River Cruise Companies

River cruise companies and companies selling river cruises on river ships and barges come in all shapes and sizes. Some river ship and barge companies have designated professionals working in the head or branch offices which can book your holiday for you. Other packages or river cruises are sold via travel agent and tour operators, offering specialized or theme holidays. The following is a list of some well-known and reputable river ship and barge companies, travel specialists, and tour operators.

River Ship Companies

Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie and Kent, or A&K, was started in 1953 as an African safari tour operator and have offered river cruises since 1978. They have a large portfolio of up-market vacations and also offer luxury barge cruises.

Abercrombie & Kent
1520 Kensington Road, Suite 212
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-2156, USA
Direct: 630-954-2944
Toll Free Phone: 800-554-7016
Fax: 630-954-3324

Amadeus Waterways River Cruises

Amadeus Waterways has a fleet of five ships and offer cruises in Europe, Russia, and Egypt. They pride themselves on the on-board experience, interesting excursions, and fascinating itineraries.

Amadeus Waterways River Cruises
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, California 91311-58333, USA
Toll Free from the US: 800.626.0126
Direct 818.428.6198
Fax: 818.772.7335


Arosa is a relatively newly-formed brand resulting from a series of sales and acquisitions. They currently have a fleet of six vessels, which they plan on increasing to ten, catering to the Germany speaking market. The vacations emphasize shopping and nightlife, spa treatments and spa experiences, and activity.

Arkona Reisen GmbH
Steinstrasse 9,
18055 Rostock, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)381 4 58 50 00
Fax: +49(0)381 4 58 51 09

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways launched their first cruise in 2004 and have a fleet of ships that cruise the Danube, Rhine, and Moselle rivers. They are a creation of Globus and Cosmos coach tour companies and are based in Colorado. Their tours feature ‘enrichment’ programs and lectures and they cater to Americans in the 55 plus age range.

Avalon Waterways
5301 South Federal Circle
Littleton, Colorado 80123, USA
Toll Free: 866.755.8581

Brendan River Cruises

Brendan Worldwide Vacations is a tour operator that has been offering tours all over the world for over 37 years. They have a selection of vacations on the river cruise vessels of Europe, Russia, and Egypt.

Brendan River Cruises
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, California 91311-58333, USA
Toll Free: 800.421.8446
Fax: 818.772.6492

Global Quest

Global Quest ‘Discover the World’ has been operating tours since 1982. They have a variety of fine cruises to choose from on the waterways of Europe and Russia, and also offer trips in Ecuador, Chile, and Africa.

Global Quest
185 Willis Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501, USA
Toll Free: 800.221.3254

Grand Circle Travel

Grand Circle Travel has a fleet of six vessels and caters to retired Americans. The company was founded by Ethel Andrus, who also founded the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Grand Circle has a variety of pre- and post- cruise options for lengthening your holiday.

Grand Circle Travel
347 Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210, USA
Toll Free: 800.959.0405

Imperial River Cruises

Imperial Travel River Cruises is a division of New Way Group, Ltd; located in New York. The team is comprised of travel professionals and they specialize in river cruises in Russia and Ukraine. They have a fleet of ships and a variety of itineraries to choose from and offer exciting and cultural programmes.

Imperial Travel
43 Highwood Road
East Norwich, NY 11732
Toll Free (US Only, Outside NY Area): 1-866-922-4640
Phone (516) 922-4640
Fax (516) 922-4995

Intrav River Cruises

Intrav is a tour operator offering escorted tours and itineraries around the world. They are known for offering cruises on the best riverboats and pride themselves on small groups, professional INTRAV guides, and focus on the destination providing interesting and culturally relevant information.

Intrav River Cruises
11969 Westline Industrial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146, USA
Toll Free: 800.456.8100

Peter Deilmann Cruises

Peter Deilmann Cruises was founded by the late Peter Deilmann, a true pioneer in the world of river cruising. The company is now run by his daughters and currently consists of a fleet of nine luxury river cruise vessels, seven of which are five-star vessels. The Peter Deilmann company has a variety of over 300 itineraries from which to choose and they market to North American, British, and German-speaking passengers.

Peter Deilmann Cruises
1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 170
Alexandria, Virginia 22314, USA
Toll Free: 800.348.8287
Email: pdcmail@deilmann-cruises.com

Sea Cloud Cruises

Sea Cloud Cruises is a company that offers very upscale cruises on their two river cruise vessels. They have been operating cruises since 1996, and the décor, cuisine, and service are of a very high level and the experience consistently superb.

Sea Cloud Cruises, Inc.
32 – 40 North Dean Street
Englewood, NJ 07631, USA
Tel: 201.227.9404
Toll-free: 1 888 732 2568
Fax: 201.227.9424
Email: info@seacloud.com

Tauck River Cruises

Tauck Tours was founded in 1924 and is one of the world’s best travel companies. Tauck World Discover is still family owned and operated and offers a variety of leading escorted tours and river cruises to over 100 itineraries around the globe.

Tauck River Cruises
Tauck World Discovery
10 Norden Place
Norwalk, CT 06855
P.O. Box 5020
Toll Free: 800.788.7885

Uniworld River Cruises

Uniworld River Cruises is a California-based company, owned by The Travel Corporation. Uniworld was founded in 1994 and their current fleet numbers 21 vessels. They provide cruises across Europe and Russia, a well as in China, and cater to American tastes.

Uniworld River Cruises
Uniworld Plaza
17323 Ventura Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 91316, USA
Toll Free: 800.733.7820
International Callers: 818.382.2700
Fax: 818.382.7829

Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises is the world’s largest river cruise operator, with a fleet of 24 vessels, offering a range of itineraries all across Europe and Russia. The service on board is consistently excellent and the destination and itinerary literature is thorough and informative. Some vessels are geared to North Americans and others are geared toward European and international passengers.

Viking River Cruises
5700 Canoga Avenue, Suite 200
Woodland Hills, California 91367, USA
Tel/ 818.227.1234


Voyages Jules Vernes is a London-based tour operator, offering a wide variety of river-cruise packages in France, Egypt, Russia, Spain, and Portugal.

Voyages Jules Verne
21 Dorset Square
London NW1 6QG, UK
Tel: +44(0)20 76 16 10 00


The Barge Lady

Ellen, the Barge Lady, is an agent specializing in barging holidays. Having over 28 years in the travel business and 21 years in barging, she is the source for practically anything and everything you would want to know about barging and maintains excellent and close relations with the barge companies in Europe.

The Barge Lady
101 West Grand Ave, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60610, USA
Tel: Ph: 312.245.0900
Fax: 312.245.0952

Canal and Co.

Canal and Co is affiliated with American-Dream Vacations in New Jersey. They have a fleet of five barges operating on the canals of France and, new for 2007, Holland and Germany. Also, there are a variety of pre- and post-cruise options for lengthening your stay and making the most of your holiday.

Canal and Co
Toll Free: 1.866.850.2935
Direct: 973.729.919510 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time USA
Evenings call 1 973 729 4213 until 10 p.m. only please
Fax 1 973 729 2940
UK Clients: +44(0) 207 096 1524
Email: info@american-dreamvacations.com

French Country Waterways

French Country Waterways have been in the business for over 20 years and have a good reputation for operating one of the finest fleets of luxury hotel-barges in France. They currently have five barges - Adrienne, Esprit; Horizon II; Nenuphar; Princess – and offer lovely and relaxing barge cruises on the enchanting waterways of France.

French Country Waterways
Toll Free: 800.222.1236 or
Direct: 781.934.2454

European Waterways

European Waterways, or Go Barging, is a barge cruise company offering itineraries in Europe, especially France, Scotland, and England. They have 16 barges to choose from and offer theme packages as well as typical, cultural and gastronomic cruises.

GO BARGING - European Waterways Ltd
35 Wharf Road, Wraysbury, Middlesex,
Tel: 44 (0) 1784 482439 USA: 1 800 394 8630
Fax: 44 (0) 1784 483072


Orient-Express, the luxury hotel, train, and cruise operator acquired Afloat in France in 2004, a French company with five luxury canal barges. They offer a variety luxury barge cruise itineraries.

North America:
Orient-Express Trains & Cruises
10 Weybosset St., Suite 500
Providence, RI 02903, USA
Tel: 401.351.7518
Toll-Free: 1.800.524.2420
Fax: 401.351.7220

Venice Simplon – Orient-Express
(Afloat in France)
Sea Containers House
20 Upper Ground
London SE1 9PF, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 78 08 50 60
UK only: 0845 077 2222
Fax: +44 (0)20 78 05 59 08

World Waterways

World Waterways is a division of Group IST, International Specialty Travel, which have been striving to offer unique and cutting-edge specialty travel options since 1982. They specialize in small boats and barges and seek to offer a variety of interesting, exciting, and unique packages.

World Waterways
494 Eighth Avenue, 22 nd Floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
Toll Free: 800.833.2620
Direct: 212.594.8787
Fax: 212.594.7073