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Know Before You Go: Tips for a European River Cruise

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Janeen Christoff | August 11, 2016

Know Before You Go: Tips for a European River Cruise

PHOTO: Danube River (courtesy Thinkstock) 

River cruising is having a moment—enjoying unprecedented growth with new ships and a new generation of travelers trying out this style of travel for the first time. A broad spectrum of travelers are realizing that river cruising is one of the most convenient ways to take in some of the world’s most spectacular sights. 

Conde Nast first time river cruiser, Valerie Marino, has come up with several things travelers should know before heading out on their first cruise — from realizing that its not just for baby boomers anymore to packing for small spaces. 

For example, Marino points out that traveling through Europe’s rivers during the summer months means there is a good chance you will break a sweat. 

“Popular shore excursions in Austria’s Wachau Valley include climbing to the ruins on Dürnstein Castle (1,023 feet straight up) and a 22-mile bike ride between the riverside towns of Melk and Krems. But if you feel like that’s not enough, you can always power-walk a few laps on the sun deck or sneak a workout in the exercise room before dinner,” she writes. 

READ MORE: 5 Awesome Activities for Families River Cruising With Adventures by Disney  

She also points out that while most things are included, there are a few that are not and you should be ready to pay for those activities if they are something you want to experience. This however may be the only disadvantage. 

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