Great for: Travelers seeking an affordable European river cruise. CroisiEurope, one of Europe’s largest river cruise lines yet little-known in the U.S., is French-owned with French as its primary onboard language, though English is widely spoken by the crew. It’s a “no superfluous frills” line, with high standards of cuisine and comfort. This cruise starts at under $150 per day per person and includes beverages in the price, though shore excursions are not. Sailing from the hillside city of Porto in northern Portugal to the Spanish border and back, this scenic Douro Valley cruise presents plenty of opportunities to taste and learn about the celebrated wines of the Porto region.
Great for: Wine lovers and river cruise seekers.Traveling from Paris to Amsterdam via Luxembourg and Germany, this cruise sails on both the Moselle and Rhine rivers, through the heart of the scenic German wine country. Highlights include a visit to a local wine cellar and museum in the wine village of Bernkastel along the Moselle, site of Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. Famous for producing floral white Rieslings, the Moselle is a destination region for white wine aficionados, though they offer fabulous reds as well. This cruise will also stop in the picturesque wine towns of Cochem on the Moselle and Rȕdesheim along the Rhine.