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The beauty of booking a river cruise is the plain and simple truth that there are just as many exceptional experiences on the ship as off! See our list of favourite onboard experiences below and fall in love. 

  • Exceptional dining

    Prepare for an experience rich in farm to table selections, casual on-deck BBQs, and fine-dining moments with al la carte options that will leave you always wanting more. 
  • Hassle-free shore excursions

    Shore Excursions are designed for a variety of travellers, ranging from the active-minded to the classic highlights. Group sizes tend to be small and many are included in the cost of your cruise. Travellers are encouraged to book their excursions at the time of booking.
  • Entertainment and enrichment

    Enjoy endless opportunities for both entertainment and education onboard your cruise. Admire shows put on by local performers or learn from guest lecturers who provide expert insight into the destinations you'll visit.  
  • Impressive amenities

    Part of the beauty of river cruises is the wonderful amenities often available on board. Relax in the jacuzzi or pool, enjoy a cappuccino in the Club Lounge, or simply indulge in the premium products in your own stateroom.
  • Spa and fitness

    Choose a cruise operator who offers wellness programs onboard and take part in morning yoga on deck or lifestyle guidance from trained professionals. Often, your ship will provide free bikes to use at each port, allowing you to explore your city stops with ease. 
  • Exclusive can’t miss events

    You can have exclusive access to incredible cultural events such as wine tastings in Austrian Heurigen, classical music concerts and seasonal events like the fairytale Christmas markets.  

Staterooms

An advantage with river cruising is that all staterooms onboard have a river-view so there are no "inside" cabins like you often find on ocean cruises. Stateroom size will vary greatly according to the cruise operator, even by ship within a cruise line's fleet. There are three types of accommodations on all river ships: window staterooms, balcony (french or full) staterooms, and suites (french or full, private balcony). Typically, river-view staterooms are on the lowest of the three decks; balcony staterooms occupy the middle and top passenger decks; suites are generally on the top deck.

  • Window Stateroom

    These staterooms are on the lower level of the ship and the windows are positioned above water level. Please note that some operators refer to window staterooms as river-view rooms. The windows are usually about 5 feet above the floor, which is shoulder height for most. This window does not open. Typical size: 125-170 sq. feet
  • French Balcony

    These staterooms will have a floor to ceiling glass door/slider that opens to allow fresh air to flow through.  You will not be able to stand outside and there is no seating area outdoors. Typical size: 175-215 sq. feet
  • Balcony Stateroom

    Some ships offer a full-sized veranda and seating area outdoors through a floor to ceiling glass door. These balconies are generally 3-4 feet deep and 10-16 feet in length depending on the stateroom size. Typical size: 175-215 sq. feet
  • Dual Balcony Stateroom

    The Dual Balcony Stateroom combines your walk-out veranda and seating area with a french balcony to enjoy the sites while sitting indoors. Typical size: 175-215 sq. feet
  • Suite

    Suites are often situated in the most desirable location on the ship: on the top deck either right in the front or back (for ultimate panoramic views) or midship (for stability). Typically suites are the largest of the staterooms on board, some having more amenities than others. Typical size: 295 - 600 sq. ft.
  • Single Stateroom

    This is a specially designed stateroom for solo travellers which has grown in popularity in recent years. The perk? Travellers don’t have to pay for a single supplement fee. Please note this category is extremely limited in availability and do not exist on all ships.  Typical size: 120- 160 sq. feet

FAQ

  • When will I receive my travel documents?

    Travel documents, including applicable eTicket receipts, itineraries, and other information are sent approximately 3-4 weeks prior to departure, provided full payment has been received.
  • What documents will I need to bring with me?

    Valid passport, cruise voucher, stateroom tags attached to the luggage (at the pier) as well as travel visas (if necessary) and travel insurance.
     
  • Could my itinerary change for any reason?

    Cruise operators make every effort to follow the itineraries exactly as promoted, but they reserve the right to make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of their guests and ships. In the event of water level problems, technical problems of any nature, severe weather, flooding, fire, drought, or any circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the cruise operator, it may be necessary to operate part or all of the itinerary by substitute vessel or motorcoach and hotel accommodation.
  • Who will pick me up at the airport?

    Some cruise operators include complimentary arrival & departure transfers in the initial cost of your cruise. If not, you may purchase airport transfers through the cruise operator at an additional rate. Please enquire with your TourRadar Cruise Consultant.
  • Where do I join the ship?

