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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Sep 15, 2014

Gary Bembridge author of "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook" provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit and subscribe free to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and TuneIn Radio


How much of a region does a river cruise really let you experience?

A river cruise gives you a flavour of a region rather than a comprehensive exploration. Many cruises are one week long and you visit five or more destinations taking in key highlights close to the river.  You will get a feel for the traditions, culture, sights and food of the places you visit. I find it gives me a good sample of the area being cruising through and informs and inspires me on places I want to return to and explore further.

For example, on my “Enchanting Danube” cruise on the River Beatrice it ignited a passion to go back to Vienna to spend more time exploring the museums and to Budapest to explore and understand the Cold War history and post war reconstruction better.

River cruising gives an overview and insight into a region and helps guide your future travels. The ships will ensure the included tour takes in must-see sights, serves food representative of the region you are passing through and there are speakers explaining the history and local entertainers showcasing traditional song or dance. You should approach river cruising with this mind-set.