UNITED RIVERS combines ships, services and infrastructure under one umbrella.



  • Ships
  • Port Berths
  • Landing Stages


  • Consulting
  • Administratives Management
  • Nautisches Management
  • Technisches Management
  • Hospitality & Catering Management
  • Hygiene & Safety Management
  • Training

Floating Venues

  • Ship Charter
  • Day Trips
  • Meetings
  • Incentives
  • Conferences
  • Events


UNITED RIVERS infrastructure stands for transparent and tailor-made solutions at a fair price-performance ratio.
Our customers have access to an impressive portfolio of own ships, berths and ports.
We unite and combine the largest range of infrastructure in Europe with the long-standing expertise of the industry leader.


STARLING FLEET has a large, modern fleet of river cruise ships, which can be used as a customized white label product on the European rivers. Partners who wish to provide their guests with a tailor-made product in their own corporate design can charter these ships individually.

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KD has the largest fleet of excursion ships in Europe. These ships are available for tailor-made events from 65 up to 1600 persons. KD has a network of more than 65 first-class landing stages in prime locations. In addition, KD owns a large port in Cologne for more than 30 passenger ships.

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Founded in 1836, Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt owns the oldest and largest fleet of paddle steamers in the world. The ships of this traditional company impress far beyond Dresden and guarantee the ultimate and unforgettable river tour experience.


An alliance of services manifests itself as a leading competence and service platform for the entire inland navigation industry.
We provide the broad range of white label services mainly with our own employees and on our own infrastructure.
Selected competent partners complete the variety of transparent, modular and tailor-made services, which are available to all stakeholders around the clock.

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River Catering is the market leader in Europe for individual white label hospitality and catering services for tour operators and shipping companies, handling over two million passenger nights in this capacity.
The tailor-made, modular service catalog is based on the respective DNA of the tour operator.
River Catering is “invisible” on board the ships and adapts to the tour operator’s corporate identity and corporate values.
River Catering relies on a large team of its own experts for all requirements of current and international food & hospitality trends.
Our own team of certified hygiene experts ensures the best possible health prophylaxis for the benefit of all people on board.

Experienced Captains and their well-trained nautical crew competently and safely navigate the large number of ships on all rivers throughout Europe.
The variety of services is based on the relevant laws and safety regulations of inland navigation. The services are tailor-made and modularly adapted to the DNA of the respective tour operator, shipping company or ship.
The nautical-technical crew is led by a professional team of in-house specialists 24/7 from the competence centers in Basel and Cologne.

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Since 2004 River Advice has been providing consultancy and modular services to the inland navigation sector.
An experienced team offers M&A support for all aspects of shipping and shipping company business and prepares or reviews business plans and budgets for banks and investors.
Further core competencies of River Advice are: Ship valuations, ship financing, ship insurance, administrative management and fiduciary services for ships and shipping companies.

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River Academy provides transparent and modular services for inland navigation:
Training and further education of careers and jobs for adults in the hotel/restaurant and nautical/technical sectors.
Implementation and acceptance of examinations: In close cooperation with the relevant authorities, River Academy acts as a certified examination center.
River Academy designs and markets instruments for testing and developing qualifications, such as “white label” e-learning, tutorials, and many more.
In addition, River Academy is involved in the production, marketing, distribution and quality control of products and services in the hotel and restaurant sector.

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CRUISE COMMERCE arranges charter and group capacities between river cruise operators and tour operators. With an extensive global network and many years of experience, CRUISE COMMERCE assists ship operators in optimizing charter capacities and tour operators in organizing river cruises and excursions.  Through SHIP ACCOMMODATION, the company offers also hotel ships to an international clientele.


Unique and individual – whether you are organizing a river cruise, a trade fair, a congress or an event, our ships always offer you the perfect floating location. Your stay on board will remain unforgettable and will inspire you as the organizer as your guests. At the same time, we guarantee a maximum of individualization, privacy and security. Put the entire organization in our hands. As market leader in meetings, incentives, conventions, events, tour operating and allotment business near and on the river, we will steer your project to success together.

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A modern fleet is available for extraordinary events. Whether a cozy party ship or a unique event ship – for every occasion the right solution awaits the customer for a unique experience.
Hotel ships are also available on the Rhine and Main for selected trade fairs.

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STARLING FLEET excels not only in the area of ship charters with comprehensive possibilities. The company also offers unforgettable river cruises on the most beautiful European waterways to a national and international clientele.