Activities & Entertainment

Entertainment on board Brabant

While our river cruises focus on unforgettable scenic cruising and time exploring inspirational destinations to provide the most rewarding experience possible, you're sure to find that Brabant has plenty to keep you entertained throughout your time on board our smaller, friendlier river cruising ship too. 

During the day you might choose to relax at the Amadeus Club, a good spot for peaceful relaxation, with books, newspapers, playing cards, games and puzzles, plus self-service tea and coffee available around the clock. [ReadMoreMob]Alternatively, you might prefer to spend your time out on the Sun Deck, perhaps relaxing with a drink from the Lido Bar in hand, or even trying your hand at shuffleboard and giant chess.

As the sun sets, attention turns to the stylish Panorama Bar for gentle live entertainment, including classic and contemporary singers, pianists and other musicians, complemented by specially sourced regional acts (where available). You're sure of a pleasant evening, enjoyed in the warm company of like-minded guests.

Pool on Brabant
Guest Speakers

Fred. Olsen River Cruises are carefully constructed around a particular theme or region to help guests discover the very best that some of Europe's greatest waterways, towns and cities have to offer. On a selection of sailings, an expert will be on board Brabant to further enhance your holiday experience by sharing their knowledge and advice on their particular field of interest, which will relate to specific destinations and tours on your cruise. Find out more about our Guest Speakers and the topics they will cover on board below.

Ann has cycled more than 10,000 miles on her ventures across the globe and has witnessed some of the world’s most amazing sites, such as Mount Fuji, Niagra Falls and Angkor Wat.

Ann will be giving three talks on:

  • Her journey around the world – travelling solo by bike
  • Danube to the Black Sea – via Georgia and Crimea
  • The mishaps and the ‘unpredicatables’ of cycling the globe

Ann will also be participating in cycling tours along the Rhine, as well as answering any questions guests may have on her own cycling exploits or cycling in general.

Sailings: R1913

Your journey along the Rhine will uncover a plethora of fabulous architectural and artistic wonders. And to enrich this experience further, you’ll be joined by Hugh Ellwood, who will be imparting his knowledge on the architectural influences this region has seen over the years.

Across four fact-filled and engaging lectures, you'll gain a great understanding of:

  • The topography of the Rhine
  • Architecture within the destinations of the cruise
  • The history of Germany
  • The development of art in architecture – from Romanesque through to modern day

Hugh will also be joining tour groups and will be on hand to answer any questions guests may have whilst on tour, or around Brabant. He has worked across Europe, including Switzerland (where he had a solo art exhibition), as well as Germany, so is well versed to deliver insightful and enriching commentary as you sail the Rhine. 

Sailing : R1916 | R2003 | R2008 | R200708

John will be undertaking a number of insightful lectures during which he will impart his knowledge on:

  • Springtime bulbs – including rare and exotic species
  • Commercial plant production in the UK and Holland
  • New and rare bulbs found in the Keukenhof

John will also be found around Brabant, and will be happy to answer any questions you have on any horticultural related topics.

As well as judging at the prestigious RHS shows, including Hampton Court and Chelsea, John has spent time exploring plant species in South America, including Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and the Galapagos.

Sailings : R1902 | R1903 | R2001 | R2008

The Rhine and Moselle rivers are synonymous with good wine – and you’ll have the chance to learn all about the different wines of this beautiful region through four insightful lectures from our resident wine expert Martin Ward.

Martin has a passion for food and drink and has travelled the world learning and educating others on the great tastes of different wine regions. And one of Martin’s first jobs was working as a UK wine presenter for the German Wine Information Service – so has an abundance of experience on the rivers and vineyards found on this cruise.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend the following lectures:

  • The art of why and how to ‘taste’ wines
  • Tasting the outstanding wines of the region
  • Blind tasting quiz – a fun and interactive session
  • Etiquette of wine service

Martin will also be available to answer any wine-related questions you may have, and hopes to be escorting vineyard tours to impart further knowledge on the wines of this region.

Sailings : R1909 | R1910 | R1914 | R1918 | R1920 | R1926 | R2017 | R201718


The Rhine and Moselle sailing will be all the more enriching with the addition of Brigadier Philip Sanders as guest lecturer. Philip spent 30 years serving in the British Army, with 18 of these years being served in Germany, allowing free licence to visit the beauty of the Rhine and Moselle rivers at leisure.

Whilst on board, Philip will be giving three insightful lecturers with a Second World War theme, and more specifically on:

  • The air war over Germany
  • The assault crossings of the Rhine by the Western Allies
  • The Second World War in the context of the ‘Race to Berlin’

Philip will also be available on board to answer any questions guests have on any aspect of military history, as well as highlights of his own career which have included being Director of Operations during the first Gulf War. And receiving a CBE from Her Majesty the Queen.

Sailing : R1904

With segregated cycle routes along the length of the Rhine, this cruise provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy some cycling at leisure. And to make this experience all the more enjoyable – cyclist and travel writer Andrew Sykes will join guests on board to offer insightful lectures on his cycling exploits across Europe – including the Rhine region.

Andrew’s talks will be based on three major cycle tours across Europe which include:

  • Crossing Europe – from Southern England to Southern Italy
  • Along the Med – Southern Greece to Southern Portugal
  • Spain to Norway – Southern tip of Spain to the Northern tip of Norway

Within his career, Andrew has cycled more than 20,000km across 20 countries in Europe - and will be on board to offer any cycling advice and recommend the best places to enjoy cycling along the Rhine.

Sailing : R1911