River Aria Review

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River Aria (Photo: Grand Circle Cruise Line)
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Jeannine Williamson

The 162-passenger River Aria is operated by Grand Circle Cruise Line and caters to passengers from North America. The ship was launched in 2001 and offers cruises, plus pre- and post-extensions, on Europe's most popular rivers.

River Aria Deck Plans Feature Cabins Across Three Decks

While all 81 cabins on River Aria are river-facing, and near identical, passengers can choose between three passenger decks. The 14 best value cabins are located on the lowest Prelude Deck and have fixed windows which do not open. The rest of the accommodations are on the middle Sonata and Cantata decks -- the Cantata deck being at a slightly higher level and accessible via stairs or elevator -- and on the upper Serenade Deck.

All of the cabins measure 160 square feet and are fitted with fixed single beds which can be converted into sofas during the daytime. There are no double beds. The cabins on the Sonata, Cantata and Serenade decks all have walk-out balconies that measure 16 square feet.

Standard facilities in all cabins include air conditioning, TV showing movies, radio, safe and hair dryer. Bathrooms have showers.

The restaurant, bar, lounge, library and shop are all located on the uppermost deck and there is a massage room, small fitness room, sauna and whirlpool on the middle deck. The ship has free Wi-Fi. There is an elevator serving the middle and upper decks and the Prelude Deck and sun deck are both accessed by stairs.

Cruises are accompanied by up to four English-speaking program directors with passengers divided into small groups for excursions.

River Aria Sails on the Rhine, Danube and Dutch Waterways

River Aria sails on variety of itineraries of varying lengths. These range from an eight-night Christmas market sailing to the 28-night Grand European Cruise itinerary which goes all the way from Amsterdam to the mouth of the Danube, where it meets the Black Sea, in Romania.

As Grand Circle is geared towards passengers from North America, it offers an extensive range of pre- and post-cruise extensions -- up to three on every sailing -- so passengers can make the most of their vacation time in Europe.

River Aria Stats

The ship measures 418 feet and carries 162 passengers at full occupancy with 38 crew members.


Passengers: 162
Crew: 38
Passenger to Crew: 4.26:1
Launched: 2001

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