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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Perry

The Value of a River Cruise

A river cruise not only offers the chance to explore multiple beautiful cities right from their heart and serene countryside along the way - it's also an incredible value! Take a look at everything that's included with a river cruise.

Deluxe Cruise Accommodations

First of all, guests can enjoy elegantly appointed and spacious staterooms, many with balconies, as well as expansive bathrooms and amenities such as entertainment-on-demand.


River cruises include all of your meals, from breakfast and lunch buffets to exquisite multi-course dinners featuring local ingredients and flavors as well as perfectly paired wines as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. On some ships, guests can enjoy multiple dining venues.

Shore Excursions

River cruises typically include at least one shore excursion per port, something that's an extra expense with ocean cruises or land vacations. River cruises offer expertly guided tours for exploring your destinations, and some itineraries offer adventurous bicycle or hiking tours. For something more intimate, there are also often special interest tours offered for small groups to get to know local culture or food (these may come at an additional cost).

Onboard Experiences

Enjoy special onboard programs from themed dinners, to cooking demonstrations, to live music, to talks with local experts. Looking to stay healthy on vacation? Many river cruise lines offer exercise and wellness classes. Or, you can relax with the sun deck pool and take in the views as you sail.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Another item that is typically an additional cost with other vacations, most river cruises include complimentary Wi-Fi access on board.

With everything that's included, river cruises can be an incredible value for a true exploration of Europe, southeast Asia, and other destinations. Check out our preferred river cruise lines, AmaWaterways and Viking River Cruises.

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