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2012 River Cruise Guide May 2011

2012 River Cruising Guide

Welcome River cruising is one of the fastest growing sectors of the cruise industry - and why wouldn’t it be? It’s a fabulously relaxing way to explore the world, meandering in comfort along waterways which have been key highways for commerce for thousands of years. Fascinating castles, intriguing villages, local culture and of course delightful cuisine can all be discovered at each port, and after encountering the locals each day travellers are able to head back to their comfortable staterooms for a great night’s rest - without any packing or unpacking - ready to do it all again the next day. River cruising is growing across the globe, with the burgeoning number of destinations on offer including Europe (both western and eastern), Egypt, China, Asia, South America and even Australia. This guide has been produced in response to requests from Cruise Weekly readers for a simple reference which allows them to compare and contrast the offerings of river cruise companies selling their products in the Australasian market. Different cruise companies have chosen to contribute varying amounts of information to the guide, but we have attempted to include as much information as possible about each operator depending on the available space. We would welcome your feedback on the guide, which will now be updated on a regular basis. Bruce Piper, Cruise Weekly publisher

Contents APT ........................................................................................................................ 3 Avalon Waterways ................................................................................................. 4 Beyond Travel ...................................................................................................... 10 Evergreen Tours ................................................................................................. 5, 6 Lüftner Cruises..................................................................................................... 10 Pandaw River Cruises............................................................................................. 7 Scenic Tours ........................................................................................................... 8 SeaCloud Cruises ................................................................................................. 11 Tauck River Cruising ............................................................................................. 11 Travel Indochina .................................................................................................. 12 Travelmarvel ........................................................................................................ 12 Uniworld Boutique River Cruises ......................................................................... 13 Viking River Cruises ............................................................................................... 9

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APT APT is globally recognised as the leader in European river cruising, with Europe’s most innovative luxury river ships. As the pioneers of European river cruising in Australia and New Zealand, with 17 years cruising experience, family owned APT possess unmatched experience and insight. APT’s European river ships present the largest range of onboard dining experiences and more space per guest than any other. Over 80% of suites in APT’s ships boast innovative AMA Private Balconies.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ 15-Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

2012 Fleet ♦ 10 ships with balconies ♦ Concerto Class ships hold 164 pax 

New for 2012

♦ More ships on more rivers ♦ More Freedom of Choice excursion options ♦ Introduction of APT’s Dine Around Dinner options to Europe ♦ New itineraries including Rhine, Rhone and Moselle Rivers ♦ Two-day extended stay in Vienna, new highspeed Thalys trains replacing AmsterdamParis coach transfers ♦ Full list of the new 2012 features available in APT’s full-version Europe River Cruising 2012 brochure

Demographic ♦ Established households living in attractive suburban locations ♦ 50+, high income, high consuming, well educated ♦ Tours specifically designed for Australians and New Zealanders

Seasonality ♦ March to December departures

Accommodation ♦ APT offers a range of suites ranging from twin window suites, to AMA private balcony suites and owners suites on all ships ♦ Concerto Class ships feature the revolutionary Twin Balcony Suites with an AMA Private Balcony and an Outside Balcony

Dining & Beverages ♦ All meals are included ♦ Up to seven different dining experiences including the exclusive Erlebnis Chef’s Table Restaurant on Concerto Class ships ♦ Complimentary wine, beer and soft drink with lunch and dinner; champagne breakfasts ♦ Europe’s finest Tea and Coffee 24 Hours a Day


Contact Details Phone: 1300 278 278 Website:

♦ Tipping ♦ Complimentary bikes ♦ Expert Tour Directors and Local Guides ♦ Airport Transfers ♦ Pool or Whirlpool ♦ Freedom of Choice Touring in Amsterdam, Cologne, Wertheim, Rudesheim, Wurzburg, Nuremburg, Regensburg, Durnstein, Vienna, Passau, Breisach, Tournon, Avignon and Lyon ♦ Dine around Dining ♦ Personal Computer & Wireless Internet access at no extra cost ♦ Signature Experiences including Budapest Opera House, Paris Illuminations Tour and medieval Wertheim Castle

