Life On Board

When you are on board a Riviera Travel river cruise ship, you're staying in a luxurious, floating boutique hotel. Our fine fleet of five-star and four-star superior vessels are rated as some of Europe's finest river cruise ships by the Berlitz Guide to River Cruising. The highest standards of design and creativity have come together to produce a masterpiece of on-board style, featuring sustainable hardwoods, gleaming brass, polished copper, wrought iron and sparkling glass combined with soft leather furnishings in tasteful colour palettes. Immediately you will notice how spacious and beautifully illuminated the ship is as you set foot in the grand marble-floored lobby and are bathed in natural light, streaming in through the glass roof of the atrium above.

Top five frequently asked questions

Is there a dress code?

There is no requirement to bring formal dress; smart/casual is acceptable for both day and evening as there is no dress code enforced. However, men are requested not to wear shorts for dinner or vest tops at any time in the dining room. Men may wish to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. The Captain’s Dinner offers the opportunity, should you wish, for more special attire.

Are there tea- and coffee-making facilities on board?

Yes, all cabins and suites are equipped with facilities for making tea and coffee, which are re-stocked daily. There is also a tea and coffee machine located in the public areas of the ship that can be accessed and used at no extra charge.

Are gratuities included and how much do I give?

Gratuities are not included in the cost of your holiday, as the decision whether to tip is entirely at your discretion. As a guideline we would recommend giving €5-10 per person, per day, should you feel it is appropriate. An envelope is left in your cabin on the final evening for you to drop off at reception the following morning, if you wish.

Are drinks included?

The cost of drinks is not included, as every guest has their own drink preference. Drinks are wll-priced and there is a comprehensive wine list.

Is there a seating policy during dinner?

Seating during mealtimes is always informal, so you are welcome to sit wherever, and with whomever you choose. Tables are set for four to six guests, and the maître d’ will be delighted to help you choose a seat.

To read through our full list of European River Cruise FAQs please click here.


Everything you need is included

  • Return travel and transfers from a choice of regional airports, or connect to Eurostar from your local train station.
  • Spacious cabins and suites all with beautifully appointed en-suite bathrooms and spectacular river views.
  • All meals on board from early riser's breakfast to midnight snacks, including Welcome Cocktails, Dinner & the Captain's Dinner.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee provided in every cabin and suite.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship and in your cabin.
  • Fascinating tours and excursions so you won't just see the destinations, you'll feel their heartbeat. Experience history and culture brought to life by expert guides and tour managers.
  • All port charges and airport taxes are covered. We guarantee there are never any surcharges.

Step inside with a 360° virtual tour

Click on an image below to take a virtual tour of either the MS Jane Austen or the brand new MS Thomas Hardy, 'Walk' around the entire ship and really see what life is like on board these impressive five-star vessels.

Exceptional service

Our specially selected crew are on call 24/7 to make your stay more comfortable. You can expect first-class service that is intuitive and efficient yet discreet. Our friendly crew are always ready to tend to your needs. All ships have an excellent ratio of crew to guests, so you are guaranteed care and attention with a personal touch. The team are always on hand to go above and beyond the expected standard of service to ensure our valued customers are comfortable and satisfied throughout the cruise.

As well as the fantastic crew, the hotel manager, our cruise director and tour manager are always on hand to go above and beyond the expected. All staff, tour managers and local guides speak English and are extremely knowledgeable. Many of our clients tell us that they remind them of trusted friends, and appreciate the family ambience that our unique style creates.

"We must also compliment the crew and staff of the ship for the quality of service they provided. The food on board was uniformly of a high standard and always beautifully presented; it was served by cheerful, friendly and efficient waiters and waitresses."

See what life on board is like in our European river cruising video below.

Please note that the above information is for our European river cruise collection. For all other cruises please visit the tour page and/or the ship page for information.

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