Here are ShipsAhoy's list of 6 river cruise trends you gotta see!
By: Ilona Kauremszky
River cruising is only getting bigger – and there are only so many rivers. 🙂
According to the latest Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report from the Cruise Lines International Association, river cruises are currently one of the hottest trends in the cruise industry.
In fact, nearly four out of five travel agents (79 percent) stated a river cruise is a great way to introduce “new to cruise” travellers to cruising. Agents also point out how river cruises are ideal for clients seeking new experiences, smaller ships plus seeing Europe in a relaxed way.
Here’s a look at 6 River Cruise Trends You Gotta See:
1. Active Choices
Get the FitBit, take a sunrise yoga class on the sundeck or cycle past vineyards and castles – all of which are available in no particular order. Many river cruise lines have introduced active programs for active types and those who enjoy starting the day with a “Namaste” and a yoga tree pose. Some river cruises have introduced Adventure Hosts to kick start the adrenaline-fun. There’s even Active Discovery itineraries that feature kayaking, hiking and jogging tours.
River Cruise line: Avalon Waterways Active Discoveries and its new Adventure Host
2. Wellness Travel
This growing segment incorporates lifestyle and healthy living choices as part of the cruise experience. AmaWaterways has certified wellness instructors known as Wellness Hosts to nourish the mind, body and spirit through immersive wellness activities. Your host guides you in group fitness classes and active excursions that go beyond the boat.
River Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
3. Solo River Cruises
River cruise companies have seen an uptick in solo cruisers. Riviera River Cruises is the only European river cruise line offering departures exclusively for solo travellers with all cabins and suites designated single occupancy with no supplement. To boot, Riviera’s regular cruises offer a limited number of cabins single-supplement free. Delfin Amazon Cruises also has waived the single supplement to a maximum of two passengers on each departure date for cabin categories in the Delfin II suites and the Delfin III suites and upper suites.
River Cruise Lines: Riviera River Cruises and Delfin Amazon Cruises
Get creative with your onshore excursions. Bespoke itineraries are set for the individual – all of which can be customized on board with the cruise director.
River Cruise Lines: Riviera River Cruises and AmaWaterways
5. Family Travel
The multi-generational market has turned into an ideal hub for river cruise seekers. CLIA reports the average PAX age of 57 years has helped contribute to the increase in multi-gen cruises. This segment which also once opted for the larger ocean cruises is now turning to the array of experiences on the European rivers. Tauck has its Tauck Bridges Family Cruises with various family river cruises available on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and Seine filled with family fun. Picture treasure hunts, Sound of Music karaoke and making marzipan classes.
River Cruise Line: Tauck
Egypt is back and so are the river cruises. Some cruise companies are even curating exclusive visits to the Land of the Pharaohs. Tauck has a new exclusive after-hours private tour of the Valley of the Kings that includes a private visit to the legendary tomb of King Tut. On board Uniworld’s River Tosca you can cruise the legendary Nile River in a stylish vessel with shaded cabanas and a swimming pool. Watch for the company’s new ship, S.S. Satet set to launch next year.
River Cruise Lines: Tauck with the Oberoi Zahra and Oberoi Philae and Uniworld’s River Tosca and upcoming S.S. Satet