Airline Partners ♦ Malaysia Airlines ♦ Emirates ♦ Singapore Airlines ♦ Lufthansa

Price Range ♦ 15 Day Magnificent Europe starts at $6495*

Passenger Extras ♦ Butler Service for select guests in Platinum Series ♦ 98% Satisfaction Rating ♦ Complimentary bottle of water daily ♦ Entertainment ♦ Late starter/active walking tour options ♦ Themed itineraries such as golf, Andre Rieu and Jacques Reymond gourmet cruises *Conditions apply


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Avalon Waterways Avalon Waterways has used more than 80 years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Launched in May 2011, Avalon Panorama became Avalon’s introductory “Suite Ship” – the first of its kind in the industry. In 2012, the Panorama will be joined by two equally impressive ships: the Avalon Vista and the Avalon Visionary. These splendid vessels deliver an experience like no other – with two whole decks of all-suite accommodation, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform the entire suite into an open-air balcony. Seasoned travellers, such as respected Australian journalist Steve Liebmann, believe that there is no more memorable way to see Europe than onboard an Avalon Waterways cruise.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ Magnificent Europe - 15 days between Amsterdam and Budapest

2012 Fleet ♦ Total of 17 ships across Europe, Egypt, Asia & The Galapagos ♦ Up to 170 pax on European ships 

New for 2012

♦ 2 new ships in Europe – Avalon Vista and Visionary ♦ New theme cruises in Europe ♦ New cruise and ship in Asia ♦ 2 new ships and 3 new itineraries in Egypt

Demographic ♦ Predominantly 60+ age group ♦ Now shifting to a younger demographic, primarily within the Australian market

Seasonality ♦ Europe: March – December ♦ Egpyt: January – December ♦ Asia: April – December ♦ The Galapagos: January – November

Accommodation ♦ Open-Air and French Balconies on European ships

Dining & Beverages ♦ All meals are included ♦ Cruising with complimentary regional wine served with dinner in Europe ♦ Beer and non-alcoholic beverages are also available

Contact Details Phone: 1300 130 134 Website:

Airline Partners ♦ Emirates ♦ Singapore Airlines ♦ Qantas

Price Range ♦ Europe: from $1028 - $7988 (Cabin Category E) ♦ Egypt: from $2554 - $4542 ♦ Asia: from $3163 - $4942 ♦ The Galapagos: from $3894 - $6004 (NB: cruises are all based on seasonal departures)

Passenger Extras ♦ Personalised documentation

Passenger Loyalty Program ♦ Journey’s Club

Accolades ♦ Readers Choice Awards - 2009 Cruise Passenger ♦ Finalist for Best Cruise Operator International in 2009 and 2011 - AFTA National Travel Industry Awards ♦ Best Overall Cruising 2009 - Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

Earlybird Offer ♦ DEAL 1: Suite Ship special - SAVE $1000 per couple. Book the season opening cruise on the Panorama, Vista and Visionary ♦ DEAL 2: SAVE $750 per couple. Book ANY 2012 Avalon Waterways European river cruise with an airfare ♦ DEAL 3: SAVE $500 per couple. Book ANY 2012 Avalon Waterways European river cruise

Inclusions ♦ All meals whilst cruising ♦ Port charges ♦ Gratuities for Cruise Director & Crew ♦ Intra-air taxes (Egypt, Asia and The Galapagos) ♦ Local guided sightseeing ♦ Headsets ♦ Complimentary Wi-Fi access (Europe) ♦ Lectures and speeches onboard


