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When I first considered river cruising more than 10 years ago, I was confused by all of the options. There were rivers I'd never heard of, river cruise companies I knew nothing about – and a variety of itineraries. I realize you may be feeling the same way right now. I'm here to help. Simply answer a few questions, and I'll send you recommendations for a river cruise that works for you. Don't worry. I don't sell river cruises. I will recommend a travel agent if you need one, but only if you ask me to. My advice is totally free. Take it and use it however you want. My goal is to see you as a happy river cruiser. - Ralph Grizzle
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Most river cruise vessels are the same length, the same width and they have the same number of decks. And many sail the same rivers on similar itineraries. But there are some key differentiators that can make or break your cruise, depending on what's included, and more often, what's not.
Choosing a river cruise can be a source of consternation, confusion and frustration. In Europe alone there are more than two dozen navigable rivers and canals. Add the confluence of companies offering seemingly similar experiences and you might just end up feeling as though you’re going upriver without a paddle, so to speak.
Comparative 2018 pricing for river cruises in similar staterooms across all operators. Broken down by river and region. For comparison purposes, we looked for staterooms of equivalent sizes and features, namely those with French balconies or step-out balconies. Find out what you should be paying (or could be paying) for your river cruise.
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In 2017, I cruised on Crystal, Avalon, AmaWaterways, Viking, Scenic, CroisiEurope and Emerald Waterways. Read about these cruises (and check out the videos that my team and I produced) for inspiration of what might work for you. You can also read about my cruises from 2016 and 2015, from cruises on luxury hotel barges to river cruise ships plying the Rhine, Danube and more. You'll find a treasure trove of free resources to help you choose your cruise.
2015 presented me with some wonderful river cruise experiences. Each of my six favorite cruises proved to me that river cruising truly does offer something for everyone. My cruises ranged from barges and bikes to luxury river cruisers plying the gorgeous waterways of Europe. Would these trips be ones that you’d enjoy? Let’s find out. — Ralph Grizzle