Escape to the river! River cruises are now the fastest growing sector of the cruise industry. A river cruise offers an intimate atmosphere as you take to the waterways of the world. River cruise ships are generally smaller and carry fewer passengers, and their cabins may be smaller as well. They allow vacationers to get closer to the spectacular cityscapes, and cruise through canals and rivers that are impossible for the larger ships to sail. With river cruising, the destinations and passing scenery are the main show, visiting more ports, walking tours and sightseeing. The ships usually dock right in town. Boasting comfortable accommodations, excellent meals, and the convenience of a floating hotel, a river cruise is a practical and enjoyable way to explore fascinating destinations throughout the world. Some of the more popular river cruises explore places such as Europe, Eastern Europe, southeast Asia, Egypt, Russia, South America and India.