Considering a river cruise? It all comes down to ship size.

MS Zambezi Queen

AmaWaterways ms Zambezi Queen is a beautiful XS river ship. Image courtesy of AmaWaterways.

I just posted some information on ocean going vessels, but there’s another very attractive option when it comes to cruising: river cruises.  These cruises have a slower pace, and deeply immersive itineraries that make them a wonderful choice if you are very destination-oriented.  Those of you with the hearts of wanderers will certainly appreciate the ability to disembark and re-embark at leisure.

The choice, then, comes down to the type of river ship that most appeals to you.  The ships range from very private eight-person barges all the way up through very large (for a river cruise) ship with more than 400 passengers.

Here are the options available to you, broken down by ship size:

Extra Small: 8-74 Passengers

AmaWaterways – AmaPura, MS Zambezi Queen

American Cruise Line – American Glory

Avalon Waterways – Aria, Avalon Angkor, Isabela II

Viking River Cruises – Viking Mekong, RV Indochina, Viking Mandalay

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection – River Orchid

Small: 75-149 Passengers

AmaWaterways – MS La Marguerite, MS AmaVida, MS AmaLotus, MS AmaCello, MS AmaDolce

American Cruise Line – American Star, American Spirit, Independence, Queen of the West

Avalon Waterways – M/V Santa Cruz, Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Poetry II, Avalon Scenery, Avalon Visionary, MS Kasr Ibrim, Avalon Felicity, Avalon Luminary, MS Mayfair, Avalon Affinity, Avalon Creativity

Imperial River Cruises – m/s Fidelio

Scenic Cruises – Scenic Tsar, Scenic Gem

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection –  River Tosca, Queen Isabel, River Ambassador, River Baroness, River Queen, River Countess, River Duchess, River Empress, River Princess, River Royale, Prince Abbas

Viking River Cruises – Viking Hemming, Viking Torgil, Viking Fontane, Viking Sineus , Viking Schumann, Viking Douro

Medium: 150-224 Passengers

AmaWaterways – MS AmaDagio, MS AmaLegro, MS AmaLyra, MS AmaBella, MS AmaVerde, MS AmaCerto, MS AmaPrima, MS AmaReina, MS AmaSonata, MS AmaSerena, MS AmaKatarina

American Cruise Line – Queen of the Mississippi

American Queen Steamboat Company – American Empress

Avalon Waterways – Avalon Expression, Avalon Illumination, Avalon Impression, Avalon Panorama, Avalon Vista, American Queen

Emerald Waterways – Emerald Sky, Emerald Star

Imperial River Cruises – m/s Lavrinenkov, m/s Anton Chekhov

Scenic Cruises: Scenic Pearl, Scenic Emerald, Scenic Sapphire, Scenic Diamond, Scenic Ruby, Scenic Crystal, Scenic Jewel, Scenic Jade,

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection – SS Antoinette, River Beatrice, S.S. Catherine, River Victoria

Viking River Cruises – Viking Helvetia, Viking Legend, Viking Prestige, Viking Rurik, Viking Aegir, Viking Alsvin, Viking Atla, Viking Baldur, Viking Bestla, Viking Bragi, Viking Buri, Viking Delling, Ciking Eistla, Viking Embla, Viking Forseti, Viking Freya, Viking Gullveig, Viking Heimdal, Viking Hermod, Viking Idi, Viking Idun, Viking Ingvi, Vking Jarl, Vking Kvasir, Viking Lif, Viking Magni, Viking Njord, Viking Odin, Viking Rinda, Viking Skadi, Viking Tor, Viking Var, Viking Hlin, Viking Kara, m/s Kandinsky, Viking Sun, Viking Akun, Viking Helgi, Viking Ingvar, Viking Truvor, Viking Neptune, Viking Pride, Viking Spirit

Large: 225-299

Imperial River Cruises – m/s Dnieper Princess, m/s Russ, m/s Chernyshevskiy,  m/s Dnieper Star, m/s Rachmaninoff

Viking River Cruises – Viking Emerald

Extra Large: 300+

American Queen Steamboat Company – American Queen

Avalon Waterways Cruises / Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection – Century Legend, Century Paragon

Take a look at ocean cruise ship options here.


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