There are many stereotypes and myths that surround river cruising but they couldn’t be further from the truth. Here is the truth behind four common myths surrounding river cruising.
Myth 1: It is expensive
Although some river cruises are expensive, just like ocean cruises, there are all kinds of price packages to suit the needs of different customers. Unlike other cruises, river cruises won’t charge the lowest possible price and then charge for a wide range of “extras” as your travel begins. Everything from top of the range food to onshore excursions are including in the price. Due to this, once you step on board you don’t need to worry about any hidden costs and you can relax and start your trip.
Myth 2: It isn’t social
Many hold the belief that river cruising clientele is more reserved and quiet. However, the intimate setting of a river cruise makes for a much easier environment to make friends. Rather than passing by hundreds of people on a mega ship, you will be able to take advantage of an environment that is conducive to meeting other travellers.
Myth 3: It is boring
It is true that river cruises do not have on board casinos, rock-climbing walls and infinity pools for your entertainment. However, river cruises put a greater emphasis on shore excursions, cultural experiences and guided tours. If you are looking for a fully immersive cultural experience then river cruises will provide you with plenty of opportunities for adventure.
Myth 4: It is at the mercy of water levels
For the majority of the time, river cruises take place on well-managed waterways with locks. It is rare for a river cruise to be delayed due to low-water levels and modern river cruises are able to travel on significantly shallow water. If you are concerned about water levels, chat to the cruise line and they will give you all the information you need to know.
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