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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

These Luxury River Cruises are Family-Friendly

Some families may be hesitant to try river cruising concerned that they might be the only family on board among a ship full of retirees. In fact, the growing demand for family-friendly river cruising has prompted several cruise lines to offer dedicated family sailings.

photo: Uniworld River Cruises

These companies have specialized programs to enable families to enjoy a luxury river cruise together:

Adventures by Disney (AmaWaterways)

Adventures by Disney offers family-specific river cruises onboard AmaWaterways ships on the Seine, Rhine, and Danube Rivers. Each sailing is hosted by Adventure Guides who curate a variety of experiences for families, including active excursions and onboard programming for kids and teens. Activities include a special teen welcome party, teen and Junior Adventurer dinners, and Disney movie nights.

There is also adults-only dinners and wine tastings so parents can enjoy some fun on their own.

And, of course, every sailing will include a touch of Disney Magic, from Mickey Mouse-shaped treats to Disney-themed karaoke and trivia. There may even be a special visit from a Disney Princess along the way.


Tauck typically offers more than 20 Bridges family river cruises each year hosted by special Family hosts. Sailings are available on the Danube (including a Christmas market sailing), Rhine, Rhone, Seine, and Douro rivers. Each of the cruises is designed to be specifically for family groups to share in the fun together. They feature family-focused activities, menus, and entertainment. Activities include such options as making local treats with the chef, language lessons, song and dance fests, and group games.


The Generations Collection on Uniworld River Cruises is a selection of dedicated family-friend cruises – including the only family-only sailing in Egypt – conveniently scheduled to align with summer and winter school breaks.

Generations Collections sailings split kids into two categories: Junior Cruisers (ages 4-12) and Teen Cruisers (ages 13-17). Special activities for each group are run by two dedicated "family hosts."

There's also a dedicated kid's lounge. Activities include a VIP ship tour with the captain, "Live the Lingo" lessons during which kids learn key phrases in the native of the native language of the region visit, pastry making with the ship's pastry chef, craft workshops, movie nights, and more. Activities are supervised so that parents can spend some time alone on the ship or on shore.

Onshore activities are tailor-made for families and hosted by local experts. For instance, in Egypt, families can take part in a soccer match with local children and some of the ship's crew, go sand dune boarding, and swim in the Nile.

Do you want to plan and book a family vacation your kids will love? Maybe you want to invite the grandparents along? Or your grandchildren? If you are looking for the perfect multi-generational vacation, consider booking a river cruise. These cruises are perfect for kids of all ages, and older adults enjoy the activities on and off the ships too, making river cruising a perfect multi-generational vacation.

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