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Today's mega-sized ocean ships have a lot to offer guests, but let's face it: their sheer size limits their ability to dock anywhere but the largest and most hectic of ports. And once they do, chances are passengers will spend a considerable amount of time just waiting to disembark - time that they'd rather be spending exploring. And that's where river cruising comes in. River cruises are the leisurely paced, destination-intensive substitute for the traditional sea cruise.

Choose a river cruise and you'll sail straight into the heart of a different location each and every day (and, on some days, more than one), accessing the inland villages, cities, and towns that are an integral part of any truly in-depth travel experience.

Here at CruisesOnly, we draw upon our strong partnerships with the world's leading river cruise lines to bring you the Internet's largest and most exclusive selection of river cruise deals. All of the top river fleets offer guests the comfort, convenience, and value that are synonymous with river cruising, but each is special in its own way, and our experts are here to help you determine which line and which vessel best compliments your specific interests and needs.

Best River Cruise Lines

Viking River Cruises Far and away the leader; more vessels (including dozens of Longships alone), more pioneering breakthroughs, and more awards/accolades than any other river line.

Uniworld River Cruises The world's only authentic (and truly all-inclusive) boutique cruise line. Choose from 19 lavishly appointed ships including the all-new S.S. Maria Theresa.

AmaWaterways Cruises Modern, stylish ships (highlights include the line's pioneering "Twin Balcony" feature). Europe-focused, with a subset of vessels in Southeast Asia and Africa.

Avalon Waterways Cruises River cruising's largest and most panoramic staterooms (30% more space, 11' wall-to-wall windows, etc.). Visits Europe, Asia, Africa, and other destinations.

All four lines visit river cruising's four major regions: Europe (the most popular destination, home to the greatest number of choices/possible combinations), Russia (home to the mighty Volga), China/Asia (river cruising's fastest-growing market), and Egypt/Africa (its most exotic). Choose from cruises along the world's most celebrated waterways, or opt for a lesser-known gem instead. Highlights include:

Danube River Cruises

Europe's second-longest river (only the Volga surpasses it in length) flows through or touches upon the borders of ten countries and four of the continent's capital cities including Budapest and Belgrade. Originating in Germany's Black Forest, the Danube stretches southeast for nearly 1,800 miles before emptying into the Black Sea via its delta, which is situated on the banks of both Romania and Ukraine.

Prominent points of interest along the Danube include Austria's picturesque Wachau Valley, home to ancient monasteries and rolling vineyards, and the Iron Gates Gorge, which serves as a portion of the boundary between Romania and Serbia.

Rhine River Cruises

One of the longest rivers in Europe (and Germany's longest), the Rhine remains one of the continent's most important waterways. It's served as the inspiration for enduring myths (Lorelei rock and the bewitching siren who shares its name being just one example), and it's also been a flashpoint for many of history's most famous conflicts (from its establishment as the Roman Empire's northern frontier through both World Wars).

Stretching from Switzerland's Eastern Alps to the North Sea Coast, the Rhine courses through several of Europe's largest cities including Strasbourg (France), Cologne and Düsseldorf (Germany), and Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

Seine River Cruises

The Seine, first and foremost, is the river of Paris: virtually all of the city's major landmarks are situated along or within walking distance of its banks including the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre (the river's banks themselves were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991).

France's second-longest river, the Seine hosts much of the country's inland water traffic and has been a major commercial artery since Roman times. Nearly 500 miles long, it originates near Dijon and flows in a northwesterly direction before reaching its mouth in the English Channel at Le Havre.

Volga River Cruises

Everything about the Volga is immense. One of the world's great rivers, and Europe's longest, the Volga is nearly 2,300 miles long; it sprawls from its point of origin in the hills northwest of Moscow across two-fifths of Russia before discharging into the Caspian Sea. A majority of Russia's largest cities, and almost half of its population, are located within its basin.

As with the river itself, most Volga itineraries run long, allowing ample time for you to explore all of the amazing places you'll encounter: must-see destinations like Moscow and St. Petersburg, the ancient and picturesque towns that comprise Russia's "Golden Ring," and Onega, Europe's second-largest lake.

Yangtze River Cruises

The planet's third-longest river is a marvel. Its waters, nearly 4,000 miles long, wind west to east through eleven provinces and cities, and they have shaped much of China's history, culture, and economy.

For many, a river cruise along "the Golden Watercourse" will truly be the adventure of a lifetime. China's leading destinations (including Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian) and an astonishing number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites are accessible via the Yangtze. Depending on the itinerary you select, highlights may include the Forbidden City, China's Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Warriors, scenic Three Gorges, and massive Tiananmen Square.

Nile River Cruises

Generally considered to be the world's longest river (there's some debate as to whether or not the Amazon is longer) and indisputably one of the cradles of civilization, the Nile is a body of water with few peers. At well over 4,000 miles, it snakes its way through ten countries including Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, and, most notably, Egypt.

A majority of Nile itineraries focus their attention on Egypt's unique blend of ancient wonder and contemporary metropolis - the Great Pyramids and dynamic Cairo, the monumental Sphinx and its surrounding Giza, and the legendary statues of Ramses II and Nefertari alongside modern-day Luxor. In most cases, you'll be accompanied on your Nile cruise by one or more Egyptologists, whose skills and study will help enhance your appreciation of the landmarks you'll encounter.
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River Cruising:

A more intimate (but no less luxurious) alternative to a voyage across the ocean, a river cruise affords travelers access to an array of destinations that mid-sized and larger cruise ships simply can't reach - the villages, towns, and city centers that are an essential and authentic part of any vacation experience. CruisesOnly offers an extensive selection of river cruises - from sailings along Europe's Danube, Rhine, and Seine to itineraries that traverse Africa's Nile, Asia's Mekong, and Russia's Volga - and your Personal Cruise Concierge can work with you to find the voyage that most closely matches your interests.
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Set sail through America's most historic and breathtaking regions aboard a luxurious small ship or riverboat.
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Take a leisurely cruise along the iconic rivers of the U.S. from the Heartland to the Northwest aboard an authentic luxury steamship.
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Equipped with 18 luxurious ships - each is the equal of any five-star boutique hotel. Choose from over 60 unique itineraries and 13 legendary rivers.
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