Themed River Cruises are perfect for people who have a passion for wine, art, golf, culinary arts, music, beer or history and politics! Unique themed cruises offered throughout the year include extra activities and tours, which highlight a specific topic. These holidays are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people who share your interests.
River cruisers tend to be well travelled, interesting people who appreciate value, impeccable service and immersive experiences. Award winning ships offer an intimate, friendly experience, with ever-changing picture postcard scenery and 100’s of exotic destinations such as Europe, Russia, India, and Asia. There are African Safari and Wildlife Cruises too!
Staterooms on river cruise ships are like rooms in a fine boutique hotel with amenities like pillow-top mattresses, cozy bathrobes and slippers, marble appointed bathrooms, high tech entertainment, Wi-Fi, and lots of storage. There are a variety of staterooms on each ship suitable for everyone’s budget.
River cruises are all-inclusive holidays and include a selection of specially crafted shore excursions, unforgettable cuisine, alcohol, entertainment on board, and often gratuities. Travel insurance, flights, transfers, and pre-and post- cruise hotel options are also available.
Chefs carefully prepare cuisine on board using fine locally sourced ingredients, and the culinary experience is second to none. Local performers are brought in from the ports to provide authentic cultural experiences, and you can attend educational talks about your destinations.
If all of this sounds amazing to you, that’s because it is!
River cruise lines like AMA Waterways, offer Christmas River Cruise itineraries from the end of November to the end of December. “Christmas Markets on the Danube” is a 7- day sailing from Nuremberg to Budapest. You will experience many enchanting Christmas markets, each with its own local traditions.
AMA Waterways “Christmas Markets on the Rhine River” is a 7-day sailing from Amsterdam to Basel. This sailing goes through the Black Forest and Alsace regions and bustling Christmas Markets. The Magnificent Europe (Christmas Cruise) sails form Budapest to Amsterdam and is a 14-night sailing for those that wish to have a longer vacation.
All the river cruise companies offer an enticing selection of wine themed cruises. AMA Waterways has 7 special wine cruise itineraries that are fantastic! The “Melodies of the Danube (Wine Cruise) by AMA Waterways sails from Budapest to Vilshofen. On this sailing you will enjoy a welcome aboard wine toast, Viennese Wine and music evening, Wachau Valley Winery visit, Exclusive visit to Burg Clam with wine, Chaine Des Rotisseurs with wine pairing, and a private Oktoberfest. Local vintages are brought on board and carefully paired with regional cuisine by your chef.
Tulip time cruises sail from Amsterdam starting in late March until the end of April. On these themed cruise itineraries, you will breathe in the sweet smell of flowers, as your eyes feast on the landscape carpets of bright tulips. There are flower shows, and garden tours included, and you can even pedal your way through the Dutch countryside on a bicycle! You will see windmills and can enjoy Belgian chocolate, beer and waffle tasting.
Art lovers – the 8- day Paris round trip Art and Impressionist themed cruise by Avalon is the one for you! Visit famous sites of romantic Paris like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and stroll down the Champs-Elysees. You can visit the charming home of Claude Monet where he lived for 43 years, and see the water gardens and flowers that inspired him to create his paintings. Visit Vincent Van Gogh’s quaint little town on a guided excursion to Auvers-Sur-oise. Art experts will come on board to lecture about impressionism and you may even be treated to an on-board painting class!
Along with Wine Appreciation cruises, Avalon also offers Beer and Culinary cruises. The Culinary cruises offer a “foodie” theme, and you will enjoy an exclusive onboard dinner with food and wine pairings. There are cooking classes, culinary walks in Passau and Vienna, and wine and cheese tastings.
The 10- day “Danube Dreams for Beer Enthusiasts” river cruise by Avalon includes a pub crawl to enjoy local beers, brewery visits, special beer tastings, lectures and workshops onboard.
Avalon Waterways offers a 13- day golf themed cruise from Budapest to Prague where you can attend golf outings and lectures, then hit the greens on select courses as tee times will be arranged for you by a local specialist. There will be castles, historical museums, great beer, and then more golf!
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is launching a new concept for 21 – 45-year old’s and it is called “U by Uniworld.”
These cruises are designed for Millennials, and the first sail date is in April 2018. No Baby Boomers are allowed on these cruises.
Uniworld also has many themed river cruises, and is wonderful choice for a family river cruise. They have a Generations Collection which are sail dates that are designed for multigenerational holidays. They offer a range of meticulously planned shore excursions, as well as onboard activities for young children, tweens, and teens. All the young travelers will be engaged, so the adults have time to relax and have fun too!
Whether you want to try a special themed river cruise sailing down the Romantic Rhine, Enchanting Danube, or explore Russia, Asia, Egypt, or Africa, there are many excellent River cruise companies.
AMA Waterways, Uniworld, Avalon, Viking, Scenic, Tauck and Abercrombie and Kent all have solid reputations and are highly rated. These cruises book up early, so to get the best value, date, itineraries, and staterooms, plan your vacation 8 – 10 months ahead of time if possible.
Awaken your spirit! River cruising is an unparalleled travel experience, and a fantastic way to meet new people. We would love to use our expertise to help you plan the perfect river cruise to ignite your passion!
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