Despite the myth that river cruising is only for the retired set, river cruising is emerging as a popular vacation for younger travelers who want to immerse themselves in the culture of a region while enjoying the creature comforts of home
Mill Valley, CA (PRWEB) August 17, 2012
Bay Area's CruiseOne Mill Valley recently noticed a spike in river cruise sales and popularity. River cruising continues to rise in popularity across both the U.S. and abroad as travelers are seeking more intimate experiences to more exotic locales.
"Despite the myth that river cruising is only for the retired set, river cruising is emerging as a popular vacation for younger travelers who want to immerse themselves in the culture of a region while enjoying the creature comforts of home," Steve Faber of CruiseOne Mill Valley said.
With a variety of innovations, from personalized excursions to onboard amenities, river cruising is a segment of the travel and tourism industry that now offers something for everyone.
In particular, there are three reasons why river cruising should be on everyone’s bucket list:
1) Exotic Destinations. Getting up close and personal with the wildlife of Africa or the Amazon, or taking in the charm of the Mississippi are all possible on today's river cruises. AmaWaterways has added more interesting locations with cruises in Namibia, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is even offering travelers a unique journey through Italy's Po River, beginning in 2013. These destinations open up access to places unreachable by large ships. The best part about river cruising is the views because most ships are 100 percent balcony staterooms.
2) Experiential Cruises. River guests can now enjoy trips tailored to their tastes with programs just for them. Food and wine aficionados should consider the `Culinary Delights' itinerary from AmaWaterways. Once aboard, guests can work with a local chef to plan menus for their entire voyage, shop in local markets for ingredients and prepare their own meals. Guests seeking more adventure can sign-up for bike tours that let them travel alongside the ship from port to port, taking in the scenery as they go. Tech-savvy travelers who need to stay connected will now have access to onboard Wi-Fi and those looking to stay fit will love the fact that most river vessels now have onboard gyms.
3) More Choices. As river cruising demand continues to boom, more ships and destinations are being added. Avalon and Viking, for example, are both expecting significant capacity increases in their fleets for the 2013 season. Viking will add six new long ships in 2013 and Avalon will introduce two additional ships. Cruisers are also finding more choices while aboard, from customized dining experiences on and off the ship to specialized excursions.
“River cruising continues to highlight the destinations it serves by immersing cruisers in the culture,” Faber said. “Whether it is because of the out-of-the-box destinations, local flair or intimate venues, more travelers are opting for river cruises to truly escape.”
As innovation shapes the industry and more people see the value in river cruising, finding the right ship--and itinerary--can be tricky. A professional travel agent can step in and help navigate the options, find cruise discounts and offer the right choice for the customer’s personality, interests and budget.
For more information about CruiseOne Mill Valley’s river cruises and its other services, call 415-322-3523 or view the travel service on the Web at http://www.greatshiptrips.com.
About CruiseOne Mill Valley
Traveling the world as a travel writer to report on cruises, Steve Faber has been blessed with the opportunity to sail on 99 cruises on 72 ships of 32 cruise lines. As an independent CruiseOne cruise specialist, Faber capitalizes on combining his knowledge of ships and destinations with the powerful marketing clout and superlative client service of CruiseOne, the world’s largest seller of cruise vacations. Faber serves the Bay Area. Contact him to discuss cruise itineraries, cruise discounts, adventure travel, river cruises and more.