Adventures by Disney has announced new enhanced European river cruise offerings for 2018.
The new sailings will include options for Beauty and the Beast themed cruises along Europe's Rhine River, as well as adult-exclusive epicurean style experiences along both the Rhine and Danube rivers.
In partnership with AmaWaterways, Adventures by Disney’s new themed eight-day, seven-night Rhine River Vacations sailings aboard the AmaKristina will travel through four countries: France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. Activities will include riding a toboggan, hiking in the Black Forest, exploring Heidelberg Castle and sampling wine in a medieval basement wine cave.
On six departures in 2018, travelers will visit the rural villages and culture that inspired the Beauty and the Beast films, with experiences including a themed dinner, screenings of both the live-action and animated versions of the film onboard, and a tour of the French village of Riquewihr.
Adventures by Disney will also double the number of food and wine themed sailings along the Rhine in 2018, adding two sailings during the fall. Activities, led by chefs and sommeliers, will include opportunities such as wine tasting, gourmet demonstrations and workshops, culinary walking tours in several ports, a French patisserie class, local beer and wine pairings and craft cocktail blending seminars. The cruises were inspired by popular food and beverage offerings throughout Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, such as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.
In addition to the 2018 Rhine River cruises, Adventures by Disney will also be introducing enhanced sailings along the Danube River. Six departures aboard the AmaViola will include eight-day, seven-night vacations throughout both the summertime and holiday season. There will also be an all-new adult-exclusive Oktoberfest sailing in September 2018 which will include a visit to Germany with festive themed parties and culinary experiences both on and off the ship.
Other destinations will include Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, with activities including revisiting scenes from "The Sound of Music" in Salzburg and exploring Devin Castle in Bratislava. Guests will also have a chance to take a traditional Austrian folk dancing lesson in Melk.