Why should I choose a river cruise?
If you choose to take a Danube River cruise, you will have an all access pass to some of the greatest destinations in central and eastern Europe, including all tours, meals, lodging, and transportation on a comfortable river vessel. They take advantage of the down time to make the long journeys, like during meal times or at night. Each day when you wake up, you'll be in a brand new destination, without ever having to pack & unpack your bags.
What should I look for on a riverboat?
Due to space constrictions of Danube riverboats, no riverboats have a lot of amenities like multiple dining areas or casinos, but you can expect to have a spacious sun deck from which to view the amazing sites of central & eastern Europe, a large dining room & bar where you can enjoy the gourmet cuisine, and perhaps even a pool, spa, or fitness center on the finer vessels. The cabins range from comfortable to luxurious, and you will find that the captain and crew are very friendly and welcoming.
Are there 5-star river vessels in Europe?
Whereas seafaring ships have the luxury of spacious deckplans, riverboats on the Danube
follow a stricter design with three to four long decks, one dining room, lounge, and bar, and a sun deck on the top level. Because their space is limited and they feature necessarily fewer social areas and amenities, they aren't considered five star vessels. However, this is a quickly advancing business in Europe, so it's likely that within the next few years there will be five-star river vessels, as we already feature a fair number of vessels that are truly luxurious.
Should I get a room with a balcony?
The Danube River can be appreciated in its full beauty from the panoramic sundeck, so balconies don't generally improve the overall experience – they will cost hundreds of dollars more and could cost you valuable floor space in cabins that are already smaller than typical cabins on larger ships. A room with a floor to ceiling window or a window that opens can be just as good on a riverboat.
What is dining like?
All of our featured boats will treat you to some of the finest local delicacies and comfort food, all in the decadent dining rooms/ bars of the vessels. Excellent chefs guarantee a wonderful menu.
Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
You can count on it! While many of the Danube visitor sites are right on the shores of the river, there are also a fair number that are a bit more isolated. To get to these destinations, you will just take a bus from the river vessel, but this is included in the price.
Will my riverboat have WiFi?
Not usually, but it's possible. Some vessels have free WiFi, others charge, and others simply don't have it at all. You might be able to get a WiFi signal in the bigger cities where hotspots are more common. But it's just as likely that you won't have a signal at all for one or more days.
What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
All of Europe uses 220v power, different from 110v power in North America, but fortunately most devices can handle both voltages so you probably won't need a power converter. You will need plug adapters to convert the two flat prong American style plugs to the three flat prong British version of plugs or the two round prong European style.
How can I save money on a river cruise?
Save thousands of dollars on your cruise by checking out the latest promotions for your destination on our Danube River Cruise Deals page
or by letting one of our travel experts help you find the best deals. Don't look to save money by getting cheaper rooms since the lower class cabins are sometimes less comfortable or simply have less space.
Are Danube river cruises a good family vacation?
The Danube river is a wonderful destination for families of all ages, but the best cruises for families with children or teens are the active cruises that offer biking and walking tours. Check out our family travel article for more information.
Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to the Danube?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements