River Cruises in Europe
Rollin'... Rollin'... Rollin' down the Rhine!
The Rhine, the Danube, the Rhône, the Elbe. They're all great to cruise, and I promise to get around to describing them better later. I beg your indulgence whilst I toil away on other bits of the site. In the meantime, please enjoy the links to river cruising resources below.
Where to find and book river cruises in Europe
Cruise Compete (www.cruisecompete.com)
You know the commercials for LendingTree.com? That whole "When banks compete, you win..." spiel? Well this the same thing for cruises. You put in the date and destination and ship (any or all of those), and it sends your cruise request to a whole bunch of cruise brokers and discounters. Each of them then contacts you with a quote on how little they can do that cruise for you. Basically, it does the shopping around for you, pretty cool, huh?
They cover such noted river-cruising outfits as Viking River Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, AMA Waterways, Avalon Waterways, Swan Hellenic, Imperial River Cruises, and Pandaw River Cruises. One they miss: Scenic Tours (www.scenictours.com).
Cruise Direct (www.cruisedirect.com)
One of the top cruise discounters in the business, consistently underselling the higher rack rates you'll see posted on the web sites of the cruise companies themselves. They represent Viking River Cruises, one of the top river cruising outfits in Europe, with week-long river cruises through Germany, France, but also the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Other cruise discounters
All of these discount cruise agencies offer sailings on at least one or two European river cruise lines: iCruise.com, Cruise411.com, Onlinevacationcenter.com, Cruisebrothers.com, Cruisesonly.com, Cruisewizard.com.
Small Ship Cruises (www.smallshipcruises.com)
Just what it sounds like: booking with dozens of outfits that offer cruises on the rivers of Europe.