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When you think of cruises, you tend to think of wide-open oceans and tropical paradises, but river cruises are the perfect way to de-stress if you’re looking for a luxury staycation. Rediscover the hidden beauty and historic destinations along the UK rivers with cruises from two nights to week-long adventures. They are also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, for your choosing to stay in the UK and not to fly.
With so many things to see and do during one trip, it’s no wonder that more people are looking to enjoy river cruises. Still, England’s quaint and rustic beauty is often overlooked in its potential for dazzling experiences. We’re here to look at what you need to remember when booking your fantastic, relaxing cruise in the UK.
How to Prepare for Your Trip
Remember to follow the Covid guidelines and keep yourself safe during your holiday. Keep a mask on at all times if you’re not exempt, and use hand sanitiser regularly as a precaution. Add extra protection when dining out by taking some surface wipes in your pocket or bag, and use the Covid app to help track any possible cases in your area to avoid a nasty surprise when you get home.
Another precaution to include when booking your trip is Staysure travel insurance to protect you from any unexpected cancellations or problems with your journey. It even protects you from any Covid related issues, giving you the worry-free booking we all enjoyed before the pandemic. As cases have been rising across the country, making sure you’re protected from losing money is just as important as making sure you wear a mask.
Endless Choices for Luxurious River Cruises
There are hundreds of River cruise companies out there, many doing trips for both the UK and abroad. With so many out there, how do you pick the right one? To start with, think about what you want out of this trip. River cruises are a slow, relaxing and luxurious way to travel. If you want something that’s more fast-paced, then river cruises might not be for you. If you’re looking for calm, tranquil beauty, then they’re perfect for you.
On a river cruise, you can pass the beauty of the Royal Palace on the River Thames or Scotlands picturesque views as you travel down the Great Glen. River cruises take you through countries instead of sea cruises that take you to them. With plentiful inclusions, excursions and visits to some of the most beautiful places across the country, there’s a river cruise for everyone.
Suppose you’re overwhelmed by the vast amount of travel sites offering river cruises. In that case, you could always start with a dedicated blog to help you find what’s right for you.
What Should You Pack?
With the opportunity to explore so many new towns along your route, it’s best to make sure you pack plenty of comfy clothes and shoes for walking. Include a light bag to keep any belonging in as you explore to avoid anything falling out of your pockets unnoticed.
Remember to think about the weather! The UK can have gloriously sunny days change to gloomy rain in an instant, make sure to pack clothes that can adapt to avoid getting wet or too hot.
There may not be time for fancy dinner clothes after a long day out. Many people on river cruises keep things casual and relaxed at dinner, giving way to a much more comfortable and laid back environment.
When packing, the final thing to remember is to save space because although river cruises are not cramped, the rooms are not as big as you would get in a hotel. Packing items with multiple functions can help you save space, but don’t forget your face masks and hand sanitiser.