River Cruise Travel Guide

Our Favorite Riverboats

Riveboat Travel Guide
American Duchess

The American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Duchess sails the Mississippi River and its tributaries. It is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers and can carry up to 166 guests. It was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country.

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Seine Princess

CroisiEurope’s Seine Princess sails in France on the Seine River, and features two decks with a dining room, lounge-bar with a dance floor, library and gift shop. The ship's one-sitting restaurant serves artfully prepared traditional French cuisine, and the sundeck offers an incredible view of the Seine River as it meanders through Normandy and into Paris.

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Amalia Rodrigues

CroisiEurope's Amalia Rodrigues brings the same kind of modern, contemporary and easygoing river cruise experience to Portugal's Douro River Valley.  

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Toum Teav

Built in 2001, and refurbished in 2013, the CF Mekong’s Toum Teav sails the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. 

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M/V Amatista

Discover the splendor of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest aboard the Amatista



Cruise Lines We Sail With

Road Scholar works with a number of cruise lines to provide an authentic regional experience, using regional companies with a local crew whenever possible.


  • CroisiEurope
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Luftner Cruises
  • Select Voyages
  • Vodohod

North America: 

South America:

  • Amazon Clipper
  • G Adventures
  • Iberostar


  • Steigenberger
  • Zambezi Queen


  • Aryvata Cruise Line
  • CF Mekong
  • Heritage River Cruises
  • Lernidee

Educational River Cruises

“This program was a marvelous eye-opener for countries I had only heard about in stories. Traveling by riverboat was the perfect way to experience Southeast Asia, allowing us to learn about and admire the countryside without the worry of how to get to our next destination. This adventure combined challenge with time for relaxation, reflection and sociable unwinding. I especially loved sitting on the foredeck of our riverboat watching the world of the Mekong pass by.”

— Mary, from Stamford, Conn. | Road Scholar Class of 2015 —