River cruises in Europe have grown in popularity during the last several years -- and it's easy to understand why.
Set sail, and you'll take in tucked-away towns, incredible castles and charming European countryside without having to pack and unpack every night. With ample excursions and stops, you get an on-the-ground view of plenty of Europe's best sites. Given these perks, it's no wonder European river cruises ranked as the top international luxury destination outside of North America in 2017, according to Travel Leaders Group.
While this all sounds wonderful, a few errors early on can lead to a less delightful cruise. In fact, without solid preparation, you could have a painfully dreary voyage.
Steer clear of these blunders, and you'll have smooth sailing on your next European river cruise.