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LIST: RIVER / CANAL CRUISE OPERATORS

These are UK based tour operators and agencies specialising in river cruises on luxury riverboats and hotel barges on European waterways and rivers worldwide.
AMA Waterways 0808 223 5009 Luxury river cruising in Europe (Rhine & Danube), Russia, and on the Mekong River. AMA is an American company that in 2009 started marketing in the UK through Fred Olsen Travel.
Avalon Waterways 0800 668 1802 Luxury European river cruising company with over 80 years of experience. Their fleet of eight (9 in May 2011) ships cruise some of Europe's most iconic rivers including the Rhône, Danube, Rhine and Seine between March & December. A big 'thumbs up' for their website, which is packed with easy-to-find detailed information & images.
Barge Company, The 01275 474034 Representing over 50 independent hotel barges on European canals and rivers carrying between 1-50 passengers. Some beautiful barges in locations all over Europe including the UK & Ireland.
Croisi Europe 020 8328 1281 French river cruise operator, now marketing in the UK. They have a large fleet (27)) of ships on the Rhine, Danube, Seine, Rhone, Garonne, Douro, Po and Mekong rivers.
Cruising Holidays 01756 693609 Feature river cruises all over the world. That includes all the main European rivers (on cruise boats or small luxury barges) plus the Russian waterways, the Dneiper, the Mekong, the Nile, the Yangtze, the Guadalquivir (Spain), the Murray (Australia) and steamboat cruises on the Mississippi.
European Waterways 01784 482439 Specialising in luxury barge holidays on canals & rivers in Europe since 1974. These boats are like small luxury hotels, typically accommodating around 6-12 guests. Often cruises are themed, eg golf or wine cruises. EW are known as Go Barging in the USA, they have boats in Scotland, Ireland & England (Thames), as well as France, Netherlands & Germany.
English Holiday Cruises 01452 410411 River cruise holidays through the Cotswolds in a bargehotel on the River Severn.
eWaterways 0808 168 1458 Online agency selling yacht charters, small ship sea & coastal cruises, and river cruises.
River Cruise Line, The 0844 544 6581 European river cruise specialists offering cruises on the Rhine, Moselle, Neckar, Danube, Seine, and the Dutch inland waterways.
Saga 0800 096 0082 Saga (holidays for over 50s) offer a wide range of river cruises, covering the Danube, Elbe, Rhine, and the waterways of France, Holland, and Russia.
Scenic Tours 0161 236 2444 Scenic offer a range of river cruises on their four luxury "space ships" (ms Scenic Emerald & ms Scenic Sapphire launched in July 2008, and sister ships, ms Scenic Diamond & ms Scenic Ruby launched in April 2009) designed with lots of space and glass.
Swan Hellenic 0845 246 9700 SH have a small programme of cruises on the Rhine, Rhône & Danube
Travelsphere 0800 567 7372 Pound sign Escorted tours specialist, Travelsphere, offers river cruises on the Danube, the Rhine, the Volga, the Nile, the Yangtze, Scotland and through the Dutch bulbfields.
Viking River Cruises 020 8780 7998 European rivers cruise programme (used to be KD Cruises until taken over by California-based Viking in 2000) on the Danube, Rhine, Main, Elbe, Seine and Rhône. Cruises in Russia from Moscow to St Petersburg, and on the Dneiper from Kiev to Odessa. And cruises in China on the Yangtze.
Voyage Jules Verne 020 7616 1000 VJV offer a large variety of classic river journeys. As well as the Nile, The Yangtse, the Amazon and the great rivers of Europe & Russia, there are cruises on less familiar rivers and waterways in the Ukraine, Thailand and Canada.

Notes

  • The Austrian Lüftner Cruises operates the glamorous fleet of Amadeus river cruise ships on the Danube.
  • Uniworld is an up-market American river cruise company focused on U.S. travellers, although they do cater for other English-speaking clientele (Canadians and Australians in particular). They have their own fleet of luxurious river cruise ships and offer cruises in Europe, Egypt, Russia and China.
  • Austria Travel offers some Danube cruises in their programme of Austrian holidays.
  • River of Australia Expeditions operate a small ship cruise on the Murray River.
  • A-rosa operates a single ship on the Danube and the Rhône/Saone.
  • The Göta Canal website lists a number of small ships that tour from 1 to 4 days along the historic Göta Canal in West Sweden between Gothenburg and Stockholm, including the most famous, Ms Juno and her sister ships in the Strömma Group fleet.

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