Although I love big ships for the amenities that they offer, I also enjoy river cruising.  Next spring we are taking a river cruise through France and in the fall a paddle wheeler on the Mississippi. 

 

The river cruises offer limited menu choices and less glamorous entertainment.  On the plus side you are right in the heart of the destination and shore excursions are included.  The bigger ship are harder to navigate. and less personal. 

 

I enjoy alternating between the different types of cruising.  What do you think?