Up until 2015, this ship (and indeed the line) made little or no provision for families; there were no facilities and kids were not really encouraged onboard. All this has changed quite recently, with the line launching its first dedicated Family River Cruise Collection brochure in early 2016, which offers 16 dedicated family friendly itineraries across the fleet. In addition, children between the ages of four and 18 pay half-price.
In theory you can bring kids younger than four onboard, but the ship (and its itineraries) would be best suited for children aged seven years and up.
(Note also, these family friendly itineraries are only on offer in July and August -- peak school holiday times in Europe).
The timing of the program is dependent on the ship's itinerary, and will start after breakfast. Depending on the number of children onboard and their ages, they may be split into groups, with age-appropriate activities for each group. Family Hosts supervise and coordinate onboard activities for Junior Cruisers (ages 4 to 11) and Young Cruisers (ages 12 to 18).
Activities on offer might include dessert making with the ship's pastry chef, make ice cream cookies or 'crazy waffling'; take a behind-the-scenes tour with the captain including a tour of the Wheel House (and help steer the ship); taste local soft drinks with the resident Soda Sommelier, go on a ship-wide treasure hunt or take part in craft workshops and fun local language classes.
On full family sailings the Captain's Lounge will be turned over to a dedicated kids room -- The Young Travellers Lounge -- complete with a PlayStation, a wide selection of games, movies, puzzles, kids' books and candy jars. Every family-friendly cruise itinerary also features onboard visits from local children or teens, who introduce guests to the daily life of their culture. If the ship is sailing less than full (or there aren't that many children onboard), one of the cabins will be turned over to a dedicated kids room instead.
The ship also offers a children's menu and early meal times for very young kids.