River Cruises Are What They Use To Be

About 20 years ago when I first got my first job at a travel agency, one of the least requested products was river cruises. Only once in a great while did we have a customer interested in them and they were usually older seniors.

People thought these cruises were something only old people went on. They were slow and boring and the ships were second class. And maybe that was a little true back then but river cruises have come a long way from those days.

And that has never been more evident then with Vikings four new ships making their debut in 2012. These will be top of the line, luxury ships.

Cabin features will include:


* Explorer Suites with a private
   wraparound veranda and 270°
   views

* Veranda suites and staterooms
   with full outdoor balconies

* French balcony staterooms
   featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding
  glass doors

* Deluxe amenities like L’Occitane bath products and premium in-room entertainment
   packages—all included * * Quiet, environmentally friendly hybrid engines, plus solar
   panels and an organic herb garden.

• Hands-on demonstrations in cuckoo
clock-making, wooden shoe-carving
or glassblowing.

• Classes in cooking specialties like
  apple strudel and Alsatian
  flammkuchen

• Traditional performances of folk music
and dance, or waltzes by Strauss

• Tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies

Ship Features:

* 95 comfortable outside
staterooms (2 Explorer Suites,

* 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)

* All suites feature two rooms
  with a veranda off the living

  room and a French balcony in the bedroom.

* Sun deck with 360-degree views

* Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary  
   indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the  
   ship and grills for al fresco dining

* Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling windows

* Restaurant

* Onboard boutique

* Library

* Organic herb garden

* Free shipwide wireless
   internet service

* Laundry service

On board you can enjoy:

• Hands-on demonstrations in cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving or glassblowing.

• Classes in cooking specialties like apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen

• Traditional performances of folk music and dance, or waltzes by Strauss

• Tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies

Fine dining will include:

* Homemade soups prepared daily.

* For breakfast, choose from a selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg
  dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses.

* At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert.

* And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course gourmet menu with regional specialties.

* You can also select regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will  
   find enhancements reflecting your itinerary—it is all part of experiencing the local culture.

Now people of all ages take river cruises and love the smaller, more personal feel to them.

One of the best features of river cruises is that they can get into the smaller waterways that big cruise ships can’t. You will spend more time in ports and have some amazing views as you cruise along.

So next time you are thinking about taking a cruise, you just might want to give river cruising a look.

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