Cruise Tips 45: River Cruising – How much of a region do you see

Hunagrian Parliament buidling as seen while sailing into Budapest on the Danube

Hunagrian Parliament buidling as seen while sailing into Budapest on the Danube

Gary Bembridge author of “The Cruise Traveler’s Handbook” provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit and subscribe free to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and TuneIn Radio


How much of a region does a river cruise really let you experience?

A river cruise gives you a flavour of a region rather than a comprehensive exploration. Many cruises are one week long and you visit five or more destinations taking in key highlights close to the river.  You will get a feel for the traditions, culture, sights and food of the places you visit. I find it gives me a good sample of the area being cruising through and informs and inspires me on places I want to return to and explore further.

For example, on my “Enchanting Danube” cruise on the River Beatrice it ignited a passion to go back to Vienna to spend more time exploring the museums and to Budapest to explore and understand the Cold War history and post war reconstruction better.

River cruising gives an overview and insight into a region and helps guide your future travels. The ships will ensure the included tour takes in must-see sights, serves food representative of the region you are passing through and there are speakers explaining the history and local entertainers showcasing traditional song or dance. You should approach river cruising with this mind-set.

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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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