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River Cruises

River cruises are similar to guided tours in that the itineraries are prearranged and your accommodations, meals, transportation and sightseeing are included for one attractive price. However, instead of traveling via motorcoach between stops and staying in hotels, you'll cruise on a well-appointed ship that docks in towns along major waterways. Note that some trips also feature hotel stays before or after the cruise.

On board, you’ll unpack only once, as your stateroom will be your home for the duration of the cruise. When traveling from each place to the next, enjoy magnificent views from the ship and take advantage of the vessel’s modern amenities. When you disembark, you’ll have convenient access to all the must-see attractions. Plus, a professional tour or cruise director will be on hand to help make your experience enriching and worry-free.

While river cruises are highly inclusive in general, the number and quality of included features vary based on the rating that we provide for each vacation listed on this site.

Limited-Time Offers on River Cruises!
  • Collette: Save up to $500 per couple off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Trafalgar: Save up to 15% off last-minute trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Scenic: Last-Minute Cruise Sale! Get special low rates (up to 55% off) on select river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to $2,000 per couple off 2022 Europe departures. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save $500 per couple on 2022 sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a $200 per couple shipboard credit. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Gate 1: Save up to $1,600 per couple off Europe river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • AQV: 2022 Cruise Sale! Enjoy huge savings of 50% on select cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Plus, get $100 per couple in onboard credit. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • A+R: Save $600 per couple off all trips. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $2,800 per couple off the cruise price of Europe sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, get air rates starting at $399 per person from select gateways. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save up to 50% off 2022 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $2,500 per couple off 2022 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Emerald: Last-Minute Cruise Sale! Enjoy huge savings (up to 55%) on summer cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • AQV: Cabin Upgrade Sale! Save with discounts of up to $2,000 per couple on cabin upgrades. Plus, receive $100 per couple in onboard credit. Click here.
  • ACL: Save up to $2,000 per couple off select cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive free onboard credits of $100 per cabin on sailings. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $3,000 per couple off select 2023 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 10% off 2023 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,500 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Riviera: Get special reduced rates offering savings of up to $4,500 per couple in certain cabin categories. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a free drinks package . Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save $500 per couple off Egypt cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save $2,000 per couple off Asia cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Emerald: Receive a free Extended Drinks package (includes all beer, wine, soft drinks and juices from the bar menu, available all day and is valued at $32 per couple, per day). Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Insight: Save 10% off select vacations. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires June 9. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive one free hotel night before your cruise, plus transfers to your ship on the day of departure. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,500 per couple off South America cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Viking: Enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways on sailings. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Trafalgar: Save 10% off trips departing in September. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires June 9. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save with free or discounted cabin upgrades , plus receive reduced airfare from select gateways and other perks. Click here.
  • Viking: Cruise from $1,999 per person on select river cruises. Prices shown reflect the discounted rate. Plus fly for free from select gateways and receive a free Silver Spirits beverage package. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • AQV: Save an additional 10% with an AQV anniversary discount. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Single supplement is reduced on select departures in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • ACL: Memorial Day Sale! Enjoy waived port charges and fees on 2022 cruises. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $1,000 per couple off Mississippi River cruises in certain cabin categories, plus enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • ACL: Receive free shore excursions on select cruises. Click here.
  • Lux Gold: Club Bon Voyage Discount! Past guests of Luxury Gold save an additional 5% off select vacations. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save 25% off the single supplement on cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Riviera: Pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on all sailings. Click here.
  • Riviera: Single supplement waived in all cabin categories on special sailings dedicated to solo travelers. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save $1,000 per couple off the cruise price of "Storyteller" cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Plus, fly for free from select gateways. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • Costsaver: Past guests of CostSaver save an additional 5% off price shown for select trips. Click here.
  • Disney: Travelers ages 11 and under save up to $500 per person off river cruises. Click here.
