When I was a child I was lucky enough to be taken on several tropical cruises. They were both on the stand huge cruise ships that most people think of when they hear the word cruise ship. Little did I know there was a whole different type of cruising adventure and from the title of this post you guessed it…river cruising. If you have never looked into it, just picture a much smaller ship thats on a river instead of the open ocean. In this post I’d like to highlight some of the features I really enjoyed about river cruising than traditional open ocean cruising.

Much Smaller Ship Size

If you like the thought of being on the same vessel with a few thousand other people then traditional ocean cruising is probably your thing. On the other hand if you like smaller crowds and a more low key relaxed atmosphere, then river cruising is the choice for you. While ocean cruise ships can hold three thousand plus people, a typical river cruise will be under three hundred. A huge difference if you like privacy which I do.

VIP Service Accommodations

Because these ships are smaller they focus much more on service and experience. If you have ever taken a traditional ocean cruise you will know that the rooms or cabins are tiny and cramped. This is one of the biggest selling points for river cruises as they provide much more spacious luxury rooms with more personalized service. Be aware that this does come at a high price but if you can afford it, it’s well worth it.

Every Changing World Class Views

Another amazing benefit of rive cruising opposed to ocean is the non stop changing views you get to enjoy. On the open ocean you are basically looking at water in all directions until you reach your next port, but on a river you see many different cities and beautiful country side views making for a truly unique experience.

So Which Is Better, Ocean or River?

This completely comes down to your own personal preference. I personally like a smaller more relaxed atmosphere, but if you like more of the party lifestyle then ocean is probably the choice for you. If you’d like to give river cruising a shot and don’t know where to start, here is a great article from Travel & Leisure that highlights some of the top river cruises available. Also, check out the video below for another perspective on river vs ocean cruising.