What you Need to Know Before Going on a European River Cruise

Cruising through Europe on the Rhine and Danube Rivers is becoming more and more popular. It’s easy to understand why when you think about the picturesque landscapes, local cuisine, and exceptional service provided on these cruises. If it’s your first time, here are some things you’ll want to know.


River cruise staterooms are typically around 200 square feet, smaller than most American hotel rooms. You will need to be thoughtful and intentional about what you pack. Thankfully, river cruise dress codes are casual and comfortable during the day and casual elegance at night. Pack clothing that can be mixed and matched to get the most out of your wardrobe. Try not to overpack.

Active Vacation

These cruises will be an active vacation, and you’re likely to break a sweat. Excursions include everything from light walking to biking, canoeing, and hiking. And while FOMO (fear of missing out) is real, don’t feel like you have to do it all. Free time is a precious commodity on a river cruise. Take advantage of downtime and if you need it, skip the excursions for some quiet time to enjoy the ship.


River cruise itineraries may change based on the water level of the river. If the water is too high, ships may not be able to pass under bridges. They may also change if the water is too low, as in times of drought. The cruise lines have dealt with these issues before and have solutions to get you to your destinations. Keep smiling and be flexible and you will come home with wonderful memories!

No Motion Sickness

River cruise ships have flat bottoms. That, combined with the fact that rivers don’t have large waves, will keep you feeling well for your entire journey. Say “goodbye” to motion sickness.

Local Cuisine

Food served on your ship will be inspired by local cuisine. Often you will be able to spot the head chef going to the local markets at each location to stock up on items needed for dinner that evening. Fresh and local is always on the menu. However, if you want the real deal, skip lunch or dinner on the ship and head into town for a meal you won’t forget.

Post-Cruise Blues

After spending your days looking at picturesque countrysides, eating delicious food, and enjoying impeccable service, going home will be difficult. You can make the transition easier by bringing home souvenirs from the places you visited. Going back to real life will be hard.

One of the most important things to know is that river cruises are all-inclusive, but all-inclusive means different things on each cruise line. That’s where you will want to bring in a travel agent to help. Once you’ve decided a European river cruise is the right choice, a travel agent can help you determine which all-inclusive line will be the best fit for you.

If you’re ready to start planning your river cruise, or you have a few questions, click below to get started.I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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