Our Story

Since 1997, the name "Lüftner Cruises" has been synonymous with the exclusive cruises offered by its ever-growing AMADEUS fleet.  There are now 16 AMADEUS ships travelling Europe's most important and fascinating rivers.

This Austrian family business was founded by the husband-and-wife team of Dr Wolfgang Lüftner and Martina Lüftner. Dr Lüftner discovered his love of river cruises more than 40 years ago when working as a cruise director. This makes him one of the few true pioneers of this very special form of travel, which enables passengers to explore foreign countries and cities in comfort and pleasant company. The expertise he gained and his enthusiasm for cruising on Europe's most beautiful rivers laid the foundations for his subsequent career. Together with Martina Lüftner, he has built an extremely successful business group that attracts customers from all around the world.

Pioneers of river cruises

Committed to the highest level of quality, with an extremely personal touch and innovative routes, the AMADEUS ships quickly set new standards - first on the Danube and later on the Rhine, the Moselle, Dutch and Belgian waterways, and France's key rivers, the Seine, Rhône and Saône.

Today, the name "Lüftner Cruises" and the AMADEUS fleet guarantee luxury cruises paired with a passion and love for even the tiniest detail - a fact that is appreciated both by our countless regular guests and our many long-standing tourism partners. Together with our dedicated crew members and office employees both at home and abroad, they are all part of the Lüftner family.

The journey continues

Offering maximum enjoyment and outstanding service - in the spacious and elegant public areas, the comfortable cabins with comprehensive amenities and beautiful river views, the first-class on-board restaurants serving specially selected regional dishes and wines, and on excursions with excellent guides who provide deep insights into other countries and cultures - Lüftner Cruises has become a paragon and pioneer in luxury river cruises.

From the Beginning

For decades, Lüftner Cruises has been synonymous with the AMADEUS fleet, a brand associated with authenticity true to the company’s European origins. Knowledge and passion are put into the building of each ship so that we may provide our guests the qualities that matter most. Unwind on our state-of-the-art river cruise ships; each accommodates between 140 and 170 guests to ensure a personalized voyage. Experience a heightened level of comfort that matches our exceptional service level. Our staff and crew represent the Lüftner Family ideals; their number one priority is to ensure your voyage is relaxing, carefree and unforgettable.

Memorable Moments in Superlative Comfort

Travel with Lüftner Cruises and experience the convenience of unpacking once as our fl oating hotels transport you to new destinations and a world of possibilities awaits at every port. The soothing ambience of your cabin offers the perfect setting to indulge in a lazy morning before a day of new adventures, and a comfortable place to lay your head after full day of activity. Light fi lled living space invites a leisurely attitude, ensuring your time spent on board is a sanctuary for an unhurried experience.

Onboard Experience - TRAVEL IN STYLE

Regardless of category or deck level, AMADEUS cabins have been fashioned with contemporary European décor to create a serene space for you to enjoy.  Every inch of space is perfectly utilized and provides our guests maximum functionality in a stylish setting.

Wide panoramic windows, spacious interiors, and timeless elegance accompany you on every journey. Our well-equipped Fitness Room is open 24-hours, allowing you to remain committed to your workout routine; clean towels, fresh apples, and fruit-infused water are always available. Complimentary bicycles are accessible at your convenience so that you may explore the local surroundings on your own.  While cruising, join in on stimulating lectures and learn about local traditions and cultures of the destinations we visit. Forge new friendships with fellow travelers, or simply enjoy the peaceful solitude of your cabin as the river takes you on a picturesque journey. Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage or make an appointment at the Hair Salon. In the evening, unwind with your favorite cocktail at our inviting Panorama-Bar.

The Flavor of Authenticity

Our gourmet menus are crafted to create a lasting impression. Each course is tied to our European roots, exactly as it is in the villages and towns we travel through. Delight in the creamy decadence of a Rüdesheimer coffee, enjoy a cup of Glühwein after a day spent shopping the Christkindlmarkts and savor a piece of apple strudel while relaxing in the Panorama-Bar after a morning of absorbing Vienna’s rich history. Appreciate crisp, white linens, and five-star service during every unique dining experience in the Panorama-Restaurant and adore stunning views of the river’s shores. The AMADEUS culinary experience pleases your palate with locally inspired dishes that change with the season and highlight the varied cultures and gastronomic traditions.

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