Cruise Holidays with O’Leary Travel
What better way to discover the charm and beauty of Europe from the comfort of a cruise ship?
There are many cruise companies with ships based in Europe and the Mediterranean. Each has a distinctly different product and pricing model. Let us help you choose the best fit for you and ensure you know exactly what is and is not included in the price.
This is the fastest growing segment in the cruise market and for good reason. River cruise ships are traditionally smaller than their ocean going counterparts and can travel straight to the heart of cities. It is a great way to explore some of the world’s best known rivers enjoying incredible scenery between each stop. Many river cruise companies offer overnight stays in destinations so you can experience local cuisines, nightlife and attractions without having to rush back to the ship.
On a river cruise, the ports of call are the main attraction and activity. The entertainment and activities programmes are very different than you would expect on an ocean cruise. Evening entertainment is generally live piano music in the evenings with optional presentations around the ports of call. Some ships will also have lectures on wine or cheese and cooking or cocktail making demonstrations and some offer spa and leisure options.
What to expect: Many rivers running through farmland and vineyards, woodland or jungles, medieval villages and stunning architecture. You can select from a wide range of excursions with local guides (most companies include this is your price) – walking tours, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, and white water rafting to name but a few. You can choose the activity level which suits you. Dining is generally buffet for breakfast and lunch with a more formal evening meal, generally accompanied by wine (included).
There are worldwide itineraries from the rivers of Europe to exotic India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia & Egypt and more so it can be difficult to know which cruise company, which ship and which itinerary will be best for you. Our river cruise experts will help you decide. The first choice is which river. This will be determined by the scenery you want to enjoy and the places you want to visit.
If you are looking for a room with an ever-changing view, a scenic and easy means of experiencing multiple destinations in one trip a river cruise could be for you. For many cruisers, they choose the group tour option in their destinations with excellent guides talking you ashore.
For the more independent traveler, you dock in the heart of the destination and can expore ashore at your own pace.