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STOWAWAY<br />

RIVERS<br />

RIVER CRUISE SPECIAL MARCH 2019 Issue 16<br />

CRUISE DIARY 2019 | 2020<br />

EUROPE | ASIA | AFRICA | USA | LONG HAUL | EXOTIC<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

What an amazing few years it has been <strong>for</strong> river cruising, with exciting new vessels launching and ever-growing<br />

demand as more and more British passengers discover this is a fine way to travel. In 2017 alone, numbers rose<br />

24% to top 210,000 <strong>for</strong> the first time, according to Clia UK & Ireland, the UK's official cruise industry association.<br />

FREE FLIGHTS ON ALL<br />

RHINE RIVER CRUISES<br />

PLUS SAVE UP TO £1,850 PER COUPLE<br />

Book by 28 February 2019<br />

This year is shaping up to be another fantastic 12 months, with more new river ships on the horizon and many<br />

cruises in 2020 available <strong>for</strong> booking already.<br />

What is the attraction? Quite simply being able to travel in a first-class floating hotel and discover spectacular cities<br />

and little-known towns and villages around Europe, Asia and the US that all have fascinating stories to tell.<br />

So where can you go? Look at the river destinations chart and the end of this <strong>Stowaway</strong> to see who goes where.<br />

If you’d like more detailed in<strong>for</strong>mation on the world’s rivers and the attractions they offer, read the comprehensive<br />

river destination pages in our River Cruise Diary – you’ll find it on the Home page of our late getaways <strong>web</strong>site<br />

www.cruiselates.com together with our recently published Luxury and Exp<strong>edition</strong> Cruise Diaries<br />

Keith Ellis, Publisher<br />

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READER<br />

RECOMMENDED<br />

UK 2019<br />

We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by the ATOL scheme. Prices shown are based<br />

on two people sharing a Panorama Suite. Free flights offer valid on all new Rhine cruise bookings made between 20 Dec<br />

2018 and 28 Feb 2019, departing the UK between 1 Jan 2019 and 30 Nov 2019. Offer valid <strong>for</strong> bookings departing London<br />

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stateroom availability; <strong>for</strong> full terms and conditions, see avaloncruises.co.uk/offerstcs. Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended survey of Avalon panoramic views,<br />

