Cruising with Riviera Travel is a truly unforgettable experience. We're proud to hold Which? Recommended Provider status for River Cruises. Our gorgeous ships and award-winning service are two of the many reasons our customers keep coming back time and time again.
We understand that choosing the right cruise for you can be a little daunting, especially if you’re new to the world of cruising, so we’ve put together a brief guide below to summarise the different ship types and the cruises they offer.
The difference between the ship types is mainly determined by the waters that they cruise and the destinations they visit. Ships vary in size and style, but with Riviera Travel you can rest assured that no matter the ship, you’ll be cruising in the utmost luxury and comfort.
We use yachts to cruise the Adriatic and Dalmatian coasts as they are gentle and can cruise still waters with ease, plus they’re small enough to nip into the small ports and harbours. Expedition ships are hardy and strong enough to tackle the cold, icy waters around the Arctic and Antarctica, with plenty of room for Zodiac Dinghies. River cruise ships are long, low and perfect for meandering along the wide rivers of Europe, Asia and Egypt, in both shallow and deep waters, whilst smoothly navigating through locks and bridges. Tall ships, on the other hand, have mighty sails to handle the sea breezes and tides of the Mediterranean with ease and grace.
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Our fine fleet of are hallmarks of distinction and truly world class. Owned and designed by Riviera Travel, these Swiss built and operated ships are rated by the Berlitz Guide to River Cruising as some of the finest river cruise ships to grace . Our suites and cabins are among the largest on any river cruise vessel and 83% of our cabins feature a French or full balcony. These ships carry 130 to 170 passengers and are all named after classic British writers.
The Nile and Mekong are surely two of the world’s most fascinating rivers to cruise, with iconic sights and bucket-list destinations to tick off along the way. On we use the operated by a French-Vietnamese venture, which is similar in style but much smaller than our European river cruise ships. There are only 32 cabins, creating a much more intimate and personal experience on board.
For the we use the or the , both operated by world-class hospitality company Mövenpick. Similar to other river cruise ships, these carry between 100 and 150 passengers and all cabins and suites offer wonderful river views.
A yacht is a reasonably lightweight and fast ship that’s small in size. Yachts were originally designed by the Dutch navy for pursuing pirates in shallow waters but having been made popular by King Charles II in the 17th-century as recreational vessels, they are primarily used for leisure today. A yacht cruise often conjures images of glamourous adventures in turquoise waters and hot, sunny climes, and that’s exactly what we aim to offer on our
With no more that 20 cabins per ship, simple yet elegant interiors and informal dining experiences, these yacht cruises are perfect for those seeking a relaxing, island-hopping adventure. There’s even a platform from which to jump or climb into the sea any time we stop for a swim!
The most recent additions to our holiday collection are in the Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland and Iceland. The ships we use for these cruises are the , and . Each of these ships carry between 100 and 200 passengers and are specifically designed with strong engines and shallow drafts for high maneuverability in isolated channels, fjords and icy waters with minimal wildlife disruption. They each have a high ice-class and offer knowledge centres on board where you can enjoy fascinating lectures. Excursions are led by expert expedition teams in Zodiac Dinghies. Appropriate expedition clothing and boots are provided on these ships.
Our favourite ocean liner, cruises for seven days across the Atlantic from Southampton to New York City. She is big and beautiful with a host of activities and areas on board to lose yourself this luxurious style of cruising. Operated by Cunard, the Queen Mary 2 offers one of the most immersive and luxury experiences onboard any ocean liner today, with a timeless and classic feel to the interior and a great selection of indulgent accommodations and dining experiences to choose from.
This cosy small ship has just 28 cabins across four passenger decks, with a swim platform and PADI dive centre on board.
For our we sail on the , operated by Star Clippers. It has 42 sails across five masts and carries 223 passengers. The outstanding ship is proof that craftsmanship is very much alive: rich hardwoods, polished brass, wrought-iron fittings and marble are beautifully complemented by deep-pile carpets and sophisticated furnishings. It’s perfect for those who seek a genuine sailing experience and wish to rediscover a maritime tradition without sacrificing creature comforts.
Scroll to the end of the page to watch a video of Suhendro, an Executive Chef on our European river cruise ships.