Viking River Cruises Wins Best River Cruise Line

AmaWaterways, Blount Small Ship Adventures, Avalon Waterways and CroisiEurope also winners

Check in, unpack once and let your floating hotel show you around some of the world's most spectacular waterways. River cruising has recently exploded in popularity as a comfortable and affordable way to explore a region, from the Rhine to the Mekong to the Amazon. 

  • A-ROSA River Cruises

    A-ROSA’s casual yet elegant fleet of riverboats cruise the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and Seine Rivers in Europe. Passengers can watch the scenery go by on a spacious sun deck, unwind in SPA-ROSA, dine on regional culinary specialties and enjoy long, leisurely time in ports of call. Amenities include swimming pools, a gym, deck chess and French balconies in most cabins.
    Photo courtesy of A-ROSA River Cruises

  • Emerald Waterways

    Emerald’s custom-built Star-Ships give guests more space than almost any other vessels in Europe. Onboard amenities for Emerald’s eight to 17-day itineraries include a heated pool, nightly cinema, sun deck, fine dining, beer and wine, soft drinks and EmeraldPLUS experiences – activities designed to immerse guests in the culture and history of each fascinating destination they visit.
    Photo courtesy of Emerald Waterways

  • Victory Cruise Lines

    Victory Cruise Lines offers all-inclusive itineraries on The Great Lakes, as well as the St. Lawrence River from Montreal to the North Atlantic. The 202-passenger M/V Victory I is small enough to navigate America’s canals and locks to reach ports of call where larger ships simply cannot go. Amenities include environmentally sensitive bath amenities, flat screen TVs, complimentary beverages (including wine, beer and spirits), WiFi and a daily themed afternoon tea.
    Photo courtesy of Victory Cruise Lines

  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

    Luxurious river ships with an average capacity of 130 guests and one of the best staff-to-guest ratios in the industry ply the waters of Europe, Russia and Asia under the Uniworld name. Passengers on Uniworld vessels enjoy gourmet cuisine, immersive shore excursions and many all-inclusive benefits. The ships themselves are each unique, complete with sumptuous staterooms and original art commissioned exclusively for Uniworld.
    Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

  • Scenic

    Scenic specializes in five-star journeys along Europe’s spectacular waterways, including the Rhine, Main, Danube, Seine and Rhone. These all-inclusive cruises include a private butler for every guests, all-day drinks, shore excursions, e-bikes for every passenger, pre-paid gratuities and transfers to and from the ship.
    Photo courtesy of Miquel Gonzalez, Scenic Cruises

  • CroisiEurope

    CroisiEurope operates 45 exclusive ships, including five chartered vessels, for its creative itineraries along the waterways of Europe and Asia. Not only can passengers cruise major rivers, they can experience more intimate French canals aboard one of CroisiEurope’s fleet of 12-cabin hotel barges.
    Photo courtesy of CroisiEurope

  • Avalon Waterways

    River cruisers in Europe will find the largest standard staterooms and suites aboard Avalon’s fleet of luxurious ships. Onboard amenities include fitness centers, a Sky Deck with a whirlpool and shade system, free WiFi, flat screen TVs and a self-serve beverage station. The Avalon Choice program allows cruisers to customize the details of their experience, ensuring each vacation is a perfect fit.
    Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways

  • Blount Small Ship Adventures

    Blount Small Ship Adventures take guests – no more than 83 per sailing – to places the big ships can’t go, including a 14-day journey through the locks and canals of the Northeast and another 14-day trip along the Hudson into southeastern Canada. Often historians, naturalists and culinary experts come aboard to give guest lectures on an area’s history, culture and wildlife, enhancing the experience of a destination. The atmosphere on board is decidedly casual, with open-seating dining and a “bring your own bottle” policy (house wine and beer are complimentary at lunch and dinner).
    Photo courtesy of Blount Small Ship Adventures

  • AmaWaterways

    “Ama” comes from the Latin word for “love,” and the love AmaWaterways has for river cruising shows. Many of the staterooms in AmaWaterways’ fleet of river ships feature a French balcony and a full outside balcony, providing guests stellar views of the passing scenery. Joined by no more than 163 fellow passengers, guests find plenty of room on board to spread out and relax. Shore excursions are included in the fare, and in many ports of call, guests can choose from several options. A fleet of complimentary bicycles on board allows guests to explore destinations in a more active, leisurely way.
    Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

  • Viking River Cruises

    Founded in 1997, Viking River Cruises plies the waterways of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt with its fleet of 35 vessels. While Viking has also launched an award-winning ocean cruise line, the company built its reputation in river cruising. These all-inclusive cruises feature outside staterooms, WiFi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in every port and Viking’s signature Culture Curriculum program.
    Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

We asked our readers to vote for their favorite river cruise line, and after four weeks of daily voting, the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best River Cruise Line are as follows:

  1. Viking River Cruises
  2. AmaWaterways
  3. Blount Small Ship Adventures
  4. Avalon Waterways
  5. CroisiEurope
  6. Scenic
  7. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  8. Victory Cruise Lines
  9. Emerald Waterways
  10. A-ROSA River Cruises

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Carrie Finley Bajak (CruiseBuzz.net), Fran Golden (USA TODAY), Sherry Laskin Kennedy (CruiseMaven), Jason Leppert (PopularCruising.com), Chris Owen (ChrisCruises.com), Doug Parker (Cruise Radio) and Aaron Saunders (Fromthedeckchair.com) were chosen based on their expertise in the world of cruising.

Other nominated lines included American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company, Aqua Expeditions, Crystal River Cruises, French American Line, Grand Circle Cruise Line, Pandaw Cruises, Tauck, UnCruise Adventures and Vantage Deluxe World Travel.

Congratulations to all our winning cruise lines!

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