Q – We are considering a riverboat cruise. My concern is that at 6’5″ I don’t want to stoop over as I walk around the boat and I certainly don;t want to have to worry about my feet hanging over the edge of the bed. Can tall people be somehow accommodated and are the ceilings high enough to avoid claustrophobia – or worse?
A – Riverboats tend to have ceilings that are a standard 7′ or 8′. You may well feel a bit claustrophobic but you should make it through your cruise without the need to stoop down.
The beds on riverboats are generally standard hotel issue. They are not designed for extra length. If you are comfortable with typical hotel bedding you will be fine but our guess is that your feet will stick out a bit. The front desk may be able to set up a bed extender but we would not advise you to count on that happening.
River boat lines as well as cruise lines have been upgrading their bedding but that is more of a qualitative issue then an issue of length. We think you will be more comfortable on a modern cruise ship with fewer structural restrictions.