River Cruising

Wellness Cruising on offer

CLIA, the cruising industry association is focusing on Wellness this September.  And to make cruisers feel better, there are offers to encourage you onboard!

AMADEUS RIVER CRUISES: COMPLIMENTARY EXCURSIONS

Amadeus River Cruises has announced that it will offer complimentary shore excursions for all 2020 sailings booked during this year’s CLIA ‘Cruise Month’.

Guests booking any 2020 itinerary, including the popular Classical Danube, Treasures of Burgundy and Provence and Tulip Serenade, as well as themed Golf, Winter and Classical Music cruises will benefit from the inclusion of Amadeus’ excursion package – worth up to £328 per person.

The ‘Cruise Month’ free excursions offer is valid until 30thSeptember 2019 and is also combinable with Amadeus River Cruises’ early booking discount, valid until end of November 2019.

For more information call 0800 035 6411 or visit https://www.amadeus-rivercruises.co.uk/

CELEBRITY CRUISES: ‘BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE’ COMMITMENT

Celebrity Cruises is providing guests with even greater flexibility with a new ‘Book with Confidence’ commitment this year. Under the promise, guests making a new booking between 29 August to 18 November 2019 will be entitled to change or amend their booking free of charge before the end of the year. With offers across more sailings and flights than ever before, the ‘Book with Confidence’ commitment adds to an array of savings, flexibility and added value across the incredible itineraries on sale for the 2020/21 season.

For more information please visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk

CELESTYAL CRUISES: UP TO 150 ONBOARD CREDIT ON SELECTED CRUISES

Celestyal Cruisesis celebrating CLIA’s 2019 Cruise Month by offering up to €150 per stateroom onboard credit on selected cruises booked before 15thOctober 2019. The onboard credit is available on the following sailings:

  • Selected three- and four-night cruises in 2019, 2020 and 2021 – €50 per stateroom
  • Selected seven-night cruise in 2019, 2020 and 2021 – €100 per stateroom
  • Selected 14-night cruise in 2020 and 2021 – €150 per stateroom

For more information please visit:  www.celestyalcruises.uk

HAPAG-LLOYD CRUISES: 50% OFF 2NDPERSON / NO SINGLE SURCHARGE FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is offering 50% off the 2ndperson in a double occupancy cabin and removing single cabin surcharge for single travellers on the 18-day South America cruise. Sailing from Buenos Aires to Belem, guests will explore the heritage of the conquistadors in the journey of discovery between the Atlantic rainforest and Brazil’s colonial coast. Prices start from £8,870pp.

For more information visit www.hl-cruises.com

MARELLA CRUISES: SEVEN NIGHT CRUISE FROM £998pp

Marella Cruises is offering aseven nightTreasures of the Mediterranean cruise on Marella Dream from £998per person when booked online. Thecruise departs from Palma, Majorca and visits Trapani, Sicily; Sorrento, Italy; Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy; Ajaccio, Corsica and Palamos, Spain.

Price is based on two adults sharing a deck 5 or 6 outside plus cabinon an all-inclusive basis. Flights for this cruise depart on 24thSeptember 2019fromBournemouthairport.Price includes transfers, port taxes, tips and service charges.

For more information go to https://www.tui.co.uk/cruise/or call 0871 230 2800.

PRINCESS CRUISES: FREE STATEROOM UPGRADES

Princess Cruises is offering holidaymakers free stateroom upgrades on nearly 1250 voyages setting sail in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The offer runs from September 4 – October 31, 2019.

Guests booking an ocean view stateroom can take advantage of a free upgrade to a balcony, whilst those sailing on Princess’ five newest ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess – will receive an upgrade from a balcony to a mini-suite.

Additionally, on select British Isles cruises departing in 2020 on Regal Princess, guests will benefit from an upgrade to a balcony from an inside stateroom.

For more information visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.

SCENIC: SUITE UPGRADES, CHAUFFEUR TRANSFERS AND SAVINGS UP TO £1250 PER COUPLE

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours is offering guests the chance to start their sailings in VIP luxury with free door-to-door chauffeur transfers, plus a range of savings and upgrade options on selected 2020 itineraries.

