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.
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.
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.