River cruise lines have been tapping into the wellness trend for quite some time now, with options such as biking, hiking and onboard gyms having all but become standard features. But increasingly, river cruise lines are starting to add more yoga classes to their fitness and wellness offerings, too.

Most recently, AmaWaterways launched a wellness program onboard the AmaLyra for its Paris & Normandy sailings that will be led by sports scientist Selina Wank. The sailings will feature four to six classes daily, including morning stretches, jogging, cardio and core strengthening, circuit training and, yes, yoga. There will also be discussion groups with a focus on healthy eating and relaxation techniques.

Sports scientist Selina Wank will lead a new wellness program onboard AmaWaterways' AmaLyra vessel during Seine sailings.
Sports scientist Selina Wank will lead a new wellness program onboard AmaWaterways' AmaLyra vessel during Seine sailings.

"We believe guests are looking to take steps to ensure that their vacation time is an extension of their wellness-oriented lifestyle," said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways.

AmaWaterways said it would introduce the wellness program on more ships in 2018.

Emerald Waterways, too, has upped its wellness game, having added more of its EmeraldACTIVE excursions on nine Europe itineraries this year. As part of that program, there will be onboard yoga classes on Emerald Waterways sailings in Portugal and France. 

Last year, Uniworld enhanced its fitness and wellness offerings to include yoga classes on many of its sailings, too. And Crystal Cruises has said that its forthcoming river yachts will feature yoga and Pilates classes on the sun deck.

This year, Tauck also added yoga-inspired stretching classes on all of its river cruise itineraries, along with organized, guided cycling excursions on select cruises.

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