From fine dining every night, luxuriously-appointed staterooms and contemporary features throughout, river cruises are an intimate way to sail the world’s waterways.

There are fourteen river cruise lines to choose from with RiverVoyages, each offering their own benefits and boasting a stunning fleet to sail aboard.

Amadeus

Amadeus river cruise ship sailing along the Rhone

Boasting ten 5-star cruise ships, Amadeus has perfected the art of river cruising. The cruise line only operates within European rivers, sailing along Dutch Waterways, the Rhine, the Danube, the Rhone and the Saone, among others. Experience gourmet dining which draws inspiration from local ports, panoramic windows showcasing breath-taking scenery and comfortable, elegantly-designed cabins.

What’s included?

  • Buffet breakfast and sit-down a la carte courses for lunch and dinner
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner
  • 24-hour tea and coffee service
  • Cocktail reception and welcome dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Use of on-board bicycles

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways river cruise ship

AmaWaterways boasts the ‘highest rated river ships in Europe’, known for its award-winning cuisine, extensive complimentary amenities, personalised service and custom-designed ships. The cruise line consistently leads the way in river cruising, travelling throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, while giving you the opportunity to see the world in luxury and comfort.

What’s included?

  • Intimate vessels carrying no more than 164 guests
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi
  • Award-winning cuisines as standard, including drinks
  • Life-enriching tours with personal headsets and English-speaking guides
  • Comfortable lounges with panoramic windows
  • Many staterooms feature both French and a full outside balconies

APT Cruises

APT Cruises - Sailing along the river

Offering a wide range of destinations and itineraries, APT Cruises provides river cruise holidays to suit every taste, requirement and budget. From the stunning scenery and mesmerising sights, the cruise line has ships for each region, focusing on European, Asian, South American, Russian, Chinese and Indian waters to sail its extensive fleet.

What’s included?

  • Return flights from the UK
  • On-board meals with house wine, local beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary use of bicycles in Europe
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private butler service (only with luxury fares)
  • Comprehensive range of guided tours and sightseeing excursions

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways - River cruise

Enjoy the highest quality of river cruises with Avalon Waterways, boasting 85 years’ experience in the world of travel and offering a luxurious ambience and some of the finest facilities when on-board. Explore Europe and beyond, as Avalon Waterways sails to immersive waterways in Cambodia, Peru and India.

What’s included?

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Sightseeing tours in every port of call
  • Full board a la carte dining with wine, beer and soft drinks included at lunch and dinner
  • Gratuities, transfers and port charges
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Return regional flights or rail travel

CroisiEurope

CroisiEurope - River cruise line

Operating one of the largest river cruise fleets across Europe, CroisiEurope offers a fantastic selection of itineraries to a breadth of destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia and Canada. The cruise line has 40 years’ experience and offers affordable river cruises to each type of traveller.

What’s included?

  • All meals included with complimentary beer and wine at lunch at dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Complimentary use of Samsung Galaxy table during stay
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Refined French cuisine, gala dinner and evening with welcome cocktail
  • Open bar throughout the voyage

Crystal River

Crystal River cruise ship

The Crystal Experience is well-known within the luxury ocean cruising market, and this trend continues into their river cruises. Boasting spacious, state-of-the-art, all-suite river yachts, and the cruise line expresses exceptional design and unparalleled all-inclusive amenities.

You can expect extraordinary personal attention and service with a butler service for every suite and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in all of the European river cruising market.

What’s included?

  • Open seated dining venues
  • Signature cuisine, prepared by some of Europe’s best chefs
  • Maximum of 160 guests
  • Generous all-inclusive package
  • Excursions in every port
  • All dining, 24-hour self-service pantry and unlimited soft drinks and premium beverages

Emerald Waterways

Emerald Sky - Emerald Waterways

Offering the finest of captivating itineraries while sailing aboard their award-winning boutique-style ships, Emerald Waterways offers innovative river cruises at its best. From a state-of-the-art heated pool to panoramic views, Emerald Waterways are the perfect cruise line to pass picturesque scenery on-board.

What’s included?

