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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Selecting the Best of the European River Cruise Lines

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

River cruises are practically synonyms with Europe. With the scenic Danube, Rhine, and Seine rivers, just to name a few, flowing through most of the continent, it’s no surprise why river cruising is so popular. With so many different cruise companies in Europe, it can be difficult deciding which one is best for you, so I’ve outlined the top six to help make your decision easier.


Crystal Cruises seamlessly transitioned to river cruises when they took their open sea style of cruising and brought it to the waterways of Europe. With open-seating dining, five-star cuisine, and exceptional crew to guest ratio and plenty of amenities on board, Crystal River Cruises are perfect for the ocean cruiser who’s ready to make the switch.


Since 1992 Tauck River Cruises have been setting sail across Europe. Being one of the oldest companies to operate river cruises and tours, Tauck has developed relationships with destinations around the world. This means that when you cruise with Tauck, you'll receive unprecedented access to some of Europe's most exclusive and exciting places.


Built by families for families, AMAwaterways ships boast a warm and inviting environment with an emphasis on their guests. With a passion for design, service, and dining, AMAwaterways sets the industry standard for river high-end river cruising. With fewer guests on each ship and cabins with one to two balconies, you can enjoy a relaxed and personalized experience.


Boutique hotel meets all-inclusive resort on board Uniworld cruises. Ornate staterooms and lavish decor coupled with fabulous dining options and an array of on board amenities included in your booking fee mean turnkey cruising with Uniworld.


With some of Europe's largest staterooms and contemporary interiors, Scenic River Cruises is for the modern-day cruiser. All-inclusive pricing and a large selection of shore excursions mean guests can spend more time relaxing and enjoying the ship's spacious decks.


A long time favorite amongst seasoned river cruisers, Viking River Cruises was one of the first companies to put river cruising on the map. Still hailed as one of the best river cruise companies on the water, Viking offers top of the line staterooms and amenities coupled with exciting onshore itineraries.

Selecting the right river cruise company for you is the first step in planning the ultimate European holiday.

Contact us today to learn more about planning your trip.

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