European river cruises enjoy growth

As the demand for European river cruises continue to rise, many local tour operators are rolling out new itineraries in what has become an increasingly competitive space, striving to attract the Australian cruise dollar.

Following the success of its Active Discovery on Danube package, Avalon Waterways has recently introduced an eight-day Active Discovery on the Rhone itinerary. This latest cruise adventure traverses the Rhone delta of Southern France as well as taking on some land tours such as cycling around the Camargue Regional National Park and canoeing through the canyons of the stunning Gorges de l’Ardeche.

Scenic recently celebrated the launch of its 2019 Europe River Cruise program by offering a range of early bird specials which include flights for only $995 per person when a booking is made for a Balcony Suite on any cruise of 11 days or more. The flight must depart between April and September 2019 and represents a saving of up to $2,165 per person. Another incentive Scenic has on offer is to upgrade to Business class from $3,995 per person when booking a Diamond Deck suite on selected cruises of 15 days or more departing in March, October or November.

Meanwhile, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has boosted its capacity by adding a fifth Super Ship to its fleet of floating boutique hotels. In April this year, the River Beatrice will be transformed into the S.S. Beatrice after an extensive bow-to-stern renovation. The major refurbishment will see new dining venues added, redesigned lounge, and an overhauled look to make the ship’s aesthetic look more vibrant.

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