Fred's Friday Thought: A River Cruise Revelation (Video)

Aloha adventurers and welcome to another Friday Thought here on Fred.\ Holidays TV. So far in these weekly videos we have talked about ocean cruises and expedition cruises, but today we are looking at a different kind of waterborne travel; river cruising. Many of you may have never cruised on the world’s rivers before and might be looking for something a little bit different to your usual trip on the oceans. Well, it’s safe to say that river cruising can definitely provide that.

Instead of sailing along the coastline or across large expanses of sea, you can cruise right through the heart of some of the world’s most iconic towns and cities. Rivers run through the land like veins all over the body and so there is no shortage of thrilling destinations that can be reached when travelling this way.

If you dread those days spent entirely at sea, then river cruising will be perfect for you. You will visit a different destination every single day, and so you won’t have too much time to kill in between. Once you arrive, you will find yourself right in the town or city centre, ready to start your explorations and with no need to be tendered to the shore. Also, rivers provide a much calmer and flatter journey, so you won’t have to worry about seasickness ruining your holiday.

Another way in which river cruising differs from its ocean cousin is that every cabin on a river ship offers outside views. This means that you can enjoy every second of your route between ports and take in as much of your beautiful surroundings as you wish. And with many of these cabins also featuring balconies, you’ll be able to sit back and relax as the stunning scenery comes to you.

River ships are also a lot smaller than ocean-going vessels, and so if you enjoy the intimacy, spaciousness and quality of service offered by small-ship cruising, you’ll love sailing on the river. There will be fewer people with which to fight for a space on deck, a higher crew to guest ratio, and a much more relaxed feel will wash over your trip like a wave of serenity.

Fred.\ River Cruises can offer trips on the waterways of Europe as well as those in Asia, the Americas and even Africa. Rivers such as the Danube and the Rhine offer an excellent chance to see many European countries at once; the Irrawaddy and the Mekong can show you the cultural treasures of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar; you can explore the wonders of the Mississippi as you travel through Mark Twain country and into America’s Deep South; and even head out on a real adventure as you discover the beauty of the Amazon rain forest. Additionally, we have a cruise and stay option which allows you to see two different sides of Africa. The bustling modern cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg can be contrasted to the wilds of Victoria Falls and a River safari through the Chobe National Park.

In order to appeal to a wide range of interests and accommodate growing demand, river cruises are often given themes. These themed sailings will usually include stops at relevant ports, tours that are tailored to the specific topic of the cruise, and onboard experts speaking about their passion for whatever it is the cruise is focussing on.

For example, there are wine themed river cruises that could take you through the vineyards of the Rhine Valley, chocolate themed river cruises which take you to places like Belgium where there will be plenty of chances to sample an indulgent treat or two, art themed river cruises which take you along the Seine to visit Monet’s home and gardens, and beer themed river cruises that feature brewery tours and meals where each course is accompanied by its own perfectly matched tipple.

So if you think that a river cruise is exactly the type of thing you are looking for, then visit to take a look at our range of itineraries. That’s all we have time for this week, so thanks a lot for watching today and we’ll see you again next week for another Friday Thought from Fred.\.

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