  • Tauck: Receive a free onboard credit of up to 300 euros on river cruises in select cabin categories . Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to $4,400 per couple off river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save up to $2,950 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • ACL: Fly for free from select gateways on river cruises this summer. This offer can be combined with other discounts. Expires May 28. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $1,200 per couple off select sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, fly for free from select gateways. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $2,000 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Cruise from $1,999 per person on 2023 Viking cruises in France. Prices shown reflect the discounted rate. Plus receive greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to $10,000 per couple off 2022 river cruises in Asia and South America. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • G Adventure: Save 20% off South America trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Last-Minute Cruise Sale! Save $3,000 per couple off cruises departing in June. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save up to $2,950 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a free Extended Drinks package (includes all beer, wine, soft drinks and juices from the bar menu, available all day and is valued at $32 per couple, per day). Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Riviera: Save up to $2,500 per couple on 2023 cruises in certain cabin categories. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a free drinks package . Expires May 31. Click here.
  • ACL: Fly for free from select gateways, plus save $2,000 per couple off the cruise price. Also, receive a free cabin upgrade and waived port charges. Expires June 6. Click here.
  • Costsaver: Save 10% off September departures. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires June 9. Click here.
  • AQV: Single supplement is reduced on select departures. Click here.
  • Trafalgar: Solo travelers pay no single supplement on select departures. Click here.
  • A+R: Save $200 per person when you book a group of six or more people on the same trip. Other savings amounts are available for groups of three or more. Click here.
  • Avalon: Travel with Avalon Waterways and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Avalon Waterways . Click here.
  • Emerald: Past guests who refer a new traveler to Emerald Cruises earn a $100 per person travel credit. Each new guest also receives a $100 per person travel credit to use toward their cruise. Click here.
  • Emerald: Travel with Emerald Cruises and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $200 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent cruise with Emerald. Click here.
  • Tauck: Young travelers receive $100 to $500 per person off family departures. Click here.
  • Disney: Travelers ages 11 and under save up to $580 per person off tours. Click here.
  • Collette: Last-Minute Deals! Save up to $2,000 per couple off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.

Below is a complete list of ships that sail the world's rivers and canals. Click any ship name for details.

Company Ship Name Year Built Refurbished Passengers
AmaWaterways AmaBella 2010 -- 162
AmaCello 2008 -- 148
AmaCerto 2012 -- 164
AmaDahlia 2021 -- 68
AmaDante 2008 -- 148
AmaDara 2015 -- 124
AmaDolce 2009 -- 148
AmaDouro 2019 -- 102
AmaKristina 2017 -- 158
AmaLea 2018 -- 158
AmaLucia 2021 -- 158
AmaLyra 2009 -- 148
AmaMagna 2019 -- 196
AmaMora 2019 -- 156
AmaPrima 2013 -- 164
