As river cruising becomes more popular, river cruise lines are enhancing their ships and itineraries to provide more of what their passengers are asking for. That includes more opportunities to maintain or improve fitness and wellness, both on board and on shore.
River cruises are active vacations in general; daily port calls mean there’s an opportunity each day to get off the ship and walk to see the sights on shore. And, many river cruise ships have small but well-equipped fitness centers, plus spas where you can get relaxing, rejuvenating massages and other treatments. Some ships have walking tracks and swimming pools for more gentle exercise. Still, many passengers are looking for more so that they can match – or even step up – the intensity of their regular exercise routines.
Some river cruise lines offer shore excursions with tiered activity levels to suit all tastes. For example, passengers on Tauck’s “Danube Reflections” cruise can enjoy an easy walking tour of the village of Durnstein, Austria, or get a more intense workout by hiking up to the ruins of a medieval castle, perched 719 feet above the river. Tauck also offers onboard yoga classes, so you can gently stretch and warm up before you walk or hike.
The Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offers TRX suspension training, which uses gravity and your body weight to deliver a whole-body workout. If you haven’t used a TRX suspension system before, a personal trainer is available to guide you through it.
AmaWaterways offers a series of wellness-focused cruises that include guided biking and hiking tours that visit scenic and historic sites. Sometimes, there’s a stop along the way at a local winery or pub where you can enjoy local tastes and refuel your body.
Avalon Waterways offers a series of “active discovery” river cruises, which include selected sailings on the Danube and the Rhine. Along the way, there are opportunities to step up your level of activity. For example, at Germany’s Xanten Archeological Park – the remains of a historic Roman settlement –take part in authentic Roman games and try your hand at being a gladiator. Or, experience Amsterdam in a unique way via a running tour.
To explore river cruise lines, cruise ships and itineraries that will meet your need to take a wonderful vacation and improve your well-being, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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