I'm back this week with my river cruise series after taking a little detour last week to tell you about How to Travel for Free to Your Dream Destination!
So, River Cruising... it used to be that the average age was 60 plus but not only has the average age gotten younger on these exclusive boutique river ships, the activities have also progressed to meet the needs of the younger travelers. Many ships now offer bicycles for guests to enjoy bike tours. They also offer hiking tours for the more adventurous travelers among many other awesome excursions (see more details below).
River Cruising has gone to another level... one of my favorite river cruise lines partnered with Disney to offer Family Sailings, and starting in 2018 there will be brand new ships offering Millennial Sailings!
Family Sailings... A partnership with Disney offers family friendly sailings with activities to please every member of your family. The partnership does not bring characters but it does bring Disney's experience with catering to families. Family Sailings offer very family friendly activities on and off the ship. The ships on these itineraries offer cabins that accommodate a family of 4 as well as interconnecting rooms.
Itineraries offer a variety of experiences that parents, children and teens can enjoy—from active excursions, castle and museum tours and unique onboard activities to Disney movie nights and wine tasting for adults.
In these family sailings you are truly immersed in each destination, whether you're ziplining above the Black Forest, visiting a local apricot farm or touring a medieval castle. Each stop is an invitation to get to know new cultures and an opportunity to participate in thrilling adventures such as cycling, GPS scavenger hunts in historical villages and many other activities where families can have fun together.
Millennial Sailings...Two brand new ships are being built and will launch in Spring of 2018. These ships and itineraries are being tailored to millennials (21 - 45, older than that and you're not allowed on!). Itineraries take millennials to some of the most dynamic, inspiring and fun cities in Europe.
Cruisers will have the freedom to choose between hands-on excursions ranging from an evening bike ride along the Danube (or a daytime bike ride in Frankfurt), a “Midnight in Paris” evening stroll, a canal cruise in Amsterdam, vineyard hikes, castle visits, and much more.
Or you can opt for a day out planned around your preferences. Sample days out include doing a street art walking tour in Paris, visiting Ars Electronica Museum in Linz and indulging in a Dutch cheese tasting in Amsterdam. Alternatively passengers are completely free to miss the organized fun and explore on their own. That's the flexibility millennials expect!
On board, activities are very different from the usual musical theatre offerings on the regular river cruise sailings. Instead, these new ships will include a Silent Disco, Painting Sessions with Wine, Yoga, Cooking and Mixology classes!
I love that the river cruise companies are creating sailings and ships tailored to different generations. And they are doing this while still maintaining the very high end level of service and intimacy of of these sailings (130- 150 travelers per sailing). River cruising is an exclusive way to explore Europe that should be experienced by all!
Contact me to begin planning your next river cruise with pre and post stays custom tailored to you!
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