Ocean Vs River Cruising

Ocean Vs River Cruising

Cruises are certainly enjoyable. They get you away from home and let you relax and enjoy life in a different environment. There are considerable differences in what you get on each type cruise. Meals and lodging are provided on both and various vessel and shore activities are offered by others at additional expense.


On an ocean cruise, while moving, there is generally only water to look at from the vessel. You may be at sea with no land in site for one or two days at a time. On river cruises there is always something to look at as the river banks glide by. Some river cruises travel primarily at night and offer shore excursions at additional cost during the day.


Our NavCal River Rides cruises travel during daylight hours so you can see all the many wonderful sights along the river. We provide you a list of interesting sites and a river chart to help you see all there is to see at no additional cost. We overnight on land where you are free do whatever you like. On our cruises, there are no additional expenses for daytime shore excursions. Your only additional expense is dinner Saturday night, ashore,  since this is a meal of your choice.


River cruising gives you more to see and our format is much less expensive.



                                                                    Overnight Cruising Coasts Compared

NavCal River Cruise $138 per day

US crew and labor rates, shorter cruises with higher percentage boarding/booking costs, much smaller passenger counts with lower economies of scale, river view, up close with a lot to see, larger rooms. 

Caribbean ocean cruise $138 per day

International crews and lower labor costs, longer cruises with lower percentage boarding/booking costs, much higher passenger counts with better economies of scale, ocean view without much to see, smaller rooms.

 Land Vacation $150

With meals, overnight say (double occupancy) with limited activities.

Mississippi River Cruise $565 per day

US crews and labor costs, longer cruises with lower percentage boarding/booking costs, high passenger counts with economies of scale, river view with a lot to see, larger rooms.


NavCal’s prices are very competitive and our smaller (19-passenger), faster vessel lets get you up close to the many river sights along the most beautiful part of the Tennessee River. See navcal.com for our Kingston Overnight River Cruise with two trips through the Ft. Loudon Lock with its 75 foot drop/lift.Image