The serene nature of river cruises, and the intimate ships that take to waterways across the world, have led many people to believe that river holidays are reserved for the older generation. Well, we are here to tell you that they couldn’t be more wrong! Here are five reasons why river cruises are perfect for young couples.

1. River cruises are endlessly romantic

Eiffel Tower in Paris - a river cruise excursion

What could be more romantic than gliding peacefully down some of the most iconic rivers in the world, surrounded by stunning scenery and amazing architecture? Many river cruises sail into the likes of Paris, Bordeaux and St Petersburg, all of which offer romance in droves.

But it isn’t all about the destinations. With spa facilities, intimate restaurants and elegant décor on-board your ship, your trip will be steeped in romance from start to finish.

2. River cruise ships are intimate

Sun deck on-board luxury river cruise ship

As a younger passenger, you might think there isn’t enough on-board action to keep you occupied. Contrary to popular belief, there is, with a whole range of facilities and entertainment waiting to fill your time on the water.

That said, there is nothing wrong with the intimacy of the likes of Uniworld’s newest ship, SS Joie de Vivre, which was christened by Dame Joan Collins just last month. The atmosphere is perfect for young couples: peaceful and intimate, but with just enough going on to allow you to socialise with other passengers if you would like to. Everything is on your terms.

3. A river cruise holiday can be as fast-paced as you want

Couple riding bikes on a river cruise excursion

The best part of river cruising is the tranquil atmosphere on the water, but that isn’t to say you can’t inject some energy.

River holidays are actually some of the most active in the cruising world. Once you pull into port, you can often enjoy cycling and hiking excursions, as well as walking tours: all perfect ways to explore a new destination together. On the other hand, you could relax in the on-board spa or sample some delicious local produce in a port-side café. The choice is yours.

4. River cruising is a luxurious way to travel

Lobby of a luxury river cruise ship

Sailing in the lap of luxury instantly adds romance to any couples’ holiday, and river cruise ships have enough luxury to last a lifetime. Cruise lines like AmaWaterways and Crystal Cruises are well-known for their state-of-the-art luxury vessels, providing fine dining and, in Crystal’s case, all-suite accommodation. Imagine enjoying a romantic, gourmet meal for two before retiring to your sumptuous suite to watch the stars sail by. Heaven.

5. River cruise lines are targeting a younger market

A river in Germany at night

While younger people are discovering the joy of river cruise holidays, in many cases, they are still in the minority. If your primary concern is travelling with passengers closer to your own age group, you’ll be pleased to know that Uniworld is launching a brand targeted specifically at the younger market.

U by Uniworld will ramp up your typical river cruise excursions, inviting passengers to kayak down the Seine, take part in guided runs around Amsterdam and dance to local DJs.

River cruise holiday deals

Crystal ship on a scenic river cruise

Whether you are searching for a rejuvenating last minute break or want to sail away for your anniversary, there are countless deals to take advantage of. With many itineraries running on an all-inclusive basis, and others including luxuries such as butler service and gala dinners, value for money is a given.

If you would like to find out more about our river cruise deals, or would like to speak to our Cruise Concierge about which itinerary is best for you and your other half, call us on 0800 197 0854. You will have the trip of a lifetime.

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About Emma Smith

Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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