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#1
161 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
Our last few trips were on Celebrity cruises. We have never done a river cruise and would like to try one. Having a very hard time deciding which cruiseline we should travel with. Any help you can give us would be really appreciated. Thank you.
#2
Santa Paula CA
3,415 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Everyone here has their own favorite line-sort of like with ocean cruises. The ones mentioned (in no particular order) are: Tauck, Vantage, AMA,Viking, Uniworld, and Grand Circle.
To get a feel for a river cruise visit either www.thepreismans.com or our website.
I suggest you go to each of the websites and see what amenities each line offers and what your budget can handle.
Aside from the cruise fare, consider airfare, transfers, tours, drinks, gratuities. Make up a chart or spreadsheet and then you can compare apples to apples.
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#3
Houston, TX
924 Posts
Joined Aug 2004
Originally posted by Talisker92
Everyone here has their own favorite line-sort of like with ocean cruises. The ones mentioned (in no particular order) are: Tauck, Vantage, AMA,Viking, Uniworld, and Grand Circle.
To get a feel for a river cruise visit either www.thepreismans.com or our website.
I suggest you go to each of the websites and see what amenities each line offers and what your budget can handle.
Aside from the cruise fare, consider airfare, transfers, tours, drinks, gratuities. Make up a chart or spreadsheet and then you can compare apples to apples.
Avalon Waterways is probably in the top 4 of many travelers on this board. Research them as well when looking. We have been on 2 of their rivercruises and have a 3rd one scheduled for next month!
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#5
FL
14,432 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
Since many will seem alike - and they are in certain aspects - I recommend reading as many reviews as you can once you have narrowed the options.

What we found most similar between lines were itineraries, cabin size, boat size and general layout, as well as the quality of excursions.

If you are doing pre and post stays with the line check out the location of the hotels they use as there can be a significant difference in terms of convenience.

We have been on 5 river cruises and our best was last year on AmaDante. Food, service, attention to detail, staff, activities and entertainment were the best of our cruises so far and we are going on their newest boat in just ten weeks. Can't wait!
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143 cruises since 1964, 15 on the river.
Looking forward to:
MS Joy - Magic of Advent, December 2017

Amadeus Silver III, May 2018
AmaKristina, Christmas Markets, December 2018
Scenic Eclipse, April, 2019

Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017

Recent cruises:
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017
#6
161 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
Thank you all so much for your replies. This is a totally foreign concept for us, and we don't have friends who have river cruised either. I have already started reading the reviews here.
#7
Evanston, Illinois
70 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
We just took our first river cruise after 18 ocean cruises (Celebrity and Royal Caribbean-Radiance class our favorites) and although our experience is just that -- one cruise -- we strongly recommend AMA. It was such a wonderful experience we have already booked our second AMA cruise for Sepember 2013!
#8
Wht Mts, NH - Gulf Coast, FL
2,738 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Originally posted by Madison Madhouse
We just took our first river cruise after 18 ocean cruises (Celebrity and Royal Caribbean-Radiance class our favorites) and although our experience is just that -- one cruise -- we strongly recommend AMA. It was such a wonderful experience we have already booked our second AMA cruise for Sepember 2013!
Thanks for posting. We are researching our first river cruise. We love Celebrity Cruiseline and RCI Radiance class, and are already leaning towards AMA for our cruise. Glad to hear you have been pleased with your experience.
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Past Cruises:
Celebrity Reflection - Med & Greek Isles
Coral Princess - Partial Transit Panama Canal
Celebrity Silhouette - TA
Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas - Arctic Circle
Disney Fantasy - Souhern Caribbean
AMAPrima - Danube, Prague to Budapest
Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas - Southern Carib.
Carnival Imagination - Western Carib.
Carnival Valor - Southern Carib.
Norwegian Sun - Baltics, Copenhagen, St Petersburg
Royal Caribbean Brilliance - Mediterranean, Spain Italy
Celebrity Infinity - Alaska
Royal Caribbean - Voyager of the Seas, Western Carib.
Royal Caribbean Nordic Prince - Bermuda
#9
FL
14,432 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
Originally posted by sippican
Thanks for posting. We are researching our first river cruise. We love Celebrity Cruiseline and RCI Radiance class, and are already leaning towards AMA for our cruise. Glad to hear you have been pleased with your experience.
When we used to enjoy cruising the mass market lines, we preferred Radiance class on RCI and the smaller ships of Celebrity as well as HAL. For the river, AMA is our preference.
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143 cruises since 1964, 15 on the river.
Looking forward to:
MS Joy - Magic of Advent, December 2017

