River Cruises, Am I Too Young?

River Cruises
photo: Viking River

Over the years of doing Cruise Radio I’ve had the opportunity to experience some pretty cool adventures – not all big cruise liners – a lot of smaller ships too.

A recent questions I was asked on our Facebook Page: How young is too young to take a river cruise.

The answer really isn’t how young is too young, it all depends on your taste. For example, last year we sailed Viking River Cruises brand new Viking Longship, these 190-passenger river boats navigate the rivers of Europe, often taking you places where the larger ships can’t.

Hear our broadcast aboard Viking Odin.

So, what sold me on the concept of river cruises?

  1. Something different. Instead of traveling with 4,000 other cruisers, you travel with under 200 passengers, all the rooms are balcony or at least ocean view. The ships also docks in the center of town so you don’t have to hop cabs to go here or there, it’s just a matter of walking off the ship and finding your destination.
  2. No Motion Sickness. You won’t find seasickness on a river cruise. The ships go slow enough and don’t experience large waves in the inland waterways to make you sick.
  3. Being able to relive history. Getting to tour the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and going to Van Gough’s birthplace in Zundert, Netherlands were both something that I never thought I’d be able to experience in real life, just in text books.
  4. Cost. One a cost per day basis, a river cruise is ideal because the excursions, meals, nightly entertainment, wireless internet (typically) and accommodations are all included.

Historically river cruise companies target the 55+ demo, but speaking from personal experience, I would do it again in a heartbeat. There is something to be said for a unique river cruise experience, going through the locks along the channel and the one-on-one personal experience and attention to detail that you won’t find on the big ocean going ships.

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