112 Good Housekeeping readers, 2018. Prices correct at time of print (12 January 2019).<br />

RIVER DIARY | JANUARY 2019<br />

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Europe’s<br />

most luxurious<br />

river cruises<br />

Why<br />

TAKE A RIVER CRUISE<br />

WHY TAKE A RIVER CRUISE<br />

At Scenic, we take what you would<br />

expect from a 5-star river cruise to a<br />

whole new level.<br />

Even the luxuries you would expect<br />

to pay extra <strong>for</strong> are included from the<br />

moment you step on board.<br />

All-Inclusive Highlights<br />

ü Flights from up to 16 UK airports<br />

ü Award-winning Scenic Freechoice<br />

shore excursions<br />

ü Once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich<br />

events and experiences<br />

ü Casual to fine dining in a choice of up<br />

to five on board venues<br />

ü Unlimited premium branded drinks and<br />

in-suite mini bar*<br />

ü Complimentary Wi-Fi<br />

ü Butler service <strong>for</strong> all guests<br />

ü All tipping, transfers and taxes<br />

Unlock luxury <strong>for</strong> less<br />

Both on board and on shore, luxury comes as<br />

standard with Scenic. With state-of-the-art<br />

Space-Ships, we offer 5-star luxury across<br />

everything - from luggage unpacked by a<br />

personal butler, to a choice of gourmet meals<br />

across a range of on board dining venues.<br />

Scenic is truly all-inclusive; return flights,<br />

premium branded drinks, excursions and<br />

gratuities, not <strong>for</strong>getting the free in-suite<br />

mini bar, replenished daily, are all included<br />

in the price.<br />

All-inclusive dining & beverages<br />

Scenic Freechoice excursions<br />

Award-winning excursions<br />

Scenic Enrich experiences offer exclusive,<br />

once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to delve into<br />

local history and culture. Guests can dine in<br />

palatial settings or discover hidden gems with<br />

the guidance of an expert.<br />

Scenic Freechoice excursions, carefully selected<br />

by our Journey Designers, encourage you<br />

to explore beauty spots and landmarks at a<br />

pace that suits. Our GPS-fitted e-bikes allow<br />

you to discover independently off the beaten<br />

track, while group hikes help to acquaint more<br />

active explorers with areas of outstanding<br />

natural beauty.<br />

Luxury suites<br />

Scenic Enrich experiences<br />

State-of-the-art Space-Ships<br />

Our state-of-the-art Space-Ships have been<br />

designed to redefine luxury river cruising. With<br />

innovative new technology, a wide selection of<br />

dining options, an on board Wellness Centre,<br />

and the most spacious suites on Europe’s<br />

waters, you won’t be disappointed.<br />

Each balcony suite features our exclusive<br />

Scenic Sun Lounge system, trans<strong>for</strong>ming the<br />

window into a balcony at the touch of a button.<br />

Guests can enjoy a 1:3 crew to passenger ratio<br />

with a butler service <strong>for</strong> everyone.<br />

Contact your Local Travel Agent<br />

River cruising is the holiday hit of the decade, gaining<br />

thousands of new followers each year who are drawn to<br />

the alluring mix of easy adventure and discovery that<br />

awaits on the world’s waterways.<br />

It is a very different style of travel to ocean<br />

cruising. The ships are smaller, carrying<br />

an average of just 150 passengers, and they<br />

navigate rivers and canals rather than sailing<br />

vast oceans, enabling passengers to really<br />

get under the skin of places instead of just<br />

visiting.<br />

There is always something to see along the<br />

river banks - churches and castles in Europe,<br />

remote villages in Asia - and when vessels<br />

dock, it is often in the heart of a big city or<br />

town. As they don’t need clearance by local<br />

authorities, once the gangway is in position,<br />

passengers can just walk ashore and discover<br />

new sights, sounds and tastes.<br />

All that and the ease of just unpacking once<br />

as your floating hotel glides from once place<br />

to another.<br />

As the number of river cruise passengers has<br />

grown (the UK market alone rocketed 24%<br />

in 2017 to reach a record 210,400 in 2017,<br />

according to official figures, and numbers<br />

from the US and Australia are way higher), so<br />

the river ships and product have adapted to<br />

suit changing expectations.<br />

Most modern river ships now offer cabins with<br />

balconies, additional places to eat and larger<br />

spas. AmaMagna, a new vessel being built by<br />

AmaWaterways and launching in May 2019,<br />

is twice the width of other river cruise vessels,<br />

has four places to eat, a wellness studio and a<br />

rear watersports plat<strong>for</strong>m. The only other river<br />

ship of the same size is Crystal River Cruises’<br />

Crystal Mozart.<br />

Crucially, cruise fares now include a lot of<br />

things that once cost extra. It does mean that<br />

river cruising is not a cheap option, but it<br />

is great value and very appealing to mature<br />

passengers (the majority of river cruisers<br />

are retired) as they don’t have to think about<br />

extra costs while travelling.<br />

A seven-night Rhine cruise in June costs<br />

from £2,345 per person with Scenic and from<br />

£2,239 per person with Uniworld. Both are<br />

among a few river cruise lines that include<br />

everything from flights and transfers to<br />

drinks, excursions and gratuities in the price.<br />

Even those that are not all-inclusive usually<br />

incorporate one or two perks in the price,<br />

whether it be free drinks at meal times,<br />

excursions or gratuities. Emerald Waterways<br />

includes all three, but usually only one<br />

excursion per port (with others at extra cost);<br />

AmaWaterways includes drinks with meals<br />

and a choice of excursions.<br />

Saga includes drinks with meals and some<br />

excursions, A-Rosa charges <strong>for</strong> excursions<br />

but includes drinks. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines<br />

charges <strong>for</strong> both drinks (beverage packages<br />

are available) and excursions.<br />

Most include alternative dining where<br />

available as well as Wi-Fi. Exceptions include<br />

the Vintage Room on Crystal Cruises’ river<br />

ships, where a handful of passengers can<br />

enjoy wine-themed lunches and dinners<br />

<strong>for</strong> an extra fee, and the waiter-service<br />

restaurants on A-Rosa vessels.<br />

Inclusions and ship features may vary.<br />

*All drinks are included except <strong>for</strong> a very small number of rare and vintage spirits, wine and champagne.<br />

