Frequently Asked Questions

River Cruise FAQ

What Attracts Guests to a River Cruise?

Guests are attracted to the itineraries that river cruises can take them on; featuring less traveled regions and smaller port cities.  It is a much more intimate experience than a large ocean-going cruise ship vacation… so much more luxurious than a river barge.  Enjoy comfortable, spacious, river-view staterooms.  An exceptional experience and value, passengers appreciate the largely all-inclusive pricing of river cruises.  No large crowds, with an average of 120 guests per vessel. 

Who is a River Cruise For?

Experienced travellers or cruisers who are ready for a boutique, hotel-style experience.  No line-ups, no crowds.  Carefree, expertly planned itineraries that provide guests with daily-included sightseeing programs take the pressure off “what excursion should I do?” or “how expensive is that excursion and how many can I afford to take?”  River Cruising is for travellers that want a visual and enriching experience. 

Where Can I Travel on a River Cruise?

River Cruises are very popular in China, Egypt and throughout Europe.

What is Included on a River Cruise?

Dining in open seating restaurants. 
Sightseeing excursions as indicated by each itinerary.
Wine with dinner on almost all River Cruise Lines (some even include Beer, Cappuccino and Soft Drinks).
Daily complimentary bottle of water on most River Cruise Lines.
English speaking local guides.
Professional Cruise director.

How Do I Dress on a River Cruise?

Clothing onboard and on shore is casual. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual–open-neck shirts, slacks, and dresses. Jackets and ties may be worn. The Captain’s welcome and farewell dinners are dressy, but not formal.

What is the Dining Like?

All meals onboard are prepared by talented chefs and consist of local food adjusted for North American tastes. There is a full buffet breakfast, and in Europe a buffet lunch including a choice of soups, main courses with an appetizer, salad or sandwich and dessert. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a choice of entrées.  Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

What is the Currency Onboard a River Cruise?

On most River Cruises the onboard currency is the Euro. U.S. currency and traveler’s checks may be exchanged for Euro. For payment of shipboard accounts, Euro and U.S. dollars are accepted as well as American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diner’s Club. A fee is charged for the use of traveler’s checks. Personal checks cannot be cashed on board.

What is the Currency Used at the Destinations?

In Europe:
Most of the countries you will be visiting in Europe use the Euro. Exceptions are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia; they all have their own currencies but the Euro is accepted in many establishments. Many locations accept major credit cards; however in small towns they are not widely accepted. In these cases and for incidentals or small vendors, you will need some local currency. ATM machines are located on shore at some stops. Prior to your departure, confirm with your bank that your ATM or credit card and PIN number will work abroad. All purchases on board are charged to your room account in Euros.

In Egypt:
The official currency is the Egyptian pound, but Euros and US Dollars are widely accepted. In small towns it is recommended to carry small amounts of local currency, but vendors in tourist areas are likely to accept US Dollars. Credit cards are usually accepted in larger towns. ATMs are available in most larger cities. Shipboard accounts can be settled by credit card or with cash. Travellers checks are not accepted.

In China:
The official currency in Mainland China is the Renminbi (RMB) or "People's currency." The basic unit is the yuan (also known as 'Kuai'), which equals 10 jiao (or 'mao'), which is then divided into 10 fen. Paper currency comes in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan notes, paper jiao comes in denominations of 1, 2 and 5. Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, and American Express can be used to purchase goods in some large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities. Credit cards can also be used to pay for meals in some of the fancier restaurants.

Can I Plug in my Shaver?

You will need an adapter or converter to use in outlets in your stateroom for any small personal items such as a shaver, curling iron or alarm clock. Electricity on board is 220v.

Is there a Hair Dryer in My Stateroom?

All ships should have hair dryers for passenger use in the staterooms.

How do Gratuities work on a River Cruise?

Gratuities on board and on land are usually not included in the cruise price. Tipping is a personal way to show your satisfaction for good service and is always appreciated.  It is recommended that tips be paid in cash.  Guidelines for tipping crew, tour guides and the cruise director are provided by each individual River Cruise Line.  There are a few River Cruise Lines that do include gratuities in the cost of their tour package.

Is there a Safe in my Stateroom?

River Cruise ships have in stateroom safes.

What if I need medical attention?

Due to the proximity to land, medical services can be called from shore rapidly.  Travel Insurance is always strongly recommended.

What language is spoken onboard?

The ships we feature on our web site are designed for the English speaking market. The language on board these river cruises is English.  All staff, crew and tour guides speak English.  All announcements and commentary will be in English.

Is there Internet Onboard?

Yes, and some River Cruise Vessels feature Infotainment centers that have Internet access within your stateroom.

Have we missed anything?

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