The A’s cabins are compact but sufficient by river-cruising standards. Each comes with Savoir mattresses – well worth their five-figure price tags – plus a flat-screen TV with a live feed of the ship’s lounge area for immediate FOMO prevention, special bathroom lights that won’t disrupt your sleep cycle, and Beekind toiletries that perfume the cabin with notes of honey, citrus, and verbena.
Take advantage of yoga on the ship’s top deck, ride bikes (on your own or as part of a guided tour), or work out in one of river cruising’s largest gyms. Excursions range from the relaxed – a Champagne-fueled castle tour in Germany, for example – to the thrilling, such as beach blokarting (imagine a go-kart with a sail attached to it) in the Netherlands.
Dinner menus include nods to the ship’s surrounding landscapes – think schnitzel and Kölsch beer in Cologne – and all meals are sourced locally in each port of call. The A minimizes paper consumption by sending itineraries directly to guests’ cell phones via WhatsApp, which also allows for easy photo sharing with new friends on board.