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Old November 6th, 2013, 01:37 AM
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Night life on a River Cruise is pretty much dead .Who wants to go to bed almost every night at 9pm???
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Old November 6th, 2013, 03:22 AM
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We had 14 nights on an Avalon cruise last year, there were a few entertainers that came onboard, but mostly just the guy on the piano. He was great played lots of rock and roll, plenty of people on the dance floor each night.
We would always go to the lounge after dinner for a couple of drinks, socialising and dancing..we were rarely back in our room before about 10.30 or 11. That was our way of relaxing.

River cruising isnt as relaxing as most people believe..most days theres plenty of touring and walking, plus the early starts, alot of people were just as happy to go back and relax in their rooms after dinner, dinner didnt finish to at least 9 anyway.

I know river cruising doesnt have all the entertainment that ocean cruises do, I have never been on an ocean cruise, but believe river cruisers are at a lot busier during the day with less free time.

I know its a personal preference, but I was fine with what we had available.
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We needed a holiday after our river cruise earlier this year. It was non stop all day most days. Some nights after dinner there was entertainment. A couple of nights went later. Really, we were exhausted each night and didn't miss extra evening activities.
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We enjoy some nightlife after dinner. Our first 4 cruises were with Avalon and except for the resident piano player, some local acts, a beer tasting and skits by the CD, it was really dead. Even the New Year's Eve we spent aboard was dull. We were glad that we had met a few couples on our cruises that we had fun with in the lounge on two of those cruises and were traveling with an extended friends and family group on the others. When we were docked overnight, we were off the boat and enjoying the local pubs.

Our two cruises with AMA were very different. There were some local acts but the piano player DJ'd after them and we were out dancing til after midnight most nights. One night they had a dance combo that was great and another was a 60s party that rocked! Have to say we have really enjoyed the lively evening atmosphere we have experienced on AMA so far.

A-Rosa also markets themselves as being lively and they are on our list for a future trip.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 06:35 AM
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we have done 6 European river cruises and really believe you can be as busy as you want to be. some are busy trips lots of walking ashore, some more relaxing.

we are not big alcohol drinkers so long periods in the bar at night would not be something we would seek to do. conversation with others we enjoy. most dinners ended at 9. many tours began early, everyone has a different need for sleep.

we have yet to do an ocean cruise but would be very selective about which line we would use, to meet our needs.

our trips to Europe are to see and experience the countries and we like river cruising, we get what we want from the experiences. we all like different things in travel.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 07:56 AM
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We have found that on river cruises that many of use congregated in the bar/lounge enjoying the entertainment and each others company until about 11pm.

On river cruises, we tend to get to know many of our fellow cruisers, even more than on ocean cruises.
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Have been on 15 ocean cruises and just returned from my first river cruise and I have to say that I much prefer the relaxed atmosphere of the river cruise. We never went to bed at 9 and found lots of folks to sit and talk to in the bar every night; if there wasn't entertainment onboard we just made our own fun.
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between river and ocean cruises.Best of BOTH worlds, lots of entertainment 1 time and more laid back the next.Works for us.

Personally, we like the local groups that come onboard(like singers,dancers,musicians,).Hey, if bored go up on deck and watch the scenery go by with an after dinner drink.

Also, river cruises tend to cater to an older clientele.In overnite ports,can go off on own too.
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Night life on a River Cruise is pretty much dead .Who wants to go to bed almost every night at 9pm???
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Who wants to go to bed almost every night at 9pm???
Well, me, especially if I'm up early and walking around all day and anti-social to boot. I've never participated in "night life" on ocean cruises (other than late dining....) and I'm not a night owl in my regular life or when I do land travel, so.....(and it has NOTHING to do with age - I was like this 20 years ago when I was in college too)

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Night life on a River Cruise is pretty much dead .Who wants to go to bed almost every night at 9pm???