For full terms and conditions visit scenic.co.uk<br />

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WHY TAKE A RIVER CRUISE<br />

THE BEST NEVER<br />

GOES ON SALE<br />

Welcome aboard...<br />

where the ambiance is charming...<br />

the exclusive shore excursions go beyond the ordinary...<br />

and if it means a better travel experience, it’s included.<br />

INSPIRED BY THE DESTINATION<br />

On Tauck river cruises, deep destination knowledge and longstanding local relationships create<br />

exclusive cultural experiences ashore. Delivering truly inspirational travel experiences has defined<br />

Tauck <strong>for</strong> 90+ years... and Tauck river cruises connect you with people, places and daily life along<br />

Europe’s great rivers – with you at the very heart of it.<br />

2019 itinerary details are available at tauck.co.uk or call your preferred travel<br />

agent or Tauck on 0800 810 8020<br />

www.tauck.co.uk<br />

WHO INCLUDES DRINKS<br />

The following river cruise lines<br />

include all drinks in the prices:<br />

APT<br />

A-Rosa<br />

CroisiEurope<br />

Crystal River Cruises<br />

Pandaw (local brands only)<br />

Scenic<br />

Uniworld River Cruises<br />

Tauck<br />

The following river cruise lines<br />

include drinks with lunch and dinner:<br />

Amadeus River Cruises<br />

AmaWaterways<br />

Avalon Waterways<br />

Emerald Waterways<br />

Saga (exclusive charters only)<br />

Titan Travel<br />

Travelmarvel<br />

Viking<br />

WHO INCLUDES GRATUITIES<br />

APT<br />

Avalon Waterways<br />

Crystal River Cruises<br />

Emerald Waterways<br />

Pandaw<br />

Scenic<br />

Tauck<br />

Travelmarvel<br />

U by Uniworld<br />

Uniworld River Cruises<br />

FOLLOW THE TRENDS<br />

The trend <strong>for</strong> more rigorous excursions and<br />

activities is growing fast among river cruise<br />

companies as 60 becomes the new 40 and<br />

lines look to attract a younger generation.<br />

Companies including Uniworld, Crystal,<br />

AmaWaterways, Scenic and Emerald<br />

Waterways carry bikes that passengers can<br />

borrow <strong>for</strong> guided cycle rides or to explore<br />

alone, and hiking tours increasingly figure<br />

among the choice of excursions on offer.<br />

Avalon Waterways has dedicated active<br />

cruises on the Rhine, Danube and, new<br />

<strong>for</strong> 2019, the Rhône in France, while<br />

CroisiEurope has cycling and walkingthemed<br />

departures with 30-mile bike rides<br />

and hikes of five to eight miles most days.<br />

AmaWaterways has wellness instructors<br />

on all its cruises this year. Those sailing the<br />

Seine, Rhine or Danube with U by Uniworld<br />

can go kayaking and walking across the<br />

rooftops of Paris.<br />

Family river cruises are also becoming more<br />

popular. Children can go on most cruises<br />

with most lines, but Uniworld, Tauck and<br />

A-Rosa have dedicated family departures<br />

with special activities and excursions to keep<br />

youngsters amused. On A-Rosa, children<br />

aged up to 15 travel <strong>for</strong> free when sharing a<br />

cabin with an adult.<br />

ROOMS WITH A VIEW<br />

Cabins on river ships all face the water but<br />

have a multitude of different designs.<br />

On Scenic, Emerald Waterways, Uniworld<br />

River Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Amadeus<br />

River Cruises, the rooms have panoramic<br />

windows that are split horizontally and open<br />

