When wondering about river cruise onboard entertainment, it’s important to remember what draws people to experience a river cruise in the first place. River cruise passengers are interested in culture, history, music, cuisine and culinary arts and current events. That’s why onboard entertainment, no matter what river where, may feature musical performances by local talent, enrichment lectures by guest speakers or the cruise manager. Lectures during the day can vary from the plight of America’s westbound pioneers to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire or the making of the European Union.
In Europe, local musicians, cabaret and opera singers, folkloric dancers and even glass-blowers come onboard. They join the ship in one port or lock, do their show and then quietly leave the ship at the next lock. Some river cruise lines feature a passenger talent night, themed dance parties and even star-gazing.
What you won’t find are casinos, gala production numbers and Las Vegas-style costumes. What you will gain are life-enriching experiences that is hard to find on ocean cruises.