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When Will River Cruises Return

21 Jul 2020 | by Bea Spencer

When Will River Cruises Return

Updated: 22nd October 2020

As the cruise industry looks to take guests back out onto the water, river cruises are some of the first to resume itineraries due to not being under the same FCO guidelines as ocean cruises. Thanks to their smaller size, spacious design and enhanced health and safety protocols, guests will once again be able to journey along some of the world's most iconic waterways. Keep reading to find out which river cruise lines are offering itineraries and when, as well as some of the measures they are introducing to keep guests and crew safe throughout.


when will river cruises return

Expected Return Dates


Here is a list of river cruise lines and when they are expected to return to the rivers:



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River Cruise Health and Safety


In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure that everyone can be welcomed back onboard safely, river cruise lines have been adapting and enhancing their health and safety protocols. While each line is introducing their own measures, there are some common changes that will take place, including:

  • Pre-boarding health screening, mandatory health questionnaires and restrictions on travel for guests who have recently been to high risk areas
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection throughout the ships with a focus on public areas, frequently touched surfaces and staterooms
  • Highly trained crew with procedures to follow in case of guests showing symptoms of respiratory illness
  • Self-service buffet meals replaced by table service

If you want to find out more about individual river cruise lines and what they are doing to keep guests and crew safe, be sure to read our information on how you can cruise with confidence. You can also find out which ocean ships have made successful returns to cruising so far.

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