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Why You Should Consider Booking An AmaWaterways Family River Cruise

February 14, 2020
Mom son AmaWaterways family river cruise

Once the almost exclusive domain of retirees, river cruising is now a vacation option for families, millennials, as well as older travelers. Family-owned and operated AmaWaterways is at the forefront of this evolution, offering onboard spin classes, active excursions, and interconnecting staterooms for families that prefer to stay together. My family spent a week sailing down the Rhine River with AmaWaterways – it was an incredible experience. Here are a few reasons why we loved cruising with AmaWaterways, and why you should consider an AmaWaterways family river cruise.

River Cruising is A Convenient Way to Travel as a Family

On a river cruise, you can unpack once and effortlessly travel through multiple countries. I can’t imagine a more convenient way for families to travel. There are no worries about unpacking and repacking suitcases at each stop, navigating unfamiliar roads, rushing to catch trains or dealing with airport security. Instead, you can relax, spend quality time together, and immerse yourself in each destination.

AmaKristina AmaWaterways family river cruise

We boarded AmaWaterways’ AmaKristina ship in Amsterdam and experienced four European countries with ease during our week-long family vacation. It was the easiest multi-country family vacation ever!

Delicious All-Inclusive Food Onboard AmaWaterways

As a mom of athletic teenage boys, sourcing nourishing food is a priority when we travel. I had no need to worry about the quality (or quantity) of food onboard AmaWaterways. The diverse, delicious, and all-inclusive food and drinks catered to a variety of passengers. Hungry teens could choose burgers, pizza, and pasta. Gluten-free diners were offered specially-prepared menu items. And adults enjoyed a destination-inspired menu in addition to the expansive buffet.

Family-Style Accommodation

Traveling families that want to stay together can choose inter-connecting staterooms on select AmaWaterways cruises. It was the perfect set-up for our family of four. And three-person families can stay together in a suite.

AmaWaterways family river cruise stateroom balcony

River Cruising Offers a Unique Perspective

Whether you are a veteran traveler or a first-time visitor to a destination, experiencing it from the river offers a unique perspective. While tourists typically travel over or alongside rivers in cars or trains, river cruisers travel along the river. This offers a glimpse into local life – families picnicking riverside, swimmers cooling off in the water on warm summer days, and barges plying the waterway – and an understanding of the economic, geographic, and historic importance of rivers.

Rhine River view AmaWaterways family river cruise

A Variety of Activities Onboard AmaWaterways

Morning exercise classes, an onboard gym, and a choice of three or four daily guided activities kept us as active as we wanted during the AmaWaterways family river cruise.

boy biking vineyards AmaWaterways family river cruise

The small-group excursions are classified according to activity level. Guests can choose a relaxed pace with minimal distance covered, a moderate level of physical activity, or the most active option. It’s also possible (and tempting) to relax onboard the luxurious ship. You can lounge in one of the luxurious common areas, or catch up on emails with complimentary WiFi and in-room computers.

Heidelberg Excursion AmaWaterways family river cruise

Travel Tips – AmaWaterways Family River Cruise

  • Visit AmaWaterways to learn more about the family river cruise offerings.
  • For families that prefer to stay together, the AmaKristina, AmaViola, AmaStella, and AmaLea feature connecting staterooms and triple occupancy accommodations.
  • Be sure to download the myAmaCruise app before you sail.. You can use the app to read about the daily program, shore excursions, and track your trip.
  • Children must be at least four years old to sail on an AmaWaterways’ family river cruise. On our cruise, all of the children were teenagers.
  • Finally, read these tips for flying with kids designed to help you get to and from your AmaWaterways family river cruise with ease.

Take a Peek – AmaWaterways Family River Cruise Video

We enjoyed a media rate on the AmaWaterways family river cruise. But, if I don’t love an experience, I won’t recommend it.

No longer the almost exclusive domain of retirees, river cruising is family-friendly! Discover why you should consider an AmaWaterways family river cruise for your next vacation.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Janice February 14, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    That sounds and looks like the perfect vacation. I love the opportunity to see the people on land enjoying their activities. It would be a different view of the world. Being able to have the variety of daily activities is exciting. Maybe someday❤️

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      It was an incredible family vacation. And it was so easy to travel through multiple countries. Experiencing a destination from a river offers such a unique perspective – I didn’t realize what we’ve been missing. Definitely add a river cruise to your list!

  • Reply Jody February 17, 2020 at 6:46 am

    I’m not a big fan of cruises, but river cruising has always tempted me. It’s something I’ve wanted to do with my daughter but never thought it would be appropriate. Now I know it is. Love the DL on room configurations with AMA Waterways.

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 17, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Happy to introduce you to AmaWaterways! It’s an excellent way to travel as a family.

  • Reply Julie February 17, 2020 at 8:16 am

    I would love to try river cruising! I think it sounds like a lovely way to travel as a family!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 17, 2020 at 10:57 am

      Hi Julie, River cruising is a fantastic way to travel as a family. We are all ready for another AmaWaterways vacation!

  • Reply Jennifer February 17, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I’ve been hearing a lot more about river cruises lately so it is fun to read your perspective! Thanks for sharing the fun details!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 17, 2020 at 10:56 am

      You are so welcome – it’s my pleasure!

  • Reply Amanda February 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Great post! We’ve been wanting to do an Ama Waterways Cruise after spending time in Germany along the Rhine River. I’ve always wondered if river cruises are good for families- this is so helpful!

  • Reply Astrid Vinje February 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    We haven’t done a river cruise yet, but would love to try. This one in Amsterdam looks like fun!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 22, 2020 at 9:49 am

      It was our first river cruise. I hope it’s not the last one! Our first time in Amsterdam too – it’s a beautiful city.

  • Reply Claudia February 21, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    The European river cruise looks like the kind of cruise holiday I’d enjoy! Small ships and cultural stops are my jam. 🙂

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily February 22, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Mine too! Small ship cruising is a fantastic way to travel.

  • Reply Melissa March 9, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    It seems like these river cruises are becoming much more accessible than they used to be. Definitely on our bucket list!

  • Reply Keryn March 16, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Gah. Have been wanting to try out their Mekong cruise for ages. Maybe in 2021.

  • Reply Priya Vin March 16, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    We have never done a River cruise and always wondered if the kids will enjoy it as well. Looks like Ama Waterways does is right. We will look into this for our next family trip.

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