(1:15 p.m. EDT) -- Disney and AmaWaterways have added two more sailing dates to their new family-focused river cruises, just one month after announcing they had teamed up to offer five kid-friendly Danube cruises in 2016.
The additions include another summer cruise departing August 4, 2016, immediately following the four previously announced family river cruises in July. It shares the same seven-night itinerary to Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. The second is a holiday-themed sailing on December 15, 2016, which will give families the opportunity to shop at the Danube's Christmas markets, attend a private performance and cocktail reception at Vienna's Spanish Riding School, and visit Austria's famous Schlosshof. A previously announced holiday cruise departs the following week and includes a Christmas concert by the Vienna Boys Choir.
The sailings are offered as a joint venture by river cruise line AmaWaterways and Adventures by Disney, the guided group travel arm of Disney. All sailings take place on new 170-passenger AmaViola, which is being designed for family travel, with more connecting cabins and rooms that can accommodate three and four passengers.
While some river cruise lines offer special family-friendly sailings, river cruising has typically been the domain of retirees, rather than schoolkids. Disney and AmaWaterways' partnership represents a new way of thinking about these destination-immersive river trips and offers new vacation options for families who love to travel -- and cruise -- together.
--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor