Family-Friendly River Cruise Ships
Although growing in popularity, river cruising is still a fairly new concept for many people and we're often asked if a river cruise is suitable for families and young children.
In short, although river cruise lines do accept children aboard, most (with rare exceptions - see below) do not cater specifically for children. I.e. there are no children's clubs on board river cruises and no children's entertainment. River cruises are a relaxed affair... each day passengers will disembark for a cultural tour before returning to the ship to relax on top deck or read a book in the small onboard library... some will even choose to spend time in their staterooms. It is rare to see families travelling with children on a river cruise holiday.
And whilst some people would still like to travel with their children, the biggest problem we face is accommodation for families. It's rare to find a stateroom for 3+ people and understandably, families don't always want separate accommodation or to be paying for a second cabin at solo prices.
Award-Winning Family River Cruises
Tauck Family River Cruises
Luxury river cruise line, Tauck, has been offering family river cruising for 7+ years! 'Tauck Bridges' has been specifically designed for families travelling together with exciting family-friendly shore excursions, onboard activities and exclusive experiences. In 2017 alone there have been 20 sailings exclusive for families, on the Seine, Danube, Rhone and Rhine!
Tauck's family river cruises are all inclusive; with gratuities, hotels, airport transfers, all meals, beverages, shore excursions and more included in your fare. Cabins are fitted with sofa beds, accommodating up to 4 in one cabin. Or you can upgrade to a suite that accommodates two parents and a child or 3 adults.
Tauck recommends a minimum age of 8 years old for their family river cruises. Activities are designed for the whole family, examples included sword fighting lessons, hiking tall mountains to visit castle ruins, bike rides through towns, cooking lessons and more!
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld's 'Generations river cruises' are a perfect choice for families travelling together! On every Uniworld family river cruise, there are specially planned excursions, on board activities and amenities designed to keep both kids & grown-ups entertained! Plus, culinary adventures for the kids too... with children's menus and hands on experiences!
There is a choice of itineraries along the Seine, Rhine and Danube, all with a choice of excursions - e.g. options for thrill seeking teens, hands-on art lovers and even adventurous eaters seeking new flavours.
Uniworld's award-winning family river cruises are all inclusive; with shore excursions, all meals, beverages, airport transfers, wi-fi, bicycles and more included in your fare.
Interconnecting & Triple Occupancy Staterooms
AmaWaterways have welcomed purpose-built ships to their fleet to cater for multi-generational families travelling together.
AmaStella, AmaViola, AmaKristina and AmaLea are all built with interconnecting staterooms and triple occupancy staterooms - a unique offering for a river cruise operator!
Two cabins together could accommodate families of up to five, with one of these staterooms having a sofa bed. Alternatively, passengers could book a suite with sofa beds which accommodate families of up to four.
Do not expect children's club on board... but AmaWaterways do understand that when travelling in a multi-generational family, you may have different interests. So when choosing from their menu of included excursions - from gentle walking tours to more active adventures like hiking and biking - your group can separate (as long as children are supervised) and reunite on board.
AmaStella and her three sister ships have the following connecting and triple occupancy rooms:
Only select staterooms in the following categories can be connected by request:
*Category AB Stateroom: Cello Deck / French & Outside Balcony – 235 sq. feet
Category BA Stateroom: Violin Deck / French & Outside Balcony – 210 sq. feet
Category BB Stateroom: Cello Deck / French & Outside Balcony – 210 sq. feet
* Please note, the AB Stateroom only connects with BB staterooms.
Only select staterooms in the following categories have up to triple occupancy by request:
Category AA Stateroom: Violin Deck / French & Outside Balcony – 235 sq. feet
Category AB Stateroom: Cello Deck / French & Outside Balcony – 235 sq. feet
Please call our team of river cruise experts for more details on 0800 810 8220.