The Big Three: Out of the ordinary river cruises for couples

The Big Three: Out of the ordinary river cruises for couples

There are more rivers on offer than the renowned waterways of Europe and even the more mystical arteries of Asia, you know. Guests can take a cruise on an authentic paddle steamer, journey down the Amazon or take a river cruise on a safari. There really is a world full of options out there, so make sure you brush up on your river knowledge.

Following on from the publication of Cruise Adviser’s River 2015-16 guide, each week we will be running our Big Three feature, which gives you a trio of cruise options to choose from. This week it’s river cruises for couples who say ‘surprise me’.

To request a copy of Cruise Adviser’s River guide email: or click here to read the digital version. Our Family guide is out now.


Line: Aqua Expeditions
River: Amazon
Departure port: Iquitos
Duration: Seven days
Date: August 14, 2015
Price: £5,125

Travel the Amazon river in absolute luxury with Aqua Expeditions. This roundtrip from Iquitos includes a journey through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve where you can see dolphins, monkeys and piranha as you travel deep into the heart of the lush Amazon Rainforest.

South Africa

Line: AmaWaterways
River: Chobe
Departure port: Cape Town
Duration: 14 days
Date: June 26, 2015
Price: £3,099


While the cruise element of this trip is only three days it’s the perfect example of what can be achieved through pre- and post-cruise options. Starting in Cape Town this tour includes three days enjoying the city’s beaches and luxury sites before joining the Zambezi Queen for a tour down the Chobe River for a waterway safari that ends with a tour of Victoria Falls.

The US

Line: American Queen Steamboat Company
River: Snake & Columbia
Departure port: Vancouver
Duration: Nine days
Date: October 31, 2015
Price: £2,500


Travel on the largest riverboat to operate in the Pacific Midwest with this huge paddle steamer that’s sure to draw some attention as it meanders from Vancouver down to Clarkston. See some of the dense landscapes that don’t appear to have changed since the days of explorers Lewis and Clarke.

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