downwards at the touch of a button. In their<br />

top suites, Scenic, Uniworld and Emerald<br />

Waterways use a combination of panoramic<br />

windows and internal glass doors to create<br />

sun lounges.<br />

AmaWaterways’ vessels, which are also used<br />

by APT, have split balconies so passengers<br />

can sit either inside or out, depending on the<br />

weather.<br />

Avalon Waterways vessels have two decks<br />

of cabins with wall-to-wall glass windows<br />

that open two-thirds the width of the room<br />

(pictured above) and give the impression of a<br />

balcony when opened up on sunny days.<br />

Tauck’s newest river ships, Joy, Grace, Inspire<br />

and Savor, have traditional French balconies<br />

that open to a fixed rail. Suites, which occupy<br />

almost an entire deck on each of these vessels,<br />

have two such balconies and are about half<br />

the size of a squash court.<br />

Demand <strong>for</strong> suites is so high that Tauck,<br />

Scenic and Uniworld have created larger<br />

rooms on some of their vessels by knocking<br />

two cabins into three. The latest to get the<br />

refurb is Uniworld’s River Royale, which<br />

relaunches in March with four new suites.<br />

Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Mozart and<br />

AmaWaterways’ new AmaMagna have suites<br />

that are more than three times bigger than an<br />

average cabin.<br />

Most river ships have a handful of lower deck<br />

cabins that are below the waterline and have<br />

a high fixed window. These are targeted at<br />

clients on a budget and often designated as<br />

single cabins with no supplement.<br />

CLASSIC LAND JOURNEYS • RIVER CRUISING • SMALL SHIP CRUISING • FAMILY ADVENTURES<br />

RIVER DIARY | JANUARY 2019<br />

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NAME<br />

WHY TAKE A RIVER CRUISE<br />

NEW<br />

NEW<br />

NEW<br />

SHIP<br />

SHIP<br />

SHIP<br />

FOR 2019<br />

FOR 2019<br />

FOR 2019<br />

Amadeus<br />

Amadeus<br />

Amadeus<br />

STAR<br />

STAR<br />

STAR<br />

The Danube is best known <strong>for</strong> itineraries<br />

that tick off the cities of Budapest, Vienna<br />

and Bratislava, but you can also venture to<br />

the lower reaches, visiting lesser-known<br />

towns and cities in Romania, Bulgaria,<br />

Serbia, Croatia and Hungary, where<br />

Romans, Ottomans and the Soviet Union all<br />

left their mark.<br />

And in case you can’t choose which to do,<br />

two-week itineraries between Amsterdam<br />

and Budapest tick off the Rhine, Main, Main-<br />

Danube Canal and Danube.<br />

The art of River Cruising<br />

The The art art of of<br />

in<br />

in in 2019<br />

2019 2019<br />

Explore Europe in style and com<strong>for</strong>t aboard our award-winning Amadeus<br />

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fare:<br />

& the River Seine.<br />

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ship Return Included • Gourmet flights in your • Non-UK dining fare: with transfers wine, beer • Accommodation and soft drinks on at board lunch and your dinner river cruise<br />

ship Return 24-hour • Gourmet flights tea and • Non-UK coffee dining station with transfers wine, • Complimentary beer • Accommodation and soft drinks Wi-Fi on at • Complimentary board lunch and your dinner river bicycles cruise<br />

ship 24-hour • Gourmet tea and coffee dining station with wine, • Complimentary beer and soft drinks Wi-Fi at • Complimentary lunch and dinner bicycles<br />

