What is the allure of river cruising? Unlike ocean cruises, rivers provide easy access to city centers. Passengers sail directly into the heart of every destination and dock in the middle of town, then walk right off the ship and move easily into whatever city or town you are visiting. You spend less time getting there-and more time being there.
A river cruise allows for a more intimate experience, as well. Because most of these ships accommodate only 30 to 200 guests, it is easier to meet your traveling companions. You can share a drink with the couple you met on the day's tour, or dine with interesting passengers in an open-seating restaurant. Another benefit: you can also forget about waiting in long lines to embark, debark, or have a meal.
In keeping with this trend, CruiseCompete.com has recently added the premier names in river cruising to their website. The site lists information for Amadeus/AMA Waterways, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld. Also included: Viking River, the largest player in the river cruise industry and the recipient of both Conde Nast's Gold & Travel award and the recognition as one of Leisure World's "Best".
AMA Waterways | American Cruise Lines | American Queen Steamboat Company | Avalon Waterways
Emerald Waterways | European Waterways | France Cruises | French Country Waterways
Imperial River Cruises | Uniworld Cruises | Scenic Cruises | Viking River Cruises
River Cruise Reviews
"River boats have smaller accommodations than cruise ships, but they do not cut corners on luxury. We loved the French balcony and a more impressive shower than at home. The smaller crew leads to a more intimate cruising experience. Even met the captain's wife" … Read more reviews