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Cruises with Riviera Travel

Since 1984, Riviera Travel has been offering exceptional river cruises where attention to even the smallest detail is paramount. Offering an impeccable onboard experience, as well as an impressive variety of shore excursions to help guests make the most out of every port of call, it's easy to see why this is one of the UK's leading river cruise lines.

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Riviera Travel: Life on-board

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Riviera Travel's five-star, award-winning river cruises boast impeccable service onboard, glamorous entertainment and delectable dining. No matter how you like to spend your time onboard, you'll always feel relaxed and at home.


Dining on river cruises is generally a more casual and relaxed affair than at sea, and Riviera is no exception. However, the white linen, polished cutlery and gleaming glassware of the restaurants does lend a sense of occasion to the delicious four course dinner. At breakfast and lunch the restaurant is open for service, with pastries on the Sun Deck for early risers. Or you can even start the day with breakfast in bed.

As well as tea and coffee being in plentiful supply all day, there is also a traditional afternoon tea and chef's special patisserie to tuck into. For something special, don't miss the chance to dine in the bar, which is turned into the Chef's Table at dinner so that up to 24 diners can enjoy panoramic views as they eat an exclusive meal.


During your time on the ship, there are plenty of ways to relax and enjoy the journey. Passengers are kept informed about the next day’s activities by a daily programme which is delivered to cabins nightly. Most of the European ships have a small library and a splash pool, deck games and a putting green on the Diamond Deck at the top of the ship.

When it comes to social highlights onboard a Riviera Travel ship, guests can enjoy a welcome dinner and the Captain’s gala dinner which showcases local delicacies. These meals aren’t formal, but some people do dress up. In the evenings, Riviera guests are generally happy to sip a pre or post dinner drink in the bar, relax in the lounge areas, watch the scenery go by on the Sun Deck or have a game of chess or bridge.

Shore Excursions

With handpicked shore excursions, guests on a Riviera Travel cruise can make the most of the destinations they visit during their river cruise. From smaller towns to exciting cities and everything in between, get ready to immerse yourself in the culture and history of each port of call. While tour guides are on hand to show you the way, you'll also have the option to explore at your own leisure.

Riviera Travel Ships

Akin to luxury boutique hotels, the Riviera Travel fleet is teeming with class and elegance. Each ship is intimate in size and among the finest river ships to glide along the waterways of Europe and beyond.

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Riviera Travel Destinations

Whether you want to stay close to home and voyage along some of the most iconic waterways in Europe, including the Moselle and Main rivers, or you want to explore farther afield, the perfect river cruise awaits with Riviera Travel.

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Riviera Travel Covid-19 safety measures

  • Before Cruising

    Before boarding, all crew and guests must undergo a health screening, while embarkation is managed to ensure that social distancing can take place. In addition, luggage will be sanitised prior to being loaded

  • Onboard

    Social distancing will be required throughout the ship, with restaurants and public spaces to be adapted to allow for this, as well as shore excursion group sizes being reduced. All payments will be contactless, and eateries will be full waiter service with no self-service buffets. To ensure that guests and crew are well throughout their cruise, hand sanitiser stations will be readily available, and there will be no touch temperature checks each day.

  • Cleaning

    Cleaning is a priority, with deep cleaning taking place not only after each sailing but during as well. Such sanitisation measures being carried out include restaurants cleaned and disinfected between meals, disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, shared facilities and even transfer coaches on land. Furthermore, clean air is maintained onboard using state-of-the-art climate control systems.

  • Crew

    To make sure that crew are healthy, they must hand in a medical certificate or undergo a health test before their contract begins, have regular health screenings onboard and maintain social distancing in crew areas. They are also highly trained to ensure that procedures are followed throughout the cruise.

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