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Europe River Cruises

Few vacations are able to offer such intimacy as Europe River cruises. A Europe River Cruise is a truly remarkable vacation experience for anyone who is passionate about travel. A major advantage of taking a Europe River Cruise is that the River Cruise ships are able to go deep into the heart of Europe’s most treasured destinations by way of the Danube, Rhine, Elbe, and Rhone rivers. Traditional ocean liners are simply unable to travel these waterways due to their size. Aside from the unique, intimate atmosphere onboard these ships, you can visit the river towns and locations that would otherwise be impossible to enjoy any other way. Plus, the cruise lines that offer Europe River cruises serve fabulous, regionally-inspired cuisine, matched perfectly by an attentive and well-trained staff. You’re in for an adventure at all turns!

When you book a Europe River Cruise, you will have a lot of flexibility in terms of the length of your itinerary. Depending on which cruise line you book with, Europe River Cruise itineraries can be as short as 7-nights and as long as 8- to 14- nights. Select cruise lines might even offer longer itineraries that combine multiple rivers with stops along the way on each one.

The cruise industry generally splits Europe River cruises into four main regions:

Danube River Cruises

Includes countries such as Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, and Ukraine.

The Danube River is the second longest river in Europe and home to a wide variety of river cruise itineraries. Among the popular cities you might visit while on a Danube River cruise are Belgrade, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Krems, and Nuremberg. Danube River cruises are usually anywhere from Danube River cruises are usually anywhere from 3- to 7+-nights in length, and are available year-round.

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Rhine River Cruises

Includes countries such as Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands

Beginning in the Swiss Alps and ending in the North Sea, the Rhine River is Europe’s longest river. Among the cities that may be featured on your Rhine River cruise are Rotterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, Mainz, and Basel. Cruises along this river are typically a week long but can be longer or shorter depending on the cruise line.

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Elbe River Cruises

Includes Germany and Czech Republic.

The banks of the Elbe River are filled with iconic landmarks, historic quarters, bustling cities, and delicious local cuisine. During an Elbe River cruise, you might get to visit cities such as Berlin, Potsdam, Prague, Hamburg, and Dresden. There are some itineraries that will take you to lesser-known cities that you may not have explored before, such as Meissen and Wittenberg. Elbe River cruises are usually 5- to 11+ nights long.

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Rhone River Cruises

Includes Switzerland and France.

The Rhone River spans 500 miles through France’s legendary wine country before ending in the Mediterranean Sea. Since France is well known for is exquisite gastronomy, it is common to find many culinary-themed river cruises sailing the Rhone, with an emphasis on food and wine. During a Rhone River cruise, you might get to visit cities such as Lyon, Paris, Rouen, Lyon, Arles, and Avignon. Select cruise lines may also offer pre- and post-cruise extension packages so you can truly cover the most ground you can during your vacation. Rhone River cruises are available in a variety of lengths, typically anywhere from 7- to 18-nights long.

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.

Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.

Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.

During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).

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Deluxe Cruise Lines

These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.

A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.

Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.

The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

AmaWaterways
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 24 (28 - 196 Guests)
  • Intimate Environment, Inclusive Value
  • Wine + Beer Included w/ Lunch & Dinn
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AmaWaterways
AmaWaterways
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 24 (28 - 196 Guests)
  • Intimate Environment, Inclusive Value
  • Wine + Beer Included w/ Lunch & Dinn
  • Critically Acclaimed

One of the world's leaders in luxury river cruising, AmaWaterways (formerly named Amadeus Waterways), is an excellent option for more discerning and experienced travelers. With exquisitely decorated staterooms, equipped with flat-screen TV & internet access, French Balconies, Sun Deck with walking track, a whirlpool and bicycles to explore on your own, AmaWaterways' new ships are among the most state-of-the-art ships cruising the rivers of Europe, Southeast Asia, and South Africa.

Avalon Waterways
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer & Wine Included w/ Dinner

An award-winning river cruise line, Avalon Waterways offers luxury river cruises throughout the waters of Europe, China, the Galapagos Islands and Egypt. Their ships are among the youngest and most innovative in the river cruising industry, featuring large accommodations, fantastic cuisine and wonderful itineraries. As a part of the Globus family of brands, many of Avalon's cruises can be combined with a Globus land package, creating a truly unique vacation package. Thanks to Avalon Waterways' relationship with Globus, they're able to offer inspired enrichment on their cruises through guided sightseeing tours, daily port lectures and VIP access into key destinations.

Carnival Cruise Line
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 30 (2,052 - 5,374 Guests)
  • Budget Friendly
  • Great Youth Program
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Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 30 (2,052 - 5,374 Guests)
  • Budget Friendly
  • Great Youth Program
  • WaterWorks
  • Seuss at Sea

Carnival Cruise Line is one of the largest and most popular cruise lines in the world. Known for its festive-yet-casual atmosphere, Carnival offers a variety of on-board dining, entertainment and activity options to suit any mood or taste. Carnival's WaterWorks is a fabulous water park found onboard many of their ships. Among the many cruise destinations offered by Carnival are Alaska, the Bahamas, Canada, Caribbean, Europe and Mexico.

