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In Focus: River Cruising

More river choices, Meyer Werft tour in Adventures by Disney’s 2021

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A Disney adventure guide, left, hosts every Adventures by Disney trip
Families have a greater choice of Adventures by Disney river cruise vacations than ever before in 2021, with 30 sailings on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and Seine.

Select departures are reserved exclusively for families traveling without children, including food and wine and Oktoberfest-themed cruises, and festive holiday sailings wrap up the extended river cruise season.

Visit to see Disney Wish at Meyer Weft

New for 2021, passengers on Rhine voyages can travel to Papenburg, Germany, for an inside look at the construction of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney Wish.

Travelers who book this extra-charge activity will go behind the scenes on a privately guided hard hat tour led by a Disney Imagineer. This limited-capacity experience will be available at an additional charge on all 2021 Rhine departures.

AmaWaterways vessels

Sailing on AmaWaterways vessels, these all-inclusive vacations are filled with active, immersive experiences curated by the family travel experts at Disney. Specially trained adventure guides are master storytellers who bring each destination to life and provide a seamless, authentic experience marked by signature Disney service.

On Rhine cruises, travelers explore storybook villages in Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Highlights include a toboggan ride through the Black Forest, high-adrenaline thrills at an indoor winter park, horseback riding through the French countryside and a voyage through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley offering up-close views of 30 castles.

Danube, Rhone and Seine

Danube sailings visit eight destinations in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, where adventurers can roam medieval ruins, scale treetop rope bridges and marvel at the rolling hills made famous in ‘The Sound of Music.’

Rhone vacations through the south of France explore the culture, villages, vineyards and cuisine of Provence. Interactive excursions include an art workshop inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, a private truffle-hunting experience and tasting, and kayaking beneath a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.

Seine cruises highlight rural France with visits to picturesque provincial towns, the historic beaches of Normandy, Monet’s house and gardens, the dramatic cliffs of Etretat, and Paris.

Specialty, seasonal and themed sailings

Throughout the year, select departures are reserved for families traveling without children. During these adult-exclusive sailings, passengers 18 years and older get tailored enhancements designed just for them. Special adult-only vacations include themed Oktoberfest sailings on the Danube and food and wine cruises on the Rhine.

Also on the Danube, Christmas market cruises are a way for families to celebrate the holidays.

Travelers can extend their European river cruise vacations with three-day, two-night stays in cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Budapest. These guided group itineraries highlight must-see attractions as well as lesser-known gems.