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Shearings River Cruises

With well over a century of travel experience to its name, Shearings is certainly a company which knows everything there is to know about river cruising. A Shearings river cruise offers not only excellent value, but fantastic service on a carefully selected range of exclusively-chartered vessels. These explore itineraries which visit a host of iconic rivers and cities and are regularly updated to ensure that customers both returning and new have plenty to choose from.

With an extremely wide selection of destinations, Shearings has a whole host of incredible itineraries for you to choose from, no matter what your tastes and interests may be. 

You may want to see some of Germany's most stunning scenery by venturing down the Rhine, Moselle or Main waterways, or perhaps you want to sail through the heart of Central Europe via the Danube River, visiting such legendary capital cities as Vienna and Hungary?

Of course, with Shearings it’s not just about exploring Europe, and by way of its exclusive charters, the line offers you the chance to unearth the ancient wonders of China on a cruise down the Yangtze, or the incredible historic sites of Vietnam and Cambodia on a memorable Mekong voyage. If you want to explore the incredible legacy of the Egyptians, then Shearings also offers you the chance to sail the legendary Nile River.

What's Included

plane Return flights or coach travel from the UK Return flights or coach travel from the UK
overseas transfers Overseas transfers Overseas transfers
food All dining on-board All dining on-board
port charges taxes All port charges and taxes All port charges and taxes


Each vessel in Shearings' carefully chosen fleet is designed to offer you all the comforts of home as you explore the waterway of your choice. 

You’ll enjoy your own private bathroom facilities, air conditioning and heating, satellite TV and a mini safe. Some vessels also offer superior twin cabins, which include you more living space as well as sliding windows to maximise your views of the passing scenery.


No matter which vessel and itinerary you choose, you’ll awake to a delightful breakfast buffet offering a combination of English and Continental choices, while a mouth-watering menu of delicious meals awaits you each evening. 

A full table service ensures that dinner is always an experience, often created using locally-sourced ingredients by expert chefs, while the incredible six-course Captain’s Dinner is certainly an event not to be missed.


The vessels in Shearings’ impressive fleet differ in both size and design to suit the rivers which they explore. All of these ships offer a wide selection of facilities to help ensure that your river cruising experience is as enjoyable as possible.

Every vessel boasts a sun deck, which is the perfect place to soak up the rays when the weather’s fine or simply take in the views. Spacious dance floors, panoramic lounges well-stocked bars and laid-back libraries are also part of the Shearings river cruising experience.

Shearings Itineraries


A Danube Panorama

1 sailing date August 2019
7 Nights From Linz, to Linz
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Picturesque Alsace & the Rhine

2 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Beautiful Bavaria to The Danube River

1 sailing date May 2019
7 Nights From Wurzburg, Germany to , Passau
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Shearings Ships

Shearings’ fleet of exclusively-chartered river cruise ships offer voyages in every corner of the world, from the waterways of Europe and Russia to the majestic rivers of Africa, Asia and the USA. The river cruise line has also exclusively chartered vessels, all of which combine exciting itineraries, friendly crew members, excellent entertainment and fabulous on-board facilities to create unforgettable river cruise holidays.

Cruisers looking to travel along the river of Europe, such as the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Elbe and Dutch Waterways will likely sail aboard one of Shearings chartered ships, which include the MPS Rotterdam, MPS Da Vinci and MV Esmeralda. Aboard each of these fabulous vessels, guests will discover a host of marvellous features and amenities,  including comfortable and spacious accommodation, open-air sun decks on which to observe the passing scenery and elegant dining venues in which to enjoy a range of buffet and three-course meals as they travel.

Elsewhere in Europe, those travelling along the River Po in northern Italy will board the stunning MS Michelangelo, while those planning a Douro river cruise across Spain and Portugal will be accommodated aboard the MS Infante D. Henrique.

Travelling even further afield to the Far East and Africa, the Viking Princess will operate cruises along the mighty Nile in Egypt, while the MV President Prime will offer exciting sailings along China’s beautiful Yangtze River. A journey along the Mississippi, meanwhile, will take place aboard the suitably named American Queen.

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