A consumer’s guide to Danube cruises

If you’ve chosen to holiday on a Danube cruise then you’ve chosen one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Whilst this will certainly be a trip of a lifetime, the huge numbers of cruises that cover this river need to be considered carefully. Additionally, because the Danube starts in Moldova and ends in Germany it can be a relatively expensive cruise. This guide we tell you not only what to expect from such a cruise but also how you can ensure you get the best deal.

Getting the best deal on your Danube river


Using holiday search engines

Undoubtedly the best tool you have at your disposal is the online holiday search engines. For cruises there are specialist websites that will help you drill down the best deal for you and display what’s available. It’s advisable that you play with the dates a little to explore how this affects the price. Cruises during the summer for example can be significantly more expensive than cruises during the winter.


Waiting for sale times

Whilst you may wish to book your cruises as soon as possible it’s worth noting that January sales can see significant discounts across the holiday industry. If you can’t wait however just remember to avoid the school holiday seasons, as this will inevitably place a premium on the amount you pay.



Factors to consider when booking your Danube Cruise


Key stops

There are an amazing array of differing cruises that travel down then Daube. This is not surprising given that the river itself is a staggering 1795 miles long! Covering 10 countries, you’ll be able to pick from cruises that stop in: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Amongst these countries there are particularly interesting cities with much to see and do; these include: Regensburg and Passau in Germany, Linz and Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia, Budapest in Hungary, and Vidin in Bulgaria.


Some tips for your Danube Cruise

Travelling down the Danube can get a little chilly, particularly if you’re travelling in Autumn or Winter so be sure to take warm clothes.


You need to check as to when the dates are to go if you particularly fancy certain stops. This is because the Danube, during the summer, can become too low to be passable in parts, and can be too high during the winter to make it safe for travel.


think carefully about whether you’ll really use a balcony. During the summer the Danube tends to have lots of flies and during the winter it’s generally too cold to stay outside for long.


Whilst the majority of cruise liners will provide wifi, you may be unable to connect for long periods of time due to the ship having to fold down its mast on the approach to bridges.