River Cruise Lines Are Launched, with Low Capital Investment and High Fares, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Before the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, one of the fastest growing segments in the cruise industry was river cruises, which offer smaller craft that traverse major rivers such as the Rhine in Europe; the Volga in Russia; the Yangtze in China; and the Nile in Egypt.  Popular river cruise companies include Viking River Cruises, Uniworld River Cruises and Avalon Waterways.  As with the small ship, ocean-going cruise lines, the fact that these river ships are of limited scope, with lower passenger counts than their big-liner competitors, may give these ships a distinct competitive advantage among future passengers who want…

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