More than 1.5 million travelers took to the rivers of Europe in 2018, 40 percent of them were from North America. The percentage is estimated to grow even more. Why has river cruising seen such an increase in popularity?
River cruising in Europe started more than 25 years ago, with very modest beginnings: just-the-basics river ships and two- to three day tours. From those humble beginnings, a booming branch of the travel industry has developed. River boats are still less spectacular than ocean liners, but equally luxurious and offer of the most relaxing way to explore new countries and cultures.
River cruising is a great way for multi-generational groups on heritage tours and for family reunions. AmaWaterways is especially known for offering a variety of excursions for different fitness levels in each port, proving Nordic walking sticks and bikes for free, or wheelchairs if necessary. The excursion groups tend to be small and guided by local, English-speaking guides.
Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna, which at twice the width of traditional river ships, offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options.
Explore your Austrian or German heritage while cruising in the comfort of your floating hotel through Europe or meet up with your family on one of their cruises: For more information call your preferred travel adviser or call AmaWaterways at 1-888-626 0993