A-ROSA river cruises offer a fantastic option for British families who love to explore interesting European cities on holiday. Each luxury A-ROSA river ship is like a floating hotel, transporting you from one exciting destination to the next.
Whilst most other river cruise holidays are aimed at adults, A-ROSA cruises are specially-designed with families in mind.
Read on to find out why you should consider A-ROSA family cruises for your next adventure…
1. The great choice of ships and destinations
A-ROSA has twelve river cruise ships. Being a German-owned company, five of these ships have German as the onboard language. However, the other seven ships are international ships. These have both English and German spoken on-board and an international host on hand to help.
A-ROSA’s international ships sail on five European rivers:
- The Douro: A-ROSA ALVA
- The Danube: A-ROSA DONNA and A-ROSA SILVA
- The Rhine: A-ROSA AQUA, A-ROSA FLORA and A-ROSA SILVA
- The Seine: A-ROSA VIVA
- The Rhone: A-ROSA STELLA
You can choose from short three- or four-night city break cruises or longer seven- and ten-night cruises for a memorable family holiday.
2. Kids cruise free
On A-ROSA cruises, you don’t pay anything for children aged 15 years and under! One child can cruise free for every paying adult.
Most other river cruise lines charge the full adult fare for children, which makes A-ROSA a great value option for families.
It’s important to note that the kids cruise free offer applies to the cruise only, you must still pay for flights or trains to get to the ship. Also, it doesn’t apply to Douro river cruises as this ship is much smaller. On this river, a 25% discount is offered for children.
3. Family cabins are available
Depending on the ship, you’ll find a great choice of cabins, such as cabins with an extra bed, family cabins that sleep four or five people or interconnecting cabins.
Plus, as kids cruise for free, a family of for will only pay for one cabin but could be allocated two!
Every cabin is spacious and river-facing. Some cabins also have French balconies, although these aren’t recommended for children under seven years old.
Suggested read: What is a French balcony on a ship?
For something special, you could opt for a suite and enjoy butler service plus lots of lovely little extras like welcome champagne, fresh flowers and fruit each day and free laundry.
4. The kids’ club
During the school holidays, A-ROSA offers a free kids’ club for children aged four to fifteen.
Sessions run up to three times each day, with a variety of activities which are tailored to the children’s ages, interests and the weather.
Examples of A-ROSA kids’ club activities include:
- Pirate Day
- Treasure hunts
- T-shirt making
- Arts and crafts
- Singing and dancing
- Face painting
- Board games
- Mocktail workshop with the bartenders
- Pizza making with the head chef
- Question time with the captain
- Look behind the scenes of the ship
- Interviewing guests and crew and writing the onboard newspaper
- Evening games for teenagers
5. Family-friendly activities
As well as the organised activities of the kids’ club, there’s lots of things for families to enjoy together onboard A-ROSA’s ships.
Family-friendly activities on A-ROSA cruises include:
- Swimming in the swimming pool or whirlpool
- Outdoor games like shuffleboard, mini-golf and giant chess
- Visiting the Bridge to meet the captain
- Seeing the ship going through locks
- Watching nightly shows in the lounge
- Excursions which are designed with families in mind
6. Family-friendly dining
A-ROSA offers flexible dining, which means that you can arrive at the onboard restaurants whenever you like and sit wherever you like.
Dinners are themed around the regions that are visited, with fresh local produce used to create local specialities. Special kids’ menus are available and there’s always a great choice of family favourites in the buffet restaurant.
Please note: Flexible dining times and buffets are currently limited due to new health and safety protocols. You can read more about this here.
7. Nobody will get lost!
A-ROSA river cruise ships each have a maximum of 240 guests. That means that kids can enjoy themselves on-board without worrying about getting lost as they may do on a large ocean cruise ship.
8. Everything is included
A-ROSA cruises for UK passengers are all-inclusive so everything is taken care of for you.
Here’s what’s included on an A-ROSA cruise:
- Accommodation on the ship
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- All drinks
- Bathrobe and toiletries
- Onboard entertainment and activities
9. You can explore ashore in the evening
A-ROSA has cleverly designed its itineraries to include as much time as possible in each port of call. Many itineraries include overnight stays in port, meaning that you can go for an evening stroll after dinner.
Cities with overnight stays include:
10. There’s a new eco-friendly ship for 2022
2022 will see the launch of A-ROSA’s groundbreaking new ship, A-ROSA SENA. Sailing on the Northern Rhine, this ship will have an ‘e-motion’ concept that allows it to switch to battery power when approaching cities and arrive emission-free.
This new ship is designed specifically for multi-generational families. The first ship on the Rhine to have four decks, A-ROSA SENA will be larger than the other ships in the A-ROSA fleet.
The large size of this new river ship means that guests can enjoy spacious cabins which sleep up to five people. Each cabin will have a toy box filled with age-appropriate toys and bunk beds have curtains and round peepholes to make bedtime fun.
A-ROSA SENA will have a dedicated kids’ club space and a children’s area in the restaurant where kids can eat with their friends. Plus, there will be two swimming pools – one for adults and one for kids.
A-ROSA family cruises offer one of the very best options for UK families looking to enjoy a luxury river cruise on the waterways of Europe.
Designed with families in mind, A-ROSA river cruise ships have lots for children to enjoy. Plus, as children cruise for free and parents can enjoy all-inclusive drinks, they offer excellent value for money too.
A-ROSA currently has measures in place to ensure extra hygiene onboard its ships. These new protocols mean that temporary changes will be made to the embarkation procedures, onboard experience and excursions. Please see the A-ROSA website for the latest information.
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