River Cruises for over 50s and 60s

River Cruise Holidays

TRIED. TRAVELLED. TRUSTED.

A river cruise is an ideal holiday for the over 50s and 60s. Meander along the scenic waterways of Europe, Africa and Asia. Exploring is made easy as river cruise ships can dock directly in the ports they visit, from larger capital cities to smaller remote villages. A river cruise offers a more personal experience, with smaller ships accommodating fewer guests than ocean liners.

At Silver Travel Advisor, we are here to make cruise holidays easy and show the over 50s and 60s why river cruises are a fantastic holiday choice.
Avalon-waterways-min

2024-2025 River Cruise Holidays

Below is one of our favourite river cruise holidays. But there are hundreds to choose from.

For more options, search for your perfect river cruise holiday using our cruise finder or call our advisors on 0800 412 5678.

24-01 offers Riviera 1

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk and the Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise

4 nights full board cruise onboard MS Emily Bronte

Cruise itinerary: Amsterdam, Netherlands | Enkhuizen, Netherlands | Rotterdam, Netherlands | Kinderdijk, Netherlands | Keukenhof, Netherlands | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Standard Suite from £1,049pp

Includes:

  • Return economy flights and transfers
  • Five included visits and tours
  • FREE superior drinks package

Valid for departures 02 April 2025

Alternative dates available

Regional departures available

To book or for more information,
c
all Silver Travel Advisor on 0800 412 5678.

What our silver travellers say about river cruises

“We’d already enjoyed cruises on the Nile, Rhine and Danube when my husband was more active and the Douro has been on my wish list for several years. Relatively unknown to many, the Douro was wild and unnavigable in places until relatively recently and was only tamed by the construction of dams and locks between 1965 and 1985. I was looking forward to an exciting combination of adventures off the beaten track, visits to vibrant cities and great food and drink.”

Carole Tidball sails the Douro with Emerald Cruises. Read the full article here.

River cruise destinations

Danube River Cruises

Discover a total of ten countries and four European capital cities along the Danube, including Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade.

Douro River Cruises

The spectacular Douro River flows from central Spain into the Portuguese countryside to its mouth in Porto, the second largest city of Portugal.

Dutch & Belgium River Cruises

River cruising Holland and Belgium’s waterways usually begins in Amsterdam and meanders through historic cities and picturesque towns and villages.

Main River Cruises

The main serves as the longest of the Rhine’s tributaries, flowing west from Bavaria through 500km of central Germany’s picture-postcard landscapes.

Moselle River Cruises

Winding along a beautifully scenic valley, the Moselle is also perfectly placed within one of Germany’s most world-renowned wine regions.

Rhine River Cruises

From its source in the Swiss Alps, the Rhine takes you through the heart of Europe, crossing Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Mekong River Cruises

Explore Cambodia and Vietnam along the Mekong River in Asia, passing bustling cities such as Ho Chi Minh City and iconic monuments such as Angkor Wat.

Nile River Cruises

One of the world’s most famous rivers, The Nile, takes guests through the heart of Egypt to discover ancient architecture and cultures.

aerial-view-of-arve-an-rhone-river-confluent-in-g-2021-09-02-12-42-18-utc-min

Rhone River Cruises

Breathtaking views greet guests along the Rhone as it winds from the Alps, through Lake Geneva and onto south-east France to the Mediterranean.

high-level-view-of-lake-michigan-and-chicago-usa-2022-11-14-03-06-43-utc-min

North America River & Lake Cruises

North America has a wealth of waterways to explore, from the mighty Mississippi to the great lakes of Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario.

Silver Travel Advisor River Cruise Partners

hand-picked for you

When it comes to river cruises it’s the little extras you weren’t expecting that make your…
As soon as you step on board it is immediately clear why Emerald Cruises have an…
Riviera Travel’s worldwide escorted tours and cruises all offer a unique, thrilling and reassuringly uncomplicated way…
With Scenic, you’ll find it’s more than an ultra-luxury cruise, it’s creating handpicked, thoughtful and personalised…
For 30 years the nicko brand has been synonymous with unforgettable river travel experiences by providing…

River Cruise FAQs

River cruise lines don’t claim to compete with ocean cruises, so the two can’t be compared. Yes, river vessels are relatively small but still pack a punch. From sun decks, heated swimming pools, spas, boutiques, putting greens, and some carrying cycles onboard, there’s plenty to keep you entertained between ports. Similarly, cabins are well equipped with excellent facilities and feel like a high-end hotel.

