How To Pick the Right River Cruise

River cruising is the hottest form of travel out there. In a field that’s become quite competitive, it’s no surprise that river cruise lines try their best to distinguish themselves from each other. They use labels such as “boutique,” “most luxurious” and “most inclusive.” But, that’s not necessarily helpful.

Avalon_Illumination_Observation Lounge

Avalon Illumination Observation Lounge

At, we’ve sailed on all the major lines. We know that slogans don’t matter. Everyone’s experience is personal. And everyone has their own definition of luxury.

Crystal Mozart Lounge

Crystal Mozart Lounge

For the most part, river cruise lines operate on the same rivers, stop at the same places and offer similar shore excursions. So, how to pick the river cruise that’s right for you? That’s where we come in.

At, we’ve spent years experiencing river cruises around the globe. We’ve gotten to know industry pioneers and visionaries, as well as top-producing river cruise travel consultants.

Douce France

Douce France

More importantly, we’ve interacted with hundreds of river cruise passengers. We’ve listened to their likes and dislikes; heard their impressions and suggestions. That’s where a lot of our inspiration comes from, actually.

The fact is, all the lines we write about provide a solid product. They have nice room amenities, good (to great) food and service and informative shore excursions.

We’ll tell you about the factors that do vary from line to line. Big things, like room size and configuration; dining options and overall atmosphere. Little things, such as which lines have personal espresso makers in cabins. (Okay, we think that’s a big thing.)

At, we believe river cruising is a great way to travel. We think you’ll feel the same way.

Aquavit Terrace Viking Longship

Aquavit Terrace, Viking Longship