River cruising is an intimate and relaxing way to view some of the world’s most beautiful cities that can only be accessed by a smaller vessel. You only need to get on board, unpack just once and enjoy the scenery as you float on the calmest of waters.
Your river cruise will be docked in the heart of the city, allowing you to either join an escorted excursion or be totally independent and explore the city by yourself.
The typical river cruise will carry anywhere from 100 to 250 guests. Many river cruise lines are of an all-inclusive nature including all meals, excursions, flights and transfers, and drinks with dinner.
River cruises are brimming with onboard amenities. Staterooms are most often river-facing, and come equipped with hotel-style beds, private bathrooms, individual climate control, refrigerators, safes and TVs. Higher stateroom categories may have French balconies, verandas, and separate sleeping and sitting quarters. Rooms range from 150 to 600 square feet. Guests receive excellent and personalized service from on board staff. Additionally, ships include restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as free Wi-Fi. Some ships even come equipped with libraries, boutiques, pools and/or sun decks.
Explore the world’s great cities
The most cosmopolitan cities developed along the rivers, the world’s first trade routes. From iconic “must-sees” like Paris, Amsterdam and Budapest to quaint villages and towns waiting to be discovered, a river provides you easy access to savor the delights of both. Cities like Berlin, Lisbon, Prague, Vienna, Moscow, Cairo and Beijing are just a few that are accessible on a river cruise.
Who You'll Be Cruising With
While river cruises can be enjoyed by people of all ages, they generally appeal to people more advanced in age -- baby boomers, in particular. Many river cruise lines allow children aboard their ships, although they may have age restrictions in place and usually there isn't much for kids to do. The makeup of a liner can include people of a wide range of nationalities, but more often than not, guests come from English-speaking countries.
When is the best time to book?
Due to the small number of cabins on each ship, it’s recommended to book 9-12 months ahead of departure to secure a spot on your desired sailing.