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River cruising is the fastest-growing sector of the cruise industry. The most popular river cruises are along Europe’s eastern waterways. USA TODAY

River cruising has seen a spike in interest , but is ocean cruising’s counterpart seeing a new rise in interest thanks to the ? Maybe.

Michelle Fee, CEO of travel agency Cruise Planners, told USA TODAY that her company has seen “incredible demand” for river cruising both internationally and domestically.

“River cruise purchases have nearly doubled since same time last year, and they represent 21% of all Cruise Planners departures for 2022,” Fee said, cautioning that it’s hard to compare bookings between 2020 and 2021 – large ocean cruise ships haven’t sailed in U.S.

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