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How to Choose a River Cruise

by Gabriella Le Breton. Posted Oct 25th 2013 04:00 PM
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River cruising and ocean cruising are two very different beasts. Industry insiders will go so far as to claim the only thing they share is that both activities take place on water.

The differences are in the scale and facilities of the ships, the pace of life, the proximity of towns to mooring places and what's included in your cruise fare. The size of river cruise ships in Europe, the world's most popular river-cruising location, is particularly constrained by the narrow waterways and locks they navigate and the low-slung bridges under which they squeeze. The glitzy casinos, spas, cinemas, shops and multiple restaurants found on today's ocean-faring giants simply don't fit.
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River Cruise Review: Viking River Cruises

by Gabriella Le Breton. Posted Oct 25th 2013 02:30 PM

As the world's biggest river cruise line, Viking River Cruises lays claim to the largest fleet, most extensive network of rivers and a wealth of experience navigating the world's waterways. In a nod to the company's Norwegian heritage, Viking River Cruise ships feature sleek, fairly minimalist Scandinavian-style interiors as well as pioneering hybrid diesel-electric engines, which reduce environmental impact as well as noise and vibration.
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River Cruise Review: Uniworld

by Gabriella Le Breton. Posted Oct 25th 2013 02:28 PM

Uniworld offers boutique, "six-star" luxury with its plush ships, discreet and personalized service (thanks to an exceptionally high staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:3), and Zagat-rated cuisine.
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River Cruise Review: Tauck

by Gabriella Le Breton. Posted Oct 25th 2013 02:26 PM
Tauck has won "World's Best River Cruise Line" from the readers of Travel + Leisure two out of the past three years for good reason: the river cruise arm of the family-owned, all-inclusive Tauck invariably delivers good value and immersive travel experiences.
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River Cruise Review: Grand Circle

by Gabriella Le Breton. Posted Oct 25th 2013 09:58 AM

Ever since its acquisition in 1985 by passionate travelers and dedicated philanthropists Alan and Harriet Lewis, Grand Circle has placed great emphasis on immersive travel as a form of enrichment. As such, the company insists on using resident English-speaking hosts, guides and lecturers throughout the world, carefully selected for their credentials in history, geography and local culture and their ability to mesh well with American travelers. Thanks to these long-established relationships with locals, Grand Circle offers distinctive shore excursions, such as a coffee morning in the home of a German family or a visit to a local school.
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