Reviews

Our website provides unbiased reviews on the top river cruise lines, ships, destinations, shore tours and more so you can make informed choices for your next holiday. Browse ship reviews for major river cruise operators like Viking, Scenic, Tauck and Avalon Waterways. In addition, travellers can also check ratings for staff, dining, cabins, amenities and onboard experience. Moreover, cruisers can also read commentary from Australian cruisers to learn what each ship really offers. Furthermore, cruise enthusiasts can research destinations with our port and itinerary reviews. Discover pros/cons of popular European rivers like the Rhine and Danube. Learn about highlights along exotic waterways in Asia and South America from Aussie travellers. Get the local perspective on ports from Amsterdam to Ho Chi Minh City. On the other hand, river cruisers can also use our excursion reviews to compare offerings in each port. See which shore tours got top marks from Australian cruisers for value, unique activities, cultural immersion and more. Find the right fit for your interests and mobility. We offer 100% honest, unbiased feedback on many aspects of river cruising. Check ratings and reviews for an unvarnished look at ships, destinations, and shore excursions. You’ll find the details you need to select the perfect river cruise experience. Whether you’re a river cruise novice or seasoned traveller, our reviews provide useful, transparent insights to help you set sail with confidence. Get the real scoop from Aussie cruisers so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your river cruise holiday.

Onboard Teeming Rhine River Cruises, where you’re the boss

The days of all-inclusive – and all-regimented – river cruising may just be drawing to a close with Teeming on a Rhine itinerary.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 25 2020

Viking River Cruises’ slow boat through China

A Viking river cruise and land tour combination through China shows Bridget McGrouther the highlights of this fascinating country.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Oct 2 2019

A Viking foodie tour of France

Chef Cedric Bruyere is not a happy man on the Viking Delling. My fogasse is not to his liking. His usually affable Gallic charm is giving way to signs of frustration. “You have far too […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Sep 17 2019

Exclusive: The verdict on MAFS stars Cam and Jules’ Le Boat adventure from Nieuwpoort

They are definitely not your usual travel reviewers. But then, a journey from Nieuwpoort with Le Boat is not your usual travel holiday.

WORDS BY Rose Jacobs . Sep 4 2019

First Look: AmaMagna, a revolution on the Danube

AmaMagna started 10 years ago (perhaps even longer) as a bold idea, the vision of AmaWaterways’ co-owner and president Rudi Schreiner. A European river ship twice as wide (22 metres) as the standard, featuring an […]

WORDS BY John Roberts . Jul 10 2019

RV Cruiseco Adventurer: Days on the Delta

Cruising the mighty Mekong on the RV Cruiseco Adventurer, every day is a chance to learn from the locals. If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. Happy we are, so we clap […]

WORDS BY Kristie Kellahan . Jan 8 2019

Viking Ingvar

A river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow aboard Viking Ingvar offers a fascinating journey through a complex country, writes Sally McMillan. Viking Ingvar’s smart, funny cruise director Sacha has been handed a whole lot […]

WORDS BY Sally Macmillan . Oct 3 2018

A brush with the masters aboard the AmaLegro for an art cruise

We take an art cruise aboard AmaLegro and discover making it is more fun than just going to a gallery and looking at it. It sounds like an art critic’s version of hell. Forty people […]

WORDS BY Julie Hatfield . Sep 5 2018

Onboard the new luxurious Crystal Bach

European river cruising is throwing off its dowdy image once and for all thanks to Crystal Cruises’ new-build river ships like Crystal Bach. Upmarket cruise lines often say their biggest rivals are not one another, […]

WORDS BY Sue Bryant . Jul 25 2018

A Venetian voyage on La Bella Vita

As La Bella Vita nudges into the narrow navigation channel leading into the city that has inspired generations of artists, I feel as if I’ve been transported straight onto a canvas created by Canaletto, Venice’s […]

WORDS BY Jeannine Williamson . Jul 11 2018