Our river cruises offer superb value for money, with all meals – and often drinks, too – included in your holiday price, as well as a number of excursions, the services of an experienced tour manager throughout* and, of course, door to door transfers wherever you live in the UK.
*tour managers do not accompany Uniworld’s fully independent travel itineraries.
Meet our River Cruise Partners
The intimate Anacoluthe combines comfortable and charming features with an elegant interior, providing a relaxed and informal ‘country-club’ style of cruising. The emphasis is on the charming scenery you will see and the high level of personal service you will receive and dining on board is a true culinary experience. We categorise the Anacoluthe as a 3-star vessel.
To step aboard the deluxe Royal Crown is to step back in time and enter the elegant world of 1930s cruise travel. Then, the rich and famous travelled through Europe in glamorous style, enjoying superlative meals and fine wines aboard luxurious ships and trains that became legends in their own right. Royal Crown’s understated luxury, period fittings of mahogany and polished bronze, attentive service and exquisite cuisine recall the sophistication and charm of a bygone era – the perfect way to discover the pleasure of river cruising. We categorise the Royal Crown as a 4-star vessel.
A-ROSA’s sleek, streamlined ships have been designed to deliver a true sense of luxury and home-from-home charm as they sail the most storied rivers of Europe. A-ROSA’s vessels carry an average of only 175 guests and the ambience onboard is casual and friendly. A premium all–inclusive drinks package adds an extra dimension of value. We categorise A-ROSA as a 4-star cruise line.
American Queen Steamboat Company
Laying claim as the largest steamboat ever built, American Queen is a gracious vessel, with many of today’s modern amenities and a warm and inviting ambience. There are plenty of common areas, including a library and the Main Deck lounge. There is also a spa, daily lectures by the Riverlorian, and in the majestic Grand Saloon – considered the most elegant showplace on the river – you are treated, each evening, to a varied collection of America’s best music. We categorise the American Queen as a 5-star cruise line (locally rated).
If you do not enjoy the hustle and bustle of airports, or you prefer the romance of a journey completed entirely at ground and river level, consider our no-fly Rhine and Moselle cruise holidays aboard Transocean’s modern and comfortable Belljour, which features cabins with large picture windows, a panoramic restaurant, Viennese Café and spa area. Belvedere is also operated by Transocean, offering quality bilingual (English/German) river cruises on the Danube and Elbe rivers. We categorise all as 4-star.
Our partner on the Douro River specialises in intimate and relaxing cruising, along unspoilt and beautiful panoramas. The Douro Princess offers a window-lined restaurant that allows you to continue admiring the scenery whilst you enjoy your included meals. We categorise the Douro Princess as a 3-star vessel (locally rated). Exclusively chartered by Titan is the ‘Royal Barge’, the Spirit of Chartwell – famously known for carrying Her Majesty The Queen along the Thames, during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. We categorise the Spirit of Chartwell as a 4-star vessel.
Rijfers River Cruises
Exclusive Titan charters aboard Rijfers’ Filia Rheni II ensure an all-British guest list, unilingual commentary, an itinerary tailored to British holiday makers, onboard entertainment and an included Titan cocktail party. This luxurious ship hosts 150 passengers in 75 air conditioned, en-suite cabins measuring up to 14.5m². Other amenities include two lounges, a sun deck swimming pool and gym with sauna and whirlpool. We categorise Filia Rheni II as a 4-star cruise vessel.
For more than a decade, Victoria has been the leading name in Yangtze cruises, for the quality of their fleet, outstanding service and innovative itineraries. Guests may choose from local or western cuisine, and every comfortable cabin features a private balcony – the ideal vantage point from which to appreciate the enthralling ebb and flow of rural Chinese life. We categorise Victoria Cruises as a 5-star cruise lone.
Out Treasures of China tour explores the beautiful Yangtze Gorges aboard the deluxe Century Sky on a 3-night downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. The vessel has a luxury feel and cabins come complete with private balconies. We categorise Century Cruises as a 5-star cruise line.
Austrian-based cruise specialists Lueftner boast a fleet of nine quality modern vessels plying the Rhine, Moselle, Danube and other great rivers. The passenger mix is cosmopolitan, the service multilingual and the atmosphere distinctly European – perfect if you don’t want to ‘leave Europe behind’ when you step back on board. We categorise Lueftner as a 4-star cruise line.
Our partner for cruises on Russia’s Volga river offers the best blend of quality and value to be found on that historic waterway. It’s ships are large and comfortable, providing compact cabins with picture windows and a selection of amenities. We categorise MS Rublev as a 2-star+ cruise.
Pandaw River Expeditions
Originally established by Scots Merchants in 1865, the company was revived in 1995 and continues to grow. Each of Pandaw’s thirteen ships is hand-finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen. Their ultra-shallow drafts allow them to travel to remote areas, unreachable overland and also by most other vessels. With a colonial character, dinner is casual and the onboard atmosphere is very friendly and informal. We categorise Pandaw as a 4-star cruise line (locally rated)
Presidential Nile Cruises
Founded more than30 years ago, Presidential Nile cruises is one of the most respected travel companies in Egypt. It’s ships are comfortable and fully air conditioned, notable for their high levels of service and fine facilities including a sun deck and swimming pool, Presidential Nile Cruises are locally rated 5-star, but we categorise them as a 4-star cruise line.
Manatee Amazon Explorer
Specifically built for cruising the Amazon, with the ability to reach many smaller tributaries inaccessible to other river boats, Manatee Amazon Explorer is an expedition-style ship designed for adventure, yet it features the comforts and advantages of modern technology. It can accommodate up to 30 passengers in comfortable air conditioned outside cabins with a closet and private bathroom with shower. The ship has a spacious dining room, bar and lounge area and panoramic terrace. Excursions are led by skilled and knowledgeable naturalists. As an expedition vessel, we categorise this as a 2-star+.
Ms Arlene (HTL)
Titan has exclusively chartered the delightful MS Arlene, an informal 3-star river cruise vessel – accommodating just 104 passengers, the ship will appeal to those looking for an informal cruise experience on a smaller scale. She has a large restaurant, lounge and bar plus a partially-covered sundeck and gift shop. Look forward to a relaxed atmosphere, attentive service and good food with buffet breakfasts, three course lunches and four course dinners with a choice of main course. You should note that whilst comfortable, cabins are compact but do include individual air-conditioning, large picture window and a TV plus a safe. We categorise MS Arlene as a 3-star vessel.
MS Johannes Brahms
Built in 1998, the elegant MS Johannes Brahms accommodates just 80 passengers in 40 stylish cabins spread over two decks. This nimble river vessel is ideal for exploring the shallow rivers of Europe. This cosy ship has timeless décor and an informal atmosphere. Large window in well-appointed cabins offer ideal vantage points, as do the Panorama lounge and sun deck. We categorise Ms Johannes Brahms as 4-star (locally rated).
MS Sans Souci II
Enjoy a relaxed, intimate, and comfortable cruising experience aboard the bilingual (English/German) MS Sans Souci II which carries just 81 guests. All cabins have a warm, casual elegance and large windows to offer great views. Various massage and beauty treatments can be booked on board to ensure a relaxing break. We categorise MS Sans Souci II as a 4-star vessel.
Uniworld River Cruises
There is simply no better way to experience the great waterways of the world than by gliding serenely from city to city aboard one of Uniworld’s exquisitely appointed vessels. From the Zagat-recommended river-view staterooms and fine dining to the choice of excursions, door-to-door transfers in the UK* and genuine, premium all-inclusive value, these river cruises truly deserve to be called ‘the world’s best’.