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How to select the best river cruise line for you?

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The process of selecting the right river cruise line for your vacation can be challenging!
Why do you think your parents probably bought a Ford, Chevy, or Oldsmobile? Why is it very likely you did not? Why do some vacationers choose to stay in a Holiday Inn or a Marriott and why do others prefer upscale hotels such as a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons that focus more on one’s creature comforts?

More than likely you would answer — “it’s just what they like,” or “it fits their lifestyle” — right? You are spot on! That’s exactly why our very experienced river cruise experts at Premier River Cruises have taken the time to provide you with very objective, no-nonsense reviews of each of the river cruise line our travel agency currently offer for sale. Our river cruise line reviews are meant to provide you with a fairly clear view of the subtle differences between the various river cruise lines.

Each cruise line's marketing tends to blur the differences between their brand and their competitors. This makes it hard to understand why one might cost $500-$2000 more per person. The goal of our reviews is to provide an objective picture for you of their product and services. We believe this is far better approach than creating an artifical ranking system of each cruise line and provides you a better way to begin your assessment process — selecting the right river cruise line is really, reallly important to you. The selection should result in the cruise line that best fits with your personal needs, wants, and lifestyle desires… oh yes, and budget.

Now, words are important and most people can read between the lines quite well.  Our thoughts are merely words and you are about to spend a large amount of money on your cruise. The BEST way to really lock down which line or lines will work best for you is to talk with one of our Premier Specialist.  Unlike other agencies, our specialist are full time river cruise experts who have been on most of the ships, and don't work on commission... need we say more!

Click on these links to read the review of each of the award-winning river cruise lines we feature:
Abercrombie & Kent
American Cruise Lines 
American Queen Steamboat Company
Avalon Waterways
Blount Small Ship Adventures
Emerald Waterways
ScenicTours (also known as ScenicTours River Cruises)
Sea Cloud

After reading our reviews, your next step should be to call or email one of our Premier river cruise expert agents [we suggest a call]. Each and every agent at Premier understands how hard you have worked to be able to plan for a rewarding river cruise vacation — we value you as a potential customer, and we have no hidden agendas other than to ensure you travel with the cruise line that best suits your needs — and the one that gives you the most “bang for your buck!”

We sell most, but not all river cruise lines.
Premier only sells river cruise lines we believe will provide you with a great vacation, a good value and lasting memories. That’s because while our goal is to sell you an inspiring, rewarding and memorable river cruise vacation, we feel it’s just as important to earn your trust. We’re old fashioned, we feel if we serve you well, provide you the knowledge and guidance to make the right decision and good value; it will ultimately lead to your repeat and referral cruise business being sent to us at Premier River Cruises.

Sure there are a few companies that may cost you a bit less than those we recommend, but we don’t feel one’s vacation is the place to go “cheap.” Vacations are special times; they should create special memories and moments — not nightmares. Why would we suggest a “bare-bones” company to you if we would not take it ourselves or recommend it to our friends or families — we wouldn’t! Those companies may appear less expensive, but when you add on the “non-included” features they in fact may ultimately be the same… or even more expensive. Why risk your vacation with these types of companies? They are nothing more than a “poor man’s” bus tour on a river.

Some travel agencies like to put stars on river cruise lines and rate them. We choose not to do that because any type of rating system is far too subjective to be of value — it would not be fair to you or to the cruise lines. Our interests are totally focused on your vacation experience and we recognize that each of you are unique, have different tastes, experiences, desires and lifestyles. Our Premier River Cruises experts understand the subtle differences... you know, it’s like understanding the subtle differences between a Celebrity cruise and one on Carnival, a stay at Marriott or Ritz Carlton, etc. You can read our detailed view of each line here and you'll see that we do point out many of these subtleties for you to evaluate. Of course, we believe that the best way to bring it all together will be to speak with one of our river cruise experts.

At Premier we also talk about value and if you don’t see a river cruise line on our list of preferred river cruise companies, then it’s because WE HAVE made an objective judgment call that the offerings of that cruise line do not measure up to the subjective criteria and guidelines we follow in order to recommend a river cruise company to you.

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If this will be your first river cruise vacation, please spend some time on our section entitled, “Is a River Cruise for You?”, it's chalk full of valuable insights you’ll need to know. If you’re getting ready to celebrate a Milestone Event such as a special birthday, anniversary or the renewal of your marriage vowels, you need to spend some time on the section of our site entitled, Milestone Events. We have special values, special recognition and special gifts, just for you, and this program is exclusively for Premier River Cruise customers.

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