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On every river ship, there is always one or two of the most luxurious suites on board, built to delight guests with every luxury while they explore Europe.

But not all are the same. River Cruise Passenger surveyed the most luxurious river suites that each line offers on the Danube and found many differences.

We compared the per day cost on the classic 15-day Amsterdam to Budapest itinerary of each line to find out which top suite gives you the most value.

The top suites on all-inclusive lines like APT, Scenic, Crystal River Cruises and Uniworld start at more than $1000 pp per day. With the exception of Avalon Waterways which offers their Royal Suite at $854 pp per day.

Viking’s Explorer Suite is also priced up there with other all-inclusive lines at $1,213 pp per day.

Other lines, like Evergreen and Travelmarvel, offer their top suites starting from more than $700 pp per day. And on Riviera Travel, their most luxurious suite is the Deluxe Balcony Suite which goes for only $439 pp per day.

Riviera Travel’s Deluxe Balcony Suite is one of the smallest top suites offering 25 sq metres. The smallest top suite on the river is luxury boutique river cruise line Uniworld’s Suite which offers 20 sq metres.

And the top suites of the lines come with a large range of sizes. The largest river suite goes to Crystal River Cruises at 70.5 sq metres, three and a half times larger than Uniworld’s.

Viking’s and Scenic’s come in at more than 40 sq metres and APT, Avalon Waterways and Evergreen Cruises offer suites at around 30 sq metres.

Read on to see what each line offer in their most luxurious suites.

Viking

Explorer Suite

41 sq metres (445 sq ft)

Layout and amenities

Living room with sitting area

Desk and chair

Wrap-around veranda with 270-degree view

Private bedroom with French balcony

Spacious bathrooms with heated floors, double sinks

Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily

15-day ‘Grand European Tour’ Amsterdam to Budapest departing July 23

$18,195pp for Explorer Suite on Viking Vili ($1,213 per day)

https://www.vikingrivercruises.com.au/cruise-destinations/europe/grand-european-tour/2020-amsterdam-budapest/index.html

APT

Owner’s+ Suite

350 sq. ft/ 32.5 sq. m

Layout and amenities

The Owner’s+ Suite has a bedroom with panoramic balcony, lounge area, and outside balcony. The deluxe queen size bed is set right next to the panoramic balcony and facing the flatscreen TV. The outside balcony and lounge area is furnished with seats and tables and the room also has a wardrobe with mini-bar and safe. The double sink bathroom also has both a shower and a bath.

15-Day ‘Magnificent Europe’ Amsterdam to Budapest departing July 19

$16,395 pp for Owners Suite+ on AmaStella or AmaViola ($1,093 per day)

https://www.aptouring.com.au/trips/europe/eumc15

Scenic

Scenic Diamond Royal Owners Suite

Royal Owner’s Suite

48m2/520ft2

Layout and amenities

Our opulent collection of Royal Suites are spacious and some even feature wrap-around views. Our oversized one-bedroom Royal Owner’s Suites take river cruising to a completely new standard. Suite features and services:

  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed
  • Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Marble bathrooms
  • Pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system
  • Complimentary movies on demand
  • In room safe
  • Hairdryer, alarm clock, telephone
  • International power sockets
  • Upgraded bathroom amenities
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Nordic walking sticks
  • In-suite Nespresso machine

Butler service:

  • Unlimited complimentary laundry service
  • Shoeshine and valet service
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Beverage and meal service in your private suite
  • Daily delivery of personalised savoury and sweet canapés or fruit
  • Morning delivery of newspapers •

Packing and unpacking your luggage

On board dining:

  • Exclusive invitation to dine at Table La Rive
  • Invitation to private cocktail party with the Captain
  • Priority dining reservations Exclusive to Royal Suites:
  • Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne (750ml) •

$348 per cabin on board credit for use in the Wellness Centre •

Private arrival and departure transfers in Europe*

15-Day ‘Jewels of Europe’ Amsterdam to Budapest departing July 21

$18,940 pp for Royal Owner’s Suite on Scenic Pearl ($1,262 per day)

https://www.scenic.com.au/tours/jewels-of-europe/11300#overview

Evergreen Cruises

 

Owner’s One-bedroom Suite

315 sq ft / 29.2 sq m

Layout and amenities

Owner’s One Bedroom Suites on the Horizon Deck are nearly twice the size of Emerald Staterooms and Suites and feature a full outside balcony which converts to a sunroom, a separate bedroom and living area, a deluxe walk-in wardrobe and a larger basin ensuite bathroom. With Emerald Concierge Service you can opt for a continental breakfast served on your balcony. Delectable pre-dinner canapés are served in-suite and your complimentary mini-bar with beer, wine and soft drinks is stocked daily. Complimentary onboard bathrobes and slippers, an ipad and a Nespresso coffee machine, along with four items of laundry per day are also included. There’s also a flat screen TV with infotainment system, individual air conditioning system, a personal safe, hairdryer, hotel-style beds, complimentary Wi-Fi and bottled water daily.

