Tauck River Cruising is a family-owned cruise line owned by Connecticut-based tour company Tauck World Discovery that provides personalized cruising combined with cultural land exploration. Travelers receive personalized attention from the captain and crew aboard the company’ 6 vessels. The vessels feature wrought iron, marble, brass, teak, and glass decor and the large ship is equipped to carry 264 passengers.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0
#9
tauck2
$4,583
264
5.8

The Good

Tauck River Cruising is all-inclusive, including offshore excursions and dining ashore. The ships feature an intimate club-like atmosphere, with a maximum passenger capacity of 264 people.The company features themed river cruises, family adventures, and land journeys for people of all ages to enjoy. On-board entertainment includes presentations from local experts and cultural performances from local artists. Activities for families include a trail ride at Bryce Canyon, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, gondola ride in Venice, and a speedboat adventure on the Thames. The Tuack Cruise Protection Product offers trip, airfare, medical and luggage protection as well.

Taxes and fuel surcharges included in the price of the voyage. There are no hidden fees.The cruise line attracts upscale professionals over 55 years old and families. Cruises last from 8-19 days and are offered year round. Tauck Cruising travels to popular tourist destinations in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Cuba, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and the United States.

Meals are included with all Tauck Cruises. Travelers may choose who they dine with and when in its open-seating atmosphere. Dining options include buffets, regional cuisines, and special theme dinners. Vegetarian meals and some offshore meals are also available. Gratuities are included in the price of the fare. Tables are intimately set for 2-6 people, and a selection of international wines is offered for guests to enjoy. Standard amenities found onboard of Tauck River Cruising ships include the following:

  • On-Board Presentations by Local Experts
  • Cultural Performances by Local Artists
  • Free Choice Dining

There are an impressive number of large suites aboard the cruise line. Cabins feature French balconies, marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The cabins are also equipped with flat-screen televisions, safes, radios, hair dryers, toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. The public areas of the ships feature Wi-Fi access, massage rooms, fitness centers, and 24-hour hot tubs.

The Bad

Because of limited motor coach space, Tauck River Cruises allows each passenger to carry onboard only one normal-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag. Dimensions for carry-on bags should not exceed 17” x 12” x 10”. Passengers are encouraged to pack light and only bring items absolutely necessary.

According to the company website, Tauck River Cruising tours are not suitable for infants and children under 3 years old. The company reserves the right to ask any disruptive passengers to leave tours. Children are to be accompanied by parents at all times and certain age restrictions apply for some journeys. Guests are asked to inquire about these restrictions at the time of booking.

Wheelchairs and some types of motorized scooters can be accommodated on certain Tauck journeys. However, these are generally not accepted on international and exotic destinations. Motor coach limitations make it hard to accommodate these items and the company cannot provide wheelchair assistance. Guests in need of these services are encouraged to inquire regarding exceptions to these requirements.

Special dietary needs can be accommodated as well, but cannot be guaranteed depending on selected destinations. Tauck is more than happy to communicate these needs to hotels and restaurants ahead of time. Buffet and a la carte meals may this even more challenging. If this is a concern, consult with the company at the time of reservation.

Tauck journeys can only accommodate up to 3 people per room. Room accommodations consist of two beds and a roll-away. This is disappointing considering the company’s family-friendly focus and due to the ship’s small size. The featured trips are also quite expensive, making the journey impossible for some travelers. Their specialty cruises are broken down as follows:

  • Cruising Down Under – Eastbound:19 days-$12,340 plus on-tour air

This new 19-day Australia and New Zealand cruise blends land stays in Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne and Auckland with 9 nights aboard Le Soléalcruising to New Zealand’s natural gems… creating cultural connections through Tauck’s signature sightseeing, exclusive cultural experiences and included shore excursions.

  • Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun – Northbound:14 days-$11,290

Spend fourteen days discovering the people and places of Japan – with eight nights aboard our elegant yacht Le Soléal and five nights at premier hotels in the heart of Kyoto and Tokyo; explore Osaka, Uno Ko, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki and more.

Entertainment options are limited aboard the ship, since most river cruises focus on the destination rather on the trip itself. This is generally no problem if you are looking to rest and relax in-between destinations. However, children can get bored and restless so plan on bringing activities to entertain them. The ship does not feature many activities for kids aboard the ship.

Airfare is not included among the all-inclusive amenities. Frequent-flyer miles cannot be applied towards the purchase of Tauck’s airfare or class upgrades. Some destinations require the reservation and purchase of on-tour flights through the company.

The Bottom Line

Tauck River Cruises is an excellent family-friendly company providing personalized cruising combined with cultural land exploration in several popular tourist destinations around the world. Their cruises last from 8-19 days and are offered year round. All expenses are included for on-board and offshore meals, gratuities, and offshore excursions.

The cruise line company cannot accommodate easily the unique needs of persons with disabilities or certain dietary needs.The onboard entertainment is limited, but there are plenty of offshore activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Be aware that room accommodations for families larger than 3 people are not available. Families larger than 3 may want to seek another cruise line that can accommodate them better. The cruise line is best fit for travelers over 55 years of age.

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Audience & Convenience

Tauck Cruising attracts upscale professionals over 55 years old and families. Cruises range from 8-19 days and offered year round.

2015/2016 Destinations

  • Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Cuba
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • United States

Transportation services from airports to the ports

  • Yes

Safety

Do they have security?  No

How do they prevent theft?

  • Purchasing travel protection insurance is highly recommended

What precautions are taken for disease prevention?

  • Passport immunizations are required. Medical staff is onboard for any emergencies.

Vacation Protection

  • Cruise Protection Product offers trip, airfare, medical and luggage protection

Price

Featured Trips
  • Cruising Down Under – Eastbound:19 days-$12,340 plus on-tour air

This new 19-day Australia and New Zealand cruise blends land stays in Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne and Auckland with 9 nights aboard Le Soléalcruising to New Zealand’s natural gems… creating cultural connections through Tauck’s signature sightseeing, exclusive cultural experiences and included shore excursions.

  • Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun – Northbound:14 days-$11,290

Spend fourteen days discovering the people and places of Japan – with eight nights aboard our elegant yacht Le Soléal and five nights at premier hotels in the heart of Kyoto and Tokyo; explore Osaka, Uno Ko, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki and more.

Current Prices for Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe
  • Caribbean: None Available
  • Alaska: $4,089-$6,890 per person
  • Mexico: None Available
  • Europe: $4,490-$6,990 per person

Activities/Services

Standard on all cruise ships

  • On-Board Presentations by Local Experts
  • Cultural Performances by Local Artists
  • Free Choice Dining

Services/Activities that are Unique or Custom to Certain Ships

  • Themed River Cruises
  • Family Adventures
  • Land Journeys

Service Fees

Taxes and fuel surcharges included in the price of the voyage. No hidden fees.

Do any of the services on the boat cost?

  • No

Contact Information

1-800-788-7885

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