Port Charges: Which River Cruise Companies Include Them in the Fare?

Comfortably Docked

With all-inclusive river cruise fares, it’s fairly standard practice to include port charges in the package. Some companies bundles these fees in the fare even when it’s not an all-inclusive river cruise. One thing to note about port charges is that they are not set by the river cruise companies. Each port establishes its own […]

Airport Transfer Fees: Which River Cruise Companies Include Them in the Fare?

Elbe River in Dresden, Germany. Photo by Wikipedia.

Airport transfer fees are almost always included in your river cruise fare if you book air travel through the cruise line. Even if you don’t, the fees may still be part of the package. It just depends on the river cruise company. If these fees are not included in the package, the airport transfers can […]

Cruises on the Douro River


Douro River cruises are from Porto, Portugal to Vega de Terron, Spain. Most trips are roundtrip from Porto, which is a coastal city in western Portugal located near the Atlantic Ocean. Vega de Terron is located about 125 miles west of Porto and is the farthest east cruise ships travel. Although, it’s becoming a more popular river […]

Shore Excursions: Which River Cruise Companies Include Them in the Fare?


Are shore excursions or tours included in the river cruise fare? It depends. While shore excursions are often an add-on for ocean cruises, they are pretty much the norm for river cruises in all regions — with the exception of the United States. If shore excursions are included as part of the package, they are considered complimentary. […]

Prepaid Gratuities: Which River Cruise Companies Include Them in the Fare?

Tour Guide at St. Peter's Square in Italy Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Prepaid gratuities may or may not be bundled with an all-inclusive river cruise package. But did you know there are varying degrees of gratuities? What probably comes to mind for most people is the onboard tipping to the cruise staff and cruise director. However, there are several other instances when tipping is appropriate and is […]