Tauck has expanded immensely since it began as a land tour company in the 1920s. Since then, its cruises (both ocean and river) have put the company on the map. With a fleet of innovative, custom-built vessels and a wide range of itineraries, Tauck is best known for its upscale cruises and inclusive pricing. Tipping is not required, beverages are complimentary at all hours of the day, and the company will even provide a few Euro coins in order to use the notorious pay toilets while on tour in Europe.
What We Love
Family-Friendly Departures: As part of the Tauck Bridges program, the line offers select family-oriented departures during the summer and winter holiday months, with special activities geared toward children (and their parents and grandparents).
Best Known For
Privileged Access: Tauck offers some experiences that would be hard to set up on your own — even if you had the money — from a soirée at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest to a private dinner and after-hours tour of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper, Belgium.
Robust Cultural Offerings: Tauck has a strong, immersive educational focus. Expect plenty of local cuisine and authentic cultural excursions that seek to offer guests an experience more in-depth than just a cursory walking tour.
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Who It's Best For
A Mature, Well-Traveled Crowd: These ships are designed for couples and singles who are well-seasoned travelers and enjoy the good life (and are willing to shell out for it).
Families: Though these cruises are upscale, that’s not to say families aren’t welcome. The age range varies considerably on the line’s designated family-friendly departures.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
You Need to Book Far Ahead: Tauck’s most popular departures tend to sell out quickly, thanks to the company’s loyal passenger base that has the tendency to book well in advance.
High Fares: Tauck offers an enormous amount of inclusions, but those come with a cost.
Aaron Saunders is a Calgary-based contributor to ShermansCruise.com.