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Evergreen Tours Evergreen Tours has been operating premium escorted worldwide tours for over 30 years as part of the Scenic Group. Its new 2012 European Touring and River Cruising program features one of the most modern fleet of ships in Europe with the ms Brilliant launched only in April 2011. The company offers luxury cruising between Amsterdam and Budapest travelling along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. These luxury river cruises can also be linked to one of Evergreen Tours comprehensive land tours and city extensions. All staterooms and suites include large ensuite bathroom, deluxe queen-size bed, flat screen TV, individually controlled air conditioning and ample storage space. The public areas feature a Panorama restaurant and bar, sundeck, Wellness Club, fitness centre, plus the added bonus a rear Club Lounge and Deck to watch Europe pass by.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ 21-day Paris to Prague & Splendours of Europe River Cruise ♦ 24-day Eastern Europe and Splendours of Europe Cruise

2012 Fleet ♦ ms Brilliant (launched April 2011) ♦ ms Elegant (launched May 2010) ♦ 147 Passengers 

New for 2012

♦ 33 Day Ultimate Europe & Splendours of Europe River Cruise ♦ 16 Day Paris to Monaco & Delights of France River Cruise ♦ 15 Day Russian River Cruise (St Petersburg to Moscow) ♦ 24 Day Best of the Baltics & Russian River Cruise

Demographic ♦ 45+ mature couples and retirees ♦ Exclusive to Australia & New Zealand

Seasonality ♦ April – August

Accommodation ♦ 85% of all staterooms feature all weather French Balconies ♦ 9 large luxury Owners Suites, 46% larger than standard Staterooms

Contact Details Phone: 1300 364 414 Website:

♦ Nightly entertainment ♦ Airport transfers ♦ Sightseeing & admission fees

Airline Partners ♦ Singapore Airlines ♦ Swiss Airlines

Price Range ♦ $5,300 - $12,850 (per person, twin share)

Passenger Loyalty Program ♦ Evergreen Explorer - exclusive travel discounts

Earlybird Offer ♦ Fly Free to Europe return* including taxes When you book and pay deposit for a luxury river cruise & land tour/two city extension by 30th September 2011 ♦ Free Business Class Upgrade* (from Asia to Europe return) When you book an Owners Suite on any 2012 River Cruise and Fly Return to Europe for only $1,495pp and receive a FREE BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE between Asia and Europe Return ♦ Save $1,000 per couple* When you book & pay deposit for a 2012 Luxury River Cruise or land tour by 30th September 2011 *Conditions apply

Dining & Beverages ♦ All meals are included ♦ Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner

Inclusions ♦ All tipping and gratuities and port taxes ♦ Guided tours of towns & cities ♦ Expert Local Tour Directors ♦ Cruise Tour Director


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ms Brilliant – Launched April 2011 Giant Chess & Walking Track Shuffleboard Lido-Bar

Golf Putting Green

Amadeus Club

Panorama Bar Panorama Deck

Reception Panorama Restaurant Ship’s Boutique



Fitness Room

Mozart Deck Owners Suite French Balcony - 22 sq m/236 sq ft

Strauss Deck Single French Balcony - 15 sq m/161 sq ft CAT D

AMADEUS OWNERS SUITE For an extra touch of luxury and the ultimate cruising indulgence, try one of our Amadeus Suites, with space rarely found on other ships. Measuring up to 236sq. feet (22 m2), the Amadeus suites represent the ultimate in spaciousness. Your suite will contain all the luxuries of the French Balcony Stateroom as well as a lot more.



Measuring up to 161 sq. feet (15 m2), our all-weather French balcony staterooms (85% of cabins) are located on the Strauss and Mozart decks. They offer exceptional comfort and the undeniable appeal of unimpeded views to the ever changing landscapes of Europe.

Measuring up to 161 sq. feet (15 m2), our standard staterooms are located on the Haydn deck. Though the cabin size and interior fixtures are identical to the french balcony stateroom, the difference is in the windows, as all standard staterooms have fixed windows (do not open).

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Pandaw River Cruises With five luxury ships exploring four countries: Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Borneo, Pandaw is the largest luxury river cruise company in Asia. Whilst offering a real adventure experience, travellers are cushioned with incredible comfort, fine dining, great cocktails and choice wines, not to mention extraordinary levels of service. Pandaw’s ships were built new and designed and finished as replicas of colonial river steamers. These small ships have the highest space to passenger ratio of any ships afloat. The amenities and services are comparable to a five star boutique hotel, but the atmosphere to that of a private yacht.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ The Goldenland - 11-day cruise in Myanmar: Mandalay-Pagan-Prome

2012 Fleet ♦ Total of 5 ships with ultra shallow drafts which can travel to remote areas unreachable by other vessels 

New for 2012

♦ New routes on the Upper Mekong in Laos and the Kapuas River in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo ♦ New, smaller ‘Safari Pandaw’ with just sixteen staterooms for both routes

Accommodation ♦ Finished in brass and teak ♦ Spacious main and upper deck rooms at 168 square feet (15.6 sqm) ♦ Fruit and flowers on arrival ♦ Kimonos and slippers ♦ Gilchrist & Soames or equivalent Spa-branded amenities ♦ Unlimited mineral water ♦ Spare blankets or light duvet ♦ Optional choice of aromatherapy scents ♦ Mini safes and hair driers ♦ American adaptors for the European twin pin 230 volt power supply ♦ Complimentary shoe cleaning service ♦ All rooms no smoking

Dining & Beverages ♦ Wide variety of local cuisine and exotic foods as well as European alternatives ♦ Vegetarian options ♦ All meals are single seating ♦ Table service complimented with fresh salads, fruits and deserts (at lunch) ♦ Open-air breakfast and lunch ♦ Candlelit and comfortably air-conditioned dinners ♦ At least two theme dinners, in addition to Farewell Gala Dinner ♦ Afternoon tea with cakes or cookies when cruising

Inclusions ♦ Welcome cocktail party ♦ Signature hors d’oeuvres at cocktails each evening ♦ Celebration cake and champagne on birthdays and anniversaries ♦ Cookery demonstrations and classes using local produce ♦ All scheduled excursions ♦ At least two cultural performances per cruise ♦ Tour of the engine rooms, galley and working parts of the ship ♦ Film presentations on local culture and history ♦ Sodas, beers, local spirits and house wines ♦ Cold towels on deck all day ♦ Jugged coffee, tea and tisanes on deck from sunrise till sunset ♦ Staff gratuities

Contact Details Australia & New Zealand Representative Office Phone: (02) 8080 5622 Email: Website:

Passenger Extras ♦ English is the official language onboard ♦ Experienced Asian Pursers with a minimum shipboard staff of 25 ♦ Cocktail bar and dining room ♦ Observation or sun deck ♦ Gym equipment ♦ Library ♦ Shop ♦ Onboard Laundry ♦ Spa with a range of beauty treatments ♦ Pandaw charity program - opportunity to give back to the visited commuinities


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Scenic Tours In 2008 Scenic Tours launched the Scenic ‘Space-Ships’, the finest river cruise ships ever built. The Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ introduced full size private balconies, three onboard dining venues and private butler service. They are also the only river cruisers in Europe to be 100% owned and operated by an Australian company. Scenic Tours also has river cruises in Russia, France, Egypt, as well as on the Amazon River in South America, on the Yangtze River in China and on the Mekong River through Indochina. Scenic Tours all inclusive policy means exactly that, everything is included in the price guests pay, so guests only need to worry about their personal spending.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ 15-day Jewels of Europe River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest ♦ 15-day Romantic Rhine & Moselle River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel

