Have you ever considered planning a river cruise for an escape from your weekday routine? What would you do? I bet you wonder how you would spend time aboard a river cruise.

People often assume that since the ships are small, there are no giant waterslides or theatres to keep them entertained.  Aboard a river cruise, you will say goodbye to your standard routine and hello to outdoor activity, fine dining, and relaxation.

When you’re not touring, you can enjoy the many amenities aboard the ship and the breathtaking views from the Sun Deck. You will be able to enjoy the amenities in a more personal way with fewer passengers

Here are a few ways to spend time aboard a river cruise

Fitness Center & Classes

yoga lessons on the top deck

Each ship offers a fitness center to help you stay active between excursions. If the treadmill is not your style, there is also an expert Wellness Host offering daily classes. Start your day with yoga on the Sun Deck or a spin class on the back deck. Then enjoy a light stretch class and set the tone for a relaxing day.

Award-Winning Meals


selecting drinks at the bar-river cruising

Enjoy coffee and the breakfast buffet each morning, light lunches and refreshments throughout the day, and exquisite dinners prepared with locally sourced ingredients. River cruises are known for their fantastic meals aboard.

We recommend you visit the Chef’s Table restaurant at least once during your river cruise. Need more convincing? In addition to the meals, unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks are provided.

Spend Time At The Salon & Spa 

massage onboard a river cruise

No vacation is complete without a bit of pampering. The spa aboard a river cruise offers massages throughout the day so you can relax on your own schedule. Because there are fewer guests onboard, you won’t have to fight for an appointment.

Feel like going out for the evening while you are in port? Let the stylists in the salon give you a fresh look or simply make you look and feel your best before going out.

Deck Pool

Amawaterways Lyra ship

You may not choose a tropical cruise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax and enjoy the sun on the top deck! All ships have a heated pool (some with a swim-up bar for optimal enjoyment) or a jacuzzi, perfect for relaxing any tired muscles while cruising past the graceful, castle-filled countryside of Europe.


Feel free to come back out when the sun goes down. As you cruise past larger cities, the views of bridges full of lights or cathedrals lit up under the stars are extraordinary. This is the ideal atmosphere to socialize with your party.


bicyling in Vienna Austria on European river cruise

Regardless of the itinerary you choose, you’ll have a variety of excursions to choose from. Activity level varies to suit your preference for the day. There is even a tour option that lets you sleep in if you’d like to catch a few extra zzz’s.

During some stops, you may wish to take a gentle hike; on others, wine tasting, or a brewery tour. Alternatively, you may wish to take on some free time with your group and explore the city.

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