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River cruise ships in Vienna

Published October 23, 2013 on AOL Travel || A castle looms larger as it gets closer, jutting out over terraced vineyard hills that slope down to the cloudy river water. A crew member appears, clean gray vest buttoned over a white collared shirt, asking if you’d like another glass of wine. You smile, nod, sink deeper into the sundeck chaise lounge and watch as your river cruise ship floats serenely along.

Dream trip, right?

For many, yes. River cruising is hot right now, with more ships and new lines flooding waterways around the world. Smaller ships and passenger loads make for a more intimate experience than ocean liners. It’s arguably more scenic, too, as you’re always close to shore.

But it’s not a one-size-fits all vacation. Read more…

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