River Cruising is A Relaxing way to travel
A river cruise ship is essentially a luxury boutique hotel that floats along the river, providing what is arguably the gentlest way to see the world. You will not encounter turbulent waves and the shoreline is almost always in view. Many travellers prefer this calmer experience as they can rest assured that there is no worry of seasickness. Moreover, river cruising is also a very convenient way to travel. You can avoid the hassle of arranging transportation to and from each city, village or town, plus the stress of finding and paying for parking. The ships are small enough to make their way into even the narrow parts of the rivers and canals, and often berth right in the heart of the city. This way you can sit back and start enjoying your trip straight away, knowing that you can start sightseeing without a lengthy coach journey ahead. Spend less time travelling and more time exploring.
With river cruises, there is no switching of hotels and carrying luggage around with you every day. You can unpack once and rest assured that your belongings are safe, and that you do not have to re-pack again until the end of the cruise. In addition to this, the ratio of crew to passengers is very high on a river cruise, as the vessels are small. This ensures that everyone can relax with the knowledge that everything will be taken care of for them, and the personal, attentive service they will receive will be of an exceptional standard.
Although river cruise ships are much smaller than large ocean cruise liners, they definitely do not lose any of their charm. River cruise vessels are built with luxury in mind, offering the most comfortable of amenities. From the intimate bars and lounges to the comfortable cabins and suites, the highest standards of design and creativity come together to create a boutique haven of relaxation.
Few things are as relaxing as sitting in a luxurious, hotel-style suite, enjoying a glass of wine on the sun deck and just watching the world go by.
The ever-changing views are a highlight of the experience, as you wake up to different scenery most days without having to take a long drive. River cruises are thoughtfully planned, so you get to enjoy beautiful scenery during the daytime, whilst at night the ship makes its journey to the next port. The ship remains moored at the most interesting destinations, allowing you to come and go as you please for further exploration.
River cruising is the ideal introduction to cruising
River cruising is an increasingly popular option amongst cruise novices. River cruise vessels are not overwhelmingly large, so it is easy to navigate inside. They are small and intimate, with the average ship carrying approximately 160 passengers only.
What’s more, you will get to know how a cruise itinerary works. A portion of each day and night (most cruising occurs at night time and is dependent on the route) is spent cruising and admiring the view, and then at least one on-shore walking tour or excursion is planned for everyone. Unlike other types of cruising, such as on ocean liners, you do not spend long periods of time on the water, yet you will still experience the luxury of staying on board a world-class vessel.River cruising offers the opportunity to get up-close and personal with your surroundings. You will spend a large proportion of your time on land where you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the fairy-tale towns and medieval cities that Europe so proudly boasts. Throughout most of the cruise, you will be able to enjoy scenic views from the comfort and privacy of your suite. You really do get the best of both worlds, with plenty of time to relax in your cabin or enjoy some five-star dining on board.
Tours and excursions are usually included with a river cruise, so you will spend time sight-seeing, exploring and learning about the destinations along the ship’s route. The ship is usually moored for a period of time to allow for more time to explore. River cruising in Europe is perfect for those who want a relaxed tour of the finest European towns and cities but have no experience of any kind of cruising. For many travellers this is a fantastic stepping-stone into the world of cruising, as it gives them a great taster of what is possible on a cruise.
Limitless Variety is available on the Rivers
Offering 21 different itineraries along the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube (including the Danube Delta), Rhone and Saone, as well as the Dutch and Belgian Waterways, there truly is a wealth to explore with Amadeus. From UNESCO-listed cites and fields of endless tulips, to stunning river valleys lined with fairy tale castles, you can experience the rich heritage of Europe through its art, architecture and culture on board their 4*
Their highly-praised fleet offers elegant comforts and exceptional service derived from Austrian hospitality and their dedicated staff are devoted to satisfying passengers’ every need:
•MS Amadeus Rhapsody
•MS Amadeus Symphony
•MS Amadeus Royal
•MS Amadeus Princess
•MS Amadeus Diamond
•MS Amadeus Elegant
•MS Amadeus Brilliant
•MS Amadeus Silver (River Cruise Vessel of the Year)
•MS Amadeus Silver II
•MS Amadeus Silver III
(New for 2017!)
You can chose from 3 to 15 night sailings and also have the opportunity to enrich your holiday experience with a choice of fascinating excursions, all of which can be booked in advance at a special discount.
These are all lead by local experts and range from city tours, to wine tasting excursions and boat safaris.
Amazing vistas at every turn A room with a view on a Rhine
river cruise. More than any other type of holiday, river cruising really steps up to the plate when views to die for are on your list of travel ‘must haves’.
An array of endlessly-changing scenery from rolling valleys to dramatic cliffs mark your journey, punctuated by picturesque ports and the beating heart of vibrant cities.
And a cruise on the mighty Rhine delivers like no other. Steeped in folklore and charm, the Rhine’s ripe banks burst with story-book castles and verdant vineyards, all waiting to be enjoyed from the comfort of your floating five-star hotel.
On a Scenic river cruise, views take centre stage throughout.
Whether soaked in from the comfort of your luxurious balcony suite or admired with new friends over cocktails through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Panorama Lounge, something new waits round every bend of the river.
Take the breath-taking Rhine Gorge, for example. This awesome 65km stretch marks your route between Koblenz and Mannheim in some style. UNESCO World Heritage-listed for its unique combination of geological, historical and cultural gems, a journey along this fabled waterway is something to remember for a very long time.
Scenic ensures you get the very most from the ride too; which is where its unique Tailormade device comes in. This handy piece of kit is given to each guest at the beginning of a cruise, and besides providing a wealth of independent guided touring options in every port it also pings when you pass a point of interest while cruising – sure to start many a conversation.
Amazing vistas abound ashore too where you’ll enjoy a flexible choice of excursions in every destination, ensuring you spend your holiday exactly the way you want to.
From Strasbourg, why not journey to the awe-inspiring Black Forest and take in the spectacular scenery on a guided hike?
And in Mannheim, views come no more five-star than on an unforgettable Enrich event at the Baroque Palace of Rastatt. Surrounded by spectacular gardens, this formidable venue will be the backdrop to a private classical music concert, exclusively for you and fellow Scenic guests.
As the sun sets on another day of discovery, so it does on that day’s port. So step out onto your Scenic Sunlounge, have your butler deliver you a tipple of your choice, and
raise a toast to a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Fabulous food complements your journey
Begin with a sophisticated and stylish setting. Toss in a cheerful atmosphere. Add this sumptuous cuisine, wonderful regional wines and attentive service; then sprinkle in gorgeous views. The result – an outstanding dining experience. Expert chefs create culinary masterpieces that highlight regional cultures and traditions across all of their ships in Europe, rated the top 10 in the Berlitz Guide to River Cruising.
Every AmaWaterways vessel cruising in Europe is an official member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic organisations founded in 1950 in Paris. Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen and as we continue to design new ships, we develop our unique dining experiences. Guests may choose from multiple dining venues, including a Main Restaurant and an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant with its own tasting menu. Every lunch and dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines perfectly paired to complement each meal. Immerse yourself further with their unique Wine Cruises, a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings – all at no additional cost.