DISNEY AND AMAWATERWAYS TWEAK THE PROGRAMME

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DISNEY AND AMAWATERWAYS TWEAK THE PROGRAMME

This season’s partnership between Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways has been a successful endeavour, with announcements that river cruises will include the Rhine in 2017. But next year there will be a few changes to the dining options and the age limits.

On next year’s sailings passengers must be six years and older, whereas this year young guests could be as young as four years old.
"We continually review our policies and make adjustments from time-to-time as needed," said Amanda Adler, public relations manager for Disney Destinations. "The level of activity on these itineraries is more suitable to children who are eight and older."
Families will have more choices at mealtime, with parents opting to eat in the main dining room while the youngsters eat in the lounge under the supervision of Adventure Guides. Teens can opt to eat together in the wine cellar.
Of course there is still the option for families to break bread together in the dining room.
ABD and AmaWaterways guests sailed on the AmaViola this year, which was purpose-built for families to include connecting staterooms and suites suitable for three and four family members.
The sailings offer face painting, movie nights and dance parties for youngsters.
Biking is an offered excursion, and the cruise line is said to have made last minute additions of smaller bicycles to their inventory to accommodate younger guests. The ABD excursions also include walking tour and sledding into a mine.
Tauck's family river cruises will allow guests four years and older, but recommend an age limit of eight.
Uniworld's Family Adventures also have a minimum age of four and this year it will eight more family sailings for a total of 13.
"Uniworld is in touch with its customers and listened to the need for more multigenerational family itineraries," said Ellen Bettridge, Uniworld's CEO. "These departures are designed for families of all ages to participate in programming like hiking, biking, cooking demonstrations, language lessons and more."

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