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Travel on Great Rivers and Great Riverboats

Bruce Pickett asked:

When most people think of a luxury cruise, they visualize a hugh ship out on the ocean, sailing from one exotic tropical port to another. There is an alternative type of cruising, though, that provides quite a different cruise experience while still pampering passengers with luxury and exceptional service. It is called river cruising and it is an amazing way to cruise.


An alternative to traditional cruising

Whether you are a first time cruiser or have experienced many, there is much to like about river cruising. As an alternative to the traditional cruise, it provides a different view of the countries and cities visited on the ship with a more intimate and casual atmosphere. When we consider the areas where these river cruises are most popular, Europe, Asia and South America, one may wish to take a little more time to absorb the sites, culture, locals and the history. The ship`s motion on the water is quite different on a river compared to an ocean cruise, and is much less likely to bother someone who may be prone to motion sickness.


Smaller ships

River cruise ships are necessarily smaller than ocean cruise ships, as they have to navigate the sometimes shallow and tricky waters of an inland waterway. River cruising should not be confused with barging – where passengers float on a barg in man-made canals – because with a powered cruise ship you can explore a country via natural rivers and waterways. Most river cruise ships generally accomadate between 100 and 200 people, although, some are even smaller.


Casual, flexible, personal

River cruising is much more casual than traditional cruising. Dinners are casual and comfortable, and in most cases, do not even require wearing a dress jacket or suit coat. Seating is generally open rather than assigned, giving you an opportunity to dine with different people every night, and there is only one sitting rather than two. Passengers can eat what they want , when they want, and in the company of whom they want – the ultimate in flexibility.


Slower pace, more relaxed

A river cruise vessel travels at a much slower speed than a traditional cruise ship, allowing passengers to better appreciateand enjoy the passing countryside. The slower cruising speed allows the ship`s atmosphere to feature a slower pace and a more relaxed enviornment, something that most river cruisers particularly enjoy. The sometimes frenetic pace of activity on an ocean liner simply does not exist on a river cruise, making it an exceptionally relaxing way to vacation.


Intimate view of the country

River cruising allows you to have a unique and intimate view of the countries you visit. A river cruise takes you well outside of the cities that are typical stopping points and lets you explore the countryside that reflects the true culture and spirit of a country. River cruises usually include stops in smaller villages in towns, where you can mingle with the locals and enjoy a unique cultural experience.


Luxury and exceptional service

A slower pace and a more relaxed atmosphere does not mean that river cruising lacks in luxury and service. On the contrary, because a river cruise ship carries fewer passengers, the crew can provide exceptionally personal service, catering to your every need or want. And because river cruise ships generally do not have a hugh array of bars, entertainment facilities and other nightlife venues, they tend to be quieter and more subdued than ocean liners. You still have access to entertainment and recreational activities, just not as many as on a larger ship.


River cruising season

In warm weather climates, river cruising can occur year round, but most cruise lines still curtail their sailings from November to March. In northern climates the rivers freeze over the winter, necessitating a shorter season that usually runs from April or May through October or November, depending on river conditions. Because river cruise ships hold fewer and do not run as often as ocean liners, accomodations tend to fill up rather quickly. Your best bet is to book your luxury cruise on a river at the earliest date possible to ensure your place on the ship.



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  • Tonny Pham asked:

    Luxury Travel Vietnam promote an unique voyage on colonial vessel replica which traverses down the magnificent Mekong River, the longest river in the southeastern Asia region.

    Travellers on the cruise will explore the mysterious of the Great Mekong River, which runs through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan (China).

    Deep in history and rich in culture, the Mekong boasts many fine attractions including ancient monuments, royal capitals and UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

    This histoire d’amour d’Indochine is a cruise of passion, innocence and affection, seen through the eyes of French novelist Marguerite Duras, who was born in Vietnam in 1914 during the French colonial period.

    RV La Marguerite a contemporary colonial vessel replica consisting of 46 luxurious cabins, transports you through a inspiring journey from Saigon to the legendary Siem Reap on an 8 days – 7 nights unique voyage.