15-Day ‘Splendours of Europe’ Budapest to Amsterdam departing July 19

$11,390 pp for Owner’s One Bedroom Suite ($759 per day)

https://www.evergreentours.com.au/tours/splendours-of-europe/11045#overview

Avalon Waterways

Royal Suite

300 sq ft

Layout and amenities

  • Wall-to-wall Panoramic Window measuring 11″ – 50% larger than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-wall Panoramic Window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony
  • Comfort Collection king-sized Bed with Egyptian super-combed cotton lines, woolen blankets & European style duvets
  • Private bathroom featuring full shower, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane bath amenities

11-Day ‘The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest’ Bucharest to Budapest departing July 18

$9,393 pp for Royal Suite ($854 per day)

https://www.avalonwaterways.com.au/europe-river-cruises/the-danube-from-the-black-sea-to-budapest-WOBB?season=2021

Crystal River

Two-bedroom Crystal Suite with panoramic balcony window

759 sq ft

Layout and amenities

This expansive suite is one of the biggest on Europe’s river and it features two deluxe bedrooms with en-suite baths, living and dining areas, and suite-wide triple Panoramic Balcony-window.

The living and dining area features a fireplace with ambient lighting, custom bar, dining table and powder room with vessel sink.

The two bedrooms feature king-size beds, fine Egyptian linens, spacious closets and expansive Panoramic Balcony-windows. Nightstands include charging pads and USB outlets, and large flat-screen HD TVs provide access to movies on demand.

The bathroom features double vanity with halo-lit mirror, glass-enclosed rain shower, separate powder room, and plush ETRO robes, slippers and bath amenities. A European-trained butler will also be there to take care of all guests in the suite.

16-night ‘Grand Europe’ Amsterdam to Budapest departing June 7

$67,495 pp for the two-bedroom Crystal Suite ($3,970 per day)

https://www.crystalcruises.com.au/voyage/amsterdam-to-budapest-rmh210607-16#overview

Uniworld

Suite

214 sq ft – 20 sq m

Layout and amenities

Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

16-days ‘European Jewels’ Budapest to Amsterdam departing July 11

$19,699 pp for Suite on River Duchess ($1,231 per day)

https://www.uniworld.com/au/river-cruise/europe/danube/european-jewels/2021-budapest-to-amsterdam/

Travelmarvel

Owners Suite

The line has classic river ship and contemporary river ships sailing the Danube

Classic and Contemporary ships

258 sq. ft/ 24 sq. m

Layout and amenities

The suite features floor to ceiling glass window, with French balcony. A queen-size bed faces the window and the flatscreen TV in the room. The bathroom also features a shower and double sinks.

15-day ‘European Gems’ Budapest to Amsterdam departing July 19

$11,090 pp for Owners Suite ($739 per day)

https://www.travelmarvel.com.au/trips/europe/eutcr15

Riviera Travel

Deluxe Balcony Suites

25 square metres (269 square feet)

Layout and amenities

The Deluxe Balcony Suites on the Diamond Deck is fifty percent larger than their standard suites. Enjoy the private exterior balcony complete with table and chairs. Inside, the suite is finished with neutral tones and features plenty of hand-crafted tropical hardwoods. The room also has a full size bed, a seating area with two chairs and a table, flatscreen TV, a hairdryer, safe, minibar, telephone and the convenience of tea and coffee making facilities. The marble bathroom features a large ‘rainshower’ head, complimentary cosmetics by ‘Crabtree and Evelyn’, complimentary soft cotton bathrobes and slippers.

15-day ‘Cruise the Heart of Europe’ Cologne to Budapest departing July 18

$6,589 pp for Deluxe Balcony Suites on Oscar Wilde ($439 per day)

https://www.rivieratravel.com.au/cruise-the-heart-of-europe