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The Elbe<br />

Elbe river cruises operate<br />

between Berlin and Prague<br />

and call at Wittenberg, the<br />

birthplace of the Protestant<br />

Re<strong>for</strong>mation; Meissen, the<br />

town that gave its name to the<br />

world-famous porcelain; and<br />

Dresden, the city destroyed by<br />

heavy Allied bombing in the<br />

Second World War, but now<br />

restored to its <strong>for</strong>mer glory. It<br />

is a brilliant itinerary, but the<br />

river suffers from low water so<br />

passengers often end up being<br />

coached to the sights.<br />

Tauck’s Inspiration-class vessels each have<br />

four lower deck Loft Suites (pictured above)<br />

with a raised seating plat<strong>for</strong>m and deep<br />

window that can be partially opened.<br />

Exceptionally, Crystal River Cruises has<br />

got rid of lower-deck cabins altogether on<br />

Crystal Bach, Debussy, Mahler and Ravel.<br />

All their cabins are above the water line<br />

and have panorama windows that open<br />

horizontally.<br />

You can expect cabins and suites on all river<br />

ships to have hairdryers, safes and en-suite<br />

facilities Most have showers rather than<br />

baths. Scenic and Crystal River Cruises<br />

provide butlers <strong>for</strong> all passengers. Cabins<br />

and suites on Amadeus River Cruises and<br />

Crystal’s vessels have walk-in wardrobes.<br />

EUROPE’S RIVERS<br />

The Rhine and Danube are the top-selling<br />

rivers in the UK, between them attracting<br />

more than half of all British river cruise<br />

passengers in 2017 on account of the many<br />

things to see and do along the way.<br />

The Rhine is popular <strong>for</strong> the many<br />

castles along a deep gorge that runs 58<br />

miles between Koblenz in the north and<br />

Rudesheim in the south but returning<br />

passengers will find plenty to enjoy on<br />

itineraries that also explore its tributaries, the<br />

Moselle and Main.<br />

The Moselle is a narrow waterway that flows<br />

through one of Germany’s top wine-growing<br />

regions and is lined with vineyards and<br />

picture-postcard villages; the Main is also<br />

narrow and takes passengers to towns and<br />

cities with centuries-old history and culture.<br />

Once you have done those, there are plenty of<br />

other rivers to explore. In France, the Rhône<br />

and Seine are the big two, but there are also<br />

one-week sailings on the Garonne, Gironde and<br />

Dordogne Rivers in Aquitaine that visit some<br />

of France’s leading wine-growing regions, and<br />

barge holidays along the Loire Valley.<br />

The Douro in Northern Portugal was<br />

2017’s sales star, recording an incredible<br />

85% growth in the UK to a total 20,700<br />

passengers. You can choose itineraries that<br />

sail round-trip from Porto or combine a<br />

one-way cruise from Porto to the Spanish<br />

border at Vega de Terron with a few nights<br />

in Madrid. Either way you’ll have tours and<br />

tastings in port wine lodges and take in a<br />

flamenco show.<br />

There are also spring-time cruises through<br />

the Dutch and Belgian waterways timed <strong>for</strong><br />

when the tulip fields are in bloom, voyages<br />

along the Elbe between Berlin and Prague<br />

that combine stories of Martin Luther,<br />

porcelain and the World War Two bombing of<br />

Dresden, and sailings on the Guadalquivir in<br />

Spain and the Po in Italy.<br />

In Russia, you can combine a cruise on the<br />

rivers, lakes and canals that link Moscow and<br />

St Petersburg with a few nights in both cities.<br />

DISCOVERING THE REST OF<br />

THE WORLD<br />

Those who are prepared to travel further<br />

afield have even more choice. Voyages along<br />

the Mekong River between Siem Reap and<br />

Ho Chi Minh City are the top-sellers when it<br />

comes to long-haul river cruises thanks to an<br />

exhilarating combination of ancient temples,<br />

exciting cities and exotic markets.<br />

Staying in Asia, three or four-night cruises<br />

through the towering three gorges on the<br />