AmaSerena 2015 -- 164
AmaSiena 2020 -- 158
AmaSonata 2014 -- 164
AmaStella 2016 -- 158
AmaVerde 2011 -- 161
AmaVida 2013 -- 106
AmaViola 2016 -- 158
Zambezi Queen 2009 -- 28
American Cruise Lines American Constellation 2017 -- 163
American Constitution 2018 -- 175
American Eagle 2023 -- 109
American Glory 2023 -- 109
American Harmony 2019 -- 190
American Heritage 2015 -- 150
American Jazz 2020 -- 190
American Melody 2021 -- 175
American Pride 2012 -- 150
American Serenade 2023 -- 175
American Song 2018 -- 190
American Spirit 2005 -- 100
American Splendor 2016 2022 185
American Star 2007 -- 100
American Symphony 2022 -- 175
American West 1995 2010 120
Independence 2010 -- 104
American Queen Voyages American Countess 2020 -- 245
American Duchess 2017 -- 166
American Empress 2003 -- 221
American Queen 1995 2017 417
MV Ocean Victory 2020 -- 200
Ocean Navigator 2004 2019 202
Ocean Voyager 2001 2019 202
Avalon Waterways Avalon Artistry II 2013 -- 128
Avalon Envision 2019 -- 166
Avalon Expression 2013 -- 166
Avalon Illumination 2014 -- 164
Avalon Imagery II 2016 -- 128
Avalon Impression 2014 -- 166
Avalon Panorama 2011 -- 166
Avalon Passion 2016 -- 166
Avalon Poetry II 2014 -- 128
Avalon Saigon 2018 -- 36
Avalon Tapestry II 2015 -- 128
Avalon Tranquility II 2015 -- 128
Avalon View 2020 -- 166
Avalon Visionary 2012 -- 128
Avalon Vista 2012 -- 166
Delfin III 2015 -- 44
Ganges Voyager 2015 -- 56
MS Farah 2011 -- 120
Sonesta St. George 2011 -- 170
CroisiEurope Anne-Marie 2014 -- 24
Jeanine 2013 -- 24
Madeleine 2014 -- 24
MS Amalia Rodrigues 2019 -- 132
MS Beethoven 2004 2010 180
MS Botticelli 2004 -- 151
MS Camargue 1995 2006 104
MS Cyrano de Bergerac 2013 -- 174
Ms Déborah 2016 -- 24
MS Douce France 1997 2011 160
MS Elbe Princesse 2016 -- 80
MS Elbe Princesse II 2018 -- 79
MS Fernao de Magalhaes 2003 -- 142
MS France 2001 -- 159
MS Gérard Schmitter 2012 -- 176
MS Gil Eanes 2015 -- 132
MS Infante don Henrique 2003 -- 142
MS L'Europe 2006 -- 180
MS La Belle de Cadix 2005 2010 176
MS La Belle de L'Adriatique 2007 -- 198
MS La Boheme 1995 2011 162
MS Lafayette 2014 -- 84
MS Leonard De Vinci 2003 2011 144
MS Loire Princesse 2015 -- 96
MS Michelangelo 2000 2011 158
MS Miguel Torga 2016 -- 132
MS Mistral 1999 2007 158
MS Modigliani 2001 -- 160
MS Mona Lisa 2000 2010 100
MS Monet 1999 2007 154
MS Raymonde 2014 -- 24
MS Renoir 1999 2011 158
MS Rhone Princess 2001 2011 138
MS Seine Princess 2002 2010 138
MS Symphonie 1997 2017 162
MS Van Gogh 1999 2007 158
MS Vasco de Gama 2002 2009 142
MS Victor Hugo 2000 2010 98
MS Vivaldi 2009 -- 176
MV La Belle des Oceans 1989 -- 120
Emerald Cruises Emerald Azzurra 2021 -- 100
Emerald Dawn 2015 -- 182
Emerald Destiny 2017 -- 182
Emerald Harmony 2019 -- 84
Emerald Liberté 2017 -- 138
Emerald Luna 2021 -- 180
Emerald Radiance 2017 -- 112
Emerald Sky 2014 -- 182
Emerald Star 2014 -- 182
Emerald Sun 2015 -- 182
Gate 1 Travel MS Fridtjof Nansen 2020 -- 695
MS Monarch Countess 2010 -- 136
MS Monarch Duchess 2010 -- 136
MS Monarch Empress 2016 -- 144
MS Monarch Governess 2010 -- 136
MS Monarch Princess 2009 -- 138
Riviera River Cruises MS Douro Elegance 2017 -- 126
MS Douro Splendour 2018 -- 126
MS Emily Bronte 2017 -- 169
MS Geoffrey Chaucer 2020 -- 176
MS George Eliot 2019 -- 132
MS Jane Austen 2015 -- 140
MS Lord Byron 2013 -- 140
MS Oscar Wilde 2017 -- 169
MS Thomas Hardy 2017 -- 169
MS William Shakespeare 2014 -- 142
MS William Wordsworth 2018 -- 169
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours MS Scenic Amber 2016 -- 169
MS Scenic Aura 2016 -- 44
MS Scenic Azure 2016 -- 96
MS Scenic Crystal 2012 2013 169
MS Scenic Diamond 2009 2013 169
MS Scenic Gem 2014 -- 128
MS Scenic Jade 2014 -- 169
MS Scenic Jasper 2015 -- 169
