What’s the difference between an ocean cruise and a river cruise? River cruises generally focus on cultural and historical sites. Ports are often right in the city center with included tours and excursions of nearby castles, museums and other points of interest.
Ocean cruises offer a lot of night time entertainment as well as daytime fun onboard. Many ports of call are at beaches and tourist spots known for shopping and dining.
While at sea, the beauty and tranquility of a distant horizon are seen while cruising. On a river cruise, vineyards, castles, mountains and small villages catch our eye. Read More
Some ships are known for their culinary flair and others for free bicycle use. Several new “theme cruises” set different sailings apart, from Tulip Time to beer and wine tastings to Jewish heritage and Christmas markets. The list now includes specials sailings for chocolate lovers as well as golfers and jazz fans. While most river cruises are geared toward adults and allow two guests per cabin, a few hold special multi-generational sailings where all family members are welcome. Find the one that feels right to you. Some of my favorite lines include AMAwaterways, Avalon and Viking but there are many more.
How are they similar?
Unlike ocean cruising, river cruise ships hold no more than 200 guests. This intimate setting allows for three wonderfully prepared meals each day, cultural and historical speakers, included tours and excursions and unmatched service throughout your cruise. Because of the lock system on the rivers in Europe, nearly every long ship is the same size.
There are at least ten reasons to plan an Azores vacation.
1. Location. The Azores are a chain of nine islands located about 1800 miles east of Boston and non stop flights are available year round from Boston and Toronto . Seasonally, there are also direct flights from Montreal and Oakland California. The flight from Boston only takes four hours.
2. Long tourist season. For tourists who are looking for a temperate climate during the shoulder seasons, the Azores might be a perfect ft. Temperatures range from about 50 degrees in January, it’s coldest month, to the high 80s in August. Read More