The best river cruise lines Viking River Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, American Cruise Lines, AMA Waterways, Avalon Waterways, American Queen Voyages, Tauck, Emerald Cruises. Aqua Expeditions, with trips to the Peruvian Amazon, ranked No. Its cuisine is rich in local products and designed by one of Peru's most renowned chefs, a reader said. Find the full list of the best river cruise lines and more on what sets Viking apart below.
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River cruisers in Europe will find the largest standard staterooms and suites aboard the Avalon's fleet of luxury ships. Onboard amenities include fitness centers, Sky Deck with whirlpool and shade system, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and a self-service beverage station. The Avalon Choice program allows passengers to customize the details of their experience, ensuring that every vacation is perfect. Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways Founded in 1997, Viking River Cruises covers waterways in Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt with its fleet of more than 60 vessels.
While Viking has also launched an award-winning line of ocean cruises, the company has earned its reputation in river cruises. These all-inclusive cruises feature outdoor staterooms, WiFi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in all ports and Viking's exclusive Culture Curriculum program, Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises Luxurious riverboats with an average capacity of 130 guests and one of the best ratios between personnel and guests in the industry sail the waters of Europe, Russia and Asia under the name Uniworld. Passengers on Uniworld ships enjoy gourmet cuisine, immersive shore excursions and many all-inclusive benefits. The ships themselves are unique, with sumptuous cabins and original artwork commissioned exclusively by Uniworld.
Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. While UnCruise Adventures is most famous for its small boat itineraries in off-the-beaten-track destinations, such as Alaska, Hawaii and the Sea of Cortez, they also sail the Columbia, Snake and Willamette Rivers of the Pacific Northwest. These roundtrip itineraries from Portland feature heritage guides, wine tastings and immersive shore tours and excursions, each breathing life into the region's Lewis %26 Clark legacy, Photo courtesy of UnCruise Adventures Many of the staterooms in the AmaWaterways riverboat fleet feature a French balcony and a full outdoor balcony, offering guests stellar views of the passing landscape. Accompanied by no more than 163 passengers, guests will find enough space on board to relax and unwind.
Shore excursions are included in the rate and, at many ports of call, guests can choose from several options. A fleet of free bikes on board allows guests to explore destinations in a more active and leisurely manner. Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways Guests cruising the United States waterways with American Cruise Line enjoy some of the continent's newest and most environmentally friendly small boats and riverboats. Professional chefs prepare delicious meals with locally sourced ingredients, while musicians, naturalists and historians come aboard to enhance the cruise experience.
Spacious staterooms feature private balconies for stellar views no matter the itinerary — there are 35 of them across the United States, S, Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines.