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4 Ways River Cruise Ships Enhance Your Views

11th September 2018

One of the biggest draws of a river cruise is the chance to admire stunning scenery as it floats past your window. Gliding through the heart of a destination means there will be plenty to see as you gaze towards the river banks, and cruise lines are here to help you make the most of it.

There are many ways in which they increase your enjoyment in this way – some simple, some complex; some innovative, some obvious; some exclusive to certain ships and some that have become the industry norm.

Rooms That Turn Into Balconies

Scenic Diamond Royal Balcony Suite

There are two ways to add a balcony to a river cruise stateroom. One is to simply have a French or walk-out balcony attached to the main living area, whilst the other, more inventive way is to have the whole stateroom turn into a balcony at the touch of a button. The latter is not only more exciting but it’s also more efficient, meaning your outside space doesn’t come at the expense of space inside.

Amadeus River Cruises, Uniworld, Emerald Waterways and others have all employed this style of ‘balcony’ on their ships. In essence, each stateroom has a panoramic window which can be lowered to the halfway point to let the outside in. This also means you can enjoy those wonderful views whatever the weather.

Al Fresco Restaurants

River Royale Al Fresco Dining

Not too long ago, an alfresco restaurant on a river cruise ship was rare. However, they have become more and more popular in recent years and now it seems strange for a ship to be built without one. Providing an additional dining option and ensuring you don’t miss anything even while you’re eating, they encapsulate what it means to be on holiday.

Plus, in some parts of Europe and elsewhere around the world, these al fresco dining venues allow you to enjoy the views late into the evening thanks to the balmy temperatures.

Beds That Face The Window

Avalon Panorama Suite

Most river cruise staterooms are laid out so the bed is parallel to the window. This means that, unless you lay on your side, you can’t comfortably look out of the window whilst in bed. However, Avalon Waterways has spotted this slight annoyance and implemented a small change that makes a big difference.

Each of the line’s Suite Ships, of which there will soon be 16, has a number of Panorama Suites on board. Inside this luxurious accommodation option, you’ll find beds that have been angled to face the window, as well as panoramic windows that slide open to reveal a balcony rail. This means that you won’t miss a second of those passing vistas, from the moment you open your eyes until the time you fall asleep.

Atriums Flooded With Light

Viking Longship Atrium

One of the easiest ways to help guests make the most of the scenery is to ensure the ship is filled with light. Large, panoramic windows will greet you in the atrium area as you step on board. This is usually the hub of the ship and so designing a naturally lit space where people can mingle is a great way to create the perfect atmosphere.

It’s not just in the atrium where large windows offer uninterrupted views, though. Restaurants, bars and even wellness areas will also allow the light to stream in so you can watch vineyards, castles and chateaux from the comfort of your chair.

If you would like to book your river cruise on any of the GoRiverCruise, our team will be able to recommend the perfect ship and itinerary for you. Call us today on 0800 954 0064 or contact us through the website.

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