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  • Alicia at Evening Star Travel

I'm Too Young To River Cruise

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

'cause people my age don't like WINE!

As an avid wine enthusiast in my early 40s, I find it hilarious when people say "I'm too young for river cruising". I love river cruising, and one of the big draws of this style of travel is getting to enjoy all the different wines!

It's no secret that river cruising is often associated with a more mature crowd, but let's set the record straight. Just because we're young doesn't mean we can't appreciate the fine art of wine tasting. In fact, exploring vineyards, indulging in local vintages, and sipping exquisite wines is a great way to vacation, and why not do it on a river cruise?

One of the most exciting aspects of river cruising is the opportunity to explore some of the world's most renowned wine regions. Let's see how we young wine enthusiasts can indulge in the pleasures of wine while cruising:

  1. Tasting Extravaganza: Picture this: a scenic river cruise through Europe's wine country, with every stop offering the chance to embark on a wine-tasting extravaganza. From the vineyards of Bordeaux to the wine cellars of the Rhine Valley, each sip takes us on a journey through the flavors and aromas of different grape varieties.

  2. Wine Education: Who needs a wine course when you can learn firsthand from knowledgeable sommeliers and local experts? River cruises often include informative wine seminars and tastings onboard, where we can expand our wine knowledge while enjoying the stunning views from the ship's deck.

  3. Vineyard Visits: Imagine strolling through picturesque vineyards, basking in the sun-drenched landscapes that produce some of the world's finest wines. River cruises offer opportunities to visit renowned wineries, where we can witness the winemaking process up close and even try our hand at grape picking during the harvest season.

  4. Food and Wine Pairings: River cruise dining is a gastronomic delight, where every meal is an opportunity to savor exquisite cuisine paired perfectly with local wines. From rich reds to crisp whites, the onboard sommelier ensures our taste buds dance with joy as we explore the diverse culinary traditions of the regions we visit.

  5. Wine-Infused Excursions: River cruising allows us to immerse ourselves in the wine culture of the destinations we explore. Whether it's cycling through the vineyards of Burgundy, savoring a wine and cheese picnic in the Loire Valley, or experiencing a wine blending workshop in the Douro Valley, our wine-loving hearts are in for an unforgettable adventure.

So, the next time someone tells you that river cruising is for old people, let out a hearty laugh and prove them wrong. River cruising offers a wine lover's paradise, where we can delight in the flavors, aromas, and stories behind every glass. Cheers to river cruising and the joy of being young (and young at heart), with a great appreciation for the art of wine!


To book your next dream vacation - when the time is right to travel - reach out to me through email at, or by calling 587 772 2525. I am located in Sherwood Park, Alberta (a suburb of Edmonton), and am a Travel Advisor specializing in River Cruising, Beach Escapes, and Custom Vacations. I am the owner/operator of Evening Star Travel, and I book travel for clients all across Canada.

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