2012 Fleet ♦ 6 Scenic ’Space-Ships’ with 169 passengers and 85 cabins 

New for 2012

♦ 6th Scenic ‘Space-Ship’, Scenic Crystal, with exclusive Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’ in all balcony suites ♦ ms Sergey Kutchkin (Russia): 70% of staterooms and suites with their own private balcony ♦ France River Cruising Rhône and Saône on a private charter ♦ Amsterdam to Basel cruise ♦ Floriade – Once a Decade – in Venlo ♦ Included Scenic FreeChoice activities such as the Lipizzaner Stallions in Vienna ♦ Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences including Marksburg Castle and Scenic Village Experience

Demographic ♦ 55+ self-funded and semi-funded retirees

Seasonality ♦ Europe: March – December ♦ Russia: May – September ♦ Egypt: September – May ♦ South America: January – December ♦ Asia: June – November

Accommodation ♦ Scenic ‘Space-Ships’: 82% of cabins with full-size private outdoor balconies ♦ Sergey Kutchin: 70% of staterooms & suites with private balcony

Dining & Beverages ♦ Three dining venues Scenic ‘Space-Ships’: exclusive Portobello’s Italian fine dining and open seating for all meals ♦ Traditional & continental delights on Sergey Kutchin, eg. Russian Blinis degustation

♦ Continental and traditional Egyptian cuisine on M/S Sunray and Darakum

Contact Details Phone: 1300 136 001 Website:

Inclusions ♦ All touring & sightseeing ♦ Airport transfers ♦ All tipping, gratuities & porterage ♦ Most meals

Airline Partners ♦ Singapore Airlines (Europe, Egypt & Vietnam) ♦ LAN Airlines (South America) ♦ Cathay Pacific Airlines (China)

Price Range ♦ Europe River Cruising 15-day Jewels of Europe from $6095 E category cabin to $11,490 Royal Suite pp twin share

Passenger Extras ♦ Included Scenic FreeChoice - selection of activities & experiences to choose from in key cities & regions ♦ Included Scenic Enrich - exclusive range of experiences

Passenger Loyalty Program ♦ Scenic Club: ScenicClub Gold, ScenicClub Platinum & ScenicClub Diamond

Earlybird Offer ♦ Fly Free to Europe, save up to $5,590 per couple* ♦ Russia Fly Free just pay taxes from $750pp ♦ France Fly Free including taxes ♦ Egypt Partner Fly Free just pay taxes from $500 pp *Please refer to brochure for terms & conditions


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Viking River Cruises Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, offers the discerning traveller opportunities to explore destinations in-depth yet in a most relaxing and comfortable way. In 2012 they are offering 21 itineraries ranging from 8 to 17 days in length. Viking is the only river cruise company to operate in the six regions of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Egypt, Cambodia and Vietnam. While the majority of its river cruises are in Europe, the company is also a Russia specialist with a comprehensive journey along the Volga, Neva and Svir between Moscow and St. Petersburg. With a 175 year river cruise heritage, Viking is truly qualified to provide clients an unforgettable holiday.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ Grand European Tours - 15-day cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest

2012 Fleet ♦ Total of 23 ships across Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Egypt & South East Asia ♦ 110 - 198 pax on European ships 

New for 2012

♦ Debut of 4 Longship class vessels in Europe: Viking Freya, Viking Idun, Viking Njord and Viking Odin − More full-size verandas and full-size staterooms than on any other ship in Europe − Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows that roll aside

Demographic ♦ Active baby boomers interested in history and culture ♦ Couples or friends looking to explore the world in comfort ♦ Often engaged in charitable organisations ♦ Newspaper subscribers ♦ Have travelled overseas in the past

Seasonality ♦ Europe: Select dates from March to December ♦ Russia and Ukraine: Select dates from May to October ♦ China: Select dates from March to November ♦ South East Asia: Select dates from January to March; July to December ♦ Egypt: Select dates January to December

Contact Details Phone: 1800 829 138 Website:

Inclusions ♦ All onboard meals & complimentary beverages ♦ Daily shore excursions ♦ Cultural enrichment ♦ Port charges ♦ Shipboard gratuities in Europe, Russia, Ukraine and China ♦ Accommodation during land portions ♦ Wi-Fi in Europe and internet café in China and Russia

