By Mary Jo:
I'm well down the road to insanity as I try to finish a book by mid-October, so I'm invoking Wenchly privilege to rerun an older blog with some editing where appropriate. What I chose is this long ago 2006 blog describing a riverboat cruise along the Douro River into Spain.
I first read about riverboat cruising in a magazine several years ago, and promptly decided I wanted to give it a try. I’ve done several ocean cruises, especially in the Caribbean, but rivers in Europe sounded different and fascinating. The boats are much smaller, holding maybe 130 or so people, and the venues are fabulous.
Much of European civilization developed along rivers, and traveling them would be a wonderful way of seeing Europe without a lot of packing and unpacking. The boats park in the center of towns and cities, and one can seen a great deal of the countryside in peace and comfort. The quintessential riverboat cruises follow the great rivers of northern and eastern Europe: the Rhine, the Elbe, the Danube, etc.