At first, it’s necessary to state that the river and sea cruising experiences are completely different but equally enjoyable. As an Australian, it’s easy to access any number of ocean cruises leaving from most state funds with a vast array of cruising lines with a large collection of destinations in the Pacific and eastern Asian areas.
On the other hand, the traditional river cruising of Vero Beach FL Rat Removal Europe means a long plane flight prior to your cruise states. (It is only lately that regions in South and Eastern Asia is now river cruise destinations).
So the primary factors that have to be made by an Australian wishing to cruise are the cost and time involved in both before a decision is made either or both ways.
Let me now discuss the differences and similarities between each sort of cruising.
Our first ocean cruise was on a ship with 2000 and passengers and a million plus crew while our first ever river cruise contained only about 180 passengers. That is the first different you detect. Then you move from a boat with fourteen decks into one with just three. The river boat was 135 metres long while the cruise ship might be around 300 metres long.
Even though there are two or more thousand passengers travelling with you on a cruise ship, on most occasions, there is not a feeling that the ship is crowded. On the other hand, river cruise ships with less than two hundred passengers only feels crowded at the evening meal because there is just one restaurant on board. Ocean cruise ships have many dining options.
On the river cruise, passengers are off the boat every day on organised tours as part of the cruise. So there are not any planned actions on the ship during the day. On a sea cruise, there are numerous activities on the boat in which passengers may indulge, daily.
The sea cruise provides a greater variety of entertainment from the big musical productions in the theatre to more intimate entertainment in the numerous pubs or at the atrium. On our river cruise, we had a singer entertain us at morning tea, afternoon tea and throughout the day providing us with a variety of music types to match the time of day. At the same time, traditional entertainers from each country or locality came on board to give us a performance of their music.
Both types of cruising provide off boat tours which can be booked by guests with sea cruises providing many more tour choices. With the river cruise, there’s something to see and do every day off the ship. Firstly there’s the included, guide led tour of the city followed by a opportunity to wander around that city at your leisure. Some days you might visit two cities. On most ocean cruises, there will be days at sea where you can just relax or indulge in the activities provided by the ship. On a river cruise, most of the motion of the boat is carried out at night.
On a cruise ship, there are several public areas in which to sit and unwind. They include bars, a library, an online room, pool decks and a large atrium where light refreshments are served. The river cruise boat has a lounge which includes a pub and this is where the entertainment happens. The river cruise boat has a sun deck on the top of the ship too.
Getting on and off the ship/boat is much easier on the river cruise just due to the numbers of passengers involved. This means getting to do off the boat tours is easy and quick.
River cruising, due to the size of the ship and no elevators, would be exceedingly difficult for the disabled or elderly who find getting around difficult. The ocean cruise lines are able to do a wonderful job looking after the disabled and elderly.
Forming new friendships is much simpler on the river cruise. On the bigger cruise ships passengers are like “ships passing in the night”. Even with friends on board, it’s possible to not encounter them on any particular day.
The Fantastic things about quitting are:
• You unpack only once;
• You don’t need to spend any extra money;
• Meals and some refreshments are on tap as part of the cost of the cruise;
• Your state area is serviced each day; and
• You have many options about what to do or not to do.
The embarking process on the cruise ship can be quite daunting for a first time cruiser with two thousand plus passengers attempting to board the ship.
Finally, it’s important to say that both kinds of cruising have much to offer to the traveller. I suggest that a traveller should try each at least once. You may be surprised and fall in love with the idea of cruising.

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