    Tour prices start from USD $1050 net per-person double rates, this includes accommodation costs at deluxe rooms. The cruise can be booked at last minute, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules with pre and post cruise in Saigon and Sieam Reap.

    The Luxury Travel Company is Asia’s first luxury tour operator and full travel service agency. Luxury Travel is experienced in providing special services and unique tourism products to luxury global travelers.

    The first cruise sets on 20 September 2009. Be the first passenger on this colonial vessel replica, guests can book this cruise at


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  • Abdallah Gazal asked:

    Nile River Cruise: A visit to the Source of Life and Fertility

    Some regard it as the lifeblood of east central Africa flowing north from its major source, Lake Victoria, to the Mediterranean, which has nurtured many civilizations; others believe it is of holy significance. It is the life-giving river at the very heart of Egypt this legendary river is certainly the Nile.

    A Nile River cruise is just one way of exploring this heritage.

    Many legends and myths have been attributed to the river Nile regarded by some as the source of holy bliss. This dualistic characteristic of the Nile River, of geographical and sacred importance, has made it one of the attractions where tourists flock to enjoy its virtues. A Nile River cruise will take you on a meandering tour of its banks and its ancient mystical sites.

    Geographical features of the Nile River

    The Nile River is the longest river in the world (4,145 miles); it has three tributaries the White Nile, the Blue Nile and Atbara. From its remotest headstream in Burundi, the river feeds on its way 9 Nile Basin countries: Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Sudan, and Egypt before reaching the Mediterranean Sea. The river basin has an area of more than 1,293,049 square miles.

    The Nile river cruise permits tourists to go through the landscape of Egypt. This magnanimous feature of the Nile River has proven important in fostering the Egyptian civilization and providing navigational routes for explorers.


    As early as5000 BC the Nile River has been the very lifeline of Egyptian civilization making it possible for farming to foster along its banks and enabled an agricultural economy of a centralized society like the Egyptian civilization.

    The Nile river cruise enables tourists to appreciate the beauty of Egypt and to unravel the mysteries of Egypt while traveling in comfort on board their cruise ship.

    The major Egyptian cities that are located on the edge of the Nile River are Cairo, Luxor and Aswan; while the town of Alexandria lies near the Rosetta Branch. These cities have flourished on the basis of the Nile River.

    In terms of exploration the Nile River has provided navigation to explorers such as Agatharcides, James Bruce, Jesuit Pedro Páez and other explorers.

    The Nile River continues to be of crucial importance to this day; its importance to the very survival of civilizations had transformed it into a deity and a legend. To know more information on Cruise Egypt, Luxor Egypt Vacation, Pyramids Tour, Nile River Cruise, Nile Cruises, Egypt Hurghada you can log on to .

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  • huiya asked:

    The Yangtze River  is the longest river of Asia, stretching 6,300km (3,900 miles) in length from East to West across China. Taking Yangtze River cruise is the best option for those seeking to truly understand Chinese culture. On a Yangtze River cruise you can participate in the on board cultural activities, have one or two shore excursions each day, or just simply relax on deck, breathe some fresh air and enjoy the stunning passing cliffs.


    There are usually 6 cruising routes:


    Cruise between Chongqing and Yichang, downstream will be 3 nights and 4 days, upstream will be 4 nights and five days.


    Cruise between Chongqing and Wuhan, downstream will be 4 nights and 5 days, upstream will be 5 nights and 6 days.


    Cruise between Chongqing and Shanghai, downstream will be 6 nights and 7 days, upstream will be 7 nights and 8 days.


    And most cruisers run between Chongqing and Yichang.


    The most impressive section of the river is the three Yangtze River gorges: Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge, collectively known as Sanxia, or the Three Gorges. The gorges of this mighty river climb thousands of feet on both sides, and it is truly breathtaking to witness.


    When you taking or planning a Yangtze cruise Tours, the cruise should be taken as an organized voyage which includes shipboard accommodations, meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), organized shore excursions, on board entertainment, 24-hour room service, and all port charges.