Price Range ♦ $1,199pp - $13,599pp dependant on season, itinerary and stateroom (inclusive of the Early Booking discount)

Passenger Loyalty Program ♦ Clients who reserve their next journey within one year receive $200pp in travel credit; if they reserve within two years, they receive $100

Accolades ♦ Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Small Ship – 2010 & 2011 ♦ World’s Leading River Cruise Operator - 2009 & 2010 World Travel Awards ♦ World’s Best River Cruises – 2010 Travel + Leisure

Earlybird Offer ♦ Save up to $2,000 per person on Europe, Russia, Ukraine and China itineraries* ♦ Save $1,500 per person on Egypt and Mekong itineraries* *Must book and pay in full by 31 July 2011. Conditions apply.

Accommodation ♦ “Outside” river view with a window, French balcony or veranda with every stateroom ♦ Most windows open to the fresh air ♦ Hotel-style beds with European linens and duvets and satellite television

Dining & Beverages


♦ Menu combines regional specialties with classic cuisine ♦ Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

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Beyond Travel With over 15 years experience Beyond Travel are river cruise experts offering the widest range of itineraries, exclusive value ads and pre & post river cruise options throughout Western & Eastern Europe, Russia and China.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ Russian cruises between Moscow & St Petersburg to suit all budgets

2012 Fleet ♦ Passengers travel onboard Viking River Cruise vessels 

New for 2012

♦ New re-designed Viking River Cruise Longships in Europe with generous balcony staterooms & spacious suites ♦ Orthodox great value 3 star Russian cruises – 10 days Moscow to St Petersburg ♦ 15 days Kiev to Istanbul ♦ Orthodox St Petersburg to the Caspian Sea (Astrakhan) and the Sea Of Azov (Rostov on Don) with Tartarstan and Volgograd

Accommodation ♦ Large range of cabins to suit any budget ♦ Full sized suites and deluxe staterooms with private balconies

♦ Great value twin share cabins for budget conscious travellers

Dining & Beverages ♦ Viking vessels feature a la carte meals and regional specialities with wine included at lunch and dinner ♦ Orthodox cruises feature buffet meals and regional specialities, dinks are additional

Contact Details Phone: 1300 363 554 Website:

Inclusions ♦ Exclusive free Beyond Travel transfers on select cruises ♦ Viking River Cruises: gourmet meals with wine, shore excursions, cultural highlights, gratuities & port taxes ♦ Orthodox Russian cruises: meals, sightseeing, on-board lectures and port taxes

Earlybird Offer ♦ Save from $3000 up to $4000 per couple on Viking River Cruises paid by 31 July 2011


Lüftner Cruises Lüftner Cruises have been operating their Amadeus class deluxe river cruises on the Danube and Rhine rivers since 1995 when the ms Amadeus was introduced. Now with a fleet of deluxe river ships they have established themselves as one of the most highly regarded river cruise companies in Europe with a fleet of superbly designed and innovative river ships that continue to set the bar for deluxe river cruising.

2012 Fleet ♦ Total of 8 ships across Europe ♦ 142-160 pax 

New for 2012

♦ Floriade and World Horticultural Expo in Holland in April ♦ 15-night cruises across Europe ♦ Black Sea cruises ex Passau ♦ 7-night cruises on Rhöne/Saône Rivers ex Lyon every week between March and October ♦ 7-night cruises between Basle & Amsterdam ♦ Increased number of Advent, Christmas and New Year cruises on Rhine and Danube ♦ Pre and post cruise accommodation

Accommodation ♦ Floor to ceiling French windows with a balcony rail on Mozart and Strauss Deck ♦ All cabins outside ♦ Beds can be twin or queen size on request

♦ Large suitcases fit easily under the beds ♦ Individual controlled air conditioning, TV, safe shower and toilet in all cabins ♦ Bath in suites

