Looking for something more intimate? RIVER CRUISES usually carry fewer than 200 people. According to the USA Today "River Cruising is the in-vogue trend, so popular that more than two-dozen new river ships will debut in 2014." Shore excursion, internet, and alcoholic beverages are usually included in the price, so there are not a lot of extra charges.
The best part is take 10 steps off the ship and you are in your destination. Since river cruising has been so popular it is best to book as early as possible. Many of the river cruise lines are almost sold out for 2014. It is highly recommended you book twelve to fourteen months in advance. There are children's cruises available, but they are limited.