July 7, 2017

Treat your family to the trip of a lifetime — and memories to last a lifetime — on these special departures of our popular Paris & the Heart of Normandy river cruise. Parents, grandparents, kids, and teens will enjoy family-friendly sightseeing tours and activities as they wend their way down the Seine river from Paris to the English Channel and back again. Our team in France has developed informative and entertaining programs to be shared by children ages 8 and over that will increase their appreciation for the art, people, food, and history of France.

Family departures are scheduled for convenient Saturday-to-Saturday sailings (departing U.S. on Friday afternoon or evening) during July to take advantage of summer vacation schedules. Space is limited, however, and is sure to go fast, so make your reservation as soon as possible. Your family will say “magnifique!”

Note that children on Family Travel cruises must be 8 years old or above at the date of departure. Children traveling overseas must have their own passport.

About our Family Travel departure:

On these special departures, your family will enjoy all the features of the main tour, with the addition of a family-friendly events and activities. A dedicated Family Host will be onboard to facilitate activities with children. (Activities will be adjusted prior to sailing according to the ages of participants.) Your kids will also enjoy itinerary enhancement, including:

  • Ice Cream Social in the Captain’s Club — kids only
  • How to paint like the Impressionists art workshop — kids’ activity
  • Dinner with the Captain — kids only
  • Interactive cooking lesson with the ship’s chef — kids’ activity
  • Picnic on the beach in Honfleur — kids’ activity
  • Traditional French outdoor games — kids’ activity
  • D-Day Academy Experience: Tour D-Day Landing Sites in authentic army vehicles, an immersive educational experience for the whole family
  • Entrance to Panorama XXL in Rouen, a spectacular 360-degree multi-media experience — whole family
  • Tour of the ms River Venture’s bridge with the Captain — kids’ activity

Family departures also feature the following:

  • $500 discount for children ages 8 to 21 years traveling with a
    full-paying adult
  • Dedicated Family Host to oversee kids activities (selected times)
  • Arts & crafts workshops and singing sessions (ages 8-12)
  • French language lessons
  • Menus featuring “kid-friendly” selections
  • Complimentary Travel Diary


Here are our enhanced European River Cruise itineraries for families:

* Family Theme Date, July 7, 2017 — Child Discount $500

Please note: Children ages 8-21 on Vantage Family Theme Dates will receive a $500 discount when sharing a cabin with an adult. Adult must reserve cabin category B or higher to qualify for this promotion. All passengers must pay port charges. Space on Family Theme Dates is subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply. Vantage reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.