MS Scenic Jewel 2013 -- 169
MS Scenic Opal 2015 -- 169
MS Scenic Pearl 2010 2013 169
MS Scenic Ruby 2009 2013 169
MS Scenic Sapphire 2008 2013 169
MS Scenic Spirit 2016 -- 68
Scenic Eclipse 2019 -- 228
Sun Boat III 1993 -- 36
Tauck American Duchess 2017 -- 166
Isabela II 1979 1988 40
L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Bellot 2020 -- 184
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Le Champlain 2018 -- 184
Le Dumont d'Urville 2019 -- 184
Le Jacques Cartier 2020 -- 184
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Le Soleal 2013 -- 264
ms Andorinha 2020 -- 84
MS Emerald 2006 2017 116
MS Esprit 2014 -- 118
MS Grace 2016 -- 130
MS Inspire 2014 -- 130
MS Joy 2016 -- 130
MS Sapphire 2002 2017 118
MS Savor 2014 -- 130
MS Treasures 2011 2018 118
Oberoi Philae 1996 -- 116
Oberoi Zahra 2007 -- 1
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer 1994 2008 124
Silver Muse 2017 -- 596
Silver Origin 2020 -- 100
Silver Shadow 2000 2017 388
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Aria Amazon 2010 -- 32
Ganges Voyager II 2016 -- 56
Mekong Jewel 2020 -- 68
River Duchess 2003 2012 130
River Empress 2001 2014 130
River Princess 2001 2011 128
River Queen 1999 2010 128
River Tosca 2009 -- 82
S.S. Antoinette 2011 -- 152
S.S. Beatrice 2009 2018 152
S.S. Bon Voyage 2006 2019 124
S.S. Catherine 2014 -- 159
S.S. Joie de Vivre 2017 -- 128
S.S. La Venezia 2003 2020 130
S.S. Maria Theresa 2015 -- 150
S.S. Sao Gabriel 2020 -- 100
S.S. Sphinx 2020 -- 84
Viking River Cruises MS Antares 2019 -- 62
Viking Astrild 2015 -- 98
Viking Aton 2022 -- 82
Viking Beyla 2015 -- 98
Viking Fjorgyn 2021 -- 168
Viking Helgrim 2019 -- 106
Viking Hemming 2014 -- 106
Viking Jupiter 2019 -- 930
Viking Kari 2020 -- 168
Viking Longship Aegir 2012 -- 190
Viking Longship Alruna 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Alsvin 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Atla 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Baldur 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Bragi 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Buri 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Delling 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Egil 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Einar 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Eir 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Embla 2012 -- 190
Viking Longship Forseti 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Gefjon 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Gersemi 2020 -- 190
Viking Longship Gullveig 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Gymir 2022 -- 190
Viking Longship Heimdal 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Herja 2017 -- 190
Viking Longship Hermod 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Hervor 2020 -- 190
Viking Longship Hild 2017 -- 190
Viking Longship Hlin 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Idi 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Idun 2012 -- 190
Viking Longship Ingvi 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Jarl 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Kadlin 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Kara 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Kvasir 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Lif 2014 -- 190
