Everything You Need to Know About River Cruises

Jess Moss, AOL
River cruising is hot right now, with more ships and new lines flooding waterways around the world. Smaller ships and passenger loads make for a more intimate experience than ocean liners. It's arguably more scenic, too, as you're always close to shore.

To help you plan your trip we've created the ultimate river cruise guide.

Is River Cruising the Right Vacation for You?

Find out who goes on river cruises, what the dress code and food are like, how a typical day generally goes, and much more. See if river cruising's up your alley>>

Do You Get Your Money's Worth on a River Cruise?

We've done a cost analysis on river cruising to see how much would the trip cost if you were to do everything on your own, and what value river cruises add to the touring experience. Find out how river cruising compares to DIY travel>>

How to Choose a River Cruise

So many rivers, so many lines. See how the different companies compare to one another and check a chart of where each line sails to find the perfect river cruise fit. Find your perfect river cruise>>

Tips for River Cruising

Before you head out on the water read these tips for information on what to pack and how to make the most of your trip. Learn how to be a river cruise pro>>

What It's Like on an Eight-Day Danube Viking River Cruise (PHOTOS)

See what the ship, port towns, cruise landscape and passenger activities look like in this slideshow. Cruise through Europe in pictures>>

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