Dining & Beverages ♦ One restaurant with complimentary red or white wine with dinner ♦ Panorama bar and lounge

Contact Details Representative Office: Classic Voyages Phone: (02) 9267 6661 Email: Website:

Inclusions ♦ All meals ♦ All port charges and taxes ♦ Amadeus Club library ♦ Internet stations and Wi-Fi

Earlybird Offer ♦ Pay in full by 30th November and get 10% discount on all 2012 cruises, saving up to AU$1500 per couple

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SeaCloud Cruises Small and perfectly formed, elegant and exclusive - there are many river boats, but there is only one river yacht - River Cloud II. Together with a maximum of 88 other guests, you can enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the journey and the cosmopolitan atmosphere onboard in 5-star comfort. River Cloud II sails with Mediterranean charm along the European waterways of Belgium and The Netherlands; along the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Danube rivers.

2012 Fleet ♦ River Cloud II - max 88 pax 

New for 2012

♦ Gardens ♦ Floriade ♦ Culinary & Art Themes ♦ Sailing into Frankfurt ♦ Single cabins with no surcharge

Accommodation ♦ All outside cabins ♦ 3 Styles of cabins

Dining & Beverages ♦ Six meals per day ♦ Wine & beer with lunch and dinner ♦ All soft drinks; tea and coffee

Inclusions ♦ All meals included ♦ Welcome champagne in the cabin ♦ Fruit basket in cabin replenished daily ♦ Internet ♦ Premium travel documents with detailed destination information ♦ All port fees ♦ English-speaking tour guides ♦ Mineral water on all excursions ♦ Bikes ♦ Commentary

Contact Details Phone: 1300 583 572 Website:

Airline Partners ♦ All

Earlybird Offer ♦ Early booking discount up to Euro 350 if booked by 31 Oct 2011


Tauck River Cruising Tauck River Cruising offers passengers the freedom to relax and travel as an individual because all of their needs and expectations are anticipated. Tauck’s carefully designed and choreographed itineraries are a refreshing mix of sightseeing, leisure, adventure and culture. Passengers will experience spectacular scenery and exciting events other travellers only dream about and every detail is handled seamlessly.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ Grand European Cruise – nine countries, 24 days

2012 Fleet ♦ Total of 4 ships - max 118 pax 

New for 2012

♦ French Waterways and Vineyards

Accommodation ♦ Standard cabins have floor to ceiling window with Juliette balcony, plasma TV, mini bar, L’Occitane amenities, air conditioning and plush bathrobes & slippers

Dining & Beverages ♦ Savour an authentic taste of the region ♦ The Lido Bar offers indoor/outdoor cocktail hour and alternative bistro dining ♦ Wine included with dinner

Inclusions ♦ Accommodation ♦ All shore excursions ♦ Gratuities ♦ All meals onboard ♦ Wine with dinner onboard ♦ Soft drink and beer with lunch onboard ♦ Complimentary snack baskets ♦ Onboard activities & entertainment ♦ Airport transfers ♦ Port taxes & government fees

Contact Details Representation office: Travel The World Phone: 1300 857 037 Website:

Earlybird Offer ♦ Special Single Offer: US$1000 saving per cabin on 13 and 20 October, French Waterways & Vineyards departures, Categories 1 & 3 only; Certain restrictions apply; ask at time of booking


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Travel Indochina Travel Indochina has been exploring the Mekong for as long as they’ve been creating travel experiences – that’s 18 years and counting. They recently released a dedicated Asia River Cruising brochure which includes both Mekong River Cruising in Vietnam and Cambodia and Yangtze River cruising in China.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ 12-day Saigon to Angkor

2012 Fleet ♦ Total of 2 ships ♦ Jahan - 26 cabins; Jayavarman - 27 cabins 

New for 2012

♦ All new product

Accommodation ♦ Suites and staterooms with balconies ♦ 4 styles of cabins: - Jahan: Superior Stateroom, Deluxe Stateroom, Signature Stateroom, Taj Mahal & Jahan Suites - Jayavarman: Superior Stateroom, Deluxe Stateroom, Bao Dai Signature Stateroom, Jayavarman Signature Stateroom

