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River Cruises

 In case you missed it,  Disney (Specifically Adventures By Disney)  is offering River Cruises in a partnership with Amawaterways.  Typically a vacation geared towards couples, Disney is “testing the waters” and marketing this newer type of cruising to families.
Disney has partnered with Amawaterways,  which is building a new River boat with family needs factored into the design.  While not specifically built for Disney, this new boat will be able to accomodate families of 4 or 5, when the typical river cruise stateroom is designed for 2 or couples. There are also amenities geared towards children not normally found on a river cruise boat.
River Cruises are different from ocean Cruises, in that the boats travel through…. Well… Rivers. These boats are not designed for ocean voyages, but calmer inland waterways. They are significantly smaller in size than their ocean dwelling brethren, which can carry thousands of passengers. The typical River Boat carries only 75 to 240 passengers.
River Cruises also differ in that there are typically a lot less on board amenities and activities. More akin to a floating hotel that takes you from place to place, while you sleep, it’s a slower paced way to see places ocean ships cannot venture. It provides the opportunity to explore the Riverside towns and cities, and take in the local culture.
Due to the vast departure from typical ocean cruising, the Disney River Cruises will be sold through Disney’s “Adventures By Disney” group. Initially consisting of only 5 departure dates, (update: due to larger than anticipated demand, 2 more dates have been added) the partnership between Disney and Amawaterways could grow significantly over the coming years.

I can’t help but see the similarities of this new venture, and the beginning of the Disney Cruise line. Disney partnered with Premier Cruise Line, and together they created “The BIG Red Boat”. While the Amawaterways boat will not be Exclusively just for Disney Cruises, it will allow it to expand to more Cruises and destinations with Disney in the future.
As Disney Cruise line is considered a boutique cruise line, the Disney River Cruises will also be higher end offerings. The cruises are marketed as being “all inclusive”.
  • Deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom
  • Your choice of multiple excursions daily
  • Services of Adventure Guides, on-board Cruise Director, on-board staff, and many local experts
  • All Gratuities
  • Fine dining with all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on-board the ship
  • Unlimited local wine, beer, and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on-board
  • Select meals off the ship for added experiences with regional cuisine
  • Cocktail reception, special welcome dinner, and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • All entertainment on-board the ship such as a nightly piano lounge, baking class for kids, karaoke nights and more
  • Bottled water in all state rooms replenished daily
  • WiFi
While these cruises carry a higher cost, you can see there are many items normally not included on your typical (even Disney) ocean cruise.

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