River v. Large Cruise Ships

Jan 1st, 2004, 10:59 AM
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River v. Large Cruise Ships

Do the river cruises feel clastrophobic? Do the close river ports make up for the large ship amenities? Only cruised on 1 large ship so I don't have anything to compare apples and oranges with. Thanks and Happy New Year!
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Jan 1st, 2004, 11:02 AM
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Oh, how I LOVE river cruises..The boats are small enough to really get to know people...the tables are open seating--there is very little nightly entertainment...usually a piano player in the lounge...

The ports are GREAT and so are the excursions...cabins are generally larger than a normal cruise ship and boat tends to have more Europeans ( which I happen to love)...

We did a cruise down the Rhone River in FRANCE and would do it again in a heartbeat!!

It is definitely apples to oranges vs a large cruise ship....
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Jan 1st, 2004, 01:53 PM
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Thanks Andy. Can you let me know which cruiseline you used for your trip? thanks
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Jan 1st, 2004, 06:00 PM
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The two are as different as night and day. River cruises are more like taking a motor coach tour (but, of course, you are on a river boat, which is twenty times better.) While an ocean cruise is more like taking a voyage.

They are both great cruises, but you would want to define your expectations before choosing. If you want to experience inland destinations without the hassle of a motor coach, then river cruises are a great choice. If you want to see islands or port destinations, then cruises are your best choice.

No matter what you choose, you will have a great time.

Oh yes, companies that offer river cruises are, Amadeus, Viking, Grand Circle, Peter Dielman, and Uniworld, to mention a few.

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Jan 2nd, 2004, 03:22 AM
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We were on the MS Cezanne which we booked thru Elegant Cruises out of NY...


The ship is Italian and the dining room was leaning more to Continental...food was good, not great..but ship was relaxing, fun, and excursions were great..

Be aware, if you have any type of disabilities, these RIVER CRUISES do NOT have elevators....Just a heads up in that dept..

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