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Best river cruise ship? AmaMagna wins reader vote

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AmaMagna ranks as the largest river ship in Europe

From the Seine to the Danube, the Mekong to the Chobe, the world’s great rivers have become a hotspot for cruising over the last decade. Riverboats serve as floating hotels, allowing passengers to unpack once and explore an entire region.

  • AmaMagna

    AmaMagna
    AmaWaterways

    The pet project of AmaWaterways’ Co-Founder, Co-Owner and President Rudi Schreiner, AmaMagna ranks among the biggest river ships – twice as wide of its competitors. Guests enjoy suites with balconies, and the choice of four onboard restaurants, all included. The Zen Wellness Studio features a spacious fitness center with daily wellness programming.
    Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

  • S.S. Joie de Vivre

    S.S. Joie de Vivre
    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

    Sailing the rivers of France, Uniworld’s newest Super Ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre, is adorned with original artwork, antiques and handcrafted furnishings. Cuisine is where the ship truly shines, with an onboard sommelier and Parisian-style sidewalk cafe.
    Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

  • Viking Einar

    Viking Einar
    Viking River Cruises

    This river ship gets its name from the Norse earl of Orkney and sails on the Rhine and through Dutch Low Countries. Guests stay in one of 95 staterooms; suites offer two full-size rooms with both a veranda and a balcony.
    Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

  • Avalon Envision

    Avalon Envision
    Avalon Waterways

    The newest addition to the Avalon Waterways fleet debuted in 2019. Two decks of Panorama Suites offer wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows and window-facing “Beds with a View.” Guests enjoy free wifi access, a fitness center and adventure center for bikes and other gear, multiple dining venues and an observation lounge.
    Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways

  • American Song

    American Song
    American Cruise Lines

    One of America’s first modern riverboats, American Song carries 164 guests. Amenities include a four-story glass-enclosed atrium, lounges 40 feet above the water, spacious suites and more windows than just about any other riverboat, so stellar views are all but guaranteed.
    Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines

  • American Duchess

    American Duchess
    American Queen Steamboat Company

    One of the most sophisticated paddlewheelers on U.S. waters, American Duchess carries up to 166 guests through the heart of America. Passengers enjoy open-seating dining, spacious suites (some of the largest on the rivers) and live entertainment. The ship’s unique Loft Suites comprise two-story state rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, two full bathrooms, a dining area and a lounge.
    Photo courtesy of American Queen Steamboat Company

  • S.S. Maria Theresa

    S.S. Maria Theresa
    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

    S.S. Maria Theresa, an ultra-luxe Uniworld Super Ship, sails along the Rhine and Danube Rivers. With only 150 passengers, the small vessel boasts big ship amenities, including a fitness center, enclosed heated swimming pool, spa, salon and a cinema for onboard movie screenings. All-inclusive fares cover meals, beverages and wifi.
    Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

  • Emerald Destiny

    Emerald Destiny
    Emerald Waterways

    This 182-passenger ship designed to sail the Rhine, Danube and Moselle features a fully stocked bar in the Horizon Bar & Lounge, several dining venues, a Sun Deck with a retractable glass roof and cinema and 72 spacious suites (plus 20 staterooms).
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Freeartist

  • AmaCerto

    AmaCerto
    AmaWaterways

    The foliage-themed AmaCerto carries 162 passengers along Europe’s waterways. Guests enjoy spacious staterooms, many with double balconies, as well as a heated pool with swim-up bar, walking track and an elegant lounge outfitted with a grand piano.
    Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

  • Scenic Jasper

    Scenic Jasper
    Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

    Scenic Jasper, one of Scenic's Space Ships, launched in 2015 with room for 169 passengers onboard. The all-suite ship offers an all-inclusive experience, complete with butler service and included meals and alcohol. Passengers choose from shore excursions in three activity levels, some of which make use of an onboard fleet of electric bicycles.
    Photo courtesy of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

  • AmaMagna
  • S.S. Joie de Vivre
  • Viking Einar
  • Avalon Envision
  • American Song
  • American Duchess
  • S.S. Maria Theresa
  • Emerald Destiny
  • AmaCerto
  • Scenic Jasper

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

  1. AmaMagna - AmaWaterways
  2. S.S. Joie de Vivre - Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  3. Viking Einar - Viking River Cruises
  4. Avalon Envision - Avalon Waterways
  5. American Song - American Cruise Lines
  6. American Duchess - American Queen Steamboat Company
  7. S.S. Maria Theresa - Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  8. Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways
  9. AmaCerto - AmaWaterways
  10. Scenic Jasper - Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise ships!

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