Perfect river cruises: Tip toe through the Tulips
River Cruises Around the World
There are now close to a thousand river cruises available all over the world. The great rivers around the globe offer cruisers with a montage of scenic vistas and impressive ancient structures and landmarks. It's not so much a choice between cruise providers rather than a choice between breath-taking river routes.
For European river cruises, the Danube and the Rhine are the perfect choices. Stretching from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube allows cruisers to have a glimpse of the heartland of central Europe. It flows through 1,800 miles along the riverbanks of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania. The Rhine, on the other hand, features a 900 mile of river cruising highway through medieval castles and rustic towns of Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland.
The Nile River is another must-visit river route. Follow the rich brown surge of the river Nile and treat yourself to a mind-blowing vision of ancient genius. Marvel at the grand temples of Luxor and Karnak; wonder at the mystery of Tutankhamunís tomb at the Valley of the Kings; and explore the ruins of Nefertitiís tomb in the Valley of the Queens. If you have ve had enough of these ancient treasures, proceed to the High Dam at Aswan for a spectacle of modern technology while you enjoy the bobbing of traditional felluca sailboats along the way.
Asia should not be absent from the list. The Yangtze River will bring you from the countryside of China to the majesty of the Three Gorges Dam. There is also the Mekong River which will allow you to catch glimpses of the rich cultures of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Burma. See for yourself how the locals conduct their everyday commerce through the mighty river of Mekong. Smiling children splashing about and swimming with elephants and buffalo are not uncommon sights along the riverbanks. Ancient temples and orange-robed monks are also a sight to see while you move along rice paddies and floating villages of these South East Asian countries.
For the US bound cruiser, there is the Hudson River and St. Lawrence Seaway that will take you from the exciting waters of New York to the lovely waterways of Canada. Along the way, you will pass by the Erie Canal and the Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay. Cruise in the months of September and October to experience the breathtaking colors of autumn. There is also the majestic Mississippi where you embark on a historic steamboat and be transported back in time as you travel along vistas of cotton fields and colonial mansions from New Orleans to Memphis.
Did You Know?.CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) 62 cruise line members represent more than 90 percent of global cruise capacity, with 482,000 berths on CLIA Member ships. With more than 22 million people cruising worldwide each year, the cruise industry will invest $25 billion to launch 55 new ships between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, the industry will introduce six new oceangoing cruise ships and 16 new river cruise ships.
Top 2014 Cruise Trends (CLIA)
Rebound in luxury cruising (luxury category ships, onboard upgrades) based on an improving economy and increased consumer confidence
Multigenerational and celebration travel increase for all passenger source markets with larger sized family as well as social/ affinity groups traveling together
Continued development and availability of technology to facilitate and lower the cost of onboard communications as well as to provide more efficient passenger servicing
Expectation of first-time passenger growth driven by the 95 million Millennial generation based on population size and positive experiences cruising with their parents
Cruise lines offering more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities for increased ease in booking and ship enjoyment
Cruises increasingly attracting consumers seeking active vacations with extreme excursions, longer stays in ports for sightseeing and high-energy onboard facilities
Seeing the world in comfort and ease, especially exotic locations, will continue to drive new itinerary creation and cruise ship deployment
Hot destinations for 2014 according to CLIA cruise line members include: Trans Pacific, World Cruises, U.S. Rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers