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The Best River Cruise Lines  

Island Hopper Dan
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The best river cruise lines feature incredible cruises along some of the world's most popular, beautiful bodies of water. From the Rhine to the the Seine and the Amazon River, the companies listed here are among the best cruise lines ever. For those with a sense of adventure, who want to see several historic ports during a cruise, river cruising (particularly in Europe), is a great way to vacation. This list includes some of the most popular, well-known river cruise lines, but it is by no means complete, so feel free to add any great river cruise lines that are missing (and vote for your favorites, of course).

What are some of the advantages of river cruising? Basically, you're going to be on a much smaller cruise ship, and, quite often, a much more luxurious one. Ports are plentiful, allowing for a lot of sightseeing. You won't spend long days at sea - you'll be able to take in the gorgeous scenery from start to finish.

If you want to see parts of France, for example, a river cruise along the Seine might include stops in Claude Monet's home of Giverny. That same river cruise might then take you to the beaches of Normandy, where you can see the D-day memorial sites. For those wishing to get an up close look at parts of Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, a cruise along the Rhine River might be the perfect choice, with stops in Cologne and Heidelberg.

For more great cruising information, check out these lists of the best luxury cruise lines, the best cruise ships for families and kids and the best cruise destinations in the world.
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Viking Cruises is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
Tourism
Viking Cruises is an international company that operates a fleet of river cruising vessels along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt; in 2015 it will begin ...more
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AmaWaterways is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
AmaWaterways
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Avalon Waterways is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
Avalon Waterways
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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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Tauck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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Grand Circle Travel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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Abercrombie & Kent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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St. Lawrence Cruise Lines is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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Sea Cloud River Yachts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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French Country Waterways is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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American Cruise Lines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
Hospitality
American Cruise Lines, Inc. is a small-ship cruise line with its headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, United States. The line operates six small ships along the Eastern Seaboard, Western ...more
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Pandaw River Cruises is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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Peter Deilmann Cruises is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
Peter Deilmann Cruises is a German cruise company which has offered river cruises throughout Europe and several ocean cruises. It is headquartered in Neustadt in Holstein, Germany.
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Scenic Tours River Cruises is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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European Cruises Ltd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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Aqua Expeditions is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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Victoria Cruises is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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American Queen Steamboat Co. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines
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Luxury Waterway Cruises Ltd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best River Cruise Lines