I’m going to take a break from regularly scheduled programming today to introduce you to river cruising with Adventures by Disney. I had the honor of representing Glass Slipper Concierge at a meeting on this topic last month in Houston and figure it is past time that I share all the amazing details. Furthermore, a fantastic early booking discount was just announced for May through December 2021!
What is River Cruising with Adventures by Disney?
First things first, take everything you know about theme park wait times, character meets and dining plans and throw that out the window. Done? Great!
Adventures by Disney partners with AmaWaterways, a leader in luxury cruising, for their river cruising itineraries. With Disney as your guide, you explore magnificent cities, storybook villages and iconic destinations as you sail along the Rhône, Seine, Rhine and Danube Rivers. With Disney as your guide and storyteller, you will enjoy experiences, activities, dining and adventures in a way that nobody else can do.
Between my services and the Disney itinerary, you can book this trip and literally do nothing else other than securing your travel documents and packing your bags. There’s no mapquesting distances from place to place, googling hours of museums and sites or figuring out touring plans that will suit grandma and your teen or tween.
Where can I go on an Adventures by Disney River Cruise?
Adventures by Disney cruises the Seine, Rhone, Rhine and Danube Rivers. With my assistance every step of the way, we will customize your trip by designing a daily itinerary with options that range from active, thrilling adventures to more thought-provoking pursuits.
Seine River Cruise
Discover the true essence of France on this magnificent 8-Day / 7-Night Adventures by Disney river cruise along the Seine River. From the provincial landscape of Monet’s beloved Giverny to the beaches of Normandy and stunning destinations in between, you’ll engage in an exciting array of immersive entertainment and exhilarating activities for the whole family.
Rhône River Cruise
Journey along the Rhône River on an all-inclusive adventure that takes you from the architectural landmarks of Lyon through the South of France. Visit Arles, where Van Gogh and other artists found inspiration in the colors of Provence, walk amongst the local vineyards of Tournon, and explore the Roman ruins in Nîmes—plus so much more!
Rhine River Cruise
Enjoy 4 countries—France, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands—on an 8-day/7-night, all-inclusive adventure. In addition to the standard Rhine itinerary, there is an adult exclusive food & wine itinerary!
Adult-Exclusive Rhine River Cruise: Food & Wine
You’ll visit world-famous breweries, award-winning wineries and local pubs, all while experiencing world-class culinary delights amid some of Europe’s most scenic regions.
Danube River Cruise
Set sail on the Danube for an 8-day/7-night, all-inclusive adventure through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. In addition to the standard Rhine itinerary, there are Christmas Market and Oktoberfest specialty dates!
Danube River Cruise: Christmas Markets
Ring in the holiday season while sailing through the heart of Europe along the Danube River!
Adult-Exclusive Danube River Cruise: Oktoberfest
Hoist a stein and toast the unforgettable experience of sailing along the Danube while celebrating the spirit of Oktoberfest in true Bavarian style! On these 8-Day/7-Night Adult-Exclusive sailings—with both East and West departures—you’ll enjoy all the same itinerary activities as the Danube River Cruise, plus some special Oktoberfest-inspired activities in destinations across 4 amazing countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary!
With an Adventures by Disney River Cruise vacation, you can rest easy knowing that the travel essentials you require are included in your trip.
Some of the accommodations, services and amenities you can expect during your adventure are:
- Deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom
- Choose from a variety of daily excursions that feature a range of activities to appeal to all Guests and all fitness levels
- Services of Adventure Guides, local experts and the onboard Cruise Director and staff
- Onboard Wellness Coach for most Adult-Exclusive River Cruise sailings
- All gratuities onboard and at restaurants
- Fine dining (breakfast, lunch and dinner) served onboard
- Chef’s Table specialty restaurant featuring a true tasting menu
- Unlimited local wine, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard
- Select meals off the ship for additional experiences with regional cuisine
- Daily Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- A cocktail reception, special welcome dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Onboard entertainment including a nightly piano lounge, baking class for kids, karaoke nights and more
- Special theme nights, including “Disneybounding,” where guests dress up as casual, contemporary versions of their favorite Disney characters in whatever clothes they have!
- Bottled water in all staterooms replenished daily
- WiFi in all staterooms and public areas
On a river cruise vacation, your “hotel” travels with you so you only need to pack and unpack once. Without having the distraction of travel-planning for each destination, you’re free to spend quality time with your family, enjoying fun-filled days and nights.
Why choose Adventures by Disney?
Disney handles literally every detail… they orchestrate all logistics, help with any little thing that may arise during your trip, and are there to ensure you have a magical time from the moment you arrive. Traveling with Adventures by Disney provides culturally immersive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that prove all vacations are not created equal.
