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Aug 26, 2023

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There’s so much to love about cruising: the opportunity to explore multiple destinations while only unpacking once, a seemingly limitless choice of onboard activities and offshore excursions, indulgent service and waking up with a new place to explore each morning. Both ocean and river cruises offer all these wonderful things. Yet while oceans ferry you between countries, rivers take you into them, showing you the heart of cities and towns. And that’s just one of the amazing advantages of river cruising.

River boats are smaller, more intimate ships, so they’re able to deliver a more personalized guest experience. In fact, the lower number of guests allows staff to provide luxury service that’s often far beyond what the large cruise ships can. Does a relaxing and pampered journey along the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro or Yangtze sound like your kind of adventure? Then consider a river cruise by one of the cruise lines below.


Explore grand capitals and charming villages on an unforgettable river cruise with AmaWaterways. Here, every day is a “see” day rather than a “sea” day because AmaWaterways sails to the very heart of each destination – where castles were built, and kings and queens were crowned. Celebrating over 20 incredible years on the world’s rivers, this family-owned and operated company has remained focused on what they do best: providing guests with innovative and memorable travel experiences. Stay awhile and discover Europe, Asia, Africa or South America with AmaWaterways – one river at a time.

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Viking® River Cruises.

Climb aboard Viking’s elegant, intimate ships and surround yourself with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Viking River Cruises prides itself on being destination focused, culturally enriching and carefully curated. Their innovative Viking Longships® are the newest and largest river fleet in Europe, featuring premium amenities, river cruising’s first-ever true two-room suites and the most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers. Let Viking’s ships gently carry you to the world’s greatest cities, picturesque towns and villages, and connect you to the heart of your destination.

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Uniworld® Boutique River Cruise Collection.

With a fleet of 17 one-of-a-kind ships that sail the rivers of Europe, Southeast Asia, Egypt, India and Peru, Uniworld is the leader in all-inclusive luxury river cruising. With just 120 guests on board, you get to know fellow travellers better and enjoy more personalized service from staff who deem “no detail too small, no request too large”. Here, everything is included: premium drinks, five-star meals, guided daily excursions that bypass long waits at major attractions, a host of onboard wellness and enrichment opportunities — even onboard gratuities. See the world's greatest cities and enjoy culturally immersive experiences with Uniworld.

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Avalon Waterways®.

Avalon Waterways has redefined cruising with elevated journeys along the world’s most mesmerizing waterways. Climb aboard and enjoy postcard-perfect views coupled with the perfect blend of elegance and ease. Avalon’s hotel-inspired Panorama Suites feature the industry’s only open-air balconies, with floor-to-ceiling windows that open a breathtaking 7 feet! Choose from “Active” adventures like biking, kayaking and hiking; “Discovery” experiences including painting, cooking classes and wine tasting, and “Classic” guided sightseeing excursions to make your voyage unforgettable.

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If watching ever-changing scenery aboard a divine ship sounds like your cup of tea, then river cruising is for you. Start narrowing your focus by deciding where you’d like to explore, then look at what each cruise line offers. A CAA Travel expert can help guide you as you begin this exciting journey. Take advantage of your CAA Membership and enjoy exclusive benefits when booking with CAA Travel. For more information or to book your dream cruise, call 1-844-447-2330 or visit your local CAA Store.

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