Yangtze in China offer a moment to relax<br />

on tours that take in the cities of Beijing and<br />

Shanghai. In Myanmar, golden pagodas, trips<br />

to workshops and balloon rides over Bagan<br />

await on voyages on the Irrawaddy.<br />

RIVER DIARY | JANUARY 2019<br />

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Cruise itinerary<br />

Day 1: Embark in Paris, cruise to<br />

Les Andelys<br />

Day 2: Les Andelys to<br />

Caudebec-en-Caux<br />

Day 3: Caudebec-en-Caux<br />

Day 4: Caudebec-en-Caux to<br />

Rouen<br />

Day 5: Rouen to Vernon<br />

Day 6: Vernon to Paris<br />

Day 7: Paris<br />

Day 8: Disembark in Paris<br />

PARIS & VERSAILLES<br />

5 DECEMBER 2019 • 6 days by coach from £746pp<br />

6 DECEMBER 2019 • 5 days by air from £981pp<br />

6 DECEMBER 2019 • 8 days by rail from £886pp<br />

River Cruising by<br />

SAVE UP TO<br />

£100<br />

PER COUPLE<br />

ON BOOKINGS MADE<br />

BEFORE 28 TH FEBRUARY<br />

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27 TH OCTOBER 2019<br />

More Parisian Escapes<br />

NEW YEAR IN PARIS<br />

26 DECEMBER 2019 • 8 days by air from £1,726pp<br />

26 DECEMBER 2019 • 8 days by rail from £1,696pp<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation or to book, call 01942 412802<br />

or visit shearings.com/rivercruises using code VRD902<br />

Subject to Shearings T&C’s and availability. Prices are 'From' and are per person based on 2 people sharing a standard cabin. Flights/cabin supplements may apply. Saving of up to £100 per couple<br />

is available on holidays departing between 01/04/2019 – 27/10/2019 only, <strong>for</strong> new bookings only made between 11/01/2019 – 28/02/2019. *Selected postcodes. Alternatively Home Connect<br />

to your local airport or railway station may be an option if the service is unavailable where you live. ∆Subject to availability, terms & conditions apply. Prices correct as of the 11/01/2019. E&OE.<br />

PARIS<br />

& THE SEINE<br />

VALLEY TO<br />

NORMANDY<br />

8 DAYS by Air<br />

£1,634pp<br />

Departing June 7th 2019<br />

Sailing on the MS A-ROSA VIVA<br />

9 DAYS by Coach FROM £1,399pp<br />

8 DAYS by Rail FROM £1,539pp<br />

Both departing June 8th 2019<br />

Why choose A-ROSA...<br />

3 All inclusive board basis<br />

3 Return coach travel, with FREE Wi-Fi on board,<br />

regional flights from local airports or rail travel from<br />

St Pancras<br />

3 Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager<br />

3 A-la-Carte Speciality Dining available in addition to<br />

the Gourmet Buffet Dining with LIVE Cooking Stations<br />

3 Facilities on board include a SPA, Gym, lounge areas<br />

and extensive sun decks<br />

3 On board entertainment<br />

FREE<br />

Home Connect<br />

Service<br />

on all A-ROSA<br />

Cruises*<br />

Children<br />

Cruise<br />

FREE<br />

On all A-ROSA<br />

Cruises ∆<br />

What’s new <strong>for</strong> 2019<br />

Amadeus River Cruises, Avalon Waterways, Riviera Travel and Viking River<br />

Cruises are all launching new river ships on the Rhine and Danube in 2019.<br />

AmaWaterways’ AmaMagna will be twice the width of other river ships and have<br />

four complimentary places to eat including Chef’s Table, which serves a taster<br />

menu, Al Fresco, an outside/inside venue at the front of the ship, and Jimmy’s<br />

Wine Bar.<br />

Saga has a new 23-night river cruise through the heart of Europe, from<br />

Amsterdam to the Black Sea. The cruise, exclusively <strong>for</strong> Saga customers, is on<br />

the river ship Amadeus Royal on five dates next summer and includes a postcruise<br />

hotel night in Bucharest in Romania.<br />

Uniworld River Cruises’ River Royale re-enters service on the Garonne, Gironde<br />

and Dordogne Rivers in spring after a massive refit that will add a pool, four<br />

suites and two dining venues. It will also have a new name, Bon Voyage.<br />

CroisiEurope, AmaWaterways and Viking are building new vessels to sail the<br />

Douro in Northern Portugal in 2019, while A-Rosa is making its debut on the river<br />

with the new A-Rosa Alva. Starting 2020, Tauck will be cruising the river on the new<br />