    Cruise operators will release the embarkation and disembarkation address approximately one month prior to departure. This is due to finalising ship docking locations between the local port authorities and the cruise line which cannot be completed in advance. Many deciding factors such as weather, water levels, and ship scheduling will influence the final docking location.
  • When can I board the ship?

    Embarkation times vary, however, it usually begins around 3:00pm. This allows the staff and crew enough time to prepare your stateroom and have the ship ready for your cruise. If you arrive earlier, you may be able to check your luggage on board and relax in one of the public rooms or explore the local area. This is not guaranteed, however, the cruise operator will do their best to accommodate any early arrivals.
  • Is travel insurance mandatory?

    Travel insurance is not mandatory for most cruise operators (please double check with your TourRadar Cruise Consultant) however, we highly recommend obtaining comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Are there laundry facilities on the ships?

    Laundry services are available on river cruise ships at an additional charge. There is no dry cleaning on river cruise ships.
  • What clothing do I need to pack?

    We recommend casual and comfortable clothing. Please bring comfortable walking shoes as you will need these daily whilst sightseeing, which includes walking over rough and uneven ground. Closed-toe shoes are recommended to keep out the dust and sand. Dinner attire is casual-open-neck shirts, slacks and dresses. Coats and ties may be worn but are not required. For winter months we recommend a warm coat, gloves, water-resistant footwear and an umbrella.
  • Do I have to bring my own hair dryer?

    No. All river cruise lines have a hair dryer in their staterooms.
  • Can I travel in a wheelchair?

    Some ships cannot accommodate travellers in wheelchairs due to difficulties with embarking and disembarking the ship, no elevators to reach the sun deck and narrow doorways on board.  For those guests who do use a collapsible wheelchair, they must be stored in the stateroom, which can be a tight squeeze. Please contact your TourRadar Cruise Consultant for more information.
  • Are flights included with the price of the cruise?

    Depending on the cruise destination and cruise operator, flights may or may not be included. Please check with your TourRadar Consultant for more details.  
  • Can staterooms fit more than two people?

    Generally speaking, cruise staterooms are designed to fit two travellers comfortably. Some cruise operators have triple staterooms on selected ships, perfect for families and friends travelling in groups. Please check with your TourRadar Cruise Consultant.
  • What is included in my cruise?

    To view what is included in your desired river cruise, please click on the "What’s Included" tab on the tour detail page.
  • I am a solo traveller. What will be the cost for my cruise?

    River cruise operators design the ship cabins for double occupancy, so there will be an additional fee if you wish to book this cruise as a solo traveller. River cruise operators do not offer solo travellers the opportunity to share a cabin with another solo traveller of the same gender. The price of a single supplement varies depending on the cruise, departure date and operator. Please contact one of TourRadar’s Cruise Consultants for more details or read more on single supplements
     
  • Will they speak English on the cruise?

    Cruises sold on TourRadar will be conducted in English. In addition, most cruises have international staff allowing you the opportunity to converse in multiple languages. 
  • Are meals included?

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served on board for the vast majority of our cruises. The only exception would be if you're travelling with U by Uniworld as they only serve breakfast and dinner.
  • Is smoking allowed onboard the ship?

    Yes, smoking is allowed onboard the ship but only at the designated areas due to safety reasons. Smoking is prohibited in the staterooms and public lounges. Usually, smoking is allowed on the sun deck. Once you are onboard the ship please consult with the ship staff as rules vary from one ship to another.
  • I am a single traveller. Can I share my stateroom with another traveller?

    Unfortunately, the cruise operator doesn’t pair single travellers. All the staterooms are based on the double occupancy and therefore single travellers need to pay the mandatory single supplement fee. The only exception is if you travel with U by Uniworld as they do pair solo travellers.
  • Can I arrive early and leave my luggage onboard before I join the ship?

    If the ship is already docked many cruise lines will allow you to store your luggage on board prior to embarkation. This will allow you to explore the city before you begin your cruise. Please check the itinerary (Day #1) to find the ship’s schedule.
  • Do I need an adapter and how much voltage does a typical ship have?

    Onboard electricity is 220v. Converters must be EU certified. Cheap, non-certified converters may damage your appliance and are a fire hazard on the ship. Bathroom sockets are solely for razors (and/or battery chargers for digital cameras and mobile phones). The use of hairdryers, curling irons, etc., is only permitted in the stateroom bedroom.
  • What if I have special dietary requirements?

    Cruise operators will do their best to accommodate your dietary request however, it is not guaranteed. This request should be made in advance, so be sure to advise your TourRadar Cruise Consultant at the time of booking. 

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