Comparisons: Useful Resources For Comparing River Cruise Companies, Rivers, Ships, Staterooms, Pricing & More

The most frequent question we’re asked on River Cruise Advisor relates to differentiation. How is one river cruise company different from another? What’s the difference between the Rhine and the Danube? What are the differences in the staterooms on various ships? What does a river cruise cost? What’s included? We address these questions with our comparisons.

Please note, while we’ve tried to be as accurate as possible, sometimes the answer requires more than a simple yes or no. For example, airport transfers may be included when air tickets are purchased with the river cruise company, but may not be included otherwise. You’ll find additional comments in the footnotes below the table.

Attributes Of The Top River Cruise Companies

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  • AmaWaterways: Beer, wine and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner; sparkling wine with breakfast; and complimentary cocktails during Happy Hour. Complimentary shore excursions included in every port, along with complimentary Special Interest Tours. In addition to the main dining room, AmaWaterways features The Chef’s Table restaurant at no additional charge. AmaMagna features four dining venues. Airport transfers are included when purchasing air through AmaWaterways.

  • Avalon Waterways: Beer and wine included with lunch and dinner, sparkling wine with breakfast, and complimentary cocktails during happy hour. Avalon Choice program offers multiple complimentary excursions in every port. Airport transfers included when purchasing air from Avalon.

  • CroisiEurope: Extra beverage charge only for high-end champagnes and wines.

  • Riverside: Cruises are all-inclusive provided that guests book “Premium All Inclusive Including Shore Excursions,” which is our recommendation. 

  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: Room Service and Butler Service on Uniworld is at the suite level only. Uniworld’s ships have multiple dining venues including restaurants and cafés depending on ship. Guests also have the option to eat each course in a different part of the ship such as appetizers on the top deck and dessert in the galley on all super ships.

Price Comparisons For River Cruises In Europe

Douro River Cruise Pricing Charts 2025

We compare prices and what’s included for cruise lines operating Douro River Cruises. The charts reflect cabin upgrades, what is not included and incentives offered in the summer and autumn seasons.

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Rhine River Cruise Pricing Charts 2024

What is a Rhine river cruise going to cost me and how does the cruise I am looking at compare to Rhine river cruises offered by other companies? River Cruise Advisor’s pricing charts provide the answers.

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