The upgraded offer is available on a range of popular 2020 European river cruises when booked in CLIA Cruise Month (before 30 September 2019). Early-booking guests can take advantage of a complimentary private car to their chosen departure airport and price reductions of up to 15% for key sailings. Guests booking a Rhine or Danube cruise of any duration will also enjoy a complimentary balcony suite upgrade.

For more information call 0808 301 8277 or visit www.scenic.co.uk.

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is promoting wellness throughout the month of September. This theme aims to showcase and champion what cruise lines are doing to create enriching wellness experiences on a cruise holiday.

Each week throughout the month, CLIA focuses on a different topic under the ‘wellness’ theme. The first week is dedicated to relaxation, highlighting the plethora of options on a cruise holiday that enable guests to feel relaxed and in turn increase positive wellbeing.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “There’s something truly calming about a cruise holiday. Whether you are sailing on the open sea or pootling along a river, a cruise is the ideal escape for anyone searching for the ultimate relaxing holiday.

“Whether it be through onboard classes such as yoga, meditation and tai chi or simply relaxing in the onboard spa, relaxation has many lasting benefits to personal wellbeing and cruise lines are leading the way in finding innovative ways to ensure guests can relax and unwind during their holiday.”

Cruise Line News – Wellness & Relaxation

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways recently introduced a wellness programme across the entire European fleet – each ship now has a professionally trained ‘Wellness Host’ to conduct complimentary classes including yoga, cardio and circuits, as well as discussion groups on healthy eating and relaxation.

https://www.amawaterways.com/explore/wellness

APT

APT has increased the number of wellness classes onboard its ships from morning stretches to yoga and tai chi. The classes are conducted by the line’s new entertainment – a duo who alongside providing onboard entertainment, host wellness and fitness classes.

https://www.aptouring.co.uk/

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld has enhanced its Wellness on the Water programme across the fleet for 2020, including a complimentary wellness programme on its India cruises, centred around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga with a certified yogi. There are daily sunrise sessions of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individual meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate comfortably in this culturally immersive programme.

https://www.uniworld.com/uk/why-uniworld/wellness/

Scenic

Scenic has expanded their spa renovations including its innovative Salt Therapy Lounges for an invigorating boost – the first and only river cruise line to offer a therapeutic Salt Lounge, which invites guests to relax, energise and feel healthier. Handcrafted from salt bricks and humidity and temperature-controlled, the lounge has the micro-climate of a natural salt mine.

https://www.scenic.co.uk/

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has introduced IN2BALANCE themed cruises aboard 5 EUROPA 2. As part of the format, renowned experts and trainers present innovative training methods and the relaxation techniques of the Far East: yoga in all its variations, burnout prevention, t’ai chi, shiatsu and interval training. Depending on the cruise booked, guests discover new and proven techniques that help them to slow things down in our increasingly stressful day-to-day reality, bringing lasting benefits to their personal well-being.

https://www.hl-cruises.com/in2balance-ms-europa-2

River Cruising to Health

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A flute of sparkling wine or a glass of healing gemstone water, circuit training, yoga flow or afternoon tea? Tricky decisions. A fast-paced Vienna walking tour, a castle hill hike in Passau, an 18-mile bike tour to Durnstein, a gentle evening stroll with wine tasting in Krems or a Vilshofen Organ Concert & Beer Underworld Tour. These were the choices I faced on my first wellness river cruise through Germany and Austria on the AmaSonata, one of 19 ships belonging to AmaWaterways.

Wellness is the new wave in river cruising and floated into creative itineraries with a dedicated wellness host at the helm. The preconception of a sedate meander along the river has long passed by and washed ashore. Today, this trendy mode of holidaying involves daily visits to interesting places and cities interspersed with optional wellness activities onboard and indulging in fine wines and gourmet cuisine.

A Fortress Hike in Durnstein, a bike ride along the Danube, a resistance band or Zumba class. Active or gentle, competitive or a complete beginner, from early morning stretch, posture workout, to laps around the jogging track, activities have been designed for all age groups and fitness levels. If classes don’t appeal, there’s a gym, compact as it may be, Nordic sticks for hiking trails ashore, walking tours at paces to suit, a spa offering a handful of massage treatments and lectures on lifestyle wellness. But it was cycling that won the popular vote. Many of my fellow sailors chose rides along the Danube’s river paths,  the more adventurous cycling the cobbled streets and  narrow passageways on guided city tours while the longer rides haloed the fittest amongst us.

