our first river cruise — cruising the Irrawaddy

River cruising is the hottest new trend in foreign travel, and it's easy to understand why.

You pack and unpack just once.

Your ship docks right in the center of things, not in an ocean port many miles away.

Meals and touring opportunities are all included.

Claire and I will soon experience three nights aboard the Sanctuary Ananda during our week in Myanmar, cruising the Irrawaddy from Bagan to Mandalay. We'll have a chance to visit pagodas, markets, a monastic center, and the intriguing U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak bridge.

Not all river cruises are created equal. If you contact us, we'll be happy to share some comparisons among the major river cruise lines. To whet your curiosity, here are some interesting data points for European river cruises on the Rhine and Danube rivers. While these ships are the same size, most have 150 guests (or more) on board. More guests means less space, crowded restaurants, and smaller cabins. Most river cruise cabins are smaller than 225 sq. ft.

Luxury travel means having space to call your own and the experience of exclusivity. To find out the identities of all six cruise lines in this chart, just get in touch!

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