APT offers an early peek inside new European river ships

They're due to launch next year but travellers can get excited about one particular innovation right now, writes MATT LENNON

APT will feature what it says will be the “world’s first” levitating restaurant on a river cruise ship when its new European vessels debut next year.

The luxury river cruise brand pulled back the curtains on 09 May for a sneak peek inside APT Solara and APT Ostara which will make their debut on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers next year.

Onboard, the Gruner Bar and Dining will be one of seven dining options for guests but will employ a state-of-the-art hydraulics system to raise the entire venue from Deck 3 to the Sun Deck for guests to enjoy wraparound views with their meals.

Outside of meal service, the venue can remain in its elevated position for guests onboard to enjoy a unique vantage point over a variety of European towns.

Separately, travellers can also opt to take their meals in The Owner’s Cellar or the main dining room, known as Bistro Saison.

Designed by Melbourne’s Hecker Guthrie, the ships will also have an emphasis on fuel saving and energy optimisation.

APT will begin its next chapter of European river cruising in Aug this year when the MS Estrela begins service on Portugal’s Douro River.

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