Time to take a cruise? We can help find the perfect one... Do you want to go on an ocean cruise or a river cruise? Each is a unique travel experience.
How Do River Cruises and Ocean Cruises Differ?
River cruising and ocean cruising are enjoyable ways to go on vacation. Although they both involve traveling on the water, they are different. Here is a list of ways that they differ:
- River cruises handle from approximately 120 to as many as 190 passengers. Ocean cruises handle from a few hundred to as many as 6,000 people.
- River cruises give you the opportunity to be in a port at least a part of a day, if not more. Ocean cruises have days where you neither set foot in a port nor see land, but lounge on the ship.
- River cruises dock in the heart of the city, allowing you to easily walk around the town. When ocean cruises dock, you could be quite a distance from the sights of the city.s
- River cruises never lose sight of the shore. Sailing is calm, and one would rarely get seasick.
- River cruises usually provide you with a complimentary shore excursion per day. Many times the shore excursions group the passengers by their ability to handle the tour. There are active walking tours and gentle walking tours. Ocean cruises not only charge you for each tour, but groups are not by their physical ability.
- River cruises usually provide you with complimentary soda/beer/wine at lunch or dinner or both. Ocean cruises charge heavily for those items.
- River cruises do not usually involve long lines getting off the ship. In fact, you will never tender to a port.
- River cruises generally have specific dining hours. Ocean cruises have some type of food available all day.
- River cruises give you the opportunity to socialize more than you would on an ocean cruise. River cruises allow you to choose a different group of people to eat with every day.
- River cruises have limited entertainment. Local talent may be brought on the ship, but the entertainment nowhere compares to what is offered on an ocean cruise.
- River cruises usually provide you with free WiFi. In fact, a number of river cruise boats have entertainment systems that also act as a computer. Ocean cruises charge heavily for WiFi connectivity.