Day 10: Why River Cruise?

Day 10: Why River Cruise?

river cruising
It’s no surprise that travelers are jumping on board the river cruising trend!
Elizabeth Carey

When you embark on a river cruise, you can try to squeeze in all the sights or go at a more leisurely pace. It’s up to you, but either way your cruise manager will have your choice of itinerary organized for you so you can relax and enjoy your trip.

In fact, the first thing they will tell you to do is to get settled and let yourself get pampered by the professional staff. 

One of the best features of European river cruising is that you unpack once and you get to see multiple cities and often countries all in one week. Plus river cruise ships take you right into the heart of these areas so you can enjoy a view from the water and then immerse yourself in the local culture when you step off the ship. Some travelers even chose to use the ship’s complimentary bicycles to explore ports!

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On the 2019 AAA WCNY Member Appreciation Trip, travelers visited Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands aboard the S.S. Antoinette with Uniworld. Each day they could choose from a variety of excursions to suit their fancy.

This trip was all-inclusive so excursions in every port were included. There were two options added on with a fee, but travelers could choose between those and the included tours. The all-inclusive cruise also meant unlimited food and beverages, including beer, wine and cocktails, along with gratuities for the hard-working staff. This means that you only need to bring some spending money for souvenirs – everything else is included.


While river cruising is becoming an extremely popular mode of travel in Europe, the Member Appreciation Trip stands out because AAA WCNY chartered the ship so that means it was full of local travelers from Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. It was great to travel with people you felt connected with. There’s an instant camaraderie that you don’t get with other vacations. There’s nothing like strolling through a village in Germany and running into people you recognize not just from the ship, but from home!


It’s also a great opportunity to travel and meet new friends – a large number of passengers were part of AAA’s Solo Travelers Club, which offers single individuals the chance to travel while avoiding single supplement charges.

All in all, it’s no surprise that river cruising is growing in popularity. After you experience it, you’ll agree that it is simply wonderful.

Next year’s 2020 Member Appreciation trip will also be a river cruise, this time to Paris and Normandy. You can find more information at:

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