1. Prepare for an intimate experience on board a European river cruise.
Riverboats are small affairs that generally hold fewer than 150 passengers. Given the intimate size of the group, you’ll likely form bonds with your fellow travellers—and the ship’s staff—by journey’s end. There are no formal nights; the vibe is very laid-back, and you’re left to decide whether you want to explore each port on your own, join an excursion, or simply relax onboard when you’re docked. Suffer from motion sickness? That’s usually not a problem on a European river cruise. Riverboats are extremely stable and glide slowly through the waterways so you can take in the sights at a leisurely pace.