Disney launches into river cruising territory

Adventures by Disney teams with AmaWaterways for 2016
For the first time, Disney’s group family travel arm Adventures by Disney has ventured into river cruising. It is teaming up with river-cruise pioneer AmaWaterways to launch new itineraries in Europe for 2016, TTG Asia reports.
AmaWaterways’ new 170-passenger AmaViola vessel will serve a total of five sailings, covering a total of eight destinations in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The ship has been customised to suit Adventure by Disney’s family clients with six sets of connecting staterooms, and rooms and suites that can fit three- and four-person families.
Activities on board will be specifically tailored to adults, teens and children. Each itinerary will have a Disney Adventure Guide acting as host on board AmaViola and at the destinations.
Summer sailings for 2016 are scheduled for July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28. Highlights include a tour of Mirabell Gardens and a salt mine in Austria, visiting Devin Castle in Bratislava, and sampling beers at a local brewery in Germany.
The sole December itinerary leaves on December 22, 2016 to visit the Christmas markets of Budapest and Vienna and includes a Christmas performance by the Vienna Boys Choir. Guests can add a Prague extension before or after their trip.
“Recognising the untapped potential and broadening appeal of the river cruising market, we worked with AmaWaterways to provide families with an immersive, personalized experience unlike anything we’ve presented before,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney.
TTG Asia
[pictured: Disney/AmaWaterways promotional image]