We have been thinking and chatting about River Cruising for some time now! And asking the question, are River Cruises For Families? The consensus has always been its not for families.
And despite Donna and I being convinced that as parents with older children River Cruising woulds be perfect for our families; At a recent cruise event where we got to speak to many brand representatives they were very clear, bring your kids but there is nothing for them.
Some said don’t bring them its not for kids at all. I get kid free ships for those that don’t want to travel with children or teens. But if thats not the rule on a ship then its a wonderful way to see the world.
However I really object to that general opinion, and here is why; People are assuming that all families want the big ship experience. They are also assuming that all families want large pools and slides and kids clubs. And many do, BUT NOT ALL.
We have had so many messages from families since we announced our River Cruise, families that before this had ruled out cruising. But are love culture and are open to River Cruising.
Some families like a balance of both. Family life is busy, some weeks we are like passing ships in the night with our teens between work, college and activities. The thought of going on a holiday and getting to spend real quality time together is really appealing to me. No competition from a kids club trying to lure them away, total bliss.
Yes we have holidays where they dip in and out of activities and clubs. But some holidays have to be for family time.
River Cruising Gives Families The Time To Connect
At the very same event we spoke to Stuart Perl, The Managing Director of AmaWaterways, who totally embraces family and multi generational travel. He asked us to not take his word for it, but to actually come along and find out for ourselves what River Cruising is all about.
Its refreshing to speak to people who understand that families come in all shapes and sizes with different interests. Being a parent himself he understands the need to put aside time for family. AMAWaterways embrace family travel to such a level they work alongside Disney to offer river cruises for families wanting a more intimate cruise experience with children from the age of four.
If your children are adventurers and our teens are, then River Cruising really does offer that chance to wander streets in continental towns and cities to explore and really find out about a region. Europe has so much to offer families.
Introducing The Brand New AMAMagna
AmaWaterways have just launched their newest ship the AMAMagna, which is every kind of perfect for family travel and families that want to spend time together.
No there are no kids clubs, or water parks! However there is fine dining for family meals, lounges to chill in the evening over a game of uno. Cycling and walking tours and a full host of excursions all included in the price of your cruise. Giving you the flexibility to take arranged excursions or self guided tours.
The AMAMagna is twice the width of the usual River Cruise Ship
And as such boasts four dining rooms. The Al Fresco Restaurant with outdoor space and retractable windows, Jimmy’s, a family-style bar and restaurant, and The Chef’s Table and main dining room. Giving families lots of choice.
There is a gym and spa, pool and jacuzzi onboard to keep fit after all the fine dining. I can’t tell you how excited I am about the yoga and spinning classes. Magna had a chess board, putting green and cinema on board and water sports deck at the back of the ship which doubles as a wine bar.
There are adjoining staterooms available and several cabins do hold up to 4 passengers, making family travel easy. Each cabin had free wifi, flat TVs that double as a pc. And entertainment on Demand providing complimentary TV, movies and music library.
So Are River Cruises For Families?
We will be onboard in a couple of weeks with the lovely Laura from Cruise Lifestyle to share as much as we can with you. But for now if you fancy a peek check out AMAWaterways instagram highlights from Magna I have to say I have become a little addicted! And keep an eye our for our stories on Cruising With Kids and Extraordinary Chaos in a couple of weeks. I cant wait to add River Cruising to our Family Cruise Hub to show parents just what Small Ship Cruising is really like?
Disclaimer, We are Cruising on the Romantic Danube Cruise as guests of AMAWaterways