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Arena River Cruises Cruises

Lady Anne

About Arena River Cruises Cruises

The U.K.-based Arena River Cruises (formerly TheRiver Cruise Line) specialises in affordable cruises, mostly river, throughout Europe. The line, which maintains a British feel on its ships through its decor, food and entertainment, keeps sailings affordable by focusing on comfort rather than luxury and inclusiveness.

  • Who goes on Arena River Cruises cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Arena River Cruises cruise?

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Who goes on Arena River Cruises cruise ships?

Arena River Cruises' ships attract mainly Brits, mostly retired and almost all over 60, looking for value rather than luxury. Most sailings feature lots of repeat cruisers. No children under 12 are permitted onboard.

Do I have to dress up on a Arena River Cruises cruise?

Not really. The dress code is casual throughout and the only requirement is that no denim or shorts are worn in the restaurants in the evenings. A once-weekly Captain's Cocktail is a chance to dress more smartly, but there are no formal nights.

Is everything free on Arena River Cruises cruises?

No. The line keeps prices lower by allowing you to bolt on things like drinks (even tea and coffee outside of meal times) and shore excursions. Some excursions are included, but most cost extra. Bar drinks cost extra, as do Wi-Fi and gratuities. All meals are included.

What are Arena River Cruises’s most popular activities?

As with any river cruise, passengers want to be ashore most of the time, and a range of excursions, some included, others optional, are offered. Back onboard, life revolves around the ship's lounge or the sun deck, with an onboard musician to entertain in the evenings and occasional talks or local folklore performances, as well as bingo and quizzes, all of which are typically well attended.

Why go with Arena River Cruises?

  • Some unusual itineraries, like Germany's Rhine in Flames festival, or cruises on the Thames
  • Affordable pricing, with drinks and most excursions kept as optional extras
  • Cruises cater to the U.K. market; travel to the ship from the U.K. by air, train or coach

Best for: Brits looking for a good value on a classic river cruise

Not for: Luxury cruisers or anyone who doesn't want any upcharges

Arena River Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

First river cruise

Food aspires to be top notch, but doesn’t achieve it. Waiting staff, some very good others less so. My disappointment was the beds, uncomfortable and hard to get into and out of. No comfortable chair owing to... Read More
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Brain-box

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Rhine Cruise

We had been on a Celebrity cruise several years ago and really disliked it. It was the attraction of a much smaller boat with less than 100 people on board that really appealed. Unfortunately with only a few days to... Read More
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Braba2000

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Good but disappointed.

Having done many ocean cruises we decided to try a river cruise and this itinerary was ideal, we were fully escorted from St Pancras and the escort/guide was very good. The food in the first week was very good,... Read More
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Grandpapa

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Good Cruise Cabins tired

Wanting to visit cities on the Rhine that we had not been to before. Overall it was a good Cruise the Staff like on any Cruise are fantastic. The Ports of call were great & well organised. The food was OK my wife... Read More
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BRIND

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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