RIVER AND OCEAN CRUISES
You may think of cruises as floating resorts, but plenty of ships help you get more intimately acquainted with ports of call. They focus on specific regions, employ experts to add local insight, and can transport you to places that are otherwise hard to reach.
For example, Nour El Nil’s 16-passenger Melouka and 20-passenger Meroë skim Egypt’s Nile River in an elegantly updated version of the classic dahabeah, crowned by candy-striped sails. Read on for more of our favorite cruises.
Tauck’s 130-passenger M.S. Joy is smaller than most of the vessels on this waltz-inspiring river, making it easier to execute the line’s famous level of detail. Everything is covered on these trips, including the euros (or Hungarian forints or Czech korunas, as the case may be) needed to use the bathroom in port. Tauck also arranges exclusive access, such as dinner at the private Akademia Club in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and tours of the Hungarian State Opera House, both in Budapest, and an intimate look at Engelszell Abbey, Austria’s only Trappist monastery.