Rivers have long been a lifeline for the people that live along their route. A cruise is an unbeatable way to take in life by the water and see some of the most beautiful towns, cities and ancient relics on the way. It’s all about getting off the beaten track and getting to places that are otherwise inaccessible and untouched by mass tourism.

Ship size

River cruise ships are more like boutique floating hotels than ships. Our featured cruise lines have ships with capacities from around 60 to just over a hundred guests. These smaller passenger numbers create an intimate and friendly atmosphere onboard. Cabins, staterooms and suites can be surprisingly spacious and some are incredibly grand in style.

Drinking & dining

The food onboard river ships is some of the best you’ll experience on a cruise. There’s usually a real focus on the region you’re travelling through and produce is often sourced from each port or city you visit.

On-board style

Specific guidelines vary between cruise lines but on the whole, river cruises are delightfully casual so it’s up to you what you choose to wear. Comfortable outfits are recommended in the daytime when you’re likely to be walking around a village or landmark for a few hours at a time. If you choose to visit any places of worship or sacred sites throughout Egypt or Asia, you’ll be asked to dress modestly, covering your shoulders and wearing trousers or a long skirt or dress. Evenings onboard tend to be a little smarter – especially when there are captain’s dinners and welcome receptions – but there’s no need for tuxes or tails.

Enrichment & entertainment

Like the dining, the entertainment usually reflects the region that you’re travelling through and is low key. After-dinner entertainment is often on an ad-hoc basis with local performers coming onboard.

Discover APT river cruises

APT river cruises

Fully immerse yourself in unique cultures and witness spectacular natural landscapes as you make your way sedately up or down stream, in the comfort of your own elegant hotel on the water.

Discover APT river cruises
Discover Avalon Waterways Cruises

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways provide a laid-back and down-to-earth cruising experience along the rivers of Europe and beyond.

Discover Avalon Waterways Cruises
Discover Scenic Cruises


On board a Scenic ship you’ll experience unrivalled service, extra spacious suites and opulent style.

Discover Scenic Cruises
Discover Uniworld Cruises


Uniworld are one of our most unique partners and the most all-inclusive company sailing the waterways of Europe.

Read moreDiscover Uniworld Cruises
Discover Egypt's Nile cruises

Egypt Nile cruises

Nile cruise holidays are perfect for absorbing Egypt’s splendour. Choose to sail on a small beautifully-crafted boat or a luxury cruise ship.

Discover Egypt's Nile cruises
Discover Aria Amazon Luxury Cruises

Aria Amazon Luxury Cruise

Venture into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon on board the luxurious Aria Amazon riverboat.

Discover Aria Amazon Luxury Cruises

All river cruises