What are the best river cruises in Europe? It’s a question that is often asked and there could be many answers But in my experience, the best river cruise in Europe can be had on an AmaWaterways river cruise.
You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show you on AmaWaterways just how superbly well they go together on a European river cruise. AmaWaterways river cruises combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at each port of call.
To all cruise-lovers, perhaps it’s time to shake up the ocean liner experience for an entirely new way to explore the world’s waterways.
While ocean cruises take you to countries, river cruises take you through them. There simply is no way to reach river cruise destinations on mega cruise ships.
River cruising offers a more intimate setting. Most ships range from 144 to 196 passengers. This means that you’ll never have to wait in line, which means you’ll have more time to enjoy all the amenities and have a more personal experience with other passengers and crew. From ordering a beverage to getting on and off the ship, you’ll enjoy the absence of long lines.
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 into 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 that you visit.
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.
That’s right, castle views. Highlights include from Amsterdam to Basel along the Rhine River. And on the Danube River in Budapest, Bratislava, Dürnstein, and Passau, you’ll see colorful architecture and castles that will blow you away. But don’t stop at only viewing the castles from afar; why not hike or drive to them and then explore them with a knowledgeable guide? You’ll literally be walking in the footsteps of world history.
5-star reviews are only earned through 5-star service. Being the Best River Cruise in Europe means a 5 star experience everywhere. Relax with a glass of wine on the Sun Deck. Enjoy a night under the stars. Or have an unexpected encounter with kind locals that your tour guide has arranged for you. You’ll see what this means when you take a cruise.
With a variety of activities and plenty of stops along the way, we’re sure everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. River cruising is perfect for multi-generational families. From grandparents to teen aged grandchildren, the entire family will bond over a range of topics and activities from food to history to countryside excursions.
There really is something to do for everyone on board at each destination. Some members of your group may choose to take advantage of spa services, or 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 really is the ideal multi-generational vacation for your family or group of friends.
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. Dishes are paired with local wines. There’s absolutely no mass-produced and basic buffet food on an AmaWaterways river cruise!
Every cruise one evening is dedicated to a Chaine De Rotisseurs Dinner. As a member of Chaine De Rotisseurs, Amawaterways and owner Rudi Schreiner are proud to present this one of a kind dining experience. Click on the picture below for a quick view of this special experience. Please forgive the editing, this came from my phone.
One great advantage of an AmaWaterways river cruise is that all shore excursions are included. Let’s not forget just how unique every European country is! The towns and cities may be close in proximity 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.
One of the reasons I love river cruises so much (and I 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 AmaWaterway’s staterooms is tastefully decorated and is river facing. Whether you choose to have a window view, a private balcony, or a twin balcony (with both a French and outside balcony), you’ll always have a room with a view.
So, there you have it. The top 10 great reasons why you’ll love your river cruise on AmaWaterways.
If you’re not sure what river is right for you to take your first cruise, then take my quiz “What’s your river cruise personality?” to find out.
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