These things make up the Disney Difference…
When you travel on an Adventures by Disney River Cruise, relax knowing that your Adventure Guides are handling the details, ensuring that your trip is hassle-free. Your Adventure Guides, along with local experts, help to tell the stories of each destination so you can connect to the people, culture and traditions of the places you visit.
Something for Everyone
Unlike other river cruises, these vacations were designed for families. Our itineraries offer a variety of experiences that parents, children and teens can enjoy—ranging from active excursions, castle and museum tours and unique onboard activities. While adults enjoy wine-tasting and adult-only dinners, there is plenty of programming for our teen Guests, including a special welcome party, teen and Junior Adventurer dinners and Disney movie nights.
Become truly immersed in each destination, whether you’re ziplining above the Black Forest, visiting a local apricot farm or touring a medieval castle. Each stop is an invitation to get to know new cultures—and sometimes offers an opportunity to participate in thrilling adventures!
Our guided tours provide access to extraordinary opportunities that aren’t available to the general public—it’s your “backstage pass” to the world.
Exclusive Sailing on AmaWaterways Ships
On your Adventures by Disney River Cruise, experience the ultimate in luxury traveling on an AmaWaterways ship. Delight in your comfortable deluxe stateroom, locally sourced cuisine and wine, incredible views and state-of the-art amenities, including internet access and in-room entertainment.
Who is Adventures by Disney really for?
These trips are perfect for families and multi-generational trips, but there are also adult-exclusive specialty itineraries built in throughout the year.
For Families – Whether you are just dipping your toes into international travel or are a jet-setter already, there’s no denying the appeal of being flawlessly whisked from place to place and the VIP access to sites only the Disney name can garner. The kids will make friends with other children, and there are nights built in where Disney entertains the little ones and the adults enjoy a night off.
Having a teen myself, I particularly appreciate that Adventures by Disney offers unique experiences just for teens. They start things off with a special welcome party, enjoy a Chef’s Table dinner event and teens-only dinners and separate teen tour groups at select sites.
For Multi-generational Families – Have you ever tried to coordinate travel plans and logistics for a family of 10+ and tried to keep everyone happy and content? I have. Haha! It eases the tension of having to get everyone on the same page.
For Adults – Experience the same fun and magic you expect on our river cruise itinerary—with an added element of sophistication.From wine-tastings to food tours to privately-guided explorations, you’ll discover an exciting selection of special experiences on select Adult-Exclusive European river cruise departures.
When should I book my Adventures by Disney trip?
Adventures by Disney are very popular, many dates and itineraries DO sell out, and I recommend booking as early as you can.
Start planning your 2021 adventure today and take advantage of amazing savings—up to $750 per person on select river cruises and $150 per person on select Escapes to Paris, Budapest and Amsterdam! Offer must be booked through March 27, 2020 for travel between May 11, 2021 – December 29, 2021.
Advance booking dates
January 27, 2020: Previous Adventures by Disney Guests (Adventure Insiders)
January 28, 2020: Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney Cruise Line Platinum and Gold Castaway Cay Club Members and Golden Oak Club Members
January 29, 2020: General booking
Save $750 per person on these 2021 river cruises:
- Rhône River Cruises – includes Adult-Exclusive sailings
Save $500 per person on these 2021 river cruises:
- Danube River Cruises – includes Holiday, Oktoberfest-themed and Adult-Exclusive sailings
- Rhine River Cruises – includes Food & Wine and Adult-Exclusive sailings
- Seine River Cruises – includes Adult-Exclusive sailings
- Early Booking Rates and availability are limited
- Special Offer excludes suites and category AP and E staterooms
- Offer must be booked through March 27, 2020
- Offer is for departures from May 11, 2021 through December 29, 2021
- Offer valid on new bookings only
- Not combinable with other offers or promotions
My Concierge Vacation Services
My job is to handle all of the details so you can enjoy the anticipation of your trip without the stress and time commitment of “figuring everything out”. On top of that, family vacations are expensive and my experience and attention to detail make it possible to get the most out of your vacation dollars. Best of all, booking Adventures by Disney through me does not cost one cent more than doing it on your own.
Here is a quick outline of what I provide and the vacation planning process:
- Consult on the best itinerary and departure dates for your family
- Provide quote for your vacation package
- Explain and book pre- and post- stay options
- Quote and book the best airfare options for your Adventure
- Book your trip and handle all payments, including a payment plan
- Secure airport transfers
- Act as a single point of contact for all questions, rather than calling in to a 1-800 number and waiting on hold to speak to someone different every time
- A complete itinerary in digital format
I am more than happy to answer any questions you have! Send me an email at [email protected] to learn more!
As Premier Level Advisor with Glass Slipper Concierge, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I offer concierge travel planning for Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland® Resort, Disney Aulani Hawaii, Universal, Sea World and to over 40 countries on 7 continents through Adventures by Disney® and National Geographic Expeditions.
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