Family River Cruising What to Expect Onboard
Onboard Tauck riverboats, families have boatloads of fun! There’s always something exciting to do on ship, from kid-friendly cooking classes to karaoke night; our Tauck Directors, recruited for their love of working with families, know how to make sure guests of every age have a great time. Gracious shared spaces create just the right atmosphere both for making new friends and enjoying time with your family.
Family-Friendly Cabins & Suites
Our cabins offer flexibility to accommodate families of various sizes in maximum comfort and space. Tauck riverboats feature more 300-sq.-ft suites than any other ships on Europe’s rivers in part because we chose to maximize interior square footage instead of adding step-out balconies. These spacious Tauck Suites offer an ideal arrangement for families, housing up to four family members together; our suites feature in-room movies, stocked minibar, 400-thread-count bed linens, roomy walk-in closets, marble baths, and luxurious toiletries – sumptuous amenities that every age can enjoy.
- Category 7 – Triples and Quads are accommodated with a pillow-top queen-sized bed (with optional twin bed capacity) and a comfortable full-sized pullout sofa
- These Category 7 Tauck Suites accommodate a maximum of three adults over the age of 18
While river cruises don’t offer the Broadway-style extravaganzas or amusement park rides of some ocean cruises, kids and adults stay absorbed and happy aboard our riverboats with tastings of authentic regional foods, lively demonstrations by local experts, cooking classes, entertainment by local performers, and games and activities orchestrated by our Cruise Director and Tauck Directors. Create costumes for a Carnival party on Castles on the Rhine: Family Riverboat Adventure… savor chocolate and crêpe making demos on Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise… learn to make strüdel and enjoy Sound of Music night on Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure, and much more.
Our floating hotel becomes your home away from home. Enjoy unlimited free WiFi. Work out in the fitness center. Visit the hair salon. Have a massage. Hang out in our comfortable lounge. On the Sun Deck, available 24 hours, you’ll find a Jacuzzi or a plunge pool, a putting green, and ample space for relaxing and taking in the 360-degree views of the passing scenery – or kite-flying! Our complimentary bicycles and helmets are perfect for jaunts on shore.
Choose from two indoor dining venues with open seating and flexible dining times for families – The Compass Rose, our main dining room, and our more intimate spot featuring casual fare (Arthur’s or The Bistro). Chef-prepared meals are regionally inspired to reflect each destination and include kid-friendly and vegetarian options. Weather permitting, we offer outdoor dining on the Sun Deck, or you can just stretch out on a patio chair any time of day and we’ll bring you a drink and one of our always available snacks, like a hot pretzel. Enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages onboard, including regional wine, beer and premium spirits, in addition to specialty coffee, tea, water and soft drinks.
The Company of Like-Minded Families
Most people don’t realize how much fun it can be to travel with other families who enjoy the same types of activities you do! Giving kids the opportunity to socialize with other kids their own age not only takes some of the burden off the adults, but also can lead to lifelong friendships. On a Tauck riverboat, new friends are right there with you – and parents and grandparents enjoy the camaraderie too. We even know families who’ve met on Tauck Bridges trips and continued to travel together afterward!