    Most of the cruises provide Chinese culture presentation, staff show, and very nice food with Chinese cuisine. You can take part in various activities on board and learn about Chinese culture. You may wish to lounge on deck by the pool with a good book, take a Taichi or dance class, attend different lectures like pearls, Chinese painting, Chinese medicine and so on. At night the ship staff will put on a show. They are not professional actors and actress but the performance is great to enjoy.


    Cruising on the Yangtze River, any visitor will not forget these shore excursions in the itinerary:


    Fengdu: known as the “Ghost City”, Fengdu is a very popular shore excursion site for tourists on the Yangtze River. Since Tang Dynasty, forty-eight temples have been built in the place, such as the ‘Hall of the Jade Emperor’, ‘the Palace of Hell’, ‘Boundary between the Living and the Dead’, ‘the Ridge of Helplessness’ and ‘the Balcony of Nostalgia’. All of the temples there look quite magnificent while statues are extremely lifelike.


    Shennong Stream: Shennong Stream is a small tributary of Yangtze River with 60 kilometers long, popular with its special virtues of serenity, uniqueness, primitiveness and wilderness. Drifting on the local “pea pod”, you’ll be able to enjoy not only the beautiful scenery along the River, but also see cliff-wallows swishing in the air, groups of monkeys sporting among the trees, shoals of fish swimming in the clear water, as well as ancient coffins in the rocky crevices left by the Ba people.


    Three Gorges Dam: The dam is the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. Upon arrival at Sandouping, visitors will take a bus across the Three Gorges Bridge, which leads toward the top of the hill for a birds-eye view of the construction from the observation deck. Visitors will also observe the five-step ship lock, the diversion canal, the dam in construction, and the power station.


    The Yangtze River has so many things to offer you. It is a wonderful experience for you to enjoy the breathtaking views, meet with friendly people and explore the rich local customs.

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  • Jackie Johnson asked:

    Sometimes it’s a challenge coming up with something new for your next holiday, isn’t it? There are so many choices for places to visit and so many things that still remain to be seen. So, why do the same thing this year? Try something new. Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Or experience something you’ve never done.

    River cruises can be the perfect solution to both. They offer the chance to experience a new history, a new culture and a new vista. And all of this can be experienced through what may be a new method of travel for you: a riverboat.

    The other piece of good news is that no cruise on a river is ever done at a frenetic pace. It’s the ideal way to help you unwind. There is no more relaxing and rewarding way to see some of the most beautiful countries and countryside imaginable. All of this and more can be enjoyed from the very unique perspective of a region’s inland waterways.

    With the exception of Antarctica, there is no continent without a navigable river. The first thing on the menu is deciding where you’d like to go. What about the upper Amazon with its indigenous peoples or the Yangtze and the secrets of China’s dynasties? Then there’s the Nile with the awestruck mysteries of ancient Egypt. Or do you want to follow in the footsteps of Mark Twain down the Mississippi? What about the mighty Danube passing through a multiplicity of European cultures before emptying into the Black Sea? These are just a handful of rivers that can open up windows onto new destinations and new experiences.

    Next is deciding exactly what kind of experience appeals most. Are you more interested in exploring nature and wildlife? Or do ancient civilizations appeal more? What about the history and architecture of the Renaissance? Are these more to your liking? Or does peeking into indigenous societies whose lives are relatively untouched by the western world attract you? Maybe the appeal is simply a destination that has been dancing in your imagination ever since you were kid?

    Any one of these experiences isn’t necessarily mutually exclusive from one another, but it does help to know what turns your crank the most. River cruises can deliver on any of these, but it’s vitally important to let your preferences lead the way.

    Needless to say, budget is also essential in considering and helping to determine where you want go and how you want to do it. River cruises to the more inaccessible reaches of the upper Amazon are going to cost more than a cruise on the Mississippi. One of the very attractive features of most riverboat cruises is that shore excursions are often included in the price. This makes it easier to determine most of your costs before you leave.

    The popularity of river cruises is growing exponentially and tons of research material is now available online. But planning and research is easy. What’s harder is identifying your desires and preferences (and budget)! Although these questions are sometimes more difficult to contend with, the answers will make your next unique vacation infinitely more rewarding. For more information visit

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