Andorinha.<br />

Emerald Waterways is launching its first river ship in Asia. Emerald Harmony will<br />

accommodate 84 passengers, have an outdoor pool and bar, two inside lounges<br />

and sail the Mekong between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.<br />

Passengers sailing the Seine with U by Uniworld can sleep under the stars on the<br />

top deck of The B starting 2019. The €60 per person price tag <strong>for</strong> the ‘rooftop<br />

camping’ includes an evening cocktail and breakfast hamper.<br />

APT has seven new Signature Experiences in Europe <strong>for</strong> 2019 including a journey on the<br />

Grand Empress steam train in Budapest on Magnificent Europe itineraries and a Lido<br />

de Paris dance show on Seine cruises. There’s a private cocktail reception at the Pont du<br />

Gard on the Rhône and cocktails and Fado music at Palácio da Bolsa on the Douro.<br />

CroisiEurope has new one-week culinary cruises on the Rhone with included<br />

tours to the Valrhona chocolate factory in Tain L’Hermitage and Les Halles<br />

in Lyon, and dinner (extra charge) at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges.<br />

Departures are weekly between April and October 2019.<br />

Crystal River Cruises’ 2021 itineraries include a new 11-night Eastern Danube<br />

Discoveries voyage round-trip from Vienna that visits Hungary, Serbia and<br />

Croatia, and includes a cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge.<br />

A-Rosa is putting 11 e-bikes on its Seine river ship A-Rosa Viva. It offers 3.5-hour<br />

bike tours to Monet’s Garden from Vernon and around Normandy. They cost<br />

extra and can be booked on board.<br />

WHY TAKE A RIVER CRUISE<br />

WHO INCLUDES EXCURSIONS<br />

AmaWaterways<br />

American Cruise Lines<br />

APT<br />

Avalon Waterways<br />

Belmond<br />

Crystal River Cruises<br />

Emerald Waterways<br />

Pandaw<br />

Riviera Travel<br />

Saga (selected tours only)<br />

Scenic<br />

Tauck<br />

Travelmarvel<br />

U by Uniworld<br />

Uniworld River Cruises<br />

Viking<br />

The Po<br />

The Po is the longest river<br />

in Italy, flowing 652 miles<br />

from the Cottian Alps and<br />

emptying into the Adriatic<br />

south of Venice. However,<br />

river cruises sail only about<br />

60 miles upriver to Polesella.<br />

As well as spending time in<br />

Venice, there are excursions to<br />

Padua, one of the oldest cities<br />

in Italy, Bologna and Ravenna,<br />

notable <strong>for</strong> the 5th and 6thcentury<br />

mosaics that adorn<br />

its churches and Basilicas.<br />

Ferrara, also visited, is a<br />

medieval town with ancient<br />

cobbled streets.<br />

<strong>Stowaway</strong>Media.com<br />

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A NEW<br />

DIMENSION<br />

IN RIVER CRUISING<br />

WHY TAKE A RIVER CRUISE<br />

WHO GOES WHERE - EUROPE (Clia members only)<br />

AmaMagna<br />

AT TWICE THE WIDTH OF A TRADITIONAL EUROPEAN RIVER SHIP,<br />

A WIDER CHOICE OF LUXURY AND ADVENTURE AWAITS...<br />

MORE LUXURY MORE CHOICE MORE ACTIVE<br />

Cruise line<br />

Dutch waterways/Rhine<br />

Danube<br />

Rhone<br />

Seine<br />

Bordeaux<br />

Douro<br />

Elbe<br />

Po<br />

Russia<br />

Guadalquivir<br />

Website<br />

Amadeus River Cruises ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ amadeus-rivercruises.co.uk<br />

AmaWaterways ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ amawaterways.co.uk<br />

APT ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ aptouring.co.uk<br />

A-Rosa ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ arosa-cruises.com<br />

Avalon Waterways ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ avaloncruises.co.uk<br />

CroisiEurope ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ croisieurope.co.uk<br />

Crystal River Cruises ✔ ✔ crystalcruises.co.uk<br />

Emerald Waterways ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ emeraldwaterways.co.uk<br />

