Teeming River Cruises is owned by Jeff and Gina Paglialonga. High school sweethearts, they’ve been married for over 30 years. The travel bug bit them early on, and together and with their children they have traveled to six continents. Since 1990, Jeff has owned an Allstate Insurance Agency, and in 2013 the couple started a vacation rental management company called Teeming Vacation Rentals. They are no strangers to entrepreneurial ventures, and Teeming River Cruises is their latest start-up – the line debuted in 2017.
How Many Passengers: 90 and 144 guests
Personality: Royal Crown has more of a royal elegance, and Johann Strauss features a modern design with clean lines. Since the ships are so small, passengers get to know each other throughout the sailing.
Fellow Passengers: Passengers tend to be younger and all cabins can only accommodate two passengers. Children must be eight years or older on most cruises. Many of their passengers have been cruising with various ocean and river cruise lines for years, but you’ll find first-time cruisers onboard too.
Cabins: All cabins are outside-facing and have windows or portholes, and some cabins on Johann Strauss feature french balconies. Cabins on this ship have blue and white tones, mixed with natural tones and wood detailing. Cabins on Royal Crown feature an abundance of golden tones and brass, along with rich wooden detailing.
Dining: Breakfast and lunch are buffets, and dinner is a four-course, sit-down affair. Dishes are freshly-prepared using local ingredients, and many menu items are inspired by the regions that the ships are visiting. Voyages also include an afternoon tea time, and late-night snacks are available.
Amenities: Royal Crown has a fitness center. Both ships feature bars, lounges, and a sundeck.
Best For: Couples who want an intimate, small ship experience and wish to explore more on their own. Teeming River Cruises provides a city walking tour app for all ports.
Included Alcohol: None. Beverage packages are available for purchase at $99 per week.
Where They Go: Rhine, Danube