The following river cruise lines specialise in family river cruises:
What to expect on a family river cruise
Explore capital cities and quaint villages with your loved ones on a family-friendly river cruise. Sail into the heart of some of the fascinating destinations in the world, on some of the most stunning waterways, from Portugal on the Douro to Vietnam on the Mekong. Enjoy the freedom to explore and, at the end of the day, retire to stunning family-friendly accommodation
AmaWaterways' AmaStella and AmaViola river cruise ships include a collection of specially-designed family staterooms - 12 staterooms that can house up to three family members each; six sets of adjoining cabins that can be connected via an internal doorway, accommodating families of up to five; and four suites with convertible sofa beds that can accommodate families of up to four. Tauck, Uniworld, CroisiEurope and Riviera Travel ships all offer stunning suites that are suitable for families.
Things to see on a family river cruise
Immerse yourself in the culture and history of ports like Vienna, Budapest and Cologne as you travel on your family river cruise. Visit museums, castles and parks, or even cycle through the centre of each city. In destinations like Siem Reap and Hanoi, introduce younger cruisers to ancient temples and spell-binding exotic landscapes. Wherever you cruise, however, there is a wide range of family-orientated activities to enjoy both ashore and on-board. Try movie nights, cookery lessons, nightly entertainment and more.
Top family river cruises
- Rhine – this waterways opens the door to famous Christmas markets for festive river cruises
- Danube – an iconic river home to fairy-tale towns like Vienna and Budapest
- Seine – explore Paris and visit enchanting sites that inspired Disney classics
- Rhone – sail through the south of France and enjoy the medieval villages and Roman ruins
When to cruise with your family
Spring and summer are the perfect times to embark on family river cruises, lining up with school holidays and offering warm sunshine to bask under as you explore. For those wanting something a little different, however, a winter river cruise is just as exciting, exploring the many Christmas markets Europe has to offer as snow falls around you.