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River Cruises

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River Cruising with AMA Travel

River cruising is a wonderful way to visit several destinations in one trip, without constantly unpacking and worrying about how to get around. Aboard your intimate and luxurious ship, you’re guided right into the heart of a city for the day. So you’ll really get to see the best of Europe or Asia—and meet fascinating people, too. And when it’s time to depart, the dinner table or stateroom balcony is your front-row seat to countryside, castles, temples, and other unforgettable sights along the way. Let an AMA Travel cruise specialist help you experience the perfect river cruise. We’ve been there, so we know you’ll love it.

Your cruise specialist will:
  • Show you AMA-negotiated cruise deals that are your best fit
  • Help you select your ideal cruise line and stateroom
  • Assist in booking flights, hotels, and transportation to and from port
  • Arrange added vacation benefits for AMA members
  • Be there to support you before, during, and after your cruise.

Want to learn more about how amazing river cruising can be?

Join us for a free cruise information session at an AMA centre near you.

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Our Recommended Thing to See and Do



  • Cologne: It’s easy getting in the holiday spirit when your backdrop is the largest cathedral in Germany paired with the biggest Christmas tree on the Rhine.
  • Nuremberg: With snow-capped Alps to the south, the Nuremburg Christmas Market runs from Nov 30 – Dec 24. Don’t miss the “plum people” and spicy gingerbread.
  • Dresden: Records date Striezelmarkt back to 1434. The highlight of the market is when a giant stollen (fruit cake) is sliced and handed out to attendees on Dec 8.
  • Munich: Shop for Bavarian produce, unique gifts, and delicious treats while enjoying concerts played daily outside Munich’s impressive town hall.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between river cruises and ocean cruises?
  • Size: While most ocean cruises are on 2,000- to 5,000-guest megaships, river cruise ships are on a much smaller scale—carrying about 100 to 200 passengers.
  • Scenery: On an ocean cruise, you’re surrounded by nothing but sunshine and open water for miles around. But on a river cruise, you have a constantly changing backdrop of what’s along the river.
  • Itineraries:With ocean cruises your trip will have one or two days at sea, and then stops at ports along the way. But on a river cruise, every day includes stops at cities or villages on the river. And thanks to the river ship’s smaller scale, you’ll have a faster time departing the ship for your day of exploration.
  • Motion:The low, flat structure of a river cruise ship, along with the calm current of European and Asian rivers, means that motion sickness isn’t a concern. All you’ll feel is a gentle vibration from the engines.
Which is the right river cruise line for me?

AMA Travel partners with a lot of cruise lines. This is great for selection, but it can be hard to settle on one when there are several to choose from. Here’s a breakdown of some of our preferred river cruise partners and what they do best:

  • Known for its custom-designed ships and personalized service
  • Extensive onboard amenities: in-room high-speed internet, bicycles to use, and wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • Itineraries: Danube, Douro, Main, Moselle, Rhine, Rhone (Provence), Se ine, Holland, Belgium, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Africa, wine-themed sailings
Avalon Waterways
  • Contemporary chic style with your choice of open-air or French balcony
  • Special-interest activities available: wine, golf, Jewish heritage, and music
  • Itineraries: Danube, Douro, Main, Moselle, Rhine, Rhone (Provence), Seine, Holland, Belgium, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Cambodia
  • Lavishly appointed staterooms—most with marble bathrooms and French balconies
  • Itineraries: Danube, Douro, Main, Moselle, Po, Rhine, Rhone (Provence), Seine, Belgium, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Cambodia
Viking River Cruises
  • Widest range of itineraries and the largest fleet of ships
  • Wine, beer, and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner
  • Itineraries: Danube, Douro, Elbe, Main, Moselle, Rhine, Rhone (Provence), Seine, Holland, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, China, Vietnam, Cambodia
Is there internet access on cruise ships?

Staying connected while you’re on your river cruise is easy. Most cruise ships have a free internet connection you can access through shared computer terminals or Wi-Fi on your personal device.

What should I pack for my river cruise?

Your best bet is to pack clothing and accessories as if you were staying at a small, boutique hotel in your cruise’s destination. For daily city or countryside exploration off the ship, you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. And for evening dinners and other onboard events, we recommend a “country club casual” dress code. Also, save space and leave your hairdryer at home. Most cruise lines provide them in each stateroom.

Where can I learn more about what river cruising is like?

You’re in luck. Our river cruise specialists have put together a free ebook containing the most important information, insight, and opinions on what you can expect during your river cruise. Download the river cruise guide here.