River Cruises: Why They Attract Mature Travelers

Over the past 20 years or so, river cruises have become the vacation of choice for many Canadians over the age of 50, and it’s easy to see why it’s a to-do list favorite.

On the one hand, the size of a river cruise ship allows passengers to access more remote and exotic places, such as the Volga in Russia and the Yangtze in Asia. The size of the ship also means that the number of passengers sharing the experience is much smaller – around 150 compared to 3,000 on an ocean cruise.

River cruises also offer a more upscale and all-inclusive yet exclusive experience.

Special touches often not found on larger ships can include multi-course gourmet meals prepared with local ingredients at the port of call, destination experts who provide information and education sessions that complement and enhance the a traveler’s cultural experience and more specialized amenities such as open-air dining and rooms with wraparound terraces.

The type of adventure that river cruises tend to offer is another factor that attracts mature travelers. River cruises spend more time in port than at sea and focus more on shore-based activities. This gives passengers time to explore more of their surroundings over a longer period of time at a more relaxed pace.

Although river cruises can offer the perfect combination of travel and destination, many of the reasons they are so attractive to mature travelers also explain why travel insurance is essential.

River cruises can cost significantly more than sea excursions. Also, depending on the destination and route, as well as longer time spent on land, each leg of the journey can increase the risk of encountering unforeseen events such as a sprained ankle or a missed connection, and travelers should be prepared.

For protection that covers many types of medical and travel-related emergencies, an all-inclusive plan is ideal. Combining the comprehensive benefits of hospitalization and emergency medical insurance with trip cancellation and interruption coverage can help protect travelers, their investment, and their unique experience.

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