River cruising isn’t always for the little ones. Not because they wouldn’t enjoy it, but because often times they would be outnumbered by retired couples traveling solo.
Which is why several river cruise companies, Tauck World Discovery included, have begun to introduce family-friendly sailings, complete with fun activities for the kids, designated for people who want to bring the young ones along.
The Tauck Bridges collection is Tauck’s family travel brand, and last year Tauck tested the model by introducing a Tauck Bridges itinerary onboard a river cruise.
“Positive feedback” and “strong sales” for the 2009 family river cruise has led Tauck to introduce two Tauck Bridges family river cruise departures for 2010 of an 8-day Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure itinerary.
“We build each Bridges trip around shared enrichment, in which family members reconnect by building bonds – or bridges – as they experience the joys of travel together,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “Parents today want to stimulate their children’s curiosity and sense of wonder about the world, and they want to spend quality time together as a family.”
The 2010 Tauck Bridges river cruise will begin in Budapest, Hungary and sail along the Danube River to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, Vienna and Linz in Austria, and will stop for a full-day excursion in Salzburg, Austria.
The itinerary incorporates kid-friendly activities such as a scavenger hunt, whitewater rafting in Bratislava, a strudel-making class and a visit to the quirky Hellbrunn Castle near Salzburg.
Departures of the Bridges river cruise are scheduled for July 1 and 29, 2010 on the Swiss Sapphire, with cruise-only prices starting from $2,790 per person, for double occupancy.
The 2010 Danube river cruise will be one of 12 itineraries Tauck will be offering as part of its Tauck Bridges collection next year.