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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

How You'll Spend Your Time Aboard a River Cruise

Hey there, travel seeker! Enjoying the freedom of retirement but looking for your next great adventure? Say goodbye to the familiar and embrace pure bliss with a river cruise. Imagine trading your everyday routine for a luxurious yet affordable journey brimming with outdoor activity, fine dining, and ultimate relaxation.  So, you can’t imagine life on a river cruise ship?  You’ve heard of AmaWaterways, Amadeus, Viking, Emerald?  All river cruises are not created equal.  Although I’m not going to go into detail about each of these - right now, I do want to highlight some of the things you can experience on an AmaWaterways river cruise.

Ready to break free? Let's dive in!

Luxurious Amenities and Breathtaking Views

Onboard, immerse yourself in top-notch amenities while soaking in the mesmerizing views from the Sun Deck. With fewer passengers than your average cruise, you'll enjoy a more personal and intimate experience.  

A Glimpse At Your Day Onboard

Curious about what a typical day might look like on your river cruise? Get ready to be wowed!

Fitness Center & Classes

Ok, you might not think of a fitness class as a luxury for a vacation, but what a great thing to be able to kickstart your day with a workout in the fitness center. Not a fan of treadmills? No problem! Join a yoga session on the Sun Deck, take a spin class at the back of the ship, or ease into a light stretch. Their professional Wellness Hosts ensure you stay active, setting the perfect tone for a day of relaxation.

Award-Winning Meals

Savor every bite of the award-winning cuisine. Breakfast buffets, light lunches, and exquisite dinners made with locally sourced ingredients await you. And don't miss out on The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant—trust us, it's an experience you'll never forget. As John and Ken say, “The Chef’s Table was an evening to remember!”  Food allergies?  No problem, they will customize your meal to meet your dietary needs.

Plus, enjoy unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks with each meal—because why?  Why not?

Salon & Spa

What’s a vacation without some pampering? The onboard spa offers massages throughout the day. No long waitlists here, just pure relaxation. Want to look your best for a night out in port? Their talented stylists have got you covered.

Deck Pool

Just because you're not on a tropical cruise doesn’t mean you can’t catch some rays. Dive into the heated pool or jacuzzi on the top deck, maybe even enjoy a cocktail from the swim-up bar. As the sun sets, the illuminated bridges and cathedrals make for spectacular views—perfect for socializing and making new friends. Note: Not all ships may have a pool.


Each cruise itinerary offers a variety of excursions to match your pace. From leisurely bike rides in town to mild hikes, wine tastings, or exploring cobblestone streets—you name it! For the night owls, don’t miss the late riser tour options that let you enjoy some extra rest.

Best in Class Service

Need something to make your journey even better? Just ask! The AmaWaterways team excels in creating a familial and welcoming atmosphere.

So, ready to experience Europe like never before? We're just a call or an email away to get your dream river cruise booked and ready. All you have to do is decide on the "when" and the "who," and we'll handle the rest.

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