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Ashore, it was culture in abundance. History echoed through stone passageways, etched on walls, recalled in painful truths and humbling stories, crafted in statues, exposed in Baroque and Gothic architecture, shrouded in monasteries and celebrated in jaw-dropping cathedrals. Our route along the Danube cruised from Nuremberg to Vienna, each port of call having a narrative to tell. The Nuremberg trials and Courtroom, the countless listed buildings and commemorative stumbling stones in Regensburg, the world’s largest pipe organ in Passau’s St. Stephens Cathedral and Richard The Lionheart’s imprisonment in Durnstein.  We visited Mondsee, famous for its appearance in The Sound of Music, Linz, the UNESCO city of media arts, the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk ending in Vienna, the capital, personified by the Blue Danube waltz, gilded palaces and gold statue of Strauss, its state opera, rich chocolate Sachertorte, The Spanish Riding School and St. Stephens Cathedral cradled in its centre.

Quietening the mind is an easy pastime on a ship which glides along calm waters bordered by lush green river banks  – silent, still and serene. Relaxing on the sundeck, roads track us from the side, trains play hide and seek as they hiss between trees and hills, speed boats whizz pass and barges lug past dragging  their heavy cargo.  Pressures of everyday life drift downstream.

The scenery from a river cruise is just as one imagines and vibrant in sunlight.  Paths zig-zagging across the mountainside, boats moored onto private jetties, villages centred by steepled churches and families waving as they share picnics and homemade lemonade.

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The commentary along the Danube adds a historical date or two, dotted with colourful myths and fables. We see castles still standing, reminding us of Rapunzel-like fairy tales while others lie in ruins. Terraced grooves folded into the landscape define the Wachau Valley wine region complemented with a climate ripe for harvesting  apricots. The secluded inlets carved into the riverbed provide sanctuary for wildlife from river traffic while the locks and low bridges offer a different dimension to our voyage.

Dining is another attractive pursuit offering a good variety of fine dining menus for lunch and dinner with a guide to healthier options. Local and regional dishes are integrated into daily choices with some themed events to add a little theatre to the experience. The Chef’s Table boutique restaurant offers a taster menu, all complemented with wine recommendations. The waiters, as with most of the crew are eager to serve, some with distinguishable personalities, all with an appetite for high standards.  Post dinner, the entertainment takes to the floor with renditions from a West End singer, melodies on the piano, costumed operatta  and jiving into the early hours, offering music for all palettes.

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On board, the atmosphere is convivial and with 160 passengers it’s easy to forge friendships in a short time. Conversation centres around cultural experiences ashore while wellness activities draw individuals together, motivating and sharing achievements. Dotted with miniature orange trees and table orchids, the AmaSonata is tastefully decorated and contemporary in style.

Before disembarking, we are informed of the launch next year of the AmaMagna, a revolutionary new style double-width river ship, with a Zen Wellness Studio and water sports platform. So, with more wellness activities, more choices,  I decide to be better prepared for my next wellness cruise as I enjoy a farewell glass of healing gemstone water.

For more information about AmaWaterways or to book go to www.amawaterways.co.uk, call tel: 0800 320 2335 or visit your local travel agent.

About AmaWaterways:

Family-owned, AmaWaterways is headquartered in, California with offices in Switzerland and the U.K. It provides river cruise holidays on 19 ships, sailing along the waterways of Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Next year the company will launch three ships. The AmaMora, will offer a choice of itineraries on the Rhine, while the smaller, more intimate AmaDouro makes her debut on Portugal and Spain’s Douro River.The revolutionary AmaMagna will also enter service in May 2019. She will offer an unprecedented range of facilities including a choice of restaurants, Zen Wellness Studio and water sports platform as well as offering far more personal space than traditional river cruise ships.

From  Summer 2019, the Wellness Programme will be offered across the European fleet (excluding Douro).

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