Every summer, all throughout high school, my folks took my brother and I on an epic family vacation. They’d save all year to fly us to California, or the American southwest, or even Alaska. We’d explore by RV incredible national parks, raging rivers and scenic ocean view outcrops and cultivate a budding passion for wanderlust.
These days, my parents have slowed down a little, but still do love seeing the world. They’ve grown keen on cruising to be able to get a taste of different destinations while being pampered with style and luxurious perks.
For all the passion of traveling they instilled in me, I have been planning a cruise adventure for them in the near future as a thank you. My husband and I are moving to London very soon and would love to reintroduceWater Europe to my parents in a relaxing and cultural way. Fortunately, AmaWaterways is a perfect fit for adult children who want to treat their parents to something spectacular.
The hardest thing will be choosing where to go! More than 20 different itineraries are offered by the cruise line, many of which journey through some of Europe’s most iconic destinations. It’s a toss-up right now to return to Spain to try a few bold reds at a stop in Barcelona or something more art-centric with ports near Paris along the River Seine in France.
If themed cruises are not your thing, the ships themselves offer some fantastic features to indulge on some of the more open-ended cruises. I know my mother will adore the ability to hope off the ship for fun excursions, but then melt into a massage chair at the deluxe spa center on board. My father is sure to throw all rules out the window and sample everything culinary on the ship – including all the luscious desserts he’s not allowed to eat by my mother back home. I personally look forward to avoiding the hassle of booking hotel rooms every night and instead enjoying a modern stateroom with French Balconies, flat screen televisions and plush bedding. Although I hope not to open my laptop on vacation, it’s wonderful to know there is complimentary Wi-Fi on board as well, which is almost unheard of in the cruising world.
Maybe someday I’ll convince my parents (and my husband’s parents) to forgo the chaos and money pit of the holiday season and opt for a cruise instead. It’s been a dream to take all our funds on presents and have an unforgettable getaway instead. Luckily, AmaWaterways has some enticing river cruises around Christmas to explore countries like Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia and more.
Have you ever cruised without the kids? Have you taken trips with your own parents as an adult? What have your experiences with cruises been, positive or negative?
This post was written by Pure Wander staff in partnership with AmaWaterways. All opinions are of the author’s alone.