Fancy a river cruise? These are the best of the lot

Best river cruise lines 2015 AmaWaterways
Best river cruise lines 2015 AmaWaterways

Taking a river cruise can be a great way of exploring places you might otherwise never visit - and for 2016, there are more choices than ever before.

Whether you want to travel the length of the Loire river in France or explore the magical far-flung sights of China, Burma and Egypt, there's something for everyone.

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To help you choose the perfect trip for your next holiday, Cruise Critic has selected the very best river cruise lines of the year.

AmaWaterways won the title of Best River Cruise line for 2015, thanks to their constantly expanding fleet as well as their partnerships with both Disney and Backroads Tours.

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AmaWaterways' partnership with Backroads Tours means the river cruise line was also named Best for Active Cruisers. The company is currently offering cycling tours of the beautiful Danube region and trips to the Mekong in Asia will join the line up in 2016.

The Best Itineraries accolade went to CroisiEurope this year: the company built the Loire Princess specifically to navigate the twists and turns of the French river and the cruise line have the Elbe Princesse ready to go for 2016 too.

The Loire Princess also won the title for Best New Ship in 2015. The innovative design means the ship is the first to have the chance to travel the Loire River.

To find out which other river cruise lines won this year, take a look at our slideshow below.

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