Earlier this year, I sailed with Vantage Deluxe World Travel on a quick preview cruise along the Rhine River aboard the company’s newest river cruise ship, River Voyager. I was impressed with the ship’s unique Jazz-themed décor and the company’s attention to detail. Its on-shore programs were on-par with those offered by river cruise lines that offer voyages starting at a much higher price point.
Vantage, like most other river cruise lines, has historically catered to a more mature clientele. But with the explosive growth of river cruising and its emergence into popular culture as one of the ‘must-experience’ types of vacations, the question being asked by more and more travellers is, “Can I bring my kids?”
Starting next year, Vantage will allow just that. The company is rolling out its brand-new Vantage Family Journeys river cruises next summer, with voyages that have been designed specifically with families in mind.
Kids aged 5 to 12 are welcomed onboard, as are tweens, teens, and 20-something adults. In order to provide a better onboard experience for families, Vantage has planned special age-specific activities and amenities, including kid-friendly menus, arts and craft workshops and singing competitions, onboard language lessons and complimentary travel journals, and even visits to local schools if sailings occur during the main school season.
What’s great about these new Vantage Family Journeys is that Vantage is catering not just to families with small children, but also to those who have teenaged and even grown children. The teen and twentysomething age category is overlooked by most river cruise lines, which is a shame: in a decade or so, these twentysomethings will probably earn enough money to come back under their own financial steam. And when they’re 40, maybe they’ll bring their kids on a river cruise through Europe.
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