Destination: River Cruises

BOOK YOUR RIVER CRUISE WITH CONFIDENCE

We know this is an unprecedented time in the travel industry and we want you to plan your amazing river cruise journey with confidence. Our preferred river cruise partners offer Cancel for Any Reason Travel Protection insurance/Waiver plans. Plus in most cases only a deposit is needed to book, and payments can be made towards the trip on your schedule. Let us help!

FEATURED RIVER CRUISE RECIPE

A refreshing way to stay hydrated

When it comes to your health, proper hydration is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind and is a simple addition to your daily routine that will make a big impact on how you feel. It can improve your mood, cognition and even sleep quality, ensuring that you are always able to feel your best. Because AmaWaterways is passionate about the wellbeing of each of our guests, we strive to make sure you stay hydrated on board, and our dedication to wellness is woven into everything we do. You will also be able to sample a variety of detox waters, available daily at our ships’ hydration stations. If you’d like to replicate our detoxifying water recipes at home, here are a few that you can try:

Cucumber Lemon Water

Ingredients:

  • 64 oz. water
  • Medium-sized cucumber (wedged or sliced)
  • 1 lemon (wedged or sliced)
  • 10 fresh mint leaves

The lemon in this water recipe is great for boosting your immune system and cleaning out toxins. Cucumber is an anti-inflammatory and helps you to stay hydrated. Mint sweetens your drink without adding sugar and aids in digestion.

Preparation: Mix about eight cups of water with wedged or sliced cucumber, a whole lemon and about ten mint leaves. Mix in a large pitcher and allow it to steep in the fridge overnight.

Lemon and Ginger Water

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. water at room temperature
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2-inch knob of fresh ginger root

Ginger is a natural pain reliever and adding it to your water can give you wonderful detox properties. For this recipe, add your lemon juice to the water and then grate the ginger into it using a zester or cheese grater.

This is a great drink for first thing in the morning. Not only will it help to relieve pain all day, it will cleanse toxins from your body throughout the day, and the lemon juice helps to release toxins so they flush out better.

Simple Morning Detox Water

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

The easiest way to make this water every day is to simply squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a tall glass of water each morning. Drinking at least eight ounces of lemon water every morning will flush out the toxins and keep them from building up.

There’s no recipe aside from squeezing fresh lemon juice into a glass of spring or filtered water. You can also add ice if you’d like.

What to Expect on a River Cruise

ACCOMMODATIONS
River cruises are brimming with onboard amenities. Stateroom are most often river-facing, and come equipped with hotel-style beds, private bathrooms, individual climate control, refrigerators, safes and TVs. Higher stateroom categories may have French balconies, verandas, and separate sleeping and sitting quarters. Rooms range from 150 to 600 square feet. Guests receive excellent and personalized service from on board staff. Additionally, ships include restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as free Wi-Fi. Some ships even come equipped with libraries, boutiques, pools and/or sun decks.

CUISINE
Guests are given a choice of dining options, including where and what to eat. Breakfasts can either be enjoyed al fresco or at the morning buffet, while lunches and dinners can be eaten while viewing passing sights or with friends in a common eating area. Open seating is offered, allowing guests to meet new people or enjoy the presence of the same people each day. Cruises offer regional cuisine and use locally sourced ingredients to help with their authenticity. Also common are wine pairings, selected from local tastes to help guests get a closer understanding of a region’s culture.

THINGS TO DO
River cruisers spend more time in the cities, towns and ports along the way. Included shore excursions consist of guided tours that help guests become well-acquainted with the culture, art and history of their destinations. In addition to guided tours, guests can roam freely around local stops or arrange optional shore excursions. There’s always ample opportunity to find something to do in every port, whether it’s visiting an ancient castle, attending a classical concert or enjoying a famous museum.

Who You’ll Be Cruising With

While river cruises can be enjoyed by people of all ages, they generally appeal to people more advanced in age — baby boomers, in particular. Many river cruise lines allow children aboard their ships, although they may have age restrictions in place and usually there isn’t much for kids to do. The makeup of a liner can include people of a wide range of nationalities, but more often than not, guests come from English-speaking countries.

Best Times to Go

Whether you choose to travel in the on-season or the off-season, you’ll be able to gain a deep cultural experience in each of your destinations. In the spring and summer, you may witness local outdoor events and lively activities that only occur during the warmer months of the year. Cooler weather in the fall may mean you’ll run into fewer people in the streets of cities and ports you visit, which will allow you to take your time and get a closer look at sites that interest you without feeling rushed or crowded. And in the winter season, you’ll be delighted by festive Christmas markets and enchanted by the holiday traditions and celebrations of the locals.

What You Should Pack

Given that weather will be variable depending on where your river cruise takes you, bringing along both warm and light clothes is wise. Even during warm months, there is wind on the rivers, so it’s best to plan for layers even if the weather is hot. Additionally, you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking, so bring along comfortable shoes. Lastly, pack some dressier clothes in case you attend a formal event while visiting one of your cruise destinations.

How They Differ from Ocean Cruises

Although river cruises and ocean cruises share a number of similarities, there are also various—and considerable—differences between the two. For one, ocean liners are bigger and offer more stateroom accommodations on average. Appropriately, they’re able to host significantly more guests. The smaller scale of river ships means fewer guests, but more opportunities to get to know fellow travelers, which often lead to lifelong friendships.

In contrast to ocean cruises that may include multiple sea days, you will rarely experience a full day of sailing on a river cruise. Typically, guests will awake each morning to find themselves in a new port. With river cruising, you can also enjoy an ever-changing mural of breathtaking scenery from your ship, so the journey itself becomes part of your discovery.

For those without sea legs, river cruises have the advantage of smooth trekking, shallow waters and the gift of land that’s always in sight. Lastly, most river cruises offer inclusive value, meaning your Wi-Fi, water, alcohol and included excursions are covered in the price. However, ocean cruises tend to offer more upscale amenities, like fitness centers, multiple dining options and a variety of live entertainment.

Who Would Enjoy a River Cruise?

River cruises are great for everyone, especially those desiring a more relaxed and intimate form of travel. Individuals who’ve never stepped foot on a ship before will enjoy the relative ease of a river-bound trip with little chance of seasickness. Furthermore, with a focus on cultural exploration of locations, river cruises are perfect for those with a curiosity about art and history, or a general interest in travel.  Every river is unique and each tells a different story—not only of the countries through which it flows, but also of its locks, canals, scenery and bridges.

All information, inclusions, and amenities are subject to change without notice. Please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

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