Disney getting into the river cruise business with new Danube sailings

Disney is getting into the European river cruise business, USA Today is reporting tonight. Disney will partner with AmaWaterways to offer five family-friendly departures on the Danube River in 2016, according to the report.

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This is a huge departure for Disney, which is known for sailing ships that can carry up to 4,000 passengers each. The new river cruise ship has a capacity of just 170 people, according to Travel Agent Central.

It’s also potentially a huge departure for river cruising, which is better known as a vacation choice for older couples without children. Disney’s Danube cruises will be designed for families in mind, from the configuration of the cabins to the shore tours and on-board activities. The new ship will reportedly sail at a faster pace than other river cruise ships so passengers can spend more time in port.

The new cruises will be sold through Adventures By Disney, and the ship’s crew will include eight adventure guides.

The seven-night trips are scheduled for July 7, 14, 21 and 28 and Dec. 22, 2016. Fares will start at $4,179 per person, double occupancy, and include all meals, gratuities, wine with dinner and transportation between the ship and airports.

The cruise will travel between Budapest, Hungary, and Vilshofen, German, and will also stop in Passau, Germany; Linz, Melk and Vienna, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Highlights of the trip will include a tour of the Mirabell Gardens in Austria, a “Nighttime Illuminations Cruise” in Budapest, a falconry show at Hohenwerfen Castlein Austria and medieval activities at Devin Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia, according to Travel Agent Central. The holiday sailing will include visits to Christmas markets in Budapest and Vienna, as well as a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir in the Hofburg Palace Chapel.