Springtime and Tulips


We had a wonderful spring break last week. The kids and I enjoyed our visit with family so much! I have always loved spring. It is a time of renewal for me. Everything starts to bloom and grow, and everyone comes outdoors after a long winter of cold.
I have a friend who went on a beautiful journey last week to see the tulips in Amsterdam. The pictures were gorgeous! I have definitely added that to my bucket list. She and a friend flew to Europe and went on a river cruise.  River cruising is becoming one of the most popular ways to explore Europe. It has many advantages over the traditional point to point touring. Here are some reasons why you may want to choose river cruising for your vacation. 

The best reasons to take a river cruise 

Relaxing Pace– The most leisurely and relaxing way to experience several key sights at once.  Not only do you visit popular bucket list cities at each stop, but you can sit on your deck and catch beautiful views of people, farms, castles, and more while floating down the river. When visiting multiple cities on one trip, it can be quite a chore packing and hauling luggage to move from one hotel to another. Why not just board your ship, unpack once, and relax as you travel from place to place.
All Inclusive – When you pay a river cruise fare, you are paying for shore excursions, meals, specialty drinks, including wine, soda, bottled water, and coffees, and even internet. Expect few, if any extra charges once onboard. Some river cruises even include airport transfers and gratuities.
Less Stress – River cruising offers a stress-free way to visit other countries and cultures. Many would love to travel abroad, but are anxious about things such as language barriers, currency, and cultural differences. River cruises get you into must see destinations where you can stroll through shops and marketplaces, museums, or monuments on your own, or on the ship’s own organized tours. Although the staff onboard come from various countries, they all speak in English.
Smaller ships – Most river cruise ships only hold from 50-200 passengers. This allows you to have a more intimate experience onboard. No waiting in long lines, loud bustling atriums, or crowded restaurants. Due to the smaller passenger numbers, the level of service while onboard is much different than a large cruise ship. All of your needs are taken care of. Most river cruise lines are adult-only, which is nice for those wanting a romantic getaway. For those wanting to take the kids or grandkids, Adventures by Disney has just announced a partnership with AmaWaterways for family friendly sailings that will be offered next year.  
Upscale dining – For those seeking gourmet dining, river cruising is the way to go. As you cruise through various countries, you will also experience local cuisine to match your surroundings. Many cruise lines theme their dining around the country they are in, including local foods and wines.
Amazing Destinations and Adventures – River cruising is growing in popularity, spurring cruise lines to offer more exciting opportunities for travelers. Currently, there are river cruises exploring Europe, Russia, China, India, Africa, and Asia.

Here are just a few of the adventures offered on a river cruise:
Tulip Time Cruise – visiting the Netherlands and Belgium during the spring
Jewish Heritage Tour – visiting the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Switzerland
Christmas Cruises – visiting Christmas markets in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, and Hungary
Riches of the Mekong – visiting Cambodia and Vietnam
Africa and the Serengeti – visiting Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Splendors of Egypt – sailing the Nile and visiting the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and King Tut’s Tomb 

Do you think you or your family would enjoy a river cruise?