Read Switching to river cruising – a first-time river cruiser’s view – Silver Travel Advisor for an honest appraisal of river cruising by an experienced ocean cruiser.

River cruises include almost everything during your holiday, so they may appear costly compared to a hotel holiday. Most are all-inclusive, meaning that all food, drinks and excursions are included in the fare. Guests feel pampered as the staff-to-guest ratio is high, the ships dock centrally, and most river cruises have items such as WiFi and additional entertainment, which is often an added extra on ocean cruises. The river cruise market is competitive, with good deals to be had. We like to think of river cruising as good value for the price.
Yes! River cruising is great for solo travellers as it is amicable and welcoming. Fewer passengers are onboard than on ocean cruise lines, making mixing and mingling easy. With something new to explore every day and a feeling of ‘we’re in it together, you’ll also find some cruise lines have voyages dedicated to solo passengers. Additionally, you’ll find lines such as Riviera Travel offering a range of voyages with no or reduced supplements.
Traditionally appealing to those over 50s and 60s, some river cruise lines such as A-ROSA have made a conscious effort to attract families by introducing facilities including a Kids Club. They also offer free child places, and A-ROSA ships have family rooms and adjoining rooms specifically targeted to the family market. Every day offers something new, and proximity to cities and attractions means no lengthy journeys for easily bored teens. Cruise lines and ships vary; our team can discuss family-friendly options to help make the right choice.

The beauty of a river cruise is that whilst sailing is at a leisurely pace, the size of the ship and guest numbers complement the feeling of relaxation. The ability to immerse yourself into the destination and culture is unrivalled. There’s an obvious appeal to the major European rivers, the Danube, Rhine, Duoro and Seine, which are close to the UK and packed with stunning scenery and cities. Christmas Markets cruises are notoriously popular.

However, some of our favourite voyages are the iconic Nile, mighty Mekong and the Amazon; they define the spirit of adventure and travel from a bygone era. These destinations lend themselves to cruise and stay holidays making the most of the river and the wider continent.

Food plays a significant role in river cruising onboard and ashore. Cruise lines such as CroisiEurope serve high-end French food and are one of several river cruise companies offering food and drink- themed voyages. Typically breakfast and lunch are buffet style, with server service at dinner. Most river cruise lines are all-inclusive, including beer and wines.

Read more here: Culinary traditions and fine cruising on European rivers with Scenic – Silver Travel Advisor.

Bad weather can affect any type of holiday; it’s true that high or low waters, wind and fog may impact a river cruise holiday. However, the vast majority of river cruises sail successfully. Due to the nature of river cruise itineraries, it is usually much easier to transport guests to planned ports or cities. The cruise lines often have a plan B ready for the initiative in bad weather.

If you’re considering a European river cruise, it’s impossible to predict water levels. However, the early and late seasons will see cooler temperatures with less traffic on the river and fewer tourists in the cities than in the summer months. These months are also likely to be when you find special offers.

Each season will bring something different; European river Christmas cruises are spectacular and popular, so early booking is recommended. Further afield, if you’re looking for a luxurious river cruise on the longest river in the world – the Nile – then we’d recommend travelling between October and April when the weather is not too hot. For the Mekong you should cruise during the dry season from November to April, with the optimum months from December to February.

Weather is just one element when deciding what river cruise is right for you; for more information, read How to Choose Your Perfect River Cruise – Silver Travel Advisor.

River Cruise Articles

Featured articles For more ideas, inspiration and advice on river cruising, you might also like to take a look at articles from our travel writers on their adventures:
AmaWaterways’ double-width AmaMagna provides plenty of tempting food options coupled with the opportunity to burn off calories, writes Jeannine Williamson…
It’s not just the diamonds of Antwerp that sparkle and stand out on a sailing with Ambassador Cruise Line, writes…

Why Silver Travel Advisor

Curated by Experts

Our knowledgeable team of Personal Travel Advisors have a wealth of first-hand experience and provide advice and recommendations you can trust.

Trusted Community

Our community of like-minded mature travellers share genuine, independent travel advice and recommendations you can trust in over 3,000 reviews and articles.

Book with Confidence

Our holidays are tailor-made so you can be confident we’ll listen to your needs and make recommendations to suit, plus we are a member of ABTA for financial protection.

British Travel Awards
British Travel Awards
BTA2020-winner
BTA-2023-rosette

Explore the world on your terms

Our tailor-made service will help you plan the holiday of your dreams with one of our Travel Experts

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.