Disney Offering River Cruises in 2016

Disney have today announced that they will be partnering with AmaWaterways to bring the Disney brand to river cruising! The new venture will be the first time that a river cruise company will bring a family orientated cruise through the rivers of Europe. 

Disney and AmaWaterways will be offering family-focused river cruises, starting with the Danube in 2016. The venture, run in conjunction with Adventures by Disney, will give people a new way of exploring various cities along the river and its many attractions and historical sites.

Not settling with any old boat, AmaWaterways are having a new one built with families in mind. The usual river cruise cabins are comfortably sized for two people but this new ship will have cabins capable of holding up-to five people.

AmaWaterways is tailoring the ship itself to fit the needs of families by creating cabins with connecting doors as well as adding pull-out couches in some of the suites.

Eight Disney Adventures guides will join each cruise to offer tour options in each port and on-board activities, such as teen dinners, kid-oriented movie nights with popcorn, family friendly karaoke parties and Austrian folkloric dancing lessons for the whole family.

Teens will be given a gift bag that includes such items as footballs. Adventure Guides can lead excursions to nearby parks.

The vessel will start by offering week-long sailings, visiting Budapest, Hungary and Vilshofen along the Danube.

Should this be successful you can expect to see more family-oriented river cruises open up in the future. 

The project’s Disney head, Ken Potrock, clearly feels optimistic about the venture; “We think the Disney brand will bring families to the river cruising category, and we think that’s a very exciting development for the industry.”

What do you think? Is this the kind of holiday that you would take with your family? With river cruising offering experiences on a smaller ship, can it really create the Disney magic?