River cruising offers an experience like no other, and even though there are clear links to ocean cruising, the two are only comparable in a few areas. Whilst the most eagerly anticipated events involved with ocean cruising probably include a classic transatlantic voyage, a look at some of the highly advanced facilities that many ships have these days, and the sheer size of some of the vessels; river cruising can also offer a great deal of opportunities to participate in some amazing experiences.
Fred.\ offers a wide range of itineraries that will take you along iconic rivers all over the world, but what are the standout events that you could be looking forward to when you book with us?
Cruising On A Traditional Paddle Steamer
Fred.\ has a variety of river cruises available from the American Queen Steamboat Company which will provide a rare opportunity to travel in a traditional paddle steamer. Whilst these vessels were popular and common in the early days of river cruising, they have been superseded by modern ships and are slowly being used less and less.
However, when traversing the Upper or Lower Mississippi, Snake, Tennessee, Columbia or Ohio rivers with the American Queen Steamboat Company, passengers will enjoy a journey on the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America, American Queen. As the largest steamboat ever built, she allows guests to travel back to the American Victorian era whilst still enjoying modern-day comforts.
Venture Into The Rainforest
Whilst new regions of the world, such as the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers, are being added to the list of itineraries offered by many different river companies, trips along the Amazon are still few in number. Fred.\ has partnered up with exciting river cruise line Amazon Nature Tours in order to offer fascinating trips on this famous waterway.
Guests will get the chance to head into the heart of the Brazilian rainforest with a big focus on discovering some exotic wildlife and getting up close and personal with this ecosystem. Amazon Nature Tours offer two trips that feature different levels of exploration and lengths of time sailing on the river. Their experienced guides will know exactly where to find some interesting creatures and the company have been recognised twice by National Geographic for their excellent Amazon River cruises.
A River Cruise Safari
Many people will have both a river cruise and a safari holiday on their list of trips that they want to take at least once in their lifetime, but with our Africa river cruises from AmaWaterways, you could cross both of these experiences off your list in one trip.
Whilst on board Zambezi Queen you can spend time sailing on the Chobe River right through the Chobe National Park. Not only does this provide an excellent opportunity to get a unique perspective of this part of Africa, it also means you can get closer than ever to the fascinating wildlife without having to leave the comfort of your vessel. And to top it off, that’s just a small part an adventure that could last up to 16 nights.
See Russia’s Majesty
The famous journey from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, or vice versa, is one that offers more opulence, extravagance and beauty than any other river cruise itinerary in the world. This famous waterway is lined with stunning cathedrals, palaces and charming monuments that will leave you unable to tear yourself away from your cabin’s window.
There will be opportunities to visit grand museums and galleries, explore resplendent architecture and fully immerse yourself in the culture of the Tsars. Russian waterways cruises are offered by both AmaWaterways and Volga Dream.
If you would like to take part in any of these amazing experiences then Fred.\ can help you organise your river cruise. Call our team of friendly experts today to talk through your options and you could be looking forward to one of these fantastic highlights.