  • A host of in-room facilities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and climate control
  • All on-board meals prepared to a gourmet standard
  • EmeraldPLUS excursions
  • Refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Shore excursion included in every port
  • Complimentary use of on-board bicycles and Wi-Fi

Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel - River cruise ship

One of the things that Riviera Travel prides itself on is its passion for creating the ideal package, working hard to perfect each individual part of your itinerary. From the moment you leave your front door to the time you arrive back home, Riviera provides premium river cruising, escorted tours, value cruising experiences and professional tour managers. An unforgettable river cruise experience.

What’s included?

  • Excursions, with lunch provided on full-day tours
  • Full-board meals
  • Assistance from Cruise Director or manager
  • Standard class reserved seat on Eurostar or return flights
  • Wide choice of river cruise ships
  • Airport transfers

Shearings

Lyon - Rhone river cruise

With well over a century of travel experience to its name, Shearings is certainly a company which knows everything there is to know not only about river cruising. A Shearings’ river cruise offers excellent value on a carefully selected range of exclusively-chartered vessels, each boasting itineraries which visit a host of iconic rivers and cities across Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East.

What’s included?

  • Selected excursions
  • Full-board cruise
  • Flights and overseas transfers
  • Service of a Shearings’ Cruise Manager
  • Free drinks on-board including beer, wine, selected spirits and soft drinks

Scenic River

Scenic River cruise ship

Scenic’s fleet of river cruise ships offer a luxury all-inclusive river cruise experience without comparison. On board, relax in sumptuous surroundings with opulent suite accommodation as standard, a butler service for every guest and up to five dining options. With everything from premium drinks to all tipping included in the price, you can leave your wallet in your suite.

What’s included?

  • 84% balcony suites
  • Personalise butler service
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided tours
  • Use of on-board e-bikes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Return airport transfers

Tauck

Bernkastel - Moselle River Cruise

Avid river cruisers return to book with Tauck river cruises time and time again and it’s not hard to see why. Offering a wonderful all-inclusive adventure from start to finish, a lot of thought goes into every single one of the line’s sailings and this careful planning and attention to detail clearly pays for Tauck, as it has been voted The World’s Best River Cruise Line by the readers of Travel and Leisure three times in the last four years.

What’s included?

  • Exclusive Tauck shore excursions
  • Assistance from Tour Director
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • All dining on-board with unlimited complimentary beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Host of in-room facilities such as Molton Brown toiletries, minibar and climate-control

Uniworld

Uniworld - River cruise ship sailing along the Danube

Uniworld has long been an industry pioneer and has continued to offer guests a distinctly different all-inclusive river cruise holiday since its launch in 1976. Enjoy expertly planned itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt and the Far East where you can experience all-inclusive luxury on-board unique, award-winning ships.

What’s included?

  • Personalised and exclusive excursions hosted by local experts
  • Expertly prepared cuisine, with unlimited drinks on-board
  • Airport transfers
  • Shipwide Wi-Fi
  • In-suite butler service
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use

U by Uniworld

U by Uniworld - river cruise ship

Sister brand to Uniworld, U by Uniworld offers something completely different. This is river cruising for the next generation, with voyages and river cruise ships designed specifically for cruisers aged between 21 and 45. After launching in 2017, U by Uniworld currently sails along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine rivers, enjoying authentic adventures underpinned by truly impeccable service.

What’s included?

  • All on-board meals
  • Welcome party
  • U Hosts
  • Included excursions and on-board classes (selected sailings)
  • Local celebrity DJ party
  • Additional optional excursions

Viking

Viking river cruise

Viking are the world’s leading river cruise line that travels to more destinations than any other. Experience the Viking difference as the small ship experts, offering cultural enrichment, destination-focused dining and serene Scandinavian-inspired spaces. Sail along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Asia and Egypt aboard each of the stunning river cruise ships.

What’s included?

  • No more than 260 guests aboard each ship
  • Complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Return flights from a choice of regional airports
  • All outside-facing accommodation
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • A complimentary shore excursion in each port

Browse all our river cruises on RiverVoyages, to find the best cruise line to suit you. Whether its all-inclusive cruise fares or exciting river excursions, there is a river cruise for everyone.

Call our Cruise Concierge team on 0800 197 0854 for assistance with your booking and help with any questions you may have.

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About Emma Smith

Emma has more than six years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for over two years. She loves learning of new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in diary for 2021! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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