A lot of folks do and that is why the ship is so dead at night, not because there isn't entertainment. I think it is the other way around. There isn't any entertainment because there isn't anyone to entertain--they have gone to bed. They aren't late owls at home and they aren't late owls on vacation--and are thrilled that they don't have to pretend to be.

Riverboat late owls manage to find each other and 'make their own fun,' as cruiseryyc points out, and their ability to enjoy is not dependent on canned, pre-planned entertainment to make them 'happy'.

I'm perfectly happy with the trio in the bar, the crew talent show and a night or two of local music on the nights when I do manage to stay awake beyond 9pm.

In other words, I'm just as happy that my cruise fare not be spent on fancy entertainment that I am not going to partake in and would rather have it spent on something that will actually make my cruise more enjoyable--like more guides and buses so that we can have smaller groups on the tours--twenty would be a nice number as opposed to 30+.

Finally, I like the differences between the small river boats and the large ocean going vessels and wish folks would stop trying to turn the quiet river boat experience into a mega-ship extravaganza. Viva la difference!!
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More than happy with level of evening activity on Avalon in July, we were never in bed before 10 and a couple of nights it was close to 12
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I was more than happy with the evening entertainment on our cruise back in July.
When things were quiet in the lounge, I just went upstairs with a glass of wine and watched the scenery slip on by.

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We are just back from the Forseti, our second Viking cruise and I like that there is not a lot of entertainment options after dinner. I prefer the low key atmosphere and getting to know the other passengers over some back ground music that is not distracting. In our society today, it seems like a lot of people need to be either entertained or connected to social media constantly, it was nice to get away from Facebook, the internet, Twitter, etc. and really talk with people one on one. Just my opinion...
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I agree with travelgenie. It is nice to be face to face with people instead of electronically
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I agree with travelgenie. It is nice to be face to face with people instead of electronically
What in the world does technology have to do with nightlife??
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There was a guy on our Scenic cruise a couple of weeks ago who plays guitar, so he jammed with the paid entertainer every night until midnight or later. Some couples danced but most of us just hung around listening to them play, talking, playing cards, etc.
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Some days, we were "too pooped to pop" after 9PM, anyway. Other nights, as most of the time we are docked overnight, or at least until the very wee hours of the morning, we had the opportunity to go out and enjoy the nightlife of the city we were in. And that's one of the reasons we like river cruising so much over European "ocean liner" cruising......we get to experience some local night life. Most ocean liner cruises leave port by 6PM-ish so you never get to experience a city at night. And that's probably why they don't offer a lot of onboard entertainment as local night life is readily and easily available. The guides are very knowledgeable about the cities and always offered us a variety of options depending on one's taste. We've gone to clubs beer gardens, operas, concerts, etc, etc. For us, this is one of benefits of a river cruise.
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We've gone to clubs beer gardens, operas, concerts, etc, etc. For us, this is one of benefits of a river cruise.
I agree and this is why we prefer itineraries with overnight stays.
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A lot of folks do and that is why the ship is so dead at night, not because there isn't entertainment. I think it is the other way around. There isn't any entertainment because there isn't anyone to entertain--they have gone to bed. They aren't late owls at home and they aren't late owls on vacation--and are thrilled that they don't have to pretend to be.

Riverboat late owls manage to find each other and 'make their own fun,' as cruiseryyc points out, and their ability to enjoy is not dependent on canned, pre-planned entertainment to make them 'happy'.

I'm perfectly happy with the trio in the bar, the crew talent show and a night or two of local music on the nights when I do manage to stay awake beyond 9pm.

In other words, I'm just as happy that my cruise fare not be spent on fancy entertainment that I am not going to partake in and would rather have it spent on something that will actually make my cruise more enjoyable--like more guides and buses so that we can have smaller groups on the tours--twenty would be a nice number as opposed to 30+.

Finally, I like the differences between the small river boats and the large ocean going vessels and wish folks would stop trying to turn the quiet river boat experience into a mega-ship extravaganza. Viva la difference!!
Viva La Peregrina!! I agree with every word!!
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