Arena River Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview
Who goes on Arena River Cruises cruise ships?
Passengers are from the U.K. and Ireland and almost all over 60. Over the years the company, previously called The River Cruise Line, has built up a fan base of repeat passengers including couples, solo travellers and groups. Larger groups of 12 or more can organise bespoke itineraries or full ship charters.
Do I have to dress up on a Arena River Cruises cruise?
Not unless you want to. The dress code is casual throughout although some people choose to dress more smartly in the evenings. On most cruises there will be a captain's farewell dinner which is more formal if passengers want to dress up, but there is no obligation.
Is everything free on Arena River Cruises cruises?
No. The line keeps prices lower by allowing passengers to bolt on things like drinks and shore excursions. Excursions are available to book in advance, either individually or as a package. New for 2022 is a premium package which includes drinks with meals, discounts on shore excursions and other perks. Wi-Fi is free are there is a complimentary 24-hour tea and coffee station. Gratuities are optional with a recommendation of €7 to €10 per person, per day.
What are Arena River Cruises’s most popular activities?
As with any river cruise, passengers usually want to be ashore most of the time when ships are in dock. A range of excursions are available, such as walking tours and visits to historic properties and gardens. Many passengers, particularly those travelling on a river cruise for the first time, opt to book several excursions to enhance their cruise experience. When ships are sailing there is a commentary on passing places of interest and in the evening there is live music and quiz nights.
Why go with Arena River Cruises?
- Some unusual itineraries, like Germany's Rhine in Flames festival, or cruises on the Thames
- Affordable pricing, with drinks and most excursions kept as optional extras
- Cruises cater to the U.K. market; travel to the ship from the U.K. by air, train or coach
Best for: The line offers value for money, a friendly home-from-home atmosphere and good service. It is also a great introduction to river cruising for first-timers.
Not for: However, if you are looking for high levels of luxury and all-inclusive fares it is not the line for you.