The size of ships in Europe is limited by the length of the locks and the low clearance under bridges. Many ships can temporarily close the top deck to passenges using retractable railings and by using hydraulics to lower the captain's pilot house.
Advantages of River Cruising
A More Intimate Experience with 100 to 200 passengers on average, as compared to over 4,000 on some ocean cruise ships.
Direct Access to the Culture and History of Europe by cities and towns along the rivers
100 % outside facing staterooms
Shore Excursions included in the price
New Scenery - All Day, Every Day
Travel Your Way - join the excursions or plan your own activities.
Rhine River Cruise, Basel
Rhine River - towns from west to east
Amsterdam, Kinderdjik (Rotterdam), Cologne, Koblenz (Moselle junction), Middle Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Mainz (Main - Rhine junction), Manheim (near Heidelberg), Speyer (near Heidelberg), Strasbourg, Breisach and Basel.
Rhine-Main-Danube Amsterdam to Bucharest
Main River - towns from west to east
Mainz (Main - Rhine junction), Frankfurt, Miltenberg, Wertheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg
The Main-Danube Canal (pronounced "mine") was opened for traffic in 1992. It covers 106 miles from Bamberg to Regensburg and joins the Main River to the Danube. As a result, river cruises of 2,200 miles from Rotterdam, Netherlands to the Danube Delta at the Black Sea. The towns along the Main-Danube Canal, from west to east, are: Bamberg, Nuremberg, Kelheim and Regensburg.
Western Danube - towns from west to east
Regensburg, Linz (near Salzburg), Passau, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
Eastern Danube - towns from west to east
Budapest, Osijek, Belgrade, Kostolac and Bucharest.
Mosel (German) or Moselle (French) River
The Moselle River is situated in the picturesque Moselle Valley, famous for its beautiful scenery and excellent Moselle wines. Rising in northeastern France, the Moselle forms part of the border between Germany and Luxembourg, then flows northeast into Koblenz, Germany, where it joins up as the left tributary to the Rhine River. The towns along the river include Koblenz, Cochem, Bernkastel and Trier. A Moselle River cruise is ideal for wine lovers. Riesling, Elbling, Müller-Thurgau, and Kerner wines are all produced in this area.
A Seine River cruise typically visits Paris, Giverny and Rouen.
Rhône & Saône
The Saône River in France flows into the Rhône River. Prominent towns on the Rhône include Lyon, Avignon and Arles.