River Cruise or Sea Cruise?
River Cruises are smaller, accommodating 200 passengers or less with more individualized attention, intimate dining areas and socializing with other passengers. Ocean Cruises average 3500 to 6,000 passengers resulting in crowded common areas, more people running through the ship and higher crew to guest ratio
River cruises attract older worldly and well-educated passengers who and enjoy lectures, seminars and round tables with experts offering insight and knowledge on destinations. An ocean cruise is excellent for multi-generational families, middle-aged guests and young couples with plenty of onboard activities, entertainment and nightlife. Childcare and kids' clubs offer parents alone time, while expansive staterooms and suites give everyone a little more space.
River cruises are culture based, diving deep into the customs and history of the local ports, including curated itineraries, exclusive concerts and visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ocean cruises have many options like visiting unexpected corners of the world, Antarctic expeditions, tropical island getaways and sea days to enjoy the many activities and amenities on board.
River cruises focus on regional cuisine and travelers are expected to eat certain dining times. From buffets to room service, there is something for everyone, even the pickiest eaters. If you are traveling with small children, ocean ships offer more flexibility as far as dining times and selections.
Entertainment is low key on a river cruise but offers immersive experiences into the worlds you are exploring. At sea, entertainment ranges from Broadway-style shows to piano lounges. Kids enjoy games and activities in the Kid's club, and teens have dance nights, game rooms and activities.
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