River cruise ships have just three or four decks, with cabins and restaurants taking up most of the ship. The top deck sometimes has something playful, like a putting green.
Sometimes you'll have a great view on your side of the ship from your cabin, sometimes you won't. All cabins, however, have an outside view. There are no interior cabins because the ships are narrow.
Don't be surprised if you wake up to find your ship docked touching another ship! Sometimes you have to walk through a neighboring ship to get to shore in a port.
It's unlikely you'll experience motion sickness because the river is very smooth, unlike ocean currents that affect ocean ships, where passengers may experience nausea.
Also, sometimes the river level is too low to sail! Then the CRUISE company will bus you to the next port.
When you're on a small river cruise ship, they make use of spaces by repurposing them. This pool area, for example, has a retractable floor so it can become a movie theater at night.
You'll quickly learn what these little devices are! They enable you to hear the tour guide when you're doing a walking tour in a port. Every river cruise company uses them.
Locks are manmade structures that helps ships move through rivers with differences in the height of the water levels. And it's exhilarating to go through them!
River cruise ships typically have just one to two restaurants and one seating for each meal.