Dining & Beverages ♦ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily whilst on the cruise

Inclusions ♦ Accommodation ♦ All excursions including entrance fees ♦ English-speaking guides ♦ Breakfast and dinner daily ♦ All lunches whilst on board ♦ Arrival and departure transfers ♦ Tips and porterage

Contact Details Phone: Agent only: 1300 362 777 Consumer: 1300 365 355 Website:

Earlybird Offer ♦ 12-day Jahan New Year’s Eve Cruise Departing 29 Dec 2011 - from $5055*pp twin share *Price valid at time of publication


Travelmarvel Guests who travel with Travelmarvel will receive the great value-for-money touring for which they are known, as well as the confidence of travelling with APT. Through APT’s co-ownership of AMAWATERWAYS, they’re globally recognised as the leader in European river cruising. Travelmarvel offers travellers the freedom and flexibility to tailor their own holiday to suit them.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ 15-day Classical Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

2012 Fleet ♦ MS AMALEGRO ♦ 148 pax 

New for 2012

♦ Using the MS AMALEGRO, a luxury boutique river ship of parent company APT, which replaces the MS Sound of Music

Accommodation ♦ 3 suite types: Twin Window Suites, AMA Private Balcony Suites and Owner’s Suites

Dining & Beverages ♦ All meals included on board - fine dining at breakfast, lunch and dinner ♦ Complimentary local wine, beer and soft drink with dinner

Inclusions ♦ Tipping ♦ Complimentary bikes ♦ Sightseeing ♦ Entertainment ♦ Expert Tour Directors and Local Guides ♦ Airport Transfers ♦ Port charges ♦ Personal Computer & Internet Access at no extra cost

Contact Details Phone: 1300 300 036 Website:

Airline Partners ♦ Malaysia Airlines ♦ Emirates ♦ Singapore Airlines ♦ Lufthansa

Price Range ♦ 15-day Classical Europe starts at $4995*


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Uniworld Uniworld, the pioneer in elegant river cruising, has been cruising the waterways of the world for more than 30 years. A Uniworld Boutique River Cruise combines the charms and landmarks of different destinations with exquisite accommodation, award-winning hospitality, and world-class cuisine of a five-star boutique hotel. Cruise the historic waterways of Europe, Russia, Egypt, China and Vietnam & Cambodia.

Flagship Itinerary ♦ European Jewels – Budapest to Amsterdam 

New for 2012

♦ 8-day Gems of Germany, Belgium & the Netherlands with Floriade – Cologne to Brussels ♦ 17-day Grand Treasures of Europe – Brussels to Prague

Cabin Accommodation ♦ Riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted English Savoir beds draped in fine linens ♦ French Balconies in most Category 1 staterooms and suites

Dining & Beverages ♦ Buffet breakfast and lunch offering an extensive array of hot and cold selection ♦ Relaxed open seating in the evening

♦ Fine wine and selection of beer & soft drinks included with dinner ♦ Freshly prepared desserts


Contact Details Phone: 1300 780 231 Website:

♦ Accommodation ♦ All onboard meals ♦ Complimentary fine wine, beer, soft drink during dinner and specialty tea/coffees ♦ Bottled water in stateroom ♦ Shore excursions with state-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system ♦ Onboard entertainment and lectures ♦ Transfers on arrival and departure days

Earlybird Offer ♦ Pay-in-full at time of booking and SAVE up to $3800 per couple. Offer expires on 30 Jun 2011 ♦ Book and deposit at time of reservation to SAVE up to $1500 per couple. Offer expires on 31 Aug 2011


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River cruising is one of the fastest growing sectors of the cruise industry - and why wouldn’t it be?

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