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River cruising is back, and with a number of lines launching new ships, there are some sumptuous and luxurious options. We find out who are the most luxurious river cruise lines, and what you can expect onboard.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld offers an assortment of river sailings on bespoke vessels, designed to blend in with surrounds. Their itineraries range from a four nights to a 46-night world cruise. They have a fleet of 14 ships that sail Europe. Each of their ships caters to a maximum of no more than 150 guests, giving you an intimate experience.
You can choose a room that will suit, and as all of the rooms have a full balcony or a French balcony you can admire the views as you discover new regions.
Everything is included when you sail with Uniworld. You’ll celebrate every night of your vacation with unlimited spirits and wine and the food has been carefully curated in consultation with top-rated chefs.
The entertainment and excursions on river cruises have been developed to give you a glimpse into the destination you’re travelling to; with some venues being open exclusively to Uniworld travellers.


Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Paris are just some of the regions that Avalon Waterways sails. Others include the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Austria. Avalon Waterways’ river cruises will take you through wonderful scenery including hilltop castles, rugged cliffs, terraced vineyards, giving you exposure to a rich tapestry of history and culture.

You’ll pass through many UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are sure to satisfy your travel craving. Avalon Waterways’ itineraries are perfect for first-time or seasoned river cruisers.

Avalon’s team offers you a luxurious experience where you have the freedom to travel on your terms. They understand that everyone’s idea of the perfect trip can differ greatly so they’ve developed itineraries where you can satisfy your interests. They have the Storyteller Series, Active & Discovery, Festive, and Beer Tasting cruises.


Another home-grown Australia river line, Scenic’s luxury offerings have appealed to those looking to splurge on decadent river holiday. As you sail through Europe you’ll be given numerous chances to try local cuisine with tours to family-run cheese factories and renowned wine regions.

With every river cruise ship in Scenic’s fleet featuring outside cabins, you’ll return home with thousands of snaps as you sail through picturesque towns with delightful castles and the quaint canals of Amsterdam.

The crew will take care of you with local cuisine and you’ll have the opportunity to make use of the spa, health, and wellbeing facilities.


The difference when you sail onboard a Viking ship is that they will take you to places where you can let your imagination run wild. You will be treated to a comprehensive assortment of activities to compliment your travel experience, reading material, cultural profiles, and videos. Viking cruises are designed to help you immerse yourself in other cultures so when you stop in port you’ll visit renowned museums and landmarks.

An immense amount of detail has gone into the development of the suites and staterooms onboard their Longships. The suites offered by Viking are the first true suites onboard a river cruise, with two full-sized rooms, and they are amongst the largest river cruise ship suites. When you shower after a busy day exploring, you’ll be able to find the ideal water pressure and savour delightful bath products.

APT Touring

Australian river cruise company APT offers fabulous immersive arts and culture, history, culinary and active shore excursions.
APT’s river cruises are truly luxurious so you can relax in style while you journey through parts of Europe. The crew members go above and beyond to ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime. Everything is included from your overseas transfers and luggage handling to port charges, tipping, and meals onboard, plus all the shore excursions.
Onboard, you’ll be treated to a variety of dining experiences which include the intimate wine room and the Chef’s Table restaurant. You can relax by the heated swimming pool on the sun deck or take advantage of the wellness centre. To quench your thirst, there’s an endless supply of tea and coffee, plus beer, wine, cocktails, spirits, and juices.