According to the recent research by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), river cruises are becoming more and more popular amongst travellers compared to sea cruises.
A survey done by CLIA shows that the number of British travellers choosing a river cruise has increased by more than 10,000 in a year and it is expected to grow further. The survey also states that the passengers’ average age is between 50 to 70 years.
The river cruises have a capacity of around 200 to 250 passengers so you get to know your fellow passengers. But this is not the case with large ocean cruise ships that accommodate around 2,500 passengers on board. There are few barges which accommodate just 20 elite passengers. The river cruises are economical than sea cruises because they don’t provide lavish facilities spas, casinos, entertaining shows or adventure sports to entertain travellers. While cruising on the river cruise you will be just 30 to 40 feet away from the shore so you can experience amazing scenery from a shorter distance than sea cruises.
Almost all river cruises conduct lectures, presentations and short films on the history, culture and other social aspects of the destinations. Unlike the ocean cruise, the passengers spend quite a bit of time on shore and can opt for complimentary guided tours, cultural programs performed by the local artists etc.
River boats offer four or five-course dinner, also travellers can enjoy the regional cuisine if they wish. There are no formal night and dress codes.
River cruise liners are also introducing more facilities like fitness clubs, gyms, saunas, Wi-Fi, children’s clubs etc. to attract more and more travellers.