With river cruising, I’ve heard it said that “the box is the box.” Each river cruise ship is the same length, and same width – what differentiates river cruise companies, then, is what they do inside the box.
Here’s an overview of how Tauck is different than other river cruise companies. Tauck has a maximum of 130 guests onboard their river ships. Viking puts 190. Different strokes for different folks.
Tauck has 130 whereas AMA, Avalon, Uniworld, and VIking have at least 34 (or 60) passengers more onboard the same size ship. That means their cabins are larger, generally, and also, it means they have other configurations to their cabin occupancy. While Tauck has a maximum of 130, they rarely sail with more than 120 people onboard. Tauck has triple cabins, and they have dedicated offerings on every sailing for solo passengers. And, onboard their Tauck Bridges river cruises, they cater to families.
Other river cruise lines sometimes say they do family sailings, but their sailings don’t cater to families. It’s more like they allow families on certain sailings. (With Viking, they don’t even encourage children onboard, and they suggest that the minimum age is 12 years old. Again, different strokes for different folks.)
Tauck caters to families with their Tauck Bridges river cruise product. In their suites, they can accommodate a family of 4. Watch this video for a tour of the family suite with Tauck’s river cruise expert, Mary Murrin. Mary graciously gave me a tour of the suite.
River cruising is the new “hot” mode of travel. And having just done a river cruise with Tauck onboard the new MS Savor, I can understand why. I’ve done 8 ocean cruises, and I have never heard the sound of birds chirping from my cabin. Watch this snippet I took outside my french balcony sliding door of my cabin.