5 Reasons to Love Off-Season River Cruising

Posted November 23rd, 2016

Fancy jetting off on a European river cruise? Want to journey along some of the Continent’s most iconic waterways and explore the heart of destinations such as Germany, France, Hungary and the Czech Republic? While the summer months of June, July and August serve up warm, accommodating weather, passengers travelling during the off-season months of October, November, December and mid to late March can enjoy attractive perks too.

Fewer Crowds

It’s fair to say big throngs of people and long entrance queues are the bane of every traveller’s existence. During the summer months, European hotspots such as Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Prague are swarmed by tourists trying to visit popular tourist attractions, get the perfect photo and eat at the top restaurants. One of the best reasons to opt for an off-season river cruise is the fact you’ll be surrounded by less people. That means you can hop on shore for an exciting excursion or do your own exploring with less competition for just about everything.

Cheaper Cruises

Less tourists also means more competition – for your fare. Generally speaking, as demand goes down, so does the prices for cruises, flights and accommodation. You’ll just need to do your research and book well ahead of your intended departure date. Choosing an off-season river cruise could also mean saving money which could then be spent on making your holiday truly unforgettable – there’s nothing like travelling without a strict budget.

More Cabin Options

As the off-season’s river cruises tend to book up at a slower rate, you can take advantage of this and choose a cabin which perfectly suits your needs. Want a suite with a view? Looking for the most economical option? Or do you want to splurge and go for the most spacious, opulent stateroom available? Avoiding disappointment has never been easier when you decide to cruise during the off-season.

Cooler Travels

Yes, there’s nothing like summer weather when travelling to exotic and foreign lands. However, visiting Europe during the cooler months, when the temperature drops, can be equally appealing. Ditch the sweat and the grumpiness and enjoy long, relaxing strolls on cobbled streets and in picturesque gardens. 

Festive Europe

A drop in temperature doesn’t mean the fun has to end. From Oktoberfest and Guy Fawkes Night to St Patrick’s Day, Europe wows visitors with its enchanting cultures and traditions all year round. Passengers travelling during December can also enjoy the beauty and magic of Europe at Christmastime, when markets fill the streets and snow fills the air. Indulge in some warming mulled wine, snack on a freshly made gingerbread cookie, sing along with energetic carollers, shop local, hand-crafted wares and get swept up in the visual feast of lights.

Booking the European cruise of a lifetime can be done on your terms, meaning you can travel for less, and with less hassle. If you’re interested in making the most of Europe’s off-season river cruises, call our experienced cruise consultants on 1300 954 661 today. We can help you with all aspects of your trip, including flights and travel insurance. 

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Images courtesy of Getty.


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