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Whether you know which cruise line you want to book with or are researching which is the right one for you, get in-depth insight from our independent cruise line guides.

A-ROSA

A-Rosa is a river cruise line based in Germany, operating for both a German and international audience with German and English-speaking cruises. The cruise line has a fleet of 14 homely river ships operating on Europe’s most popular waterways, like…

Amadeus River Cruises

Austrian-owned Amadeus has been going for more than 30 years, one of the oldest in Europe and one of the most established and reliable river cruise lines. Originally for the German-speaking market, the cruise line has branched into international…

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways is one of the most luxurious river cruise lines around, with its fleet 23 custom-designed five-star river ships sailing to destinations all over the world, across Europe, Asia and Africa. A family-run business, AmaWaterways has been in…

Ambassador Cruise Line

Ambassador Cruise Line is a brand new line - the first British cruise brand to launch since 2010. It will start sailing in 2022 with sailings going on sale in 2021. Its purpose is to inspire and delight every guest to enjoy an authentic cruise…

Aurora Expeditions

Aurora Expeditions is a small Australian cruise line which specialises in off-the-beaten-track voyages led by remote area experts. The company’s adventurous co-founders, Greg and Margaret Mortimer, established Aurora Expeditions in 1991 and had by…

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways was founded in 2004, starting its life with just one ship, and growing year-on-year to have a fleet of ships across the world. The cruise line owns a fleet of 26 ships and charters a further four, offering passengers sailings on the…

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Azamara

Azamara focuses on small luxury cruises that include overnight stays and dock at smaller, less-travelled ports. The line's four ships are designed to be like the world’s most exclusive hotels. Azamara sails to Africa, Asia, Australia & New…

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Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is a cruise line that specialises in fun-filled, family-friendly cruises. The US-based cruise line, part of parent company Carnival Corporation (which also owns Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises UK and…

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises, founded in 1988 in Miami, Florida and owned by Royal Caribbean Group, has been heralded as the "best premium cruise line". Celebrity’s fleet encompasses 14 ships, including the recently launched Celebrity Apex and the…

Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises is passionate about offering guests a personalised experience woven in with countless authentic moments. The line is the main home-porting cruise operator in Greece, serving the Greek Islands and East Mediterranean. The line prides…

CroisiEurope

When it comes to river cruise destinations, few tick as many boxes as French-owned CroisiEurope. The international river cruise line operates a fleet of vessels on the rivers of Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia and Africa – along with offering ocean…

Crystal Cruises

Luxury specialist Crystal has expanded into the expedition market with the launch of Crystal Endeavor, which made its debut with round-Iceland voyages in July 2021. The 200-passenger vessel is equipped with two helicopters and a seven-person…

Crystal River Cruises

Crystal River Cruise is the river cruise arm of Crystal Cruises, one of the most luxurious ocean cruise lines in the world. The cruise line brings Crystal Cruises’ six-star service and a lavish cruise experience to Europe’s most iconic waterways,…

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Winners 2021 Best Luxury River Cruise Line

Cunard Line

British cruise line Cunard was first established in 1840 and once had dozens of ships to its name, but this has since been whittled down to three iconic ships: the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. The cruise line has a…

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Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The line, launched in 1998, has established itself as a leader in the cruise industry, providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can experience…

Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises is a relatively new river cruise line, having launched in 2013 as a sister brand of Scenic Tours with the desire to innovate the river cruise industry. The leading small-ship cruise line offers both ocean (yacht) and river cruises,…

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a traditional cruise line that has been catering predominantly to a British clientele since it began operations back in 1948, with sailings from UK ports as well as fly-cruises. The Norwegian-owned company announced last…

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Holland America Line

Holland America Line, part of the Carnival Corporation family, offers more than 500 cruises to more than 470 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. The brand is steeped in 147 years of Dutch maritime tradition.…

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Winners 2021 Best for Enrichment

Hurtigruten Coastal Express

Hurtigruten, a Norwegian-based cruise line first launched in 1893, offers year-round sailings around the Norwegian coast. The Coastal Express boasts seven ships that connect 34 communities along Norway's coastline with the aim of bringing travellers…

Hurtigruten Expeditions

Hurtigruten Expeditions has 127 years of cruising experience and offers small-ship exploration of more than 250 destinations across 30-plus countries. These include Antarctica, Alaska, the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, the…

Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises sail to over 200 destinations. Whether it’s modern, all-inclusive cruise holidays you’re interested in, or intimate and cosy, Marella has got the ship to suit. The TUI cruise line is always adding to its fleet, so you can expect…

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MSC Cruises

Swiss-based cruise line MSC Cruises has an international presence with passengers from all over the world embarking on its ships each year. MSC Cruises has 19 ships in its fleet, with the 6,297-passenger ship MSC Virtuosa having launched this year,…

