Why should I choose a river cruise?
Main River cruises offer the best way to experience this part of Germany. These all inclusive cruises offer lodging, onboard meals, and day excursions in the price of the ticket. Plus, you won't waste any time going from one site to the next since your lodging goes with you! The Main River passes by some of the most popular destinations in Germany, meaning that you will have excellent access to all of these sites right from your ship.
What should I look for on a riverboat?
The boats we have hand selected
for the Main River cruises offer top comfort and service from a friendly crew, and feature multiple social areas like a spacious panoramic sun deck, dining areas and bars, and comfortable lounges. As you cruise the river, your vessel allows you to see the majestic sights of Germany from the scenic Main River and gives you access to some of the best historic destinations along the way.
Should I get a room with a balcony?
It all depends on what your priorities are, but they can often be an unnecessary additional expense. The way these river vessels are designed, each room faces out, which means that even rooms without balconies tend to have large picture windows that allow you to see the scenic nature of the Main River valleys. Plus, there is ample deck space on the panoramic sun deck where you can take in the majesty of the Main from all sides. Unless you have your heart set on a balcony, then a great alternative is getting a room with large windows or a sliding glass door that opens right out towards the fresh air (known as a "French balcony").
What is dining like?
The Main River takes you through some of the most savory cuisine capitals of Germany, where you'll have chances to try the local flavors - especially the famous pretzels and beer. Aboard the boat, you can count on gourmet meals.
Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
Definitely! Many of the destinations, like small towns and historic cities, are right on the river, giving travelers easy access; but there are also several popular destinations that you can get to from the main ports along the Main - once you dock for the day, you will have options to take a motor coach to any destinations that aren't on the river. This includes inland vineyards, castles, and other landmarks.
Will my vessel have WiFi?
Most but not all Main Riverboats have WiFi. Most, especially the newer riverboats, have free WiFi access throught the boat, including in your room, a few boats charge charge, and some have reception only in public deck areas and not in the rooms. It's important to check with your Adventure Life representative to confirm that your riverboat of choice has WiFi onboard.
What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
In Europe the power is 220v, not the 110v like in North America, but typically devices can handle both without the need for a converter. You will need plug adapters for two round prongs European style.
How can I save money on a river cruise?
If you're hoping to save money on a European River cruise, then check out our Deals & Promotions page
to find the best offers each season. We can also help you track the river cruises of your choice and let you know when there are specials and deals that you might be interested in. We advise travelers to avoid saving money by booking cheaper cabins - cabins that save you a lot of money tend to sacrifice space and often the breathtaking views that make river cruises in Europe such a wonderful experience.
Are Main River cruises a good family vacation?
Certain Main River cruises are great for family vacations - look for cruises that have activities perfect for the ages of your family members. If you are traveling with kids, then the cruises with lots of easy activities are ideal. If you have adolescents, then consider an active cruise, with opportunities for biking, hiking, and faster-paced exploration. Among adults, the cultural and wine-tasting cruises are a popular option. There's a perfect Main River cruise for every family.
Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to the Main River?
All citizens of North America traveling to and throughout Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Due to changes in visa laws in recent years, it is not necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe as long as you plan to stay less than three months. These laws are subject to change in the future. Make sure to check current European visa requirements