Amawaterways, Avalon Waterways, Tauck River Cruising and Viking River Cruises are some companies that offer European river cruises. Many of the river cruise lines market primarily English-speaking tourists with some focusing specifically on North American travelers. The entertainment, amenities, cuisine and land tours on many river cruises are often designed for seasoned travelers.
Operating over 60 river cruise ships, Viking River Cruises is the largest river cruise line in the world, as of 2015. It also sails the largest river cruisers with boats averaging between 188- and 256-person occupancy. The Rhine, Main and Danube rivers are the primary focus of Viking, with cruises on the Seine and Portugal's Duoro River available as well.
Amawaterways sails six 148-passenger ships that are all equipped with in-room infotainment systems containing flat screen TVs and Internet access, as well as movie and music libraries. The ship's chefs focus on local cuisine from the areas being toured.
Avalon operates 16 ships in Europe, with many of them being new or very recently built. The cruise line's ships often incorporate local entertainment and expert guides for information on local history and points of interest.
Tauck is an all-inclusive cruise line that offers food, wine, beer, spirits and shore excursions. Tauck cruises are a bit more intimate than most, with passenger accommodations for between 118 to 130 cruisers on the same-size ships that many other lines use for more guests.