Best Family River Cruises 2022
Family river cruises are growing in popularity and becoming more feasible as cruise lines diversify. That’s why you should consider river cruises for families in 2022.
Once upon a time, you would never hear the words “river cruise” and “families” spoken in the same sentence.
However, river cruises are no longer for mature travelers and recent years have seen an increasing number of family cruises designed to suit everyone. whatever their age.
Explore fairytale castles on the Rhine, meet French “cowboys” in the Camargue, search for clues on a treasure hunt at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and prepare local specialties such as apple strudel in Vienna and pasta in Italy is one of the fun activities organized on multigenerational cruises.
Read on to find out more.
Why are river cruises fun for families?
First, they allow families to spend quality time together. Unlike large ocean-going vessels, where kids can spend all day and evening in kids’ clubs while parents do their own thing, riverboats are much smaller.
Activities are designed to engage the whole family, whether it’s taking a shore excursion or heading out along the river bank on the fleet of bicycles that are carried on board. They are also convenient and much less tiring than land tours.
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On a river cruise, families can explore multiple destinations and countries in the space of a week without having to constantly pack and unpack. Ships often sail at night, with the thrill of waking up in a new place the next day, and with the ever-changing landscape, there are no “boring” days at sea.
Luxury river cruise lines such as Tauck and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offer all-inclusive prices that cover meals, drinks, excursions and gratuities, so parents can easily budget and not have to worry about expenses. growing.
There are also excellent family cruise offers on the CroisiEurope line at good value for money.
European river cruises for families
A-Rosa Family River Cruises
In a first for river cruising, A-ROSA launches the first dedicated family river cruise ship.
The line is already renowned for its relaxed family sailings and the launch of the 280-passenger A-ROSA SENA in May 2022 will take the concept to a new level. It will be the first European river cruise ship to feature a dedicated family pool and kids’ club.
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The pirate-themed treasure island features a slide, rock climbing area, cave areas, craft and paint corners, and a chill-out area with large cushions designed to look like rocks.
The ship was created for families and multi-generational groups and the entertainment program will include treasure hunts, craft sessions, cocktail parties and cinematic experiences.
A-ROSA SENA will have 12 very spacious family cabins that can accommodate up to five people and meals will include a special children’s buffet for younger passengers while older children can compose their own favorite dishes from the main buffet if they wish. prefer it.
There is also a separate family area in the restaurant where families can eat together. The onboard experience will continue ashore with family excursions such as a trip to Madurodam Miniature Park in the Netherlands and Chocolate Nation in Antwerp.
An added benefit for environmentally conscious parents and children is that the A-ROSA SENA is the first river vessel to feature “E-motion” technology. The hybrid propulsion system allows the vessel to switch to battery power when entering and leaving port, meaning arrivals and departures are quiet and emission-free.
Lucia Rowe, Managing Director of A-ROSA River Cruises UK & Ireland, said of the new ship: “We have been welcoming families on our cruises since 2014, but with A-ROSA SENA we have taken things to a any other level. We’ve taken the insights we’ve gained over the past few years about the needs and wants of families and incorporated it into the design of A-ROSA SENA from the outset.
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“It offers many innovations in family cruising on the rivers of Europe, with the first dedicated kids’ club room on a river cruise ship where children can romp, play, relax and get to know each other.
“There is also the children’s pool on the sundeck in addition to the main pool, plus the family area, all the necessary ingredients for the perfect family vacation. We know that the children who sail today are the cruisers of the future, and if they have a good time sailing with their parents and grandparents, I’m sure they’ll be cruisers for life.
Family river cruises
Tauck was the main pioneer of family river cruises in 2010 when he first introduced the Tauck Bridges program with navigation on the Danube. These all-inclusive itineraries have since been extended to the Rhine, Rhône and Seine.
Highlights of the Rhone cruise include a private visit to a ranch in the Camargue where families can meet some of the region’s famous white horses and the guardians, or Provençal cowboys, who tend to them before heading off. attend a spectacular horse-riding show.
Navigation on the Rhine includes a visit to Strasbourg and the opportunity to become French for a day, learn French phrases, participate in a song and enjoy a chocolate tasting.
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Uniworld family river cruises fall under the line’s Generations collection and operate on the Rhine, Danube and Italian Po rivers.
Also all-inclusive, they include family-friendly shore excursions led by local experts, special children’s menus, and a dining table for young travelers reserved on certain evenings for children and the two family hosts who accompany each cruise and supervise activities.
In addition to a young traveler lounge and games room, there are kids-only movie nights with popcorn and a VIP ship tour with the ship’s captain or hotel manager.
Keep an eye out for special offers from the CroisiEurope Family Club which offer free cruises for young people under 16 on a selection of crossings in Portugal, Spain and Italy.
Children over five can also sleep in a cabin next to their parents and there are no expensive solo supplements for single parents. Family Club cruises also offer a children’s menu and onboard entertainment with hosts.
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Far from the designated family crossings, many lines welcome children on their regular crossings. In particular, AmaWaterways family river cruises can be found aboard AmaStella and AmaViola, both of which have connecting cabins that can accommodate families of up to five people.
The impressive ship of the line, the AmaMagna, which is twice the width of traditional river vessels, offers spacious accommodation and public facilities ideal for families, including a swimming pool and a theater where youngsters can watch films and to play video games.