By Karolina Shenton

Canal off the Rhine River in Amsterdam
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Epicurean adventures. Vibrant entertainment. Exotic and unique destinations.  These are just a few reasons river cruises are becoming the most popular cruises in the industry.  But this trend is brand new and many people aren’t familiar with the perks of river cruising, so I’d like to take this opportunity to explain what a European river cruise can offer you!

Connect With the Culture

One of the most attractive features of river cruising are the cultures  you come in contact with, while sailing through one of the historic waterways like the Danube or the Rhine. Because the ships are so intimate, travelers are treated to stops in less crowded ports where you will find yourself transported into another culture when onshore, meeting unique people and learning about their customs. In Europe, that could mean a day trip into Tournon, Tain l’Hermitage (one of the historic ‘twin cities’ of France) for a fantastic wine tasting and walking tour. You will be delighted by the light-hearted French outlook and unbelievable wine.  In addition to observing the local culture onshore, many local performers, chefs and musicians may climb aboard to entertain you. Imagine a troupe of bold Italian vocalists performing right in front of your eyes, or a theatrical performance from some native Roman thespians.  These are just a few of the types of cultural discoveries you will make when river cruising in Europe.

Fresh, Regional Cuisine

Europe is known for its spectacular fare, so why would you want to be handicapped by having to choose between a few restaurants when the food in the region is what you really want?  With European river cruising, you will find that the talented chefs on board find the ingredients and inspiration for the ship’s menu at local markets.  Basically, that means that while river cruising through France, vintage French wines and cheeses will be available to you, and if you are cruising the Po river in Italy, you will have the opportunity to indulge in some fresh Mediterranean seafood. What a treat!

River cruising will continue to gain popularity as more and more people have the chance to experience a true luxury experience with the touches of each region’s culture and cuisine.  If you are interested in learning more about European river cruises, please don’t hesitate to contact a qualified cruise expert at The Cruise Web.

The Cruise Web is a cruise-only travel agency that focuses on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation! Our cruise consultants can help you determine which destination, itinerary and ship will give you your own personal best cruise experience.