Amadeus Silver III, May 2018
AmaKristina, Christmas Markets, December 2018
Scenic Eclipse, April, 2019

Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017

Recent cruises:
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017
#10
Sedona, AZ
1,941 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
Originally posted by sippican
Thanks for posting. We are researching our first river cruise. We love Celebrity Cruiseline and RCI Radiance class, and are already leaning towards AMA for our cruise. Glad to hear you have been pleased with your experience.
We like Celebrity too, and AMA and Avalon were our top choices after reading the reviews. We went with AMA and were very pleased.
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Kathy and Cliff
Norwegian Pearl Alaska 2017
Norwegian Sun Pacific Coast 2013
AMAWaterways Danube Cruise 2010
RCCL Legend of the Seas Mediterranean Cruise 2008
Celebrity Century Arctic Cruise 2007
#11
163 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Looking at Danube River cruise. Is there much difference weatherwise between Spring and Fall?
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Maureen
#12
Maryland
591 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by Sea&Me
Looking at Danube River cruise. Is there much difference weatherwise between Spring and Fall?
We've been on the Danube both Spring and Fall and prefer the fall. Depending on where you are on the river it can be rainy during either season. Water levels tend to be higher in the Spring and were very low on the lower Danube last Fall.
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Vantage River Navigator 2007
Celebrity Galaxy 2008
Vantage River Explorer 2009
Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas 2009
Holland America Eurodam 2010
Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas 2010
Celebrity Equinox 2011
Vantage River Odyssey 2011
Celebrity Equinox 2012
Grand Circle Bizet 2012
Celebrity Eclipse 2013
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 2013
Celebrity Eclipse 2014
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 2014 (2)
Celebrity Equinox 2015
#13
New York
346 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
The Danube is a beautiful river to cruise. These are many cruise lines, i.e. Viking, Avalon, AMA, Uniworld, Tauck. As Talisker92 said "I suggest you go to each of the websites and see what amenities each line offers and what your budget can handle". Also do they have airfares included and transfers.

I love Viking and doing the Danube a second time this November with them on one of their new longships and very happy that I have picked them. Budget and scenery is everything.
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Frank & Pat
New York, NY
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10/17 Viking Foresti - Chateau, Rivers & Wine
12/16 Viking Vili - Danube Waltz / Passau to Budapest
11/15 Viking Mani - Rhine Getaway / Burges to Basel
11/14 Viking Hermod / Viking Buri - Portraits of Southern France
11/13 Viking Prestige - Vineyards & Vistas / Trier to Bamberg
11/12 Viking Odin - Romantic Danube / Budapest to Nuremberg
11/11 Viking Schumann - Elegant Elbe / Prague to Berlin
10/10 Viking Sun - Rhine Getaway / Amsterdam to Basel (Lucerne)
11/09 Viking Pride - Romantic Danube / Nuremberg to Vienna
8/09 RCCL Explorer of the Seas / Bermuda
8/07 RCCL Western Caribbean
8/06 RCCL Spendour of the Seas /Greek Isles
6/05 RCCL Navigator of the Seas /Western Caribbean
6/04 RCCL Adventure of the Seas /Eastern Caribbean
6/03 CCL - Zenith /Bermuda
6/02 RCCL Grandeur of the Seas / Mediterrean