What is Your Preferred River Cruise Ship Size, from Extra Small to Small?

River cruise ships offer a more private and intimate ambiance, along with personalized service and the advantage of being able to port almost anywhere. Passengers get a feel for the water and experience destinations in a very up-close and personal way onboard and in the towns and areas visited, according to CruiseCompete.

Overall, cruise ship sizes range from megaships (almost 7,000 passengers) to very small vessels and luxury yachts whose passengers number in mere dozens (as small as 16). Knowing the differences is key to planning your best cruise vacation. CruiseCompete has divided today’s ships into categories and provides information on the benefits each provides, from the very small and intimate, to medium and up to the very large, mega ships.

For River Cruise Ship Size, from Extra Small to Small with guest capacity from just 18 to almost 260, and only a couple over that number, see details below. 

From Avalon Waterways Treasure of Galapagos with 18 guests, to the American Queen Steamboat Company American Queen river ship that sails USA rivers with 417 guests , there is a ship size for everyone.

CRUISE LINESHIPGUEST CAPACITYSIZE
Avalon Waterways CruisesTreasure of Galapagos18XXX Small
AmaWaterways CruisesZambezi Queen28XXX Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Saigon36XXX Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Siem Reap36XXX Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesMS Lastavica36XXX Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesMS Swallow36XXX Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesDelfin III44XXX Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Aura44XXX Small
Viking River CruisesViking Ra48XXX Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesGanges Voyager56XX Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesGanges Voyager II56XX Small
Viking River CruisesViking Mekong60XX Small
Viking River CruisesViking MS Antares62XX Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Spirit68XX Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesMekong Jewel68XX Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Tosca82XX Small
Viking River CruisesViking Osiris82XX Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Harmony84XX Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Andorinha84XX Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesS.S. Sphinx84XX Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Azure96XX Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Emerald98XX Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Esprit98XX Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Sapphire98XX Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Treasures98XX Small
Viking River CruisesViking Astrild98XX Small
Viking River CruisesViking Beyla98XX Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesAmerican Spirit100x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesAmerican Star100x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesS.S. Sao Gabriel100x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaDouro102x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaVida102x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesIndependence104x Small
CrystalCrystal Bach106x Small
CrystalCrystal Debussy106x Small
CrystalCrystal Mahler106x Small
CrystalCrystal Ravel106x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Helgrim106x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Hemming106x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Osfrid106x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Torgil106x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Radiance112x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Tsar112x Small
U by Uniworld CruisesThe A116x Small
U by Uniworld CruisesThe B116x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesQueen Isabel116x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesQueen of the West120x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesMS Farah120x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaDara124x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesSanctuary Yangzi Explorer124x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Douro Elegance126x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Douro Splendour126x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Gem126x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Artistry II128x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Imagery II128x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Poetry II128x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Tapestry II128x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Tranquility II128x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Visionary128x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Queen128x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesS.S. Joie de Vivre128x Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Grace130x Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Inspire130x Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Joy130x Small
Tauck River Cruising Cruisesms Savor130x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Countess130x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Duchess130x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Empress130x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Princess130x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Royale130x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS George Eliot132x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesS.S. La Venezia132x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Liberté138x Small
Amadeus River CruisesMS Amadeus Provence140x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Charles Dickens140x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Jane Austen140x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Lord Byron140x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS William Shakespeare140x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesMS Hamees142x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaCello144x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaDante144x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaDolce144x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaLyra144x Small
Amadeus River CruisesMS Amadeus Diamond146x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Diamond149x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Sapphire149x Small
Amadeus River CruisesMS Amadeus Brilliant150x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesAmerican Pride150x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesQueen of the Mississippi150x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesS.S. Maria Theresa150x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Beatrice152x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesS.S. Antoinette154x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaKristina156x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaSiena156x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaViola156x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaLea158x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaLucia158x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaMora158x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaStella158x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Pearl159x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Ruby159x Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesS.S. Catherine159x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaBella161x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaVerde161x Small
Amadeus River CruisesMS Amadeus Queen162x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaCerto162x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaPrima162x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaSerena162x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaSonata162x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Amber163x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Crystal163x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Jade163x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Jasper163x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Jewel163x Small
Scenic CruisesScenic Opal163x Small
Amadeus River CruisesMS Amadeus Star164x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Envision164x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Expression164x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Impression164x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Passion164x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon View164x Small
American Queen Steamboat Company CruisesAmerican Duchess166x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Illumination166x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Panorama166x Small
Avalon Waterways CruisesAvalon Vista166x Small
Amadeus River CruisesMS Amadeus Imperial168x Small
Amadeus River CruisesMS Amadeus Silver II168x Small
Amadeus River CruisesMS Amadeus Silver III168x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Skaga168x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Emily Bronte169x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Oscar Wilde169x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Robert Burns169x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Thomas Hardy169x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS William Wordsworth169x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesAmerican Constellation170x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesAmerican Constitution175x Small
Riviera River CruisesMS Geoffrey Chaucer176x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Dawn182x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Destiny182x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Luna182x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Sky182x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Star182x Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesEmerald Sun182x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesAmerican Harmony184x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesAmerican Song184x Small
American Cruise Lines CruisesAmerica185x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Prestige188x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Legend189x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Rurik189x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Alruna190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Alsvin190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Atla190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Baldur190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Bragi190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Buri190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Delling190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Egil190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Einar190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Eir190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Fjorgyn190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Forseti190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Gefjon190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Gersemi190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Gullveig190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Heimdal190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Herja190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Hermod190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Hervor190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Hild190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Hlin190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Idi190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Ingvi190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Jarl190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Kadlin190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Kara190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Kari190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Kvasir190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Lif190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Lofn190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Magni190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Mani190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Mimir190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Modi190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Radgrid190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Rinda190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Rolf190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Sigrun190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Sigyn190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Skadi190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Skirnir190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Tialfi190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Tir190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Tor190x Small
Viking River CruisesRiver190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Vali190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Var190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Ve190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Vidar190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Vilhjalm190x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Vili190x Small
Imperial River Cruisesm/s Shevchenko192x Small
AmaWaterways CruisesAmaMagna196x Small
Viking River CruisesViking Sineus196x Small
Imperial River Cruisesm/s Kandinsky Prestige200Small
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection CruisesRiver Victoria202Small
Viking River CruisesViking Akun204Small
Viking River CruisesViking Helgi204Small
Viking River CruisesViking Ingvar204Small
Viking River CruisesViking Truvor204Small
Imperial River Cruisesm/s Rachmaninoff208Small
Imperial River Cruisesm/s Tikhi Don220Small
American Queen Steamboat Company CruisesAmerican Empress223Small
Emerald Waterways CruisesMS Rossia224Small
Imperial River Cruisesm/s Ivan Bunin232Small
American Queen Steamboat Company CruisesAmerican Countess245Small
Viking River CruisesViking Emerald256Small
Imperial River Cruisesm/s Dnieper Princess260Small
Viking River CruisesViking Mississippi386Small
American Queen Steamboat Company CruisesAmerican Queen417Small

Cover photo: American Queen Steamboat

3 thoughts on “What is Your Preferred River Cruise Ship Size, from Extra Small to Small?”

  1. This is great information but I think we’ll wait for a vaccine before making the plunge! Thank you! We love to cruise and Love to get this type of info.

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  2. About 10 to 12 years ago we took a Danube cruise(Budapest to Regensburg) offered by GATE ONE. It was quite reasonable about $1100 each.
    Could it have been on the Amadeus or AMA Waterways?

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