Why river cruising is the new ‘hot’ holiday
Cruising has now become the quintessential modern Australian holiday, with almost one in 18 Australians having been on one.
Why river cruises are the new ‘hot’ holiday
Europe remains one of the top river cruise experiences. Europe’s rivers and canals have always been the arteries of life and trade, so there really is no other way to explore the stories and history of Europe than aboard a river cruise.
Savvy Australian travellers have realised that river cruises combine the luxury of an ocean cruise with the intimate views of a bus tour and the sightseeing flexibility of staying in a hotel.
Imagine sitting on the top deck, under perfect blue skies, as fabled landscapes, dotted with castles, villages and vineyards drift by. And just a flight of stairs below, you have all the amenities of a modern hotel.
River cruises are also great because everything is included – so you get great value for money. You’ll also meet some amazing people onboard and get to see Europe from a very different perspective.
River cruising really is perfect for those who want to mix the traditional sightseeing experience with the luxury and grandeur of an ocean cruise ship.
A brief history
Europe’s maritime landscape changed dramatically in 1992 when the Main-Danube Canal opened, enabling grand cruise itineraries from Amsterdam to Budapest and beyond.
The Danube, Europe’s second longest river (2,850km), now allows luxury vessels to travel the banks of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and the Ukraine.