Rolling Down the River: The World’s Best River Cruising Destinations

Posted April 20th, 2016

Recent years have seen river cruising become an increasingly popular choice for discerning travellers, with many cruise lines offering interesting and informative itineraries through some of the world’s greatest waterways. River cruises offer a sophisticated way to journey to spectacular destinations without having to constantly move between accommodations, and that’s just one reason why more and more people are loving this travel trend. When married with elegant ships, innovative itineraries and superb service, there’s no wondering why the industry is booming and expanding to incredible ports all over the globe, many of which will be explored below.

Tulip fields, Amsterdam


Cruise past fairy tale castles, lush vineyards and stunning cities on the waterways of Europe. River cruising is particularly popular in this region and there are numerous cruise lines offering itineraries that include the Rhine, Danube, and Seine Rivers. Cruises tend to be port-intensive and focused on giving guests an immersive experience of the history and culture of each stop. The visual and cultural landscape of this continent is spectacularly varied, but some highlights include the twin-towered Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Monet’s garden in Giverny, and Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

North America

North America boasts a rich cruising tradition on the Mississippi River, which famously hosted iconic paddlewheel steamboats. Although the steamboats were recalled years ago, there are cruise lines that have paid homage to this ‘golden age’ of steam-powered boats with modern paddlewheelers that take guests on fascinating journeys to cities such as New Orleans, St Louis and Memphis. Travellers are also treated to cruise options down the northern waterways such as the Ohio, Columbia, and Snake Rivers.

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Machu Picchu, South America

South America

The Amazon River can be described in many ways, but there’s no doubting its sheer size and awe-inspiring scenery. Running from Brazil to Peru through the Amazon Rainforest, this waterway givers cruisers a glimpse into the incredible biodiversity of the region and the tribal culture that is still present today. A number of cruise lines visit this region as part of larger itineraries, but there are also river-specific cruises offered by the likes of Aqua Expeditions and Avalon Waterways.


Step back in time to the ancient world with a cruise down the famed Nile River. Uniworld and Avalon Waterways are two cruise lines that offer itineraries through this stunning area, taking guests on one-of-a-kind journeys through colourful landscapes and awe-inspiring wonders. Of course, you will see the legendary Pyramids of Giza and Valley of the Kings, so take advantage of your cruise line’s shore excursions and knowledgeable tour guides to make the most of your visit.

Halong Bay, Vietnam


You’ll be gliding through rural landscapes one day and in the heart of a bustling city the next, on a cruise through the rivers of Asia. While on board, you’ll be able to enjoy the sights and cultures of countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Burma from the comfort of your river ship. Asia offers the perfect mix of unparalleled scenery, ancient traditions and modern culture that attracts tourists with popular attractions such as World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, the spectacular Three Gorges Dam in China, and the ancient temples of Burma.

It’s impossible to capture all of the amazing experiences these river cruise destinations have to offer, so call one of our expert cruise consultants on 1300 954 661 to learn more.

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