River Cruise List

As river cruising continues to make waves in the travel industry, the rising tide of this popular vacation choice is on a roll. There are a multitude of river cruise lines but only a few focus on the North American market with an English-speaking crew and shore excursion guides. The most popular of these sail on rivers throughout Europe and have expanded to other parts of the globe.

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Sailing in Vietnam and Cambodia, Russia and in Europe with unique offerings in Africa, AmaWaterways has introduced two new vessels this year: the AmaPrima and the
AmaVida. Two more are slated for 2014: the AmaSonata and AmaReina.

Avalon Waterways Specialist

Sailing in Europe, Asia, Egypt, the Galapagos, and the Mississippi River, this Globus Family of Brands member has introduce two new ships, the Avalon Expression and the Avalon Artistry II in 2013. 2014 brings the Avalon Poetry II, the Avalon Illumination and the Avalon Impression to European rivers.

Uniworld's China River Cruises

Uniworld offers itineraries on rivers in Europe, Russia, Egypt, China and Southeast Asia with three new vessels introduced in 2013. 2014 marks all-inclusive packaging of gratuities onboard and onshore, unlimited beverages onboard including wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water, all onboard meals, airport transfers, use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, along with the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry.


The largest river cruise line marketed in North America, Viking sails in Europe, Russia and the Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. The trademark Viking Longships, which debuted in 2012 with six vessels, eight in 2013, will expand to twelve more to be christened in 2014.

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