River Cruise Disney river cruises to have 'Beauty and the Beast' theme By Michelle Baran / March 02, 2017 Share 1 Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" river cruise features a tour of Riquewihr, a French village that evokes Belle's hometown from the movie. Photo Credit: Yoshihiro Takada -- Adventures by Disney is amping up its themed river cruise experiences for 2018, adding "Beauty and the Beast" themed sailings along the Rhine River. On six departures in 2018, Adventures by Disney will pay tribute to the villages and culture that inspired Disney's Beauty and the Beast films. The sailings will feature a Beauty and the Beast-themed dinner as well as other culinary experiences inspired by the film. There will be screenings of both the live-action and animated versions of the film on the ship and a tour of Riquewihr, a French village that evokes Belle's hometown from the movie.Adventures by Disney is also offering two epicurean Rhine cruises during the fall. Hosted by chefs and sommeliers, these adult-only sailings will highlight food and beverage experiences both on and off the ship. Activities will include winetasting, gourmet food and wine demonstrations and workshops, culinary walking tours in several ports, a French patisserie class, local beer and wine pairings, and craft cocktail seminars.Adventures by Disney's eight-day Rhine river cruises will sail on AmaWaterways' 158-passenger AmaKristina, cruising through France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.For 2018, Adventures by Disney will also offer six Danube sailings aboard AmaWaterways' 170-passenger AmaViola. The departures will include a new adults-only Oktoberfest sailing in September 2018, which will visit Germany during the annual Oktoberfest celebration, and will include themed parties and festive culinary offerings both on and off the ship.The eight-day Danube cruises sail through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. They include visiting scenes from the movie "The Sound of Music" in Salzburg, exploring Devin Castle in Bratislava, and taking a traditional Austrian folk dancing lesson in Melk.Adventures by Disney entered the river cruise market last year when it partnered with AmaWaterways on family-focused river cruise itineraries. AmaWaterways thus has designed its newest vessels to better accommodate families, including providing sets of connecting staterooms and suites. Adventures by Disney worked closely with AmaWaterways to reimagine shipboard spaces and activities to offer programming for kids, teens and adults.Bookings for Adventures by Disney's 2018 river cruise vacations open on March 2.