Fred River Cruises (GSA) ✔ fredrivercruises.co.uk/volga-dream<br />

Fred Olsen River Cruises ✔ ✔ fredolsencruises.com<br />

Riviera Travel ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ rivieratravel.co.uk<br />

Saga (exclusive whole season<br />

charters only)<br />

✔ ✔ ✔ saga.co.uk<br />

Scenic ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ scenic.co.uk<br />

Shearings (exclusive whole<br />

season charters only)<br />

✔ ✔ shearings.com<br />

Tauck ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ tauck.co.uk<br />

Titan Travel ✔ ✔ titantravel.co.uk<br />

U by Uniworld ✔ ✔ ubyuniworld.com<br />

Uniworld River Cruises ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ uniworld.com<br />

Viking ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ vikingcruises.co.uk<br />

WHO GOES WHERE - REST OF THE WORLD (Clia members only)<br />

♦<br />

♦<br />

Balcony Suites ranging<br />

from 355 to 710 sq. ft.<br />

Just 196 guests,<br />

served by 70 crew<br />

♦<br />

♦<br />

Four unique dining<br />

venues & five bars<br />

A choice of immersive<br />

guided shore<br />

excursions in every port<br />

SAILING THE DANUBE FROM MAY 2019<br />

AmaRes-Intl@amawaterways.com | 0800 520 2250<br />

♦<br />

♦<br />

The only open-water<br />

Sports Plat<strong>for</strong>m on the<br />

rivers<br />

One-of-a-kind Zen<br />

Wellness Studio<br />

Cruise line<br />

Mekong<br />

Yangtze<br />

Irrawaddy<br />

Ganges/<br />

Brahmaputra<br />

Nile<br />

Chobe/Lake<br />

Kariba<br />

Mississippi/<br />

Columbia River<br />

Website<br />

AmaWaterways ✔ ✔ amawaterways.co.uk<br />

APT ✔ ✔ ✔ aptouring.co.uk<br />

Avalon Waterways ✔ ✔ avaloncruises.co.uk<br />

Belmond ✔ belmond.com<br />

CroisiEurope ✔ ✔ croisieurope.co.uk<br />

Emerald Waterways ✔ ✔ emeraldwaterways.co.uk<br />

Fred River Cruises (GSA) ✔ ✔ fredolsencruises.co.uk<br />

Pandaw ✔ ✔ ✔ pandaw.com<br />

Riviera Travel ✔ ✔ ✔ rivieratravel.co.uk<br />

Scenic ✔ ✔ scenic.co.uk<br />

Uniworld River Cruises ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ uniworld.com<br />

Viking ✔ ✔ ✔ vikingcruises.co.uk<br />

ABTA No.Y6393<br />

s RIVER DIARY | JANUARY 2019<br />

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Galleria<br />

STOWAWAY<br />

A cut above the others at dinner<br />

New menus prepared each evening by<br />

the on board chefs<br />

How many guests?<br />

156 guests in just 79 suites, most with<br />

Juliet balconies<br />

Fred Olsen's<br />

Brabant<br />

Which European rivers?<br />

The Rhine, Danube, Moselle and Main<br />

Rivers <strong>for</strong> exploration, culture and sheer<br />

relaxation in like minded company<br />

Evening delights<br />

Fine dining in the single sitting<br />

Panorama Restaurant with attentive<br />

service and late evening ‘lite bites’ in<br />

The Panorama Bar<br />

Relaxing lunch times<br />

A buffet with a wide choice of hot and<br />

cold dishes – serve yourself or helpful<br />

staff to serve you with a lighter lunch<br />

option in The Panorama Bar<br />

And after dinner?<br />

Relaxing and stylish entertainment in<br />

The Panorama Bar (or simply enjoy the<br />

evening air on the outside River Terrace)<br />

Good cruise length choice?<br />

From 6 to 26 days, across diverse areas<br />

of Europe including The Netherlands,<br />

Germany, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland,<br />

Serbia and Romania<br />

Keep fit and look good<br />

There’s a fitness room, the Vital-Club<br />

offering massage and other treatments,<br />

plus the hair salon

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