We are used to cruise innovations being on a grand scale, such as RC’s ‘Central Park’ or NCL’s ‘Waterfront’. However a river cruise line has come up with something so much simpler:
Avalon Waterways, the river cruise line, have thought of a new innovation and are calling on all river cruisers to experience their re-designed staterooms.
(Image courtesy of Avalon)
The newly re-designed rooms have all had their beds moved to face the rooms giant picture-windows: “allowing all passengers to experience some of the most incredible views of Europe available rather than just a view of the wall as most of their competitors do”.
Whatever next? A shower curtain that does not stick to you back like superman’s cape and a toilet that does make your ears ‘pop’.
Disney/AmaWaterways Family River Cruises
(Image courtesy of AmaWaterways)
European river cruising continues to be a growth area and is slowly evolving:
Disney is to partner with AmaWaterways to offer family-focused river cruises on the Danube from 2016.
A new AmaWaterways vessel will run the seven-night voyages between Budapest, Hungary and Vilshofen in Germany.
The 158-passenger AmaWaterways vessel AmaViola will feature several family-friendly cabin configurations, with the ability to accommodate up to five people. Shore excursions and on-board activities are also being designed to be family-friendly.
Adventure guides will run special entertainment activities for children such as movie nights.
Disney will add interactive games to family competitions on the ship’s top deck, and the company is lining up parks along the route where families can take a break from touring to play sports.
Custom-designed, family-friendly shore excursions will range from family bike rides along the Danube, to learning archery and other medieval activities at a historic castle, to strudel making.
“We think the Disney brand will bring families to the river cruising category, and we think that’s a very exciting development for the industry,” Disney executive Ken Potrock told USA Today.
Just five departures are planned initially, on July 7, 14, 21 and 28, and December 22, 2016.
Malcolm says: I’ve been saying for a while now, that River Cruises ALL seem to be aimed at the grey pound (or dollar). I want to see a wider range of products aimed at different clientele and a range of fares, not just the high-end variety. This new Disney/AmaWaterways partnership certainly breaks the mould, although I guess that we can still expect high fares.