By Karolina Shenton
Last week, we introduced you to an emerging cruise vacation choice, river cruising. Now that we’ve taken a look at Europe, let’s move on to a spectacular destination for the seasoned traveler, or anyone with a taste for the intriguing: Asia.
Splendid Ship Size
You already know that cruising is a fantastic way to see the world. However, you’ve probably realized that those awesome floating cities can’t visit smaller, ‘off the beaten path’ ports. Did you know that ocean vessels aren’t the only first-class way to cruise? The nifty thing about river cruising is the size of the ship. Usually holding 200 guests or less, these small and luxurious vessels allow you the personal space and attention you really deserve. While cruising the Yangtze in China or Mekong in Cambodia & Vietnam, you will be afforded the opportunity to join a small excursion group and delve into the Asian culture. Instead of being herded into a gallery for a frustrating activity, you may find yourself in the middle of an authentic Peking Duck Dinner with just a few other cruisers, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City with its many Vietnam War-related sites, or in a Chinese calligraphy class receiving personal attention from an expert. In addition, your time onboard the ship will be delightful as each passenger is given the highest degree of personal service.
Regionally Influenced Décor & Entertainment
What better to accompany your Asian river cruise than a beautiful and locally inspired vessel to sail aboard? The elegant, regal ships you will sail upon while cruising the Yangtze or Mekong rivers will inspire you as you visit the interior of Asia. They are unique in that they reflect the region you are sailing in every way including décor, cuisine and entertainment. Chinese-themed clubs and lounge areas, delicate wall art, Asian-influenced reception desks, and oriental style spas are just a few of the regional touches you will find onboard. The entertainment reflects the river culture as well, with exclusive cuisine tastings, demonstrations by expert violinists or even Asian theatrical performances.
It is easy to see why many people are now choosing river cruising as an alternative to ‘big-ship’ cruising. The experience is like no other, and the regional touches are a breath of fresh air. If you are interested in learning more about Asian river cruises, an expert cruise consultant from The Cruise Web can speak with you and help you determine the best cruise option for you.
Karolina Shenton is a cruise consultant at The Cruise Web. The Cruise Web is a travel agency that specializes in cruising. The expert cruise consultants focus on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation!