The popularity of river cruising has been increasing over recent years. In 2016, there were 18 new river cruise ships according to the Cruise Lines International Association.
Part of the popularity is attributed to the baby boomers’ desire to see something other than the Carribean and common spots offered on traditional cruises.
Says Ronda Zeneri, a land and cruise specialist with Cruise Planners.
“These clients are older and have more time to spend traveling. They usually enjoy wine/beer tastings and great cuisine. They enjoy traveling with smaller groups and on private tours. River cruising is perfect for these types of travelers.”
According to John F. Krieger the President of CTC Travel.
“River cruises allow passengers to see Europe the way Europeans do. River cruises include most shore excursions and many include beer and wine at lunch and dinner. It is much more intimate than an ocean cruise with only a maximum of 195 passengers so making new friends is very easy. The atmosphere is very relaxed and casual.”