Who's the Avalon Adventure Host?
Posted on 09/12/2019
Watching history pass you by is an adventure in itself. But what if elevating your heart rate is more your speed? Meet your Avalon Adventure HostSM. In addition to included active excursions, your Adventure Host holds the gear, maps, and guidance for pursuits on board and on shore. At the Adventure Center, you can check out a bike, grab a map and Nordic walking sticks for a hike, or join a jog or active walk. Whether you’re looking for a kayaking excursion or a yoga class, your Adventure Host can make it happen.
We sat down with Hristo, the Adventure Host aboard the Avalon ImpressionSM, and asked him to tell about himself and his role.
How did you become an Adventure Host with Avalon Waterways?
I have been a personal trainer since 2011 and have spent time working on ocean cruise ships as well as river cruises, encouraging guests to stay active on their vacations. My experience includes weights, aerobics, Pilates, yoga, band work, as well as strength and conditioning exercises.
What onboard Adventure Host activity is a favorite among guests?
Yoga is a favorite on every itinerary.
What is the average class size?
At the beginning of the week, the average class size is five to seven guests. Those guests become regulars and often inspire others to join my hosted activities. My busiest classes are always towards the end of each cruise.
What activities do you enjoy most with guests?
I enjoy taking guests on guided hikes and regional biking outings. Biking has become an absolute favorite among guests. They check-out our complimentary bikes when they aren’t completing excursions or they want a day to explore on their own, at leisure.
How many activities a day do you plan?
Our schedule is fluid, but there’s always one activity planned a day; often two and sometimes even three. Of course, guests can check-out bikes, take walks or hikes any time we’re docked. We have 16 bikes and 16 sets of Nordic walking sticks on board each ship that are complimentary.
Do you have some favorite areas for hiking or biking along Europe’s picturesque rivers?
Personally, I love hiking near the Moselle River. It’s really beautiful with vineyards, hills, castles and views.
So pack your workout gear and ask an Adventure Host for their tips and tricks on your next Avalon cruise!