In recent years, river and ocean cruises have become two of the most popular types of holiday. With thousands of travellers opting for the water over traditional beach getaways, the cruise market looks to be growing exponentially – but if you had to choose one or the other, which would you opt for? Although each come with a wealth of benefits, the price for river and ocean cruises can vary significantly depending on location. So, what do you get for your money?

Reasons to Book a River Cruise

One of the best things about a river cruise is the size of the ship, and therefore the intimacy of your holiday. Because the ships are smaller, they’re able to navigate deeper into the land’s waterways, meaning you’ll be able to get up close and personal with your destination. Furthermore, with a limited number of guests on board it’s a lot easier to make friends, and you’ll most likely get a more personalised service.

Another benefit of river cruises is the all-inclusive nature of the package. The price of your ticket really does include everything, from your food and accommodation to excursions and transfers. The initial booking price might be a little higher compared to ocean cruises, but when you break it down, river cruises offer you so much more for your money!


Additionally, when it comes to ocean cruises, your view can sometimes get a little repetitive. Ocean, dock. Ocean, dock. That’s why river cruises are so great; they take you into the heart of your destination, and in many cases you’ll be sailing to a new city every day, waking up in a different part of the world each time.

Reasons to Book an Ocean Cruise

Although river cruising is a popular market it’s still a growing one, meaning there’s not as much destination choice compared to ocean cruises. Ocean cruises sail the entire world, and frequently too, meaning you won’t have to wait a whole year to experience your most-loved destination. Some river cruise companies can be fully booked up to a year in advance. But as ocean cruise liners have space for more people, booking a ticket for your dream ocean holiday won’t be as difficult!


Furthermore, because of the increase choice of ocean cruises compared to river, there are always deals popping up online. By signing up to the market leaders’ email updates, you could grab yourself a great deal for 6-12 months’ time, saving yourself a small fortune.

Additionally, there’s much more to experience on an ocean cruise liner, from huge theatres and rock climbing walls to vast swimming pools, spas and even shopping halls. None of these activities will be affected by adverse weather conditions, unlike river cruises where high waters can force captains to take alternative routes, even causing outside decks of the ship to be closed off.