Family Cruise Travel Planner, 2019 Edition

2019 Family Cruise Travel Planner

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Chapter XXII- River Cruises

What is the allure of river cruising? Unlike ocean cruises, rivers provide easy access to city centers. Passengers sail directly into the heart of every destination and dock in the middle of town, then walk right off the ship and move easily into whatever city or town you are visiting. You spend less time getting there and more time being there.

A river cruise allows for a more intimate experience as well. Because most of these ships accommodate only 30 to 200 guests, it is easier to meet your traveling companions. You can share a drink with the couple you met on the day’s tour or dine with interesting passengers in an open-seating restaurant. Another benefit: you can also forget about waiting in long lines to embark, debark, or have a meal. These river cruises are immensely popular and keep growing. Many lines have begun adding amenities previously restricted to ocean cruise lines, such as French balconies attached to the rooms.

Tauck River Cruising

Minimum Age: Varies by itinerary

Children’s Programs: Moderate

Babysitting: No



Tauck River Cruising offers all-inclusive cruises along the rivers of Europe. The ships offer a choice of onboard dining venues, complimentary wine with dinner, and fitness centers. Private daily shore excursions are included.


Rivers of Europe, including the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers

Minimum Age

Varies by itinerary.


No babysitting available onboard.

Pregnancy Policy

If you have a medical condition that might limit your participation in activities, consult your physician for pre-departure health advice and notify Tauck as soon as possible.

Children’s Programs

Tauck River Cruising’s Tauck Bridges program designs vacations for families. Their river boat cruises offer excursions such as playing medieval games on visits to European castles, bicycling along the Danube, and visiting locations from The Sound of Music, not to mention onboard activities such as cooking classes, “French for a Day” lessons, and chocolate tasting. The trips are designed for children eight and older.