Small ships Great experiences

On the most beautiful rivers in the world

The Nicko Cruises Experience™

About Us

For more than 25 years, the nicko brand has been synonymous with unforgettable river travel experiences, offering top service and a personal touch at the best value for money. As a specialist in cruises on small ships, we not only draw on our own experience, but also on an international network of partners in order to implement the nicko cruises philosophy. English is always spoken on all our ships and as you travel in the company of like-minded people, the experiences of the places you will visit combine with relaxing moments of onboard wellbeing. This promise to all our guests is expressed in our new slogan: Small ships. Great experiences.

Wonderful views. Comfortable atmosphere

Every one of our modern river cruise ships has all the facilities and touches you could expect from any 4 or 5 star hotel and each also has exclusively outside cabins, meaning you will always have a view of the beautiful scenery outside your window or balcony.

In the spacious public areas you will find enough seating to be sociable, or enough space for some time on your own. The deckchairs and awnings of the sundecks offer beautiful views of the water and the surroundings, while in the Panorama Restaurant, we offer culinary delights combined with equally spectacular views. Enjoy outstanding cuisine as we serve you at lunchtimes and evenings with multi-course menus in style at your table, often with themed buffets to match your travel route.

The right ship for every taste.

From classic maritime to modern and elegant, all our river vessels have been classified into one of three nicko ship types:
nicko boutique, which are small and fine, in the style of a Grand Hotel;
nicko modern – larger ships with more modern colours and ambience;
or nicko classic, which are ships of varying sizes, with a classic and elegant interior.

Luxurious cabins and classic style

Whether you anticipate spending most of your time away from your cabin or you want to enjoy a beautiful view and feel the fresh wind on your face, every nicko river cruise ship has a cabin category to suit your taste. The main deck on almost all our ships is the most reasonably priced cabin category, where amenities, size and therefore comfort are mostly the same as those on the upper decks, although the windows cannot be opened and they are often a little smaller. Alternatively our middle and upper-deck cabins
have large panoramic windows that can be opened, floor-to-ceiling French balconies, or even your own private balcony. On selected ships you may also book a suite.

nicko boutique – providing a grand hotel feeling

Our ships are designed for 50-125 passengers and radiate a distinctive charm. On board you’ll feel as though you are in a large floating Grand Hotel, accompanied by a friendly crew who will quickly make you feel at home. Gold and brass decorations emphasise the beauty of the ships, while restaurants featuring brightly coloured glass ceiling lights, dark wood decorations, stucco ceilings and curved chair backs bring a touch of elegance. Light, panoramic salons provide an inviting space to sit and relax in cosy sofas and armchairs, while on many ships wellness areas are available for relaxing in and the libraries are ready to inspire you.

Mornings. A great start to the day

To ensure you get a healthy start our kitchen prepares an extensive breakfast buffet using only the freshest ingredients. Help yourself to juices, coffee and tea and whatever takes your fancy, while for early risers, many of our ships also offer an early-bird breakfast, with a selection of tasty treats.

Midday. As the mood takes you.

A multi-course course lunch is served in the panorama restaurant, or for a lighter lunch enjoy a buffet-style menu in the salon. The decision is yours and you can change as the moods suits each day – it’s entirely up to you. Depending on your daily programme, we also serve delicious cakes from our ship’s patisserie in the panorama salon in the afternoon

Evenings. Dining in a festive atmosphere.

In the evening we spoil you with sophisticated menus and excellent wines. Of course, you have the choice of fine wines from the respective region and the most popular wine-growing regions worldwide. Our kitchen is happy to take into account any dietary requirements and depending on the evening programme, we also serve a midnight snack.

Our fabulous gala dinner is the culinary highlight of your cruise. On this special evening the captain and his crew invite you to a special reception, where they will raise a toast to you and your cruise, after which, your gala dinner will be served.

Every day. Choose something new. On board our nickoVISION and nickoSPIRIT.
Our newly built nickoSPIRIT and nickoVISION are particularly innovative. Not only are the design elements modern in all areas, the on-board concept is also new on the river. Choose from a total of three different restaurants with no surcharge. Not only that, but at each mealtime you can also choose a different table to sit at and relax, as you take your time to eat your meal as you fancy.

Off to new shores: Great experiences. Every day.

At the core of every nicko river cruise is an immersive programme of shore excursions, each of which has carefully been chosen to bring the best out of every destination you will be visiting. Your package includes the key excursions for each trip and by adding on optional excursion or by exploring yourself you can design your very own travel experience, turning your cruise into a nature, culture and city holiday that has been tailored especially for you. Perfectly organised and top-quality, our excursions are exciting, entertaining and will give you plenty of lasting memories.

It’s best organized as a package

Our experts have put together the key highlights of each cruise into an attractive package of four excursions that are included in the price of your cruise, but we also offer a range of optional land excursions that can be booked once you’re on board the ship. Our cruise management office will be happy to advise you on this and they will also have plenty of insider tips for your own personal shore leave, should you wish to explore any destination at leisure.

Easy listening

On almost all excursions you will receive state-of-the-art, comfortable Sennheiser audio systems to use for free. The receiver and earphones are as light as a feather and make it possible to choose the distance you want to be from the tour guide without missing valuable information. They are easy to use and you can set the volume yourself. They can also be used with a hearing aid.

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