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Ocean vs River Cruising

Ocean vs River Cruising

When it comes to taking a cruise on river or ocean, it’s pretty tough to go wrong. Both offer incredible views, luxurious amenities, and the opportunity to explore interesting ports.

But each one comes with its own unique perks, and depending on your specific needs for your next trip, you might find that one is a slightly better fit than the other. So what are the major differences?

One big difference can be summed up in one word: intimacy. River cruises tend to be much smaller (190 max vs. up to 6,200 on the largest ocean cruises), and as a result, you’re much more likely to be interacting with other passengers and crew members.

That smaller scale translates to all areas of the river cruise. You dine on a regular schedule at tables with other passengers (wine is included in the price of the cruise). Instead of 50 different things to do on board, amenities tend to be more modest with river cruises — think libraries, a workout room, cultural programs, and free Wifi vs. ten kids’ playrooms, glitzy Broadway shows, and a skydiving simulator. There tend to be fewer kids on river cruises, making them popular for couples seeking quiet and relaxed time together.

You stop almost every day at a new port with river cruises, often for walking tours through quaint towns with little tourist traffic, and you’re always in view of land. With ocean cruises, you can go days without seeing land, and ports of call and excursions tend to be more exotic and high-adventure. 

Because of their larger size, ocean cruises offer plenty of options for many ages, from young kids to octogenarians, and they are often more able to accommodate a wide variety of special health needs. For this reason, they tend to make the best option for multi-generational family gatherings that include young children. For the traveller who is into high-octane adventure, ocean cruises provide a wide variety of activities on board, as well as exotic and more daring day excursions.

River cruises do tend to be more expensive per person — but that price also includes more things. Ocean cruises have a lower price tag per person, but you are often charged extra for alcohol and other amenities.

When you’re getting ready to plan your next on-the-water trip, here are a few questions to consider:

How many people are travelling? What are their ages?

What time of the year do you want to travel?

Do you need the amenities of a mega ship — spas, gyms, a dozen restaurants, and many activities? Or are you looking for something calmer, more intimate and easy-paced?

Are you seeking authentic inter-cultural experiences? Or do you prefer more familiar settings?

As always, I’m here and would love to discuss your next cruise. We can look at all the moving parts of your upcoming trip — what you need, what you want, what your dream is — and together we can come up with a cruise you and your loved ones will remember fondly for the rest of your life.

Cruise News Update
Princess Cruises' Golden Princess will be renamed Pacific Adventure when it joins the P&O Cruises fleet in Oct 2020. The 3100 guest ship will sail from Sydney and offers an expanded range of cabin options, a large range of P&O signature features as well a host of new ones that you will love. The first Pacific Adventure itineraries go on sale October 23.

Ocean Cruise

Ultimate South America - 2020  Cruise South America on the beautiful Coral Princess. This Ocean Cruise also includes visits to Lima, Cusco, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro & more. Flights, tour, hotels, cruise & transfers. 26 nights - 31st Jan 2020. From $12258pp


River Cruise

Luxury Irrawaddy with Scenic.  
Enjoy the perfect Irrawaddy River experience in an all-inclusive 11-day luxury cruise & tour from Mandalay to Yangon on board Scenic Aura. Spend time in the ancient capitals of Inwa (Ava) and Sagaing and discover the majestic temples of Bagan. Myanmar is a country few have had the opportunity to visit.

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Amazon River Cruise

Amazon River Cruise.  

Experience the world as it was at the very beginning of time. Every week of the year, the award-winning Aqua Expeditions’ luxurious Aria Amazon takes 32 passengers deep into Peru’s Amazon wilderness to places only ever visited by only a fortunate few. Daily water-based excursions on comfortable launch boats allow you to experience such wonders as pink dolphins and six-foot-wide water lilies, to fish for sharp-toothed piranha, and to interact with the people who live out their days along the river.

I would LOVE to hear from you when you're ready to organise your future travel.  

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