After seeing a 60 percent increase in family charters last year, cruise provider European Waterways is changing up its offerings to cater to multigenerational travel. Now, traveling families enjoy a wider range of family charter excursion options, and guests can “pick and mix” daily tours and activities to best fit every member of their family, whether they want to visit theme parks or wine tastings, swimming spots or golf courses.
By Hainan Airlines
By the time my husband and I boarded the Crystal Serenity at the port in Civitavecchia just north of Rome, it had been 10 years since we’d sailed this beautiful ship. Very recently, Serenity underwent a total redesign — whisked away for a 28-day stay in dry dock at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven dockyard in Germany for an elegant overhaul. We were both keen to see what had changed since we sailed her from Miami to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal a decade ago.
Multigenerational travel is hot — so much so companies like European Waterways — which used to attract a more senior crowd — has seen a 60 percent increase in family charters in the last year. To introduce more families to the joys of hotel barge cruising, the company is upping its game in 2019 by allowing guests to “pick and mix” daily tours and activities to meet the interest of every generation on board.