Compare River Cruise Lines: Tauck, Uniworld, Scenic, Amadeus and CroisiEurope

River Cruise ShipsAre you considering giving European river cruising a go? More important than selecting the river to explore is ensuring that you choose the right line and ship to go on. Most of them cover the same rivers, and so you need to make sure that you are cruising on a provider and ship that meets your needs as well as budget. The choice is large, and growing.

I attended the CLIA (Cruise Line Association) River Cruising Convention in Amsterdam where I had a chance to tour a number of ships that were present for the event. This side-by-side comparison was a brilliant opportunity to poke around the public rooms and cabins – something most travellers will never be able to do. So, I made this series of short one-minute video tours of five of them to provide a convenient way to do just.

Scenic Opal

A luxurious and contemporary offering with a wide range of different types and sizes of cabins. It would appeal, in my view, to guests that are seeking a boutique modern hotel type experience.
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Uniworld River Empress

One of the most prestige and premium lines with a reputation for personalised service. This all-inclusive line has different decor styles for every ship but tends to be a blend of traditional with a dash of glitz as the River Empress shows.
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Tauck Inspire

Tauck provides a different feel to the two lines above with a grand and spacious feel with wide corridors, wood panel effects and a wide range of different cabin sizes and types. As with the other premium lines it is all-inclusive and prides itself on personal service.
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Amadeus Silver

This line felt more quirky and less formal than some of the other lines, with comfortable cabin options and right airy feel.
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CiosiEurope Lafayette

This is a 40-year old line with a vast fleet of ships, covering more rivers than others in Europe at the time of writing. They are a more affordable option, and offer what they call three and four star ships. They are not fully-inclusive, and so items like excursions are extra, which you must factor in when comparing fares.
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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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