According to Virtuoso® the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel, wellness travel is a trend that will grow exponentially in 2018.
Especially, for those who find a unique type of active tranquility in river cruising, the wellness component is crucial, as those who travel on river cruises hope for a kind of respite that traveling on water often brings, allowing for greater harmony, recalibration, and spiritual repurposing. Ideally, the river journey often combines greater destination immersion, combined with a wellness journey of inward enrichment.
It is for these reasons that AmaWaterways recently announced that the company’s already popular Wellness Program – tested earlier in 2017 onboard their vessel, AmaLyra – will expand to six other ships in 2018. The concept of active traveling will become more of a rule than an exception, and especially with the many new offerings.
AmaWaterways was first in the river cruising industry to offer bicycles onboard, and now AmaWaterways expands the concept of active cruising through its new Wellness Program that includes morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit training.
Activities are also complemented by discussion groups with a focus on healthy eating and relaxation techniques. “Staying active has always been an important part of my lifestyle and it has become essential to so many of our guests who are looking for ways to remain healthy during their travels,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways.
Led by AmaWaterways’ Wellness Hosts, the Wellness Program will be added to AmaCerto, AmaPrima, AmaSonata, AmaDante and AmaDolce and AmaLyra. The visitors are encouraged to pack a bathing suit, comfortable exercise clothes and appropriate shoes. All exercise equipment will be provided on board along with bikes, helmets and Nordic walking sticks.
Complimenting the Wellness Program, AmaWaterways continues incorporating healthy food options into breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests have access to hydration stations, breakfast vitamin shots, fresh fish, cage-free eggs and crate-free pork along with gluten-free, low-sodium and vegetarian dietary options.
“We now offer plenty of ways for our guests to burn off those extra calories, but we know many of our guests simply enjoy adding some healthier options to balance their meals,” continued Karst.
Separate from the Wellness Program, AmaWaterways European ships provide complimentary bicycles available for independent use or as part of guided excursions. There are also hiking excursions offered on many of the off-board tours. Each ship in the award-winning European fleet is equipped with a massage room, a fitness room with a treadmill, stationary bike, ellipticals, a whirlpool or swimming pool and a walking track.
With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the 2016 edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe, AmaWaterways has received multiple honors in 2017 including the 2017 Cruise Critic Best River Cruise, the Travel Network Group’s River Cruise Line of the year, and AFAR Reader’s Choice Awards “Best River Cruise Line.” With the newly implemented Active Cruising/Wellness dimension, the trend toward greater well being should continue long into 2018 and beyond.