Best river cruise
Price starts at: $2,699
Where it goes: Europe, Southeast Asia, including Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe
What makes it awesome? Guests are treated better than family with AmaWaterways. In addition to the more popular itineraries through Europe, AmaWaterways takes you on incredible adventures in Africa and Asia, offering in-depth experiences using local guides. On-board, the chef sources food and wine locally along the journey (yes, you can go to the market with him), and AmaWaterways was the first river cruise line inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations.
This year, AmaWaterways welcomed the AmaMagna to the fleet, a ship that is twice the width of a traditional river cruise, but only welcomes 20 percent more guests. Four restaurants, an onboard cinema, Zen Wellness Studio with in-house trainer, juice bar, two massage rooms, a sun deck with heated pool, whirlpool and sky bar are just a few reasons to book this larger ship. Oh, and if you need any further encouragement, try this: some of these cruises come with free airfare.