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Are you dreaming of stunning scenery that changes daily, of immersing yourself in the destination and getting to see and experience more whilst on holiday? A river cruise could be exactly what you are looking for! 

Explore iconic cities, quaint towns and lesser-known villages full of local charm and history. Frequently docking in the heart of the destination, you can spend less time travelling and more time experiencing the destination. For example, imagine waking up docked opposite the beautiful parliament building in the middle of Budapest, steps away from the city. 

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About river cruising: 

  • Explore the world's major rivers, including the Rhine, Danube, Rhône, Seine, Douro, Mississippi and Yangtze.
  • River cruise ships typically carry anywhere from 50 to 300 guests.
  • A typical river cruise lasts at least 7 nights.
  • Destination-focused cruising. 
  • Scenic cruising, including rolling valleys, vineyards, sweeping forests, and impressive gorges, can all form part of your constant scenic backdrop.

River cruises are about experiencing the destination and understanding the history, culture, traditions and people of each destination you visit. Experienced local tour guides will show you around the prominent landmarks, sites, and places of interest. Learn about the history and how life is loved today in the destination and get expert advice on making the most of your free time. 

Onboard, river cruise lines offer an enrichment programme focused on the region. You can immerse yourself in the destination, from cooking demonstrations to guest lecturers. The onboard entertainment also keeps this theme going, with local artists and entertainment, including opera, shows and wine tasting. 

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A river cruise offers exceptional value by focusing on 'inclusive fares', meaning that more is taken care of before you leave home, leaving you to relax and enjoy your river cruise without worrying about your onboard account. It's widespread to have the below inclusions as standard with most river cruise lines: 

  • Full-board cruise 
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with your lunch and evening meal 
  • A complimentary shore excursion in each destination 
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programme 
  • Complimentary WiFi 

Depending on the river cruise line and the style of cruise you travel on, you may also get regional flights, transfers, gratuities and even butler service included in your fare. 

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Exceptional! Although river cruise ships have smaller galleys than ocean ships, they also cater to much fewer guests and benefit from using fresh, locally sourced ingredients due to docking in port daily. In fact, it's not uncommon to spot the head chef in the local market picking up the best local ingredients that will be served that evening.

Breakfast is usually an open buffet with options to order fresh from the galley. You can expect lunch and evening meals to reflect your destination, bringing the local tastes and specialities to the menu. Most cruise lines also offer an 'always-available' menu with classic British and American dishes. Plus, you can enjoy the passing sights on a river cruise ship as nearly all tables come with a view. 

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The average number of guests onboard a river ship is 200; they are much smaller, intimate, and cosy compared to ocean ships. All cabins come with a window as a minimum, and balconies are usually called 'French or 'Juliet balconies, which are floor-to-ceiling windows that open; however, some river cruise lines have verandas that you can sit out on and watch the world go by.

You'll also have an excellent range of staterooms to choose from, typically including: 

  • River-view (half-height picture window)
  • French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door/window)
  • Veranda (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to a full-size veranda)
  • Spacious suites with either a french balcony or veranda 

Marvellous Escapes have access to an extensive range of river cruise operators.

We take the time to understand what you want from your river cruise holiday and give unbiased advice to find the perfect river cruise for you. 

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