Picking river cruises or ocean cruises; Ellen Uzelac; Leader-Telegram

Portugal – Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar

There are numerous things to consider when selecting what type of cruise works best for you.

What’s your cruising style: river or ocean?

As with many things, size matters. The biggest differentiator?

Those massive, oceangoing ships packed with thousands of passengers are themselves the destination: floating cities with lots to do and see. Not so with river ships.

River ships, trim and nimble, are engineered to dock in the heart of your destination — a short walk from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as an example, or steps from the French Quarter in New Orleans.

As Richard Marnell, senior vice president of marketing for Viking River Cruises, frames it: “River cruising harkens back to what ocean cruising has gotten away from: the destination — being able to experience the destination in an authentic and intimate way.”

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