Fun for families
We know, river cruises have a reputation for skewing, let’s say, older. But in reality, there are several cruise companies that not only welcome families, but have created special trips just for them. For example, CroisiEurope’s Family Club allows children under 16 to cruise for free on Portugal and Venice trips and reduced price on Croatia journeys, and even includes a second cabin next door for a family of four (two parents with two children, 5 years and older). During the cruise, kids enjoy supervised activities when they’re not out exploring ports with their families, and they can even perform the cruise’s closing show.
Adventures by Disney offers specially crafted itineraries for families, including a new Paris cruise, complete with cooking classes, cultural immersion activities, and local entertainment aboard AmaWaterways ships; Tauck also offers Family Only cruises for kids 7 and up; and Uniworld’s Generations Collection offers special menus, activities, and 25 percent off for kids 4 to 17.
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Solo travelers welcome
If you want to see Europe on your own but aren’t sure about trekking through the continent solo, river cruises are a perfect option, offering camaraderie as well as flexibility. River cruises are an especially a good choice if you select one that waves single supplements, like Tauck does with its Solo Traveler Savings program. On board, escorted trips provide instant companions, or if you want to spend time on your own, simply step off at dock and explore your destination; since you’ll check off and on the ship with your key card, the ship will always know if you’re not on board. Tauck adds that cruise directors make sure solo guests feel secure and looked after.
Before you strike out on your own, don’t miss these safety tips for solo travelers.