River Cruises You Must Take In 2016
Whether you've been dreaming for years about that perfect river cruise or you're a seasoned veteran of the leisurely and enriching holiday, we've spotted a few journeys on the horizon that will delight. Here are our favourite upcoming river cruises, which we think will suit everyone who enjoys getting out into the world and experiencing the culture, tastes and life of the unknown.
Best For … Foodies
One could be forgiven for overlooking the gastronomic appeal of Vietnam and Cambodia, what with the glut of ancient sites and temples between them. Although a cruise along the Mekong will inevitably be full board, many holidays to this region also include a land element, allowing you to sample the delights of shrimp pancakes, cha ca (fish sauteed with dill) and pho (the national dish of Vietnam, a sort of light stew), among other tasty dishes.
On Viking’s well-judged 15-day Mekong tour, there is a promise to serve regional specialities on board alongside the usual menu. The trip combines hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City with a seven-night river voyage.
Best For ... Sybarites
Several river cruise companies boast luxurious cabins, round-the-clock service and innovative balconies. One clear contender is Uniworld’s Antoinette. On board is a three-metre Baccarat crystal chandelier in the lobby, a mosaic-lined dipping pool and a small cinema.
Guests sleep on handmade beds with high-thread-count linen and are waited on by butlers. Staff are restaurant trained.
Scenic Tours’ European Space Ships have sumptuous suites with private balconies and high-definition televisions linked to iPads. Other touches include tailor-made GPS touring devices and a degustation menu served at Table Le Rive (no added cost but reservations essential).
Unparallelled service: APT Amps Up Its Culinary Offerings On The Mekong
River Cruise Ship Review: Viking Fontane
Best For ... Culture Seekers
With so many ships plying the main arteries of Europe, cruise operators are always looking for ways to offer something extraordinary. On its 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise, APT is including a private banquet at the 14th Century Namedy Castle in Germany, a private classical concert at Vienna’s City Palace and an opera recital at the State Opera House in Budapest. The biggest attraction, though, is a journey on the privately chartered Majestic Imperator train, used by royalty during the days of the Habsburg Empire.
Best For ... Families
River cruising is not normally associated with very young children; indeed, the last thing more senior guests would want is little ones running up and down the sundeck. For older children, however, the concept is attractive.
US operator Tauck offers several 'family riverboat adventures' in Europe that include tailored activities. The Danube itinerary, for example, includes medieval games at a castle in Slovakia, a Ferris wheel ride at a historic theme park in Vienna, a riverside bike ride, strudel-making on board, marzipan-sculpting in Passau and visits to locations that featured in The Sound of Music.
Uniworld designates some cruises as multigenerational, with a few treats added for children aged four to 18. CroisiEurope is family-friendly, with discounts sometimes available for younger children.
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