Viking Longship Lofn 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Magni 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Mani 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Mimir 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Modi 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Rinda 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Rolf 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Sigrun 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Sigyn 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Skadi 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Skirnir 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Tialfi 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Tir 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Tor 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Ullur 2018 -- 190
Viking Longship Vali 2019 -- 190
Viking Longship Var 2013 -- 190
Viking Longship Ve 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Vidar 2015 -- 190
Viking Longship Vilhjalm 2016 -- 190
Viking Longship Vili 2015 -- 190
Viking Mississippi 2022 -- 386
Viking Osfrid 2016 -- 106
Viking Osiris 2020 -- 82
Viking Ra 2008 2017 48
Viking Radgrid 2020 -- 168
Viking Saigon 2021 -- 80
Viking Skaga 2020 -- 168
Viking Torgil 2014 -- 106
Abercrombie & Kent L'Austral 2011 -- 264
La Pinta 1983 2007 48
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau 2010 -- 12
Sun Boat IV 1996 -- 80
Adventures by Disney AmaLea 2018 -- 158
AmaLucia 2021 -- 158
AmaLyra 2009 -- 148
AmaSiena 2020 -- 158
AmaViola 2016 -- 158
L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
MS Tulip 1999 -- 112
Alexander+Roberts Aria Amazon 2010 -- 32
La Pinta 1983 2007 48
MY Tucano 2002 -- 18
Oberoi Philae 1996 -- 116
Oberoi Zahra 2007 -- 1
Ocean Navigator 2004 2019 202
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer 1994 2008 124
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Xpedition 2001 2019 64
Collette Celestyal Olympia 1982 2005 1,664
MS Amadeus Brilliant 2011 -- 150
Royal Lily 2007 -- 120
Cosmos Celestyal Olympia 1982 2005 1,664
MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Nieuw Amsterdam 2010 2017 2,106
Volendam 1999 2019 1,432
Zuiderdam 2002 2017 1,964
European Waterways Anjodi 1930 2009 8
Athos 1964 1982 10
Enchante 2002 2009 8
Finesse 1950 2016 8
L Art de Vivre 1970 2009 8
L Impressionniste 1960 2009 12
La Bella Vita 2010 2010 20
La Belle Epoque 1930 2009 12
La Nouvelle Etoile 2002 2009 8
Magna Carta 1936 2009 8
Nymphea 1921 2006 6
Panache 2002 -- 12
Renaissance 1960 1997 8
Rosa 2010 -- 8
Scottish Highlander 1931 1970 8
Shannon Princess II 2003 -- 10
Spirit of Scotland 2001 -- 12
G Adventures MS Expedition 1972 2009 140
MV La Amatista 1998 -- 31
Globus Celestyal Olympia 1982 2005 1,664
MS Mayfair 2010 -- 148
MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Nieuw Amsterdam 2010 2017 2,106
Noordam 2006 -- 1,972
Pride of America 2004 2016 2,186
Royal Lily 2007 -- 120
Volendam 1999 2019 1,432
Zaandam 2000 2018 1,432
Hurtigruten Fram 2007 2020 348
MS Fridtjof Nansen 2020 -- 695
MS Maud 2003 2021 737
MS Otto Sverdrup 2002 2020 686
MS Roald Amundsen 2018 -- 689
Santa Cruz II 2002 2021 90
Spitsbergen 2009 2016 252
Insight Vacations Celestyal Olympia 1982 2005 1,664
MS Medea 1999 2004 118
MS Miriam 1997 2004 110
Intrepid Travel Grand Queen Beatriz 2002 -- 16
Ocean Adventurer 1975 1998 122
Ultramarine 2020 -- 199
Luxury Gold River Tosca 2009 -- 82
Monograms MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Santa Cruz II 2002 2021 90
Natural Habitat Adventures Delfin II 2009 -- 28
National Geographic Quest 2017 -- 100
Quark Expeditions Ocean Adventurer 1975 1998 122
Ocean Diamond 1986 2012 189
Ultramarine 2020 -- 199
World Explorer 2019 -- 176
SITA World Tours MS Tulip 1999 -- 112
MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Trafalgar MS Giselle 1996 2005 120
MS Medea 1999 2004 118
MS Miriam 1997 2004 110
MS Sapphire 2002 2017 118
MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Victoria Jenna 2009 -- 378