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We bring you the latest news on all the latest happenings in the world of river cruising. River Cruise Passenger provides Australian travellers with up-to-date news articles on new cruise ships, exciting destinations, shore excursions, and more. Check our news section regularly to get the scoop on recently launched river cruise ships. Discover details and images of new vessels from lines like Viking, Avalon Waterways, APT and Scenic. Additionally, learn about innovative ship designs and amenities for an unparalleled on-water experience. Moreover, get inspired for your next river cruise vacation by reading our destination spotlights. We cover trending and emerging river ports across the globe – from marquee European cities to lesser-known gems in Asia and South America. In addition, peruse sample itineraries to help plan your perfect cruise. Gain insider tips by browsing our latest excursion features. Read about active walking tours, immersive cultural experiences, once-in-a-lifetime special excursions and more ways to experience ports. Also, see reviews of new shore tour offerings for cruise lines. Furthermore, this site also reports on important industry news like new safety protocols, travel restrictions, deals and more to help you cruise with confidence. Want to stay current on all aspects of river cruising? Bookmark our site for a frequently updated mix of news articles, ship profiles, destination guides and insider advice tailored for Australian travellers. Whether you’re dreaming of a Danube Waltz cruise, sailing the Mekong, or charting the Nile, River Cruise Passenger puts the world of river cruising at your fingertips. Discover the newest ships, itineraries and excursions for an extraordinary river journey.

APT’s 16 seven-night cruises on new riverboat go on sale

The $6.75 million Australian Star which is currently being built will be the largest, wood-fired, luxury paddlesteamer in the Southern Hemisphere when it launches on the iconic Murray River in Victoria. One-third of sailings or 16 seven-night sailings from June 2025 have already sold out.

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Feb 26 2024

American Queen Voyages halts but Aussie train operations continue

The American Queen Voyages admitted “unforeseen circumstances and the inability to obtain sufficient capital at a commercially reasonable rate to continue operations,’’ the company said in a statement and notice to employees at its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Feb 21 2024

APT to debut new ship on the popular Douro River

Douro River is the new hot destination which has experienced a surge of interest from many river cruise lines heading to Portugal.

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Feb 20 2024

Uniworld’s flash sale offers 2-for-1 fares on select European cruises

Luxury boutique river line Uniworld has unveiled a flash Leap Year sale offering 50 per cent off on some popular European itineraries - but hurry you have to book before 29 February.

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Feb 13 2024

Save 15 per cent on PS Emmylou sailings on the Murray River

If you are looking to take a genteel sailing on a Murray River paddlewheeler, now is the chance to save 15 per cent on selected three, four and seven-night voyages this year.

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Feb 7 2024

Viking launches 2026 river sales early 

Viking has opened sales for its 2026 European river voyages early after many 2024 dates sold out and the 2025 season selling well.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jan 29 2024

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.

Spoiled for choice – an active cruise aboard the Avalon Envision

Onboard the Avalon Envision, Sue Bryant enjoys the line’s do-it-your-way ethos, especially their more active options.

Apr 22 2020

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.

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.

Oct 2 2019

Tips & Advice

Tips & Advice for river cruising is what we do best. This is one of Australia’s leading resource for river cruising holidays worldwide. Browse our website for expert tips, up-to-date advice, and details on the most amazing river cruise destinations, shore excursions, voyages and ports for Australian travellers. From Europe’s charming waterways to exotic Asia, our articles help you pick the right river cruise. In addition, this website also help travellers peruse itineraries and find voyages ranging from scenic weekend escapes to epic cross-continent odysseys. Moreover, this page also helps cruisers discover ports of call from Amsterdam to Angkor Wat. The Tips & Advice section provides good reads about unique shore excursions – from bicycling through Bordeaux vineyards to visiting Buddhist temples in Myanmar. Furthermore, the site’s Tips & Advice page allows Ausie travellers to be bet prepared and packed for their river cruise with our informative guides. We provide savvy pre-trip advice from visa and travel insurance needs to recommended packing lists. Find tips on everything from shore excursion selections to shipboard etiquette. Know before you go with our destination-specific guidance. Finally, our goal is to simplify river cruising for Aussies. Browse our comprehensive recommendations on spectacular cruises worldwide. From the Seine to the Mekong, the Nile to the Yangtze, and of course the famous waterways of Europe like the Rhine, Rhone, Danube, and Moselle. This website helps intrepid Australian travellers create their dream river cruise experience. Let us guide you on an extraordinary journey along the great rivers of the world.

Destinations

Experience different destinations through the magic of river cruising as you journey to incredible and stunning waterways across the globe. This page offers ultimate guides to Austalian travellers to intimately experience world-class cities, historic regions, and stunning landscapes found along the great rivers of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Additionally, destinations like Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, and Paris await every Ausie river cruiser as they cruise the pastoral rivers of the Netherlands and France. Moreover, there will also be content on marveling at ornate castles and cathedrals perched on hilltops, and meander down cobblestone streets lined with cafes and shops. On the other hand, this page also provides insights in cruise along the exotic waterways of Southeast Asia – the Mekong, Irrawaddy, and Chao Phraya rivers. We’ll also provide articles on immersive journeys to Buddhist temples and floating markets. On the other hand, this page will also provide content on ancient civilizations and sample flavorful cuisine. Destinations such as Vietnam’s bustling Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia’s mystical Angkor Wat, which is indeed a journey of incredible sights. There are also content on safari along Africa’s great rivers such as the Chobe and Nile to spot diverse wildlife like hippos, crocodiles, and hundreds of bird species. Guides on retracing the footsteps of ancient Egyptians as cruisers view the Pyramids and Valley of the Kings and other gems of the Nile are also provided. This page aims to give travellers ultimate guides for them to experience these and many other extraordinary destinations across the great rivers of the world. Our expertly crafted articles on itineraries, onshore excursions, and valuable guides ensure every traveller’s river cruise an unforgettable adventure discovering the heart of world’s iconic destinations.

Nine of the best experiences on Asia’s waterways

Cruising Asian rivers is really about picking your time. The peak cruise season starts in October with the end of the monsoon season.

WORDS BY Vanessa Wu . Jan 24 2024

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