Norwegian Cruise Line

Founded in 1966, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), part of global cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (which also owns Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises) is the third-largest cruise line in the world in terms of cruise…

Oceania Cruises

Miami-based cruise line Oceania Cruises is part of parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and operates six ocean ships – Insignia, Marina, Nautica, Regatta, Riviera and Sirena – all of which offer worldwide itineraries typically lasting…

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P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises is a cruise line that has become much-loved by British travellers over the years. The oldest cruise line in the world, having been established in 1837, P&O is today owned by parent company Carnival Corporation, along with brands…

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has a fleet of 14 ships ranging in size from 2,000 passengers to 3,560 passengers. Princess is widely credited for having introduced millions of Americans to the concept of a modern cruise holiday and the line is still innovating to…

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises provides luxury travellers with a five-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world. The cruise line offers the complete all-inclusive experience. Its fleet of luxury ships provides a limited number of…

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Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel is one of the oldest and most reliable river cruise operators in the world, with 36 years of experience running guided and escorted tours, a land and water all around the world, including river cruises. Riviera Travel operates a…

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Royal Caribbean International

US cruise line Royal Caribbean International has an impressive history and global reputation. The cruise line is famed for its fleet of mega-ships, including the 3,100-passenger Voyager-class ships, which were once the largest cruise ships in the…

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Saga Cruises

The over-50s specialist cruise line is due to launch its second boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Adventure, in 2021. She will be the sister ship of the 999-passenger Spirit of Discovery, which launched in 2019, and will include many similar features,…

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Scenic

Scenic River Cruises is one of the most luxurious cruise operators in the world. It’s the cruise line behind the innovative and super luxurious yacht-style ship Scenic Eclipse, a ship that revolutionised the cruise industry when it launched in 2019,…

Scenic Ocean Cruises

We believe true luxury is all-inclusive and found in the thoughtful detail. That’s why, when you travel with Scenic, you can be confident that every detail is taken care of.

Seabourn

Seabourn is one of the world’s most luxurious cruise lines, a six-star operation headquartered in Seattle, USA. The cruise line champions small-ship sailing, raising the bar in 2009 with the launch of 458-passenger Seabourn Odyssey, and again in…

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SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream Yacht Club offers a 'yacht-like' style of cruising that is truly unique. The Club’s founder, Atle Brynestad, boasts a long history in the cruising industry, having founded Seabourn Cruise Line in 1987 and served as chairman and board member…

Silversea Cruises

Silversea is passionate about service and profoundly committed to maintaining the highest standards. Service that is richly personalised, genuine and caring, where every wish, every need is discretely anticipated and promptly delivered. With the…

Tauck

Tauck is a super-premium river cruise line offering small, intimate sailings on the waterways of Europe. The cruise line launched in 1992, offering luxurious and all-inclusive river cruises on the likes of the Danube, Rhine and Rhone, but also going…

Tradewind Voyages

New UK-based cruise line Tradewind Voyages will launch officially in March 2021 and recently announced that its five-masted ship Golden Horizon will set sail for the first time in June 2021. Tradewind Voyages has partnered with ship management…

TUI river cruises

TUI river cruises offer adults-only voyages on all the major European rivers. The all-inclusive sailings come with top service and an array of tempting shore excursions. There are three river cruise ships TUI Isla, TUI Maya and TUI Skyla; all have…

U by Uniworld

U by Uniworld is Uniworld’s younger, more edgy sister, a new cruise line offering Uniworld’s signature market-leading river cruises but in a more modern environment and aimed at a younger audience. The cruise line was designed to attract younger and…

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld is one of the most luxurious river cruise lines in existence, operating a fleet of 13 unique, opulent and lavish six-star river ships. The company was founded in 1976, becoming part of the Travel Corporation in 2004 – a group which also…

Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises began as a river cruise line and only entered the ocean-cruise market in 2015 with the launch of the 930-guest Viking Star. But despite this short period of time, Viking has already made an indelible mark on the sector with its fleet…

Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises is the largest river cruise line operators in the world, with a fleet of 76 ships running sailings across four continents on an army of award-winning ships. The cruise line is the river arm of Viking Ocean cruises, the…

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Winners 2021 Favourite River Cruise Line

Virgin Voyages

New cruise line Virgin Voyages emerged onto the cruising scene in 2019 with the launch of its first ship, Scarlet Lady. Sir Richard Branson’s 110,000-ton, 2,770-passenger vessel has been four years in the making and is the first of four being…

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships. The cruise line has six yachts - three of which are masted sailing ships - and offers laid-back luxury. Wind Star and Wind Spirit each carry 148 guests and Wind Surf carries 342. 'Power…