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Why Teeming

An Invitation to a Teeming Experience… In the warmest spirit of hospitality, we invite you to travel with Teeming River Cruises. Experience a contemporary kind of river cruising that is designed to give travelers the opportunity to create their own adventures and itineraries while exploring lovely cities and ports on the iconic waterways of Europe. We encourage you to climb aboard. Teeming River Cruises truly is “teeming” with distinction.

Teeming with Value! Our innovative standard for cruising provides an incredibly low price of luxury cruise. Because each guest is in control of their adventure, the choice of how you wish to spend your time and vacation dollars is yours. All our sailings are “teeming” with a vast array of experiences and sites at amazing destinations. In all our ports, we are offering a complimentary city walking tour app. With this approach, you only pay for the activities and tours you choose to do. Teeming River Cruises offers a luxurious experience while on board for a great value and allows you the opportunity to determine what you would like to do at each port!

Teeming with Personalized Journey! We know each of our guests are unique with unique interest, activity levels, paces, travel budgets, culinary tastes etc. It’s your trip of a lifetime. We want to leave the choices of how to spend your days up to you. Perhaps you want to follow a busy day with a more relaxing, leisurely one. This cruising experience will be tailor-made to each passenger based on their travel desires and interests. We are happy to offer advice and assistance, but leave the decisions to you. Teeming River Cruises purposely offers more time in port to help accommodate your decisions. Be it people watching in a delightful café or exploring an ancient castle or both, the choice is yours!

Teeming with Destination-Focused Dining! Dining on the cruise ship is an important part of your journey and our chef is committed to providing an enriching culinary experience with freshly prepared dishes made with local ingredients and paired with selected wines. To help immerse our guests in the culture, our menu reflects regionally inspired dishes. Seated at private tables with crisp white linen, candles, embossed silver, and fine porcelain, you will be served a delectable four-course meal. Allow us to treat you to afternoon tea in royal fashion, while you drink in the picturesque landscape from the ship’s lounge.

Cruise the River, Plant a Tree! Due to Teeming River Cruises’ commitment to both affordability and sustainability, our marketing strategy does not involve printing glossy cruise brochures and catalogs which add huge additional expense and often just fills up trash cans (and eventually dumps). This commitment to sustainability is evident not only in our use of environmentally-friendly practices such as paperless marketing & guest communications but also in our investment in reforestation. We have partnered with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), and are working to support tree restoration in America’s national forests and grasslands. In fact, TeemingRC will donate to NFF to plant a tree in your honor for every cabin you book. While you are making lasting memories on a cruise, you will also be making a lasting impact on the environment (i.e. watershed health, forest health & resiliency, wildlife habitat, air quality and even seed source for the future). Cruise the River, Plant a Tree.

Our Story

Jeff and Gina Paglialonga

Behind our tagline – Explore More for Less – are owners Jeff and Gina Paglialonga who have spent decades traveling the globe, often with their four children in tow. Having visited 6 out of 7 continents, and sailed on over 25 ocean and river cruises, these experienced travelers’ love of adventure led them to the travel industry over 10 years ago. First by providing exceptional vacation property management via Teeming Vacation Rentals, and following in 2017, with Teeming River Cruises.

In fact it was after Jeff and Gina returned from two European river cruises that they realized this amazing form of travel was often overlooked because of high prices and pre-programmed group activities – and set out to create a better model.  With Teeming River Cruises they’ve curated a portfolio of ships and destinations that allow the traveler to create a unique experience by giving them the tools and freedom to explore at their own pace (and price!). By eliminating the all-inclusive (and expensive) group tours & options that a more independent traveler rarely uses, Teeming River Cruises is able to deliver top tier passage and dining at a much more accessible rate.

Teeming River Cruises started with owners Jeff and Gina Paglialonga’s thought that a European river cruise should be more accessible to many more people…that it shouldn’t stay unchecked at the bottom of so many Bucket Lists. This independent family-owned company is an American owned and operated business.  Although newly founded the beginning of 2017, their story began well before that.  The twosome’s love for travel spans decades as does their romance (High school sweethearts, fellow University of Florida graduates, marries 32+ years with four children). They have instilled the same love of travel, adventure & exploration into all their four kids.  They have toured the globe (visiting 6 out of the 7 continents) both as a couple and as a family.

Much of their globetrotting has been on cruise ships (the Caribbean, Alaska, the Greek Islands, the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Australia & New Zealand…). Ships have become their floating hotels as they’ve explored distant lands and immersed themselves in the culture of some of the world’s most stunning cities and fascinating countries on well over 25 cruises. As Saint Augustine so wisely noted, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” The Paglialongas love flipping the pages with their family, concentrating on collecting memories & moments over things. 

After recently branching out from “ocean cruisers” to “river cruisers” (i.e. voyaging on 2 European river cruises), they recognized a need for a different kind of river cruise. Cruises that offered more…more affordability, more flexibility, more control for each individual cruiser, more time in port, more active-lifestyle options, more hands-on experiences, and more immersion in the local culture. Cruises that offered more for less, with a more active cruiser in mind. Accordingly, they founded Teeming River Cruises ~ teeming with affordability, flexibility, individual control, active options, port time…teeming with distinction from typical river cruises.

Jeff and Gina have built their home on faith, family, and fun; and strive to build this company on the same. Enthusiastically, they are embarking on this new venture with Teeming River Cruises after being in the travel business for over 10 years. The Paglialongas own both an Insurance Agency and a vacation rental property management company, Teeming Vacation Rentals. Although selling different products, each business is focused on delivering legendary customer service.

We personally invite you to sail with Teeming River Cruises ~ Half the Price, Twice the Fun!

As avid travelers and fellow cruisers, we understand the concerns of our guests, initiating the tagline Teeming River Cruises, by Travelers for Travelers. We have designed our river cruises with you in mind. (Jeff and Gina Paglialonga were on board the July 2017 maiden voyage and intend to continue to join passengers on many of the sailings, as well as, remain intricately involved in the details and arrangements of each cruise.)

We only want you, our guest, to pay for those experiences you wish to participate in. We want you to feel free to explore on your own and at your own pace, instead of being regimented to a short window of time for personal exploration and shopping. Take a seat at a café, browse at the local outdoor market, hike to a nearby landmark, visit a local cathedral, explore historical sites, shop in quaint boutiques, dine on regional dishes, sample local wine…Teeming River Cruises, Explore More for Less. 

Remember it’s your cruise, created with you in mind. Teeming River Cruises features longer times in port than most other ships. We don’t want to rush you. Take time to explore, to experience, to discover…to stretch.

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes

Be our guests on Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last!
–Jeff & Gina Paglialonga[/read]

“For many would-be travelers river cruising remains only a dream. The cost of the experience has been prohibitive for many travelers who would love to see Europe by river ship but simply cannot justify the expense. That’s changing as new operators like Teeming River Cruises introduce river cruises that go for around $200 per person per day.”
–Ralph Grizzle,