About us

The way it began

The first sailing of a KD passenger liner vessel on the Rhine River between Mainz and Cologne on May 1st, 1827 was the company’s start into now more then 190 years of successful passenger vessel operation. 

KD (KÖLN-DÜSSELDORFER DEUTSCHE RHEINSCHIFFFAHRT GmbH) were the first to invent the cabin cruise business on European rivers. MS Europa, the first ever luxury cruise vessel on the River Rhine, commenced services as early as 1960.


the fleet managed by KD comprises 15 vessels employed in the Day-Cruise-Business and 33 luxury cabin cruisers, the latter managed through their affiliate KD Cruise Services Limited in Limassol, Cyprus. 

As of 2007 KD decided to transfer the complete ship management for the entire fleet of cabin cruisers to their affiliate KD Cruise Services Limited in Limassol.

KD Cruise Services Limited has been established in Limassol according to Cyprus’ laws to independently carry out all activities related to nautical and technical management of river cruise cabin vessels, thus, combining the advantages of Cyprus as one of the world’s leading shipping locations with the long-standing traditions of one of the oldest and most reliable river cruise companies in Germany and Europe.

Over the last years fruitful relations have been established between KD and its business partners. KD Cruise Services Limited, Limassol, is glad indeed to rely on and to develop these contacts. We are especially proud that Scenic Tours Europe AG, the European set-up of the Australian Tour Operator Scenic & Evergreen Tours has chosen us as their nautical and technical ship manager.