River Cruise Companies & Vessels

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When you’re planning a river cruise in Europe, you have a fair amount of choices. To better understand what those choices are, review our list of the major river cruise companies that we regularly cover and recommend.


Amalegro boasts a sleek, modern river cruise ship profile. Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

  • Number of ships in fleet: 12.
  • Charters: One vessel in Russia; one in Southern France and Spain; one in Portugal; one on the Mekong, and one in Africa, which launched in 2012.
  • Newest ship: 164-passenger AmaCerto, launched in 2012.
  • Oldest ship: 150-passenger Amadagio, launched in 2006
  • For more info, see AMAWATERWAYS

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Affinity. Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways.

  • Number of ships in fleet: 11
  • 2012 Charters: Two in Egypt; two in China; one in Vietnam & Cambodia, and one in the Galapagos.
  • Newest ship: 166-passenger Avalon Panorama, May 2011.
  • Oldest ship: 168-passenger Avalon Tapestry, 2006
  • For more info, see Avalon Waterways

Tauck World Discovery

Tauck’s Swiss Emerald sails the rivers of Europe. Photo courtesy of Tauck.

  • Number of ships in fleet: 4
  • Charters: One vessel in Egypt; one in China
  • Newest ship: 118-passenger ms Treasures, 2011
  • Oldest ship: 116-passenger Swiss Emerald, 2006
  • For more info, see Tauck

Uniworld River Cruises

Uniworld’s River Countess, shown here cruising by Budapest. Photo courtesy of Uniworld River Cruises

Viking River Cruises

What better way to spend an evening than aboard Viking Sun? Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises.

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