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Book Early. We are seeing cruises booked out from 9 months ahead. The best itineraries and staterooms – especially single staterooms - book early. Most river cruise lines have opened their 2018 and for some even their 2019 books for reservations.
Last Minute Cruise Deals. There are early booking rates for 2018 cruises and a few cruise lines are offering free or reduced air for itineraries in early spring or later in the year.
Southeast Asia is a Hot Market. Beyond the pun, we are seeing strong traffic for river cruises on the Mekong River through Vietnam/Cambodia and the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
Best River Cruise Offers. Free and reduced air deals are back but free air is mostly reserved for shoulder season itineraries for the early spring or late fall.
Theme Cruises. Popular “Theme” cruises such as wine cruises, Jewish heritage, art appreciation and more are being offered on some European itineraries.
Single Staterooms. Emerald Waterways’ newer river cruise ships are being outfitted with single traveler cabins. These cabins do book out early.
• Best River Cruise Line – AmaWaterways
• Best New River Cruise Ship – Crystal Mozart
• Best Luxury River Cruise Line – Uniworld Boutique RC
• Best River Cruise Line for Dining – Tauck River Cruising
• Best River Cruise Line Cabins – Avalon Waterways
• Best River Cruise Line Itineraries – Viking River Cruises
• Best River Cruise Line Shore Excursions – Scenic
• Best River Cruise Line for Enrichment – American Cruise Line
• Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers – AmaWaterways
• Best River Cruise Line for Families – AmaWaterways/Disney
• Best river Cruise Line for Value – Emerald Waterways
Only AmaWaterways among all river cruise lines has been invited to join La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris. Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen. AmaWaterways is also a 2015 Travvy winner for the Best River Cruise Line and “Best River Cruise Ship” (AmaSonata) as well as the Travel + Leisure, “World’s Best Awards 2014.” AmaWaterways sails the rivers of Europe, Russia, Vietnam & Cambodia, Myanmar and Africa.[click here for AmaWaterways Wine Cruise Brochure]
The American Cruise Line’s brand new fleet, including two stern-wheelers, offers a unique and modern style of small ship cruising with some of the largest staterooms anywhere. The country-club atmosphere onboard allows guests to relax and enjoy the company of fellow travellers as you sail along the Mississippi, southeast Alaska, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, the Maine coast and New England, the Hudson River and the Intercoastal Waterway of the American Southeast.
Journey along the mighty Mississippi and Ohio rivers of the USA in style with the American Queen Steamboat Company in the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Or retrace the paths of Lewis and Clark along the Columbia and Snake Rivers and marvel at the magnificent scenery of the Pacific Northwest. cruises are all-inclusive with complementary shore excursions.
A member of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways takes travelers beyond the panoramic, uncompromised views of the ship, and provides them immersive access and storytelling in each destination, a plethora of itinerary and excursion choices and unparalleled flexibility in dining, services and amenities: All inspirationally designed to enhance their journey abroad. Avalon ships sail rivers in Europe, China [Yangtze], Vietnam & Cambodia [Mekong], Brazil [Amazon] and to the Galapagos Islands.
Crystal River Cruises. Brand new for 2016, Crystal has completely reimagined the European river experience with the most spacious, state-of-the-art fleet of five all-suite river yachts boasting exceptional design and unparalleled all-inclusive amenities, including butler service for every suite with the highest staff-to-guest ratio in all of European river cruising. You’ll enjoy all the hallmarks of the legendary Crystal Experience®. Six-star service. Superior dining. The largest suites in river cruising aboard an exquisite new class of river vessel. Extraordinary personal attention and service. Delightful shore adventures amid expertly-curated itineraries, taking you to the heart of world-renowned European cities in world-class luxury. Voyages now available for booking!
Scenic is a five-star, all-inclusive luxury European river cruise line with sophisticated, modern and spacious ships having no more than 169 passengers and a generous 3 to 1 guest-to-crew ratio. Scenic offers unlimited complimentary beverages including wines and premium spirits at any time, personal butler service, free WIFI, all shore excursions including Scenic Free-Choice and Scenic Enrich, complimentary electric-assisted bicycles, airport transfers, all gratuities and free air on some itineraries. In 2013 Scenic Cruises was recognized as the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by the New York Travel Writers Society.
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Scenic’s sister line, Emerald Waterways, is coming on strong as an exceptional lower cost river cruise line with new ships with innovative designs such as a heated pool which transforms at night into a cinema, virtual balconies, larger cabins for the price and exceptional service.
Recognized by the readers of Travel and Leisure in 2011, 2013 and 2014 as the #1 “World’s Best River Cruise Line.” Tauck’s fleet of seven luxurious riverboats are custom designed to travel with from 118 to 130 guests in an intimate, club-like atmosphere, offers an unprecedented number of suites and amenities and boasts the highest staff to guest ratio in the business. Tauck’s premier inclusive shore excursions give guests uncommon access to events and unique opportunities to connect with the local cultures. Tauck riverboats sail the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Seine and Rhone Rivers.
A 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List winner. Uniworld offers more European itineraries than any other river cruise line, and more options for guests to personalize their Uniworld river cruise with innovative onshore programs, including “Choice Is Yours,” “Go Active,” and “Gentle Walking” options. Uniworld’s ships sail the rivers of Europe, Russia, Vietnam & Cambodia, China and Egypt.
Prides itself on providing value and a high-quality experience for its passengers. Viking River Cruises is a four time Cruise Critic’s award winner including the Best River Cruise Line for 2013 Award. Fodor Travel recognized the Viking “Legends of the Rhine” cruise as one of the “World’s Best Cruises for 2015.” Viking boasts the largest fleet of state-of-the-art vessels in the industry and in-depth destination experiences sailing the rivers of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Vietnam & Cambodia and Myanmar. In 2018 Viking will expand into the US market to offer Mississippi River excursions out of New Orleans.
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As always, we serve you and will recommend cruises that fit your lifestyle, favorite itineraries, schedule and budget and we’ll be happy to arrange any air from the USA as well as design your pre and post cruise holiday extensions..
Please study our attached Go Bucket List Travel Guides to European River Cruising. With information on many of the popular river cruise packages, they will help you consider which itineraries may appeal to you.
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