Avalon Waterways is one of the big players in river cruising, with a fleet that spans the rivers of Europe, southeast Asia and the Amazon. Its river cruises are aimed mainly at English-speaking guests from North America, Australia and the UK and prices include everything from wine with meals to shore excursions, crew gratuities, Wi-Fi,...

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Scenic’s roots go back to 1986, when entrepreneur Glen Moroney started offering coach tours in Australia. Rapid expansion led to a global travel company that specialised in touring holidays worldwide and in 2008, branched out into European river cruising. Scenic’s smart, contemporary ‘Space Ships’ made an impact from the beginning, offering an unprecedented array of...

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Luxury line Crystal Cruises made its debut on Europe’s rivers a couple of years ago when it acquired and refitted Crystal Mozart, the ship winning much approval for its beautiful interiors and gourmet food. Mozart, though, was an older ship. Now, Crystal is building four riverboats to its own specification. The first two, Crystal Mahler...

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In just twenty years, Viking River Cruises has evolved from a fledgling operation with four Russian river ships to a company that conveys 350,000 guests each year, sailing Europe's rivers as well as those in Egypt, Asia and Russia. World Record-breaking Christening ceremony In the last few years the growth of Viking River Cruises has...

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Sleek, stylish and perfectly proportioned for the narrow locks and low bridges of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Emerald Liberté has brought its own distinctive style to this corner of southern France. As one of the newest vessels in the fleet of Emerald Waterways (having launched in April 2017), the 138-passenger Emerald Liberté perfectly reflects...

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