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Reviews and testimonials to help you find the RIGHT river cruise line.


The process of selecting the right river cruise line for your vacation can be challenging!
Our river cruise line reviews will help!

Why do you think your parents probably bought a Ford, Chevy, or Oldsmobile? Why is it very likely you did not? Why do some vacationers choose to stay in a Holiday Inn or a Marriott; why do others prefer upscale hotels such as a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons that focus more on one’s creature comforts?

More than likely you would answer — “it’s just what they like,” or “it fits their lifestyle” — right? You are spot on! That’s exactly why our very experienced river cruise experts at Premier River Cruises have taken the time to provide you with very objective, no-nonsense reviews of each of the river cruise line our travel agency currently offer for sale. Our river cruise line reviews are meant to provide you with better clarity about the subtle differences between the various river lines.

Today, it seems like each river cruise line's marketing tends to blur the differences between their brand and their competitors and this is intentional. While that strategy may make sense to them, it does very little to aid a first time buyer in differentiating the various lines. We find that most first time river cruise buyers can easily get confused about each lines product offerings. For you, this confusion could result in you not buying you wanted or thought you were buying. Even worse, you could buy a river cruise that does not fit your needs, desires or lifestyle. While buying the wrong product can cost you anwhere from $500-$2000 more per person, it could also result in a very poor first river cruise experience.

We've been selling cruises for over 20 years.
The experienced team at Premier River Cruises is the MOST knowledgeable in the business and most have been selling cruises for over 20 years and river cruises for at least 8 and no one in travel knows more about river cruising. The goal of our river cruise line reviews is to provide an objective picture for you of each lines product and services. We believe this is far better approach than creating an artifical ranking system of each cruise line and provides you a better way to begin your assessment process — selecting the right river cruise line is really, reallly important to you and "one size does not fit all." If you do your homework and work with a specialist, the end result should be the selection of the cruise line that best fits with your personal needs, wants, and lifestyle… oh yes, and budget.

You are about to spend a reasonably large amount of money on your first river cruise, and you really don't want to buy the wrong river cruise lines' product. We can only convey our thoughts in our words and encourage you to spend a bit of time on our site, reviewing each line or the ones that you have heard of. Please DON'T think that because of their marekting and advertising, Viking is the only cruise line, they are most certainly not! They are an excellent product for many first time cruisers, but not for ALL first time river cruisers.

Why you should read all of our river cruise line reviews and customer testimonials.
As you spend time on each cruise line, you'll notice that our river cruise line reviews are designed to provide you with a feeling and understanding about that cruise brand. As you read the words, think about your lifestyle and what will work best for you. Do you like a more formal setting, or would a more casual and informal setting work best for you on your first river cruise. Is the cuisine important along with the selection of wines and beers, or is food not really important to you? How about shore excursions, do they matter? Think about what matters and the BEST ADVICE we can give you is DON'T buy on price alone... it is ALWAYS A MISTAKE!

Finallly, as you go through the materials, do make sure you also watch the videos of each river line as they can tell you a great deal about the product in a more visual way. When you feel you are on the right path to finding what you think you would like, narrow your choice down to two river cruise lines, then pick-up the phone and call one of our river cruise experts to talk about your choices and thoughts. We know most people like to remain anonymous and send emails, but, given what you are about to spend, don't you really want to interact with a "human," and a human that really knows river cruising? You really should call Premier... we promise not to intimidate you, and we guarantee that we will make the process really, really painless. Unlike other travel agencies, we ONLY sell river cruise and small ship cruise vacations. Our specialists are full time river cruise experts who have been on many, many river ships, and... we don't work on commission! Need we say more?

Click on the links below to read a review for each of the award-winning river lines that we feature:

Abercrombie & Kent
American Cruise Lines
American Queen Steamboat Company
Avalon Waterways
Blount Small Ship Adventures
Emerald Waterways

We sell most, but not all river or small ship cruise lines.
Premier only sells cruise lines that we believe provide: 1) a great vacation; 2) a good value, and 3) lasting memories. And, while our goal is to sell you an inspiring, rewarding, and memorable river or small ship cruise vacation, we feel it’s just as important to earn your trust. We’re old fashioned, that way. We feel that if we serve you well, provide the knowledge and guidance so you can make the right decisions, and deliver good value, it will ultimately result in your repeat and referral cruise business coming back to us.

Sure there are a few river lines that may cost you a bit less than those we recommend, but we don’t feel one’s vacation is the place to go “cheap.” Vacations are special times; they should create special memories and moments — not nightmares. Why would we suggest a “bare-bones” cruise line to you if we would not take it ourselves, or recommend it to our friends or families — we wouldn’t! Those companies may appear less expensive, but when you add on the “non-included” features they, in fact, may ultimately be the same… or even more expensive. Why risk your vacation with these types of companies? They are nothing more than a “poor man’s” bus tour on a river.

Some travel agencies like to put stars on river cruise lines and rate them. We choose not to do that because any type of rating system is far too subjective to be of value — it would not be fair to you or to the cruise lines. Our interests are totally focused on your vacation experience and we recognize that each of our customers are unique, have different tastes, experiences, desires and lifestyles. Our Premier River Cruises experts understand the subtle differences... you know, it’s like understanding the subtle differences between a Celebrity cruise and one on Carnival, a stay at Marriott or Ritz Carlton, and so forth.

At Premier we also talk about value. If you don’t see a river cruise line on our list of preferred river cruise companies, then it’s because we HAVE made an objective judgment call that the offerings of that cruise line do not measure up to the subjective criteria and guidelines we follow in order to recommend a river cruise company to you.

Must read Premier in-depth articles and exclusive programs.
If this will be your first river cruise vacation, please spend some time on our section entitled, “Is a River Cruise for You?”, it's chalk full of valuable insights you’ll need to know. If you’re getting ready to celebrate a Milestone Event such as a special birthday, anniversary or the renewal of your marriage vows, spend some time reading the page on "Milestone Events." We have special values, special recognition, and special gifts just for you. This program is exclusively for Premier River Cruise customers.

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