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Here we are dining at the Captain's Table on Emerald Star 2014.

Endless vineyards stretching across the castle-lined river banks. The sun is setting over the mountainous hillsides and quaint villages to the sound of clinking champagne glasses. You toast the days activities with your smiling shipmates at days end. Fabulous dinners, with menus designed by famous chefs... where you can eat with whom you like. Unparalleled service, where your every need is not only met...but exceeded. Welcome to the world of River Cruising!

You'll notice the difference from the moment you arrive at the airport that this is no regular cruise. Many lines meet you right there for your transfer to the ship. You'll check-in once you are onboard, where you'll be escorted to your stateroom.


There is no waiting in line to get on or off the ship like in ocean cruising. Fewer passengers mean more attentive service. There are always amazing things to see—scenic vineyards, historic castles, or countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites—from the comfort of your stateroom. You unpack once and your luxurious hotel brings you to new places...new cultures...new countries each day. Some days you relax onboard watching the scenery or you are busy exploring small towns and larger cities along the river. Join the included excursions or go on your own to explore. River cruising is all about choice.

There are many ways to travel through Europe, but none compare to the intimate, stylish, and sophisticated experience of a river cruise.

What is a River Cruise like?


River cruising is a wonderful story of discovery. You’ll uncover treasures you find straight out of history books and fairytales—charming squares, magnificent cathedrals, bustling marketplaces—often just a stroll away from the ship.


​"Where else but on a river could you be gently carried along on an elegant, intimate ship, docking right in the heart of town, strolling off to begin your exploration? How else but on a river would you travel with such ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks? Comfortable and convenient, river cruising offers a greater variety of destinations than you can find any other way. Spend less time getting there, and more time being there. Small wonder so many people have fallen in love with this relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel."  Courtesy of Viking River Cruises.


Why choose a river cruise?

  • Unique way to see the interior of multiple countries and unpack only once.
  • All-inclusive amenities equal a great value. You know 'up front' what your entire cost will be.
  • Endless scenery, history, castles, vineyards, with small ship ambiance, fine dining, intimate accommodations.
  • River cruise lines have the newest, state-of-the-art ships. No seasickness on a river cruise!
  • Cruise lines are top-notch, like Avalon Waterways, AMA Waterways, Crystal, Scenic Cruises, Emerald Waterways, A'Rosa, Viking River Cruises, Uniworld Boutique, Tauck, Amras, American Queen Steamboat, American Cruise Lines, UnCruise and more.
  • Luxury River Barge cruising is extremely intimate, with only a few other passengers. They cruise rivers and canals where even normal river ships cannot go. Barges converted into small, but luxurious accommodations.
  • Looking for something different, with no large crowds? 


Contact us today!

Pete Larson, CTC

•Phone: 218-779-3050

•email: pete@rivercruiseguru.com


"Using an online booking engine won't give you the true facts, personal experience or first-hand knowledge that you need for guidance. We help sort through all the options out there and find the best cruise and value for your vacation dollar."


Why we are the best solution for you:

  • Personalized attention. You won't get this service booking direct, nor from any online booking engine.
  • We are experts in river cruising. Why waste time 'on hold' trying to find answers?
  • Professional consulting ensures you are paired with the proper cruise line, itinerary and ship. A custom vacation experience that fits YOU and your lifestyle and it costs you NOTHING EXTRA!
  • We offer cruise, flight, hotel, transportation, tour and travel insurance booking. A complete package, up front, without wasting your valuable time!
  • Our mission is to find you the best price & value.
  • We have access to some cruise lines that don't sell direct to the public, expanding your choices.


-Contact us today to find out how uniquely different, convenient, educational and luxurious river cruising can be.


Pete Larson, CTC, DS, LS

                                       River Cruise Guru - Certified River Cruise Specialist!


Why you need us:

  • Overwhelming choices! Cruise lines are very different, pricing and policies are confusing, promos always change, inclusions and itineraries vary. We solve those issues by making things clear to you and explaining it all.
  • No Fees! Our expert planning and booking services don't cost a dime. We are paid directly by the cruise or vendors we sell. 
  • We'll save you money! We'll save you money and you won't have to try to figure it out yourself. A lower price than direct? YES, it's possible with us! Our cruise line relations assure you get the best value possible.
  • We'll save you time! Why re-invent the wheel? We've already got it figured out and have assisted hundreds of clients. It's what we do!
  • No detail is overlooked. Flights, transfers, hotels, insurance, river levels, seasons, payments, packing and more.
  • Unbiased advice! We don't work for the cruise line, we work for YOU.
  • Planning is confusing! River cruising is very different and the planning can be confusing. We remove the mystery.
  • Expertise! We are certified River Cruise Specialists! Trained to help sort through things to deliver the experience you desire. 
  • Experience! We've been there and cruised those ships! We've been on those rivers. First hand experience is the best teacher. We've been river cruising and assisting cruisers for more than 6 years. We specialize in river cruises and dedicate our time and resources into it.


Contact us today!

Pete Larson, CTC

•Email: pete@rivercruiseguru.com

•Call: (218)-779-3050


  • No pressure or hassles.
  • We are not just 'order-takers' that take your money, then treat you like a number. We don't send you to a foreign call center for questions like the internet booking sites do. Real travel professionals will promptly answer your questions and assist you. We pride ourselves on quick responses. Call, use Facebook messages, email or even text messages! Communicate the way it fits your schedule.

Taken from Reichsburg Castle high above Cochem, Germany on the Moselle (Mosel) River. You can see our ship docked just past the bridge.

I took this on the Rhine River. It shows just how close these castles are as you cruise past.

This is me (River Cruise Guru) onboard Emerald Star docked in front of the Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary on the Danube River in 2014.

The beautiful Keukenhof Gardens in Spring, The Netherlands.