Sara Macefield is an award-winning journalist, travel writer and Contributing Editor for Cruise International

A mother and her son explore on holiday - family river cruise © iStock
A mother and her son explore on holiday © iStock

Q. My husband and I like the idea of a family river cruise. But are there any river cruises that are suitable for children?

A. River cruising is becoming more popular among families who are drawn by the rich range of activities to keep youngsters amused. Whether it’s a cowboy show in the Camargue on a Rhône voyage through France, cycle rides and scavenger hunts on Rhine cruises, or exploring Nuremberg’s secret tunnels on a Danube sailing, there is plenty to keep all ages amused – and this attracts multi-generational groups, too. Lines such as Uniworld and Tauck offer specific child-friendly departures, while A-Rosa has children’s clubs on board as well as youth activity programmes. It also offers free places for under-15s when sharing with an adult. And, while AmaWaterways doesn’t feature specific family departures, it does offer child discounts on regular sailings.