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5 Places To Relax On Board A River Cruise Ship

2nd October 2018

River cruising is one of the most relaxing ways to discover the world. And, with rising numbers of people opting for this type of holiday every year, it seems more and more travellers are realising this.

The chance to put your feet up and watch the world glide by as you sail from enchanting city centre to enchanting city centre means that, unlike so many other trips, the journey really is part of the experience. Whilst some will be interested in how they can stay active during their river cruise (and there are certainly plenty of ways to do that), others may be looking for those peaceful places in which to do nothing for a while.

Your Stateroom

Twin Balcony Ama


Although you won’t want to spend all of your time confined to your own personal stateroom, the fact that every accommodation option on board a river cruise vessel offers outside views means that your own personal balcony is a great spot for quiet contemplation.

Obviously, not all staterooms will have a balcony, but if the upgrade is within your budget then it is definitely worth it. Whether you’re reading the newspaper first thing or enjoying an after-dinner drink, this always feels like your own private slice of heaven.

The Sun Deck

Amadeus Sun Deck

When the weather is glorious, there’s no better place than the sun deck. With a drink in one hand and your favourite book in the other, you’ll get uninterrupted views of the passing scenery. Plus, photography lovers will find endless landscapes to capture and remember forever.

Even if you’re not a fan of basking in the sun, most ships will have a covered area in which you can relax. Some, like American Queen Steamboat Company, even have porch swings on their sun deck so you can enjoy the vistas like a true southerner.

But there’s no reason to do nothing if you don’t want to. You may find a game of giant chess or mini-golf relaxing or perhaps a dip in the plunge pool will give you that ‘ahhhhhhhhh’ feeling.

The Spa

Mekong Pearl Spa

Whilst river ship spas may not be as expansive as those on an ocean ship, there is still plenty of room for you to unwind with a massage or other beauty treatment. Plus, some newer ships are dedicating more space to the onboard spa, making room for things like saunas and Jacuzzis. This is especially true on luxury Asian vessels.

Also in this part of the ship, you may find a hair and make-up salon. Why not sit back and relax whilst a stylist makes you look your best ready for a sumptuous evening meal?

The Lounge

Paddlewheel lounge

All river ships will have a comfortable lounge in which you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink or catch up with new-found friends about the day’s exploits. This will range from casual spaces filled with chairs and tables to cosy venues complete with fireplaces and plush sofas.

The chances are this will also be where the evening entertainment takes place. One of the best ways to take it easy after a day of sightseeing is listening to the tuneful sound of a local band, watching a traditional dance performance or learning fascinating insights from expert lecturers.

The Cinema

Cinema Emerald

Yes, some river cruise ships really do have a cinema on board. Emerald Waterways’ Star Ships have a unique feature whereby the swimming pool transforms into a comfy movie theatre showing classic films and the latest releases. The retractable roof is rolled into place and the pool floor lifted ready for you to take a seat with a glass of wine and a cup of popcorn.

If you would like the chance to relax on board a river cruise, we have a vast array of itineraries available all over the world. Not sure which to choose? Our team can match you to the perfect river and ship. Just call us on 0800 954 0064 to contact us through the website.

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