Emerald Cruises
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  • Deluxe / River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (84 - 204 Guests)
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
  • Valuable Inclusions
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Emerald Cruises
Emerald Cruises
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  • Deluxe / River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (84 - 204 Guests)
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
  • Valuable Inclusions
  • Contemporary Style

Founded in 2014, originally as Emerald Waterways, Emerald Cruises, is an award-winning deluxe cruise line well known for its great value and contemporary style, offering both river and yacht cruises. Included in an Emerald Cruises vacation is a wonderful selection of dining and beverage options, as well as a selection of shore excursions for when you are exploring on land. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included during lunch and dinner aboard their Star-Ships and their yacht, with complimentary tea and coffee all day long. Bottled water is provided in your room, and is replenished daily. Their onboard cuisine uses local, fresh ingredients, further immersing you into the destination being explored. WiFi is included standard and tipping is included, which are both otherwise significant expenses that you won't have to consider during your vacation.

Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (1,936 - 4,266 Guests)
  • Freestyle Cruising
  • Award-Winning Entertainment
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Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (1,936 - 4,266 Guests)
  • Freestyle Cruising
  • Award-Winning Entertainment
  • Great Variety of Accommodations
  • Family Friendly

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is proud to present Freestyle Cruising, aboard one of the youngest fleets of cruise ships in the world. Enjoy open seating dining, where you can dine whenever and with whomever you wish. Don't want to pack formal wear on your vacation? With the resort casual evening attire, you don't have to! All of the Norwegian ships feature a slew of specialty restaurants and entertainment venues. An NCL cruise is perfect for guests of all ages, and includes complimentary youth programs. Their award-winning entertainment options include Broadway-style production shows, world-class acrobats, and much more. The Haven by Norwegian™, available on select ships, is an exclusive enclave for suite guests staying in NCL's most luxurious accommodations. Some Norwegian cruise ships have Studio accommodations, designed and priced for solo travelers. NCL is the only major cruise line to offer year-round Hawaii cruises.

Oceania Cruises
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  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (684 - 1,250 Guests)
  • Gourmet Cuisine
  • Country Club Casual
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Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises
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  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (684 - 1,250 Guests)
  • Gourmet Cuisine
  • Country Club Casual

Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio, Oceania Cruises is one of the the world’s leading deluxe cruise lines. The finest cuisine at sea, award-winning itineraries and outstanding value define Oceania Cruises’ five-star product and have positioned the company as the cruise line of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.

Riviera River Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (126 - 169 Guests)
  • British-owned Cruise Line
  • Spacious Accommodations
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Riviera River Cruises
Riviera River Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (126 - 169 Guests)
  • British-owned Cruise Line
  • Spacious Accommodations
  • Solo Traveler Itineraries
  • Open Seating Dining

Riviera River Cruises is one of the most passionate cruise lines to exist, best known for their high standards and independence in river cruising. It is the perfect option for discerning travelers who are looking for a new way to experience the rivers of Europe. Riviera River Cruises’ ships are five-star luxury vessels that are purpose-built to navigate the waterways of the Danube, Main, Moselle, Rhine, Seine, Douro and Saone rivers. Carrying just between 88 and 144 guests each, you can expect to encounter the most exquisite personalized service aboard each one.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
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  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
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  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
  • 5-Star Travel

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is a 5-star luxury cruise line, providing all-inclusive river and ocean journeys through Europe, Asia, Australia, and more. Scenic Luxury provides award-winning service and exceeds expectations of comfort and luxury with a small ship experience. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has a diverse selection of dining and beverage options, as well as a selection of shore excursions for when you want to explore land. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included aboard their Space-Ships. Bottled water is provided in your room, and is replenished daily. Their onboard cuisine uses local, fresh ingredients, further immersing you into the destination being explored. WiFi and tipping is included, which are both otherwise significant expenses that you won't have to consider during your vacation.

Tauck Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 25 (40 - 310 Guests)
  • All inclusive pricing
  • Family owned cruise line
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Tauck Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 25 (40 - 310 Guests)
  • All inclusive pricing
  • Family owned cruise line
  • Unique excursions
  • Intimate ships (98 to 130 passengers)

One of the world's leaders in premium land tours also offers fantastic river cruises in Europe, as well as small ship cruises. Their luxurious Tauck River Cruising fleet sails in some of the most famous rivers in the world, such as the Rhine, Rhone, Danube and Seine. Tauck Cruises' small ship fleet provides expedition and cultural journey cruises worldwide. Every one of their river cruises is all-inclusive, providing guests with a great value, pairing fantastically with their intimate, club-like onboard atmosphere and the uncommon access they get their guests via exclusive cultural experiences on their included excursions ashore.

Uniworld River Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 17 (32 - 159 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive Product
  • Every Stateroom Has River View
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Uniworld River Cruises
Uniworld River Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 17 (32 - 159 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive Product
  • Every Stateroom Has River View

Uniworld, one of America's leaders in river cruise/tour programs to Europe, Portugal, Russia, China, India, and Egypt offers more itineraries on more rivers aboard more ships than any other travel company. Few river cruise lines even come close to offering the quality and diversity of choices you have with Uniworld. With over 500 departures, more than 40 itineraries, and a great crew-to-guest ratio (1 to 3) there is simply no better way to travel.

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