About TUI River Cruises…
It’s time to see the world in style – prepare to discover more exciting destinations than ever before, sailing through the very heart of some of the world’s most scenic cities onboard ships that ooze sophistication.
Prepare to feel fully immersed in dreamy destinations, from bustling cities like Budapest and Vienna to little hidden gems like Durnstein and Cochem. If you’re already a cruising expert, you’ll love river cruising even more!
Sail down the Rhine, the Main or the Danube – whichever you go for, you’ll find each waterway an amazing adventure serving up stunning scenery at every turn.
What’s included in a TUI River Cruise?
With TUI River Cruises, there’s so much already included in your holiday:
- Direct flights from UK airports
- 20kg luggage allowance
- Airport transfers – to and from your ship
- Full Board Plus – Breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks (teas/coffees/soft drinks/wine/ beer)
- Barbecues on deck
- 1GB of Wi-Fi per cabin, per week
- £120 excursion credit per person, per 7 days
- All tips and port charges
Take your pick from TUI Isla, TUI Maya or TUI Skyla – all three ships are Adult Only and have a maximum of 155 guests onboard at any time, so there’s a real intimate feel to each sailing.
You might be used to Inside Cabins if you’ve been on a cruise before – but you’ll find none of those on these ships – you’ll be able to see superb scenes from the moment you wake up, from either your porthole, floor-to-ceiling windows or sumptuous French balcony. What a treat!
Known for their standout service, TUI have made sure their river cruising ships are no exception, with fabulous entertainment, a choice of restaurants and lounges, and culture-packed excursions to wow you from beginning to end.
Just like their sister cruise line Marella Cruises, TUI River Cruises continue to offer you more time ashore, meaning you get the very most out of every destination you visit.
Be it Amsterdam’s swirling canals, historic monasteries in Germany or a spot of wine tasting as you discover a few of your ‘favourite things’ in Austria, on a tour of The Sound of Music locations.
Your excursions are personalised to you – your £120 credit can be used as and when you like, on whichever tour or trip takes your fancy.
And if you normally opt for the All Inclusive, you even have the option to go Premium on on your drinks package, so you’re never short of a tipple.
For just £98 per person, you’ll get a bigger selection of drinks including branded spirits, cocktails and premium coffees. Daiquiri, anyone?
TUI River Cruises are part of the world’s number one tourism business – TUI – so you know you’re in good hands.
There’s so many incredible itineraries to choose from – sailing along the River Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, and even the Dutch and Belgian Waterways.
You’ll soon be crossing off grand capitals, vibrant valleys, vineyards, tiny cobble-stoned villages and dramatic gorges in no time. It really is an amazing way to travel!
About river cruising…
Allowing you to get up close and personal with your favourite cities, a river cruise should definitely be on your cruise bucket-list. Many of the world’s most interesting destinations and landmarks are accessed via a scenic river cruise, and cruise lines have designed smaller and more intimate ships especially to follow these routes, a truly magical experience.
Depending on the destination, river cruise deals can often be had for very little cost, although there are other luxurious options awaiting those who want to make a splash. Either way, river cruises are popular with those who enjoy city breaks or Christmas markets, but can also lead you to forgotten corners of exotic locations.
You could find yourself sailing up the historic channels of the Danube in Hungary’s spellbinding countryside or heading through the ancient city of Budapest and marvelling at its beautiful architecture. These scenic river cruises coupled with those sumptuous sunsets over central Europe’s finest mountain regions creates the opportunity for romantic evening dining. They’re also the perfect setting to soak up that picture-perfect postcard appeal of a scenic river cruise.
Why choose a river cruise?
River cruise holidays come with plenty of advantages. It’s the perfect excuse for a short break and the chance to enjoy the comfort of a more traditional, intimate ship which will become your home away from home during your delightful journey. River cruise ships ooze charm and luxury, allowing you to admire your destination in style! Much like their larger sisters at sea, you can expect mouth-watering cuisine and exciting entertainment to make your sailing one to remember.
Pricing is usually a little lower than ocean cruises, and river cruises in Europe also serve as a great way to get into the innermost cities of the continent. Cameras at the ready because with this kind of sailing, the best scenery at sea is right in front of you – culture and history buffs will be in their element.
Instead of soaking up the beaches of the Costa Del Sol or Greece’s Ionian islands, a river cruise provides you with a neatly wrapped and bow-tied holiday bundle where you can pick and choose from a selection of activities, cities, cuisines, and cultures. Often at a price that is cheaper and more value for money than your standard holiday, cheap river cruises with Cruisedeals enable guests and passengers to comfortably squeeze in as much relaxation and fun as possible.
Whether you’re taking a short weekend river cruise throughout Europe or going further afield, the value for money is undeniable.
River cruise lines and ships
Experts in river cruising, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are ready and waiting to provide you with the ultimate cruise experience. Savouring some of Europe’s cultural hot spots, find yourself sailing down the River Danube for Budapest and Hungary or explore the wonders of Amsterdam onboard the iconic Brabant. The world’s oldest cities await!
The biggest name in the river cruising today is the multi-award winning Viking Cruises. The longboat cruise ships specialise in cruises that educate as much as inspire, frequently taking in stops at Amsterdam, Bucharest and towns dotted along the Rhine. However, trips along the Nile or China’s Yangtze River are some of the more specialised voyages to choose from.
Meanwhile, Avalon Waterways works alongside the communities it visits in styling its ships. Avalon Siem Reap, for instance, has authentic interiors designed by Asian craftsmen to suit its voyages in rivers in that region. More classic river cruises use more neutral style, and each ship benefits from panoramic windows and international dining options onboard.
What to expect onboard
While on your river cruise you’ll not only be gaining access to some of Europe’s best cities and waterways, you’ll also get the chance to soak up some of the fine hospitality and entertainment while on-board. Maybe this is your first cruise and you’re wondering what to expect or want to find out more about some of the activities you can get up to?
Offers and promotions range from ship to ship, but most now offer complimentary wine and soft drinks throughout the journey as well as a selection of daytime activities like mini-golf, indoor swimming pools, games rooms for the kids, and a live casino if you’re looking to master your poker face.
While many cruises provide you with a selection of restaurants and international dishes to choose from, there’s plenty of bars on-board where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail or a beer or two before relaxing in our spa or enjoying a professional massage treatment.
When you’re not soaking up the culture of a new European city, your evenings on-board will be spent relaxing in your cabin or appreciating the entertainment from live comedians and cabaret acts. There’s something for all passengers to appreciate while on-board, whether you’re looking for excitement or a relaxing river cruise.