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Would you take kids on a river cruise?

I’m a bit of a cruise fan, and that includes the chance to sail along some of the world’s great rivers – I’ve been along the Yangtze and would love to cruise the Mekong.

But a river cruise with kids? Let’s be honest, they’ve got a reputation for being only for pensioners. And while that’s the kind of image which cruising in general has worked hard to throw off, it seems pretty accurate for most river itineraries.


Until you add Disney to the mix of course. Because they’ve now announced a partnership with AmaWaterways, according to this story on Cruise Critic, joining Tauck River Cruising and CroisiEurope to offer trips aimed squarely at families.

Starting in summer 2016, the two companies are running week-long Danube River cruises, including one visiting Christmas markets, while Ama is building a ship designed specifically for families, complete with connecting cabins.

And while you won’t get Minnie and Micky et al on board, you do get some rather fun activities including a 900-year-old castle to visit, watching Hungarian cowboys and making goulash outdoors, cycling through vineyards and exploring cities including Prague and Budapest.


Aimed at kids aged eight and above, the minimum age for sailing is just four. Coincidentally the age that Minnie will turn just as the new itineraries start. It’s not something I’d considered before – but would this actually be a great way to explore Europe with her?

What do you think – would you be convinced to try a river cruise?


Images courtesy of Cruise Critic