Travel Picks: Top 10 rivers for cruising in 2009

Fri Jul 3, 2009 7:25am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Some cash-conscious travelers are taking to water this summer for their holidays, discovering river cruising holidays where their boat is their hotel and they wake up with a new view every day.

Cruise website ( has come up with a list of the top 10 rivers for cruising in 2009.

This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

"With the current economy, traveling around Europe -- or most places for that matter -- just isn't cheap anymore. All those little expenses really add up," said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of "With river cruising, most costs are paid up front, so it's easier to budget."

1. Danube

A great choice for first-timers. Travel from Germany to the Black Sea, visiting Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. Cruise lines which operate on the Danube include Peter Deilmann Cruises, Viking River Cruises and Uniworld.

2. Duoro

The River Douro travels from Spain through the rural scenery of northern Portugal to the city of Porto, visiting restored palaces, places of pilgrimage, cultural centers and vineyards. Uniworld and CroisiEurope are among the cruise lines which operate on the River Duoro.

3. Yangtze   Continued...

<p>The cruise ship 'Lady Anne' sits in dock in the town of Boppard November 26, 2008. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>