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, these experienced travelers’ love of adventure & exploration led them to the travel industry over 10 years ago. First by providing exceptional vacation property management via Teeming Vacation Rentals (which received the rare distinction of making the Inc. 5000 List of fastest-growing, privately held companies 6 years in a row), and then with the founding of Teeming River Cruises. Jeff and Gina have built their home on faith, family, and fun; and strive to build this company on the same.

In fact, it was after Jeff and Gina returned from a European river cruise in 2016 that they realized this fantastic form of travel was often overlooked because of high prices and pre-programmed group activities – and set out to design 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!).

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 founded at 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 36+ years with an ever-expanding family including 3 adorable granddaughters). Almost as much as their own love of travel is their love of introducing others to its multitude of wonders ~ be it family, friends, or a shipload of passengers.  

Much of their globetrotting has been on cruise ships (the Caribbean, Alaska, the Greek Islands, the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Australia & New Zealand, Norway…). 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. 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 & friends. They love igniting this same passion for travel and adventure in others!

As the adage goes, “It’s a big world out there. Go Explore.” We personally invite you to allow Teeming River Cruises to help you Explore More For Less!

As avid travelers and fellow cruisers, we understand the concerns of our guests. We have selected our river cruise and tour offerings with you in mind. We have added new destinations based on our prior guests’ requests. Fueled by both our own wanderlust and that of our passengers, we have continued to move items from Bucket Lists to our website.  

“I haven’t been everywhere. But it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag 

(Jeff and Gina Paglialonga have been on board the vast majority of the sailings since the inception of Teeming River Cruises and look forward to continuing to host a variety of the future tours offered, as well as remaining intricately involved in the details and selection of each travel package.)

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 holiday, selected with you in mind. TeemingRC wants to provide you with both the tour and the travel tools so you can have 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

In the warmest spirit of hospitality, we invite you to be our guests, experiencing a contemporary kind of cruising and travel that is designed to allow travelers the opportunity to create their own adventures while exploring amazing destinations, lovely cities, and ports on iconic waterways of the world. Sail away with TeemingRC, where vacations come first and memories last!
–Jeff & Gina Paglialonga

“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, RiverCruiseAdvisor.com

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.