How do river cruises compare to luxury ocean cruises?
Luxury ocean cruises typically are defined by spacious staterooms, as noted above, fine dining, an all-inclusive product, including beer, wine and spirits, gratuities and shore excursions on one luxury cruise line (Regent Seven Seas Cruises).
River cruisers don’t quite match the luxury standards of ocean-going vessels, but river cruisers do come close. Refer to the chart below for comparison.
River Cruise Vessels vs. Luxury Ocean VesselsHow do river cruise vessels compare to luxury ocean-going vessels? Though the comparison is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, the exercise is relevant for those who are familiar with luxury cruises but not with river cruises. For comparison, we use AMAWATERWAYS' European-based vessels and Regent Seven Seas Cruises' fleet of ocean-going luxury vessels.
|AMAWATERWAYS||Regent Seven Seas Cruises|
|Stateroom Square Footage||170 square feet to 255 square feet||306 square feet to 1,216 square feet|
|Beer, wine & spirits||Beer and wine included with dinner||Beer, wine & spirits included 24/7|
|Open-Seating Dining||Yes||Yes. Regent has four-dining venues, two that are reservations-only.|
|Internet||Included||Available for a fee|
|Shore Excursions/Tours Included||Yes||Yes (Regent is the only luxury line to include shore excursions)|
|Expect to pay in high season||7 nights on the Danube, $342 per person||10 nights, Copenhagen to Stockholm, $855 per night, per person|