Relaxing as ever-evolving scenery effortlessly drifts by, a new view every day and a journey along magnificent waterways like the Seine, Danube, Nile and Rhine; it's no wonder that river cruising has flourished in recent years. With the choice of European and worldwide river cruises becoming more diverse and imaginative as new itineraries emerge, the fact that pretty much everything except spending money is included and that you only have to unpack once for the duration only add to the appeal.
River cruise vessels are much more intimate than those used in ocean cruising as there are smaller numbers (usually 100-150 people) on board. Cabins tend to be considerately situated on the outside with many having balconies and large windows to reveal the best of the scenery. Most of the cruising takes place during the day with the ships mooring in the centre of riverside towns, so you can explore within walking distance of the boat.
For those wanting to combine several destinations into one holiday, river cruises are ideal with a variety of towns, cities and picturesque villages along the way. River cruising brings all kinds of possibilities together: Where else could you take in the splendours of the Baltics and enjoy the timeless treasures of St Petersburg combined with visits to Copenhagen and Helsinki?
In addition to cabin accommodation, scheduled ports of call and in some cases return travel to the port, river cruises also include all meals within the cost. Cruise-goers in search of more local cuisine are welcome to dine out once the ship has moored of an evening.
There are many different river cruise vessels and here are just a few which feature in our tours:
Accommodating up to 202 passengers, A-ROSA AQUA offers a relaxing and flexible way to explore the Rhine. The comfortable outside-facing cabins feature a private bathroom with shower, bathrobe, TV and hairdryer. Main deck cabins have a picture window, whilst upper decks have Juliette balconies. The spacious sun deck boasts a heated Jacuzzi, sun loungers, a putting green, shuffleboard and a giant chess board. The restaurant offers all meals, either served or gourmet buffet dining, and there’s also the chance to enjoy al fresco dining with a BBQ (weather permitting), cooking demonstrations, afternoon tea and snacks. Relax in the panoramic lounge and bar area, enjoy the nightly entertainment and two cultural performances during your cruise, or head to the relaxing A-ROSA SPA, fitness room and relaxation areas.
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Relax on board A-ROSA BRAVA, with 99 outside-facing cabins featuring a TV, hairdryer, en-suite facilities and a bathrobe. There is plenty to keep us entertained on board; join in with fun-filled activities, including a putting green, shuffleboard and a giant chessboard or unwind in the whirlpool, gym and luxurious spa. Dining is indoors and on the sun deck (weather permitting), while the bar and lounge provide the perfect space to enjoy nightly entertainment.
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Named after the famous French impressionist artist, the MS Monet has 78 cabins over two decks and offers spacious public areas and comfortable cabins.
Cabin Facilities include: > Twin beds, shower & toilet > Satellite television > Internal use telephone > Safe > Air-conditioning > Wi-Fi > 220v electricity sockets
MS SEINE PRINCESS
Aptly named for cruising on the Seine, the Seine Princess has 67 cabins over two decks and offers spacious public areas and comfortable cabins.
Cabin Facilities include:
> Twin beds > Shower & toilet > Satellite television > Internal use telephone > Safe > Air-conditioning > Wi-Fi > 220v electricity sockets.
Please note: Cabins are located on main and upper decks. Main deck cabins have large windows, upper deck have high sliding windows. This vessel does not have a lift and all decks are connected by stairs, therefore this vessel may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.
When you go on a river cruise you are able to stop at some great locations, here are some examples of the stops available on the various cruise itineraries:
Cruising along the River Nile is a once in a lifetime experience. As the longest river in the world the Nile is known around the world, explore this fantastic destination and cruise close to some of ancient Egypt’s most well-known and well-loved sights.
Carving its way through some of the most picturesque scenery in Germany, the River Rhine is a fantastic cruise experience.Sit back, relax and let the world gently slip byas you take in the sights, sounds and smells of this fantastic region of Germany.
The River Douro cruises are particularly famous for cruising through the heart of the Portuguese country side. The river which lined either side with vineyards and quaint towns, provides stunning scenery and a spectacular backdrop for this cruise.
For something a bit different you could always try cruising the Mississippi River, this river cruise travels along this famous waterway as the leaves are changing colour in the fall. With stops in a number of states; Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, this river cruise allows you to explore a number of great destinations across the USA.