[caption id="attachment_127587" align="aligncenter" width="630"] PHOTO: AmaWaterways is leading the way in wellness on river cruises. (photo courtesy of AmaWaterways)[/caption]
AmaWaterways is making it easier than ever to maintain a fitness routine while indulging in a river cruise. The cruise company recently announced it will expand a popular wellness program to several of its ships in 2018.
Tested aboard AmaLyra, the program includes such things as morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit training. In addition to all of these activities, there will be discussion groups focused on topics ranging from healthy eating to relaxation techniques.
"Being active and healthy while traveling is something that is personally so important to me, and as a company, AmaWaterways has been embracing active travel for more than a decade. We believe guests are looking to take steps to ensure that their vacation time is an extension of their wellness-oriented lifestyle, and we are so happy to continue introducing new ways for travelers to remain healthy while on board our ships," Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways, said in a statement.
"It's important for us to continue to be innovative in this space and give our guests exactly what they're looking for during their time on board. Our wellness program has been a huge success, and is something we are very excited about continuing."
Launched during 2017 in celebration of Global Wellness Day, the pilot program aboard the AmaLyra features four to six classes daily led by "Sports Scientist" Selina Wank. It is now being expanded to AmaCerto, AmaPrima, AmaSonata, AmaDante and AmaDolce.
The exercise classes are not the only notable health-related options on AmaWaterways. The company also incorporates a variety of healthy food choices into its meal offerings, such as breakfast vitamin shots as well as gluten-free, low-sodium and vegetarian meal 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...