UPDATED:  Sept 16, 2021

Excite your imagination as you explore some of the most historical sites in Europe.  With smaller ships, river cruising in Europe is fast becoming the preferred way for cruisers to see destinations.

Ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and good reason. They’re affordable, convenient, and offer travelers peace of mind knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is all in one place. What could be better than that? Well, consider a river cruise.

You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show you on the river cruise just how superbly well they go together. River cruises combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at each port of call.

Those who love to cruise may want to consider a new way of experiencing the world’s waterways. Let us book you on a river cruise that will take you inland for a unique and relaxing tour of Europe.

Here are the top 10 reasons we know why you’ll love river cruising in Europe

1.  Expand Your Options

river cruising

While ocean cruises take you to countries, river cruises take you through them. There is no way to reach river cruise destinations on mega cruise ships.

2.  More Intimate Experiences

Castelo Rodrigo in Portugal

[ruins of Castelo Rodrigo in Portugal]

River cruising offers a more intimate setting. Most ships range from 144 to 196 passengers. Because there will never be a line, you will have more time to enjoy all the amenities and connect with other passengers and crew. From ordering a beverage to getting on and off the ship, you’ll enjoy the absence of long lines.

3.  Dive into the Local Culture

russia local culture painting wooden dolls

[Painting wooden dolls in Russia]

Get away from the touristy ports and explore hidden gems. Large ocean liner ports can receive up to 20,000 visitors on the same day, but with a river cruise, you’ll arrive at port with only a few hundred visitors. Not only will you avoid long lines at your destination, but you’ll also enjoy leisurely excursions at each incredible port of call.  You’ll be able to take in the local culture and history of every unique town you visit.

4.  Enjoy Ports Without Rushing

With many departures from the destinations being later in the afternoon or evening, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the nightlife in select ports of call. Whether you choose an evening walk through cobblestone streets, a local show or performance, or one last glass of wine after dinner while listening to a local musician, immersing yourself in the evening culture together with the locals is a unique experience.

5.  Stunning Castle Views From The River

castle view from Amawaterways Mora ship

That’s right, castle views. From Amsterdam to Basel along the Rhine River, and in Budapest, Bratislava, Dürnstein, and Passau on the Danube, you’ll see colorful architecture and castles that will blow you away.

But don’t stop at just viewing the castles; why not hike or drive to them and then explore their fabulousness with a knowledgeable guide? You’ll literally be walking in the footsteps of world history.

6.  5-Star Reviews

Five-star ratings can only be earned by providing five-star service. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine on the sun deck, watching the stars at night, or having a date with a kind local provided by your tour guide, you’ll discover why they have 5-star reviews. See what people are saying about AmaWaterways’ flawless service.

7.  Entertainment for the Whole Family

river cruises-onboard performances

[Onboard performances]

With a variety of activities and plenty of stops along the way, we’re sure everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. Europe’s river cruises are perfect for multi-generational families.  The entire family will bond over various topics and activities from food to history to countryside excursions from grandparents to teenaged grandchildren.

There is something to do for everyone on board at each destination. Some members of your group may choose to take advantage of spa services, the sundeck pool, or cultural activities, while others may prefer to seek out a quiet space with a book.

Mealtimes are the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together again as a family. It is the ideal multi-generational vacation for your family or group of friends.

8.  Locally Sourced Food

fresh seafood lunch

[fresh seafood for lunch in France]

Whether you’re into wine tasting or local street food, a river cruise provides an exceptional culinary experience both on the ship and at every destination. The onboard culinary team focuses on utilizing fresh local ingredients. Local wine is paired with each dish. There’s no mass-produced and basic buffet food when you cruise.

9.  Variety of Experience with River Cruises

Let’s not forget just how unique every European country is! The towns and cities may be close along the river, but don’t be surprised by the unique feeling and experiences that each destination gives you.

Choose from visiting local breweries, hiking to castles, biking through trendy neighborhoods, or visiting museums that highlight the local culture.

10.  WorldClass Accommodations

Vida stateroom

[stateroom onboard Amawaterways Vida ship]

One of the reasons we love river cruises so much (and we know you’ll agree) is the feeling of walking into a luxurious suite or twin-balcony stateroom that will be your home away from home for the next 7, 8, 10 days or more. Each of AmaWaterways’ staterooms is tastefully decorated and is river facing. Whether you choose to have a window view, a private balcony, or even a twin balcony (with both a French and outside balcony), you’ll always have a room with a view.

So, there you have it. 10 great reasons why you’ll love river cruising in Europe.

 We’d love to match your travel style with a suitable itinerary and ship. Reach out to us today and be sure to mention if you’re planning a romantic getaway, bachelorette trip, or a friends’ reunion and we’ll let you know the add-ons available that will make your experience truly special.

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