me to assist in planning your opportunities to explore our world and MAKE MEMORIES!



Uniworld's Po River Cruise.

In August 2014 I took this very unique experience...  Not a lot of "floating down the river" as with others I have experienced... But plenty of time to explore the BEAUTIFUL Italian city of Venice.  Uniworld offers PRIVATE tours in several locations.  This ship is beautifully decorated, and the staff is beyond friendly.  
Enjoy the tour! 
Next up....Paris and Normandy.....stay tuned.



European River Cruise aboard AmaWaterways AmaPrima


I recently took an AMAZING European River Cruise aboard AmaWaterway's newest ship the AmaPrima. We sailed the Rhine IN STYLE and visited so many amazing places along the way including the spot where Germany, Switzerland and France meet; a vineyard in Alsace, France; Strausberg, a city in Brandenburg, Germany; Heidelberg Castle; Siegfried's Mechanical Museum in Rudesheim; Cologne, Amsterdam and much more! Check out some of the pictures I took along the way!




Danube River Cruise aboard AmaWaterways AmaCerto


In October, 2012 I was fortunate enought to enjoy a river cruise aboard AMAwaterways AmaCerto on the Danube River! WHAT AN EXPERIENCE IT WAS! During our cruise we were surrounded by rolling hillsides, medeival castles and lush vineyards. It's TRULY AMAZING to think this area has captivated artists, potets and musicians for centuries!

July 2014

Ocean Cruise vs European River Cruise, what's the difference?

Are you an avid ocean cruiser but have yet to try out a European river cruise? It is probably not too much of an exaggeration to say that river cruising is about as different from ocean cruising as an all inclusive resort is different to an ocean cruise ship. These are all "packaged" vacations but …
Here are the differences that ocean cruisers will notice on their first European river cruise:
  • The price.  Unless you are used to booking premium or luxury ocean cruises, you may at first think the fare is higher than you are used to. It is, but that figure is deceptive as river cruises are all inclusive – that means your wine, beer and bottled drinks at dinner (lunch too on some lines), and one to two excursions a day. Some offer free internet. Some are themed such as the popular wine cruises which include lectures, wine tastings and pairings. And some ships carry bicycles for bicycle excursions – there is usually a tour geared to everyone’s level of comfort and interest. Dollar for dollar, river cruising is a bargain.
  • There are no long line ups or waits at the pier.  About the appointed time you are told to be at the pier (unless of course you are using the transfer service), you can walk up, hand over your luggage to a ship’s crew member and walk on board.


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Enjoy some of the most scenic vistas in the French countryside on this picturesque 8-day cruise along the Saône & Rhône Rivers. Group Discounted Pricing Available! Click here to request a quote. This Viking River Cruise is already booking up fast. Click here to contact Shari Marsh for details and to reserve your space today!


  • The ship is small! Because river ships must fit through locks on most itineraries, they are long and narrow. The only way they can expand is in their length – too high and they might not fit under a bridge, too wide and they wouldn’t fit through a lock. Most only have a couple of decks and they may have as few as fifty cabins. There are no banks of elevators either though most have one (but it may not go up to the sun deck).
  • There is no menu of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, shops etc. to choose from. Most ships have one dining room, one lounge and one gift shop. There are no big production shows or bingos. Meals and service are gourmet quality and exceptional – no difference here but well worth mentioning if one mistakenly thinks small relates to mediocre.  The atmosphere is intimate and friendly. And did I mention the free flowing wine at dinner too? (Mimosas at breakfast!) Fill your wine glass up before retiring to the lounge to take in the scheduled entertainment -   local singers, dancers or musicians.
  • There are no choices in swimming pools, hot tubs, and tennis/basket ball courts, etc either. Some ships do not have a pool at all, and with the ship’s small size a basketball court is definitely out! But with all there is to see and do every day, I’ll bet you won’t miss these on board amenities.
  • The rooms are just as compactly designed and comfortable as on an ocean cruise but the corridor distance to your room is shorter! You can leave your room and be at your dining room seat in under two minutes. Depending on the ship, you can choose a stateroom with a window, a French balcony (think patio doors with balcony railing), or small balcony – sometimes both the latter two! Chances are you won’t bother with a balcony at all because …
  • There is something to see surrounding the ship at all times, and it’s not miles of ocean. Your best perch for a 360 degree view is the sun deck so you don’t miss anything. Because towns and cities built up along rivers, the easiest method of travel from times ancient, the passing scenery and ports of call immerse you in the history of the region – castles, churches, towns with winding cobblestone streets, inviting outdoor cafes, and   little shops of curiosities.
  • Something you won’t see is a seasickness patch or band. River cruising has no choppy waves or huge swells!
  • Something else you won’t see is children. Some lines have a few dates in the year where families are welcome but river cruises are usually adults-only cruises.


These are a few of the differences and hopefully enough to give you an idea of a river cruise – an intimate four to five star hotel that you take with you on an exploration of the culture, history and scenery of new lands or return trips to favorite countries from a new perspective.
I leave you with two warnings before your first river cruise.  First:  make sure you are shock-proof - the bill shoved under my door last cruise was less than $20 for 2 persons (not the usual hundreds from my forays on ocean cruises), and second: river cruises are addictive. It is said 98% of river cruisers will do so again.


























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