Ask Trip Coach: River Cruises

If you love big-ship cruising but crave a more intimate experience, then the small boats plying the rivers of Europe—and beyond—are just the ticket.

Can I bring my kids along?
Keep these guidelines in mind: If you're under 50, you'll be considered young; if you're under 30, you'll be a downright novelty; and if you're under 4, then sorry. No dice. Some companies, however, are starting to offer family-travel incentives. Uniworld, for example, is introducing two new itineraries this fall in which 4- to 18-year-olds travel for half price. That said, whether you want to bring them is another matter.

Little extras that make all the difference.

Wi-Fi Get connected at no cost aboard Viking and AMA.

Bicycles Explore European port cities on complimentary wheels from AMA and Uniworld.

Headsets Tune in to your tour guide (on, yes, your free excursion!) with AMA and Grand Circle.


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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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