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River Cruising

 Five Reasons Why Ocean Cruisers Will Love River Cruising 

Ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and for good reason. They’re affordable, convenient and offer travelers peace of mind knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is all in one place. What could be better than that?  Well, consider a river cruise.

You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show you just how well they go together. River cruises combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at each port of call. 

To all cruise-lovers, perhaps it’s time to shake up the ocean liner experience for an entirely new way to explore the world’s waterways. Let us book you on a river cruise that will take you inland for a unique and relaxing tour of Europe.

Here are the top five reasons we know why you’ll love river cruising!

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Intimate Experience

 

River cruising offers a more intimate setting with most ships ranging from 144 to 196 passengers. This means that you’ll never have to wait in line, which means you’ll have more time to enjoy all the amenities and have a more personal experience with other passengers and crew. From ordering a beverage to getting on and off the ship, you’ll enjoy the absence of long lines. 

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Entertainment for the Whole Family

 

With a variety of activities and plenty of stops along the way, we’re sure everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. River cruising is perfect for multi-generational families. From grandparents to teen-aged grandchildren, the entire family will bond as history is brought to life and activities such as making and tasting new food and countryside excursions become a reality. There really is something to do for everyone on board at each destination. Some members of your group may choose to take advantage of spa services, the sundeck pool, or cultural activities, while others may prefer to seek out a quiet space with a book. Mealtimes are the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together again as a family. It really is the perfect multi-generational vacation for your family or group of friends.

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Taste the Difference

 

Whether you’re into wine tasting or local street food, a river cruise provides an exceptional culinary experience both on the ship and at every destination.  The onboard culinary team focuses on using fresh local ingredients. Dishes are paired with local wines. There’s absolutely no mass-produced and basic buffet food on a river cruise!

 

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Variety of Experience

 

Let’s not forget just how special every European country is! The towns and cities may be close in proximity along the river, but don’t be surprised by the unique feeling and experiences that each destination gives you. Choose from visiting local breweries, hiking to castles, biking through trendy neighborhoods or visiting museums that highlight the local culture.

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World-Class Accommodations

 

One of the reasons we love river cruises so much (and we know you’ll agree) is the feeling of walking into a luxurious suite or twin-balcony stateroom that will be your home away from home for the next 7, 8, 10 days or more. Each stateroom is tastefully decorated and is river facing. Whether you choose to have a window view, a private balcony, or even a twin balcony (with both a French and outside balcony), you’ll always have a room with a view.

So, there you have it - five great reasons why you’ll love your first river cruise.

We’d love to match your travel style with the right itinerary and ship. Reach out to us today and be sure to mention if you’re planning a romantic getaway, bachelorette trip or a family reunion and we’ll let you know the add-ons available that will make your experience truly special. 

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DOMESTIC RIVER CRUISE

Featured Domestic River Cruise

 San Juan Islands 

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8-Day Puget Sound and San Juan Islands Cruise

Embark on a remarkable journey to the meeting point of Cascade and Olympic Mountains with the sea, forming Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. Cruise the clear blue waters, exploring historic seaside towns like Anacortes and indulging in traditional smoked salmon tasting. Witness abundant wildlife, including whales, eagles, and seals, as you explore the San Juan Islands and enjoy customized shore excursions to Butchart Gardens and Olympic National Park. Immerse yourself in the cultural influences of Norwegian settlers and the Suquamish tribe, guided by onboard historians and local experts, while savoring fine wines from local vineyards on your private balcony. Experience this extraordinary itinerary for yourself—book your voyage today and embark on an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime!

Sample Itinerary

Pre-Cruise
On our Puget Sound & San Juan Islands itineraries, we offer a convenient Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Pre-Cruise Package.
 
Day 1 - Seattle, WA
Arrive a day early to explore this incredible destination.
 
Day 2 - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes is a picturesque waterfront town located on Fidalgo Island in Northwest Washington.
 
Day 3 - Friday Harbor, WA
Friday Harbor is a charming town with a rich history and an abundance of character.
 
Day 4 - Cruising the San Juan Islands
Your cruise is as much about the journey as it is about each destination.
 
Day 5 - Victoria, BC / Port Angeles, WA
The only Canadian town on our cruise, Victoria is a wonderful place to spend a day on a guided tour through the magnificent Butchart Gardens and lively waterfront.
 
Day 6 - Port Townsend, WA
Bordered by Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Townsend is a historic Victorian seaport with a rich maritime heritage, artistic spirit, and a touch of urban chic.
 
Day 7 - Poulsbo, WA
Poulsbo is a great place to visit for its history, scenery, and lively downtown.
 
Day 8 - Seattle, WA
Welcome back to Seattle.
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