Welcome to Guide to River Cruising

I love river cruising.  That's why I decided to start this new site. From the differences between rivers and river cruise companies to life aboard and what to do in the ports you'll visit, you'll find all the answers right here.

Also included are canals, coastal and inland waterways cruises on small ships, barge boats and large yachts. 

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New to River Cruising?  Go to "Start Here" to begin your guide to river cruising.

For news, reviews and experiences on ocean cruises and trains around the world visit my other site, CruiseMaven.com. 

Start Here

Ready for a river cruise? You've come to the right place.  You'll find answers to all your river cruise questions. Expert advice to help you to choose your cruise, port city guides and travel tips for before or after your cruise. Click "Read More" button to start.

River Cruise Lines

With hundreds of river ships, how do you choose? If you prefer an exotic river location, your selection of river cruise lines and their ships is narrowed.  For Europe, the most distinguishing features lie within service, food and inclusions.

What River Where

Unless you know world geography, here you can find a complete list of rivers from A to Z (Amazon to Zambezi) and the country or countries in which you'll find them. From Europe to USA and Africa to Asia, there's a river to cruise.

When to Cruise

Maybe you've heard about the springtime tulip cruises in the Netherlands. There's the grape harvest season in Portugal, Germany and even Washington state.  While August in Venice can be quite hot, late autumn on the Main is quite refreshing.

Life Aboard

Life aboard a river ship is never mundane.  Basics like what to wear, is smoking allowed, currency and credit cards, dining and onboard entertainment are covered. Find out what to expect from embarkation day until it's time to disembark.

River Cruise FAQs

Here's a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about river cruises and the cruise experience.  If you're not sure if a river cruise is right for you, what to pack or what's included, we have the answers. Solo travelers, too, it's all here.