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River Cruises are in vogue…

Posted on 11 June 2010

European River Cruises are booming as smaller ships are drawing bigger crowds. Well over a dozen new ships have been built in the past two years to sail on European rivers-on top of an already very substantial fleet that plies the continent’s waterways. Today, Europe has 25,000 berths on river ships and Russia has another 30,000, according to Rudy Schreiner, president of AMA Waterways and a pioneer in the business. That’s still far less than the space available on ocean-going ships-Carnival Cruise Lines alone has more berths than that and it’s just one cruise line. But while big vessels undeniably offer more options, both onboard and in port, small river ships enjoy a much more intimate experience. Europe’s most popular river cruise is the Danube, particularly the segment from Budapest to Passau, followed by the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel.

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