River Cruise Brands

Our River Cruise Line Partners


AmaWaterways is about providing guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, “Ama” is derived from the Latin word for “love.” It is a concept that permeates every aspect of AmaWaterways river cruises, from ship design and itinerary development to the high levels of service delivered to guests. 

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways has been agressively updating their fleet to what they are calling “Suite Ships.” These ships offer unique features such as beds that face the balcony windows, incredibly appointed bathrooms, and wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows. Avalon offers river cruises throught Europe, Asia and the Amazon.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises got its start on the high seas more than 25 years before launching their award-winning river cruise product. They now have a fleet of 5 ships sailing the rivers of Europe, and while they may be one of the younger river cruise companies out there, they are definitely raising the bar on food, service, and activities.

Scenic Waterways

Scenic strives to be the most inclusive river cruise company in the world. Everything from gratuities and 24-hour bar service to laundry is included in your fare—all without skimping on luxury. Scenic ships are beautiful with elegantly appointed staterooms and multiple onboard dining venues.

Tauck River Cruises

Tauck explores Europe’s great waterways, from the Rhine and the Danube to the Rhone and the Seine, on all-inclusive, intimate riverboat journeys, with exclusive cultural experiences onshore.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Award-winning Uniworld offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, and Asia. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.

U by Uniworld

U by Uniworld is a fresh approach to river cruising, offering cruises designed for those with a passion for exploring and a taste for authentic adventures. U by Uniworld provides lush accommodations, delicious food, fun activities, immersive experiences, and transportation from city to city is included. U is an incredible value compared to visiting Europe on your own.

Viking River Cruises

Viking provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers with interests in geography, culture, and history. Each journey includes a shore excursion in every port and exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum programs that immerse travelers in the destination through music and art performances, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks, and carefully selected guest lecturers.


What are the top river cruise brands?

We’ve gathered our most-recommended river cruise line partners here with more information to explore. Each of these can truly be said to offer a consistent, exceptional experience.


Which river cruise line is the best?

Our answer will always be, “it depends!” Because each river cruise line caters to a slightly different style of traveler, we believe the only “best” river cruise line is the one that will deliver the river cruise experience of your dreams.

Still Have Questions?


At the River Cruise Authority, our advisors are not only familiar with the the different river cruise brands, but have sailed on most of them as well. So you can be sure that you’re getting firsthand knowledge when it comes to deciding which cruise is right for you.