The 3 Best River Cruises for Families

It’s no doubt that river cruising is an easy and popular way to see multiple destinations, especially in Europe where more than 100 river cruises sail the continent’s rivers. While these cruises have traditionally targeted an older demographic, many river cruise lines are shifting this notion and opening their cabins to a younger – much younger – crowd, inviting children and young adults on board. Read on to learn about Family River Cruises!

These family-specific sailings – usually scheduled to overlap school breaks – are designed to ensure all ages will enjoy themselves onboard and onshore, even without the adrenaline-pumping activities known to larger ocean cruises. Cruise Planners Travel Advisors can offer expert advice to help you choose the river cruise that is best for your family. Here are our three favorites: 

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld Generations Family River Cruising Cruise Planners

Heidi Sarna, travel writer for traveled with her young family on one of Uniworld’s Generation Collection family sailings. With nearly 40 children and teens on board, her sons felt right at home with their new friends among the River Empress’ posh décor. Heidi and her family enjoyed the variety of excursion options, including kids-only tours supervised by Uniworld’s dedicated Family Hosts and guided bike tours along the Rhine River. Read more about Family Time on the Rhine with Uniworld and read up on reviews, articles, news and photos about small-ship cruising on Quirky Cruise. Looking for something geared towards an 18+ group? Check out U by Uniworld.

Tauck River Cruises

Cruise Planners Tauck Bridges Family River Cruising

Laura Blanco, Director of Sales for Cruise Planners, sailed on a Tauck Bridges itinerary with her husband and two children. The ship was filled with all types of families including some multi-generational and “skip-gen” groups. The onboard and onshore programming was fun and educational for all ages, so everyone enjoyed the history and culture of France while cruising the Seine River. So, what did Laura’s kids like least about the trip? Having to leave the ship to come home!  


Cruise Planners AmaWaterways Adventures by Disney River Cruise Family

AmaWaterways has made it easier for families traveling with young children on river cruises with three-person and connecting staterooms. To make itineraries even more family-friendly, AmaWaterways has partnered with Adventures by Disney to include options ranging from active, thrilling adventures to more thought-provoking pursuits that immerse families in each destination. With Disney movie nights for the kids and wine tasting for adults, the onboard activities are sure to make everyone happy.

For more information about these family river cruises, contact me today!

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