European Waterways Ramps Up Family Cruise Options

With multi-generational travel resuming its rapid growth, European Waterways has announced that it is expanding its Family Cruises to ensure guests of all ages enjoy the ultimate family vacation aboard their very own “private floating villa”. The company is offering guests greater flexibility to design itineraries that appeal to all ages.

Alongside the Classic Cruise itineraries, which often include visits to aristocratic estates and castles, châteaux, private wine tastings, and other exclusive cultural experiences, guests can customize their itineraries to include a number of activities such as visits to theme parks, the zoo and historical attractions, as well as horseback riding. They can also schedule outdoor pursuits such as biking, swimming, canoeing, tennis, and even hot air ballooning.

Derek Banks, European Waterways’ Managing Director, said that: “The biggest challenge of multigenerational vacations is ensuring that everyone has a good time. We work with our guests to create the perfect itinerary to ‘keep the fun going,’ throughout the entire all-inclusive six-night cruise. We’ll help our guests plan every aspect of the cruise, including admission to theme parks, equipment rental and other details, freeing everyone to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment.”

Family Cruise itineraries are available across all European Waterways’ fleet of luxury hotel barges, which cruise the smaller waterways of Europe’s picturesque countryside.

Among European Waterways’ hotel barges, the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste, cruising Southern Burgundy, is ideal for larger groups, with a route that is close to a wide variety of outdoor activities and water sports. Based on 12 passengers traveling, charters on L’Impressionniste start at $67,000.

The eight-passenger Enchanté hotel barge on the Canal du Midi offers similar outdoor activities as L’Impressionniste, as well as rafting, cave exploring and rock climbing. Based on eight passengers traveling, charters on Enchanté start at $52,000.

Along the Caledonian Canal in the Scottish Highlands, the eight-passenger Scottish Highlander offers some unique family-friendly attractions, such as a mountain gondola ride that soars over 1,800 feet up the Ben Nevis mountain range; a visit to the Treasures of the Earth museum, which features gemstones and fossils over 500 million years old; and time at a family-owned working farm with tractor rides. Based on eight passengers traveling, Scottish Highlander charters start at $39,500.

Said Banks: “We’ve listened to the feedback of parents who want their kids to have fun on vacation, but still enjoy the opportunities for learning history, geography, and geology. On a European Waterways Family Charter, our guests can focus on quality time, creating unforgettable memories together, knowing all the administrative details are taken care of by our dedicated staff.”

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