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Europe River Cruises - Facts and Information

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Our knowledgeable independent experts have first hand experience of ships and destinations, and can advise you on the right choice for you. With exclusive offers and superb discounts, we offer the best value for money.

What makes a river cruise holiday different?

See the sights of Europe from the comfort of your floating hotel. Every day brings new pleasures and enjoyment, with different views to admire, new destinations to explore. And you only need to unpack once!

Fewer passengers, more space

River ships are smaller and more intimate than ocean ones, usually with only around 140 to 180 passengers. Large public areas offer plenty of space to relax, and the sun deck gives 360 degree views over the river.

Fine dining with complimentary drinks

Dining rooms are large enough for all passengers. Breakfast is usually a buffet, with dinner a 4 or 5 course fine dining experience. Many companies now include wine, beer and soft drinks with both lunch and dinner. Some cruises may include complimentary drinks at all times. Some ships offer alternative dining areas at no extra cost. There may be a butler service, with the option of in-cabin dining.

All cabins with view

All cabins have windows and views over the waterside scenery. Many ships have French balconies, with large sliding doors or a drop-down upper section. Some have full sit-on balconies. Others offer a twin balcony, with both a sit-on and a French balcony.

See the scenery as you journey

Most of the travelling through scenic areas is done during the day so that the scenery can be enjoyed from the sun deck or lounges. Many ships offer a choice of lounge areas, all with panoramic views.

Moor in convenient locations

It is usual to moor close to the centre of waterside towns or cities - you can often walk from the ship to explore the sights and sounds. Guided excursions to local sights are included with many river cruise lines.

New ships with new features

Each company has a distinctive style, with new ships arriving each year. Free shipwide wi-fi is increasingly common, or a gym, spa, or library. With such a wide range of choices available there will be a river cruise to suit your requirements - our experts can give independent advice on the best options.

Visit our European River Cruises page for destination guides and the widest choice of itineraries and ships.

Call us for advice or to book on 01756 706500 (from UK) or +44 1756 706500 (from outside UK).

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