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CRUISE WEST RETURNS TO EUROPE IN 2010 WITH THREE RIVER
Cruise West, a world leading provider of small-ship exploration cruises, returns to the great rivers of Europe in 2010 in grand style. The Seattle based cruise line is offering three 11-night cruises along the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel Rivers reaching the Old World cultures in eight countries between the Mosel River of west central Germany through Switzerland and Austria all the way to the Black Sea. Building on a successful cruise from 2009 along the Blue Danube from Bucharest to Vienna, guests in 2010 can choose from the original itinerary or from two newly added itineraries that wander farther west. No matter the route, guests will be able to explore those unique medieval towns, royal cities, inspiring monuments and picturesque landscapes along this historic trade route used since the Middle Ages. The cruise stops include visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg –brought to life through inspiring lectures from experts intimately familiar with the region. A pre-cruise hotel night is included on all three itineraries.
For extra savings, Cruise West offers early booking rates that make the Europe River cruises a greater value. Guests who book and pay in full by Dec.18, 2009 can save up to $800 per cabin.
The original 11-night
Danube River itinerary from Bucharest to Vienna, departs September
Guests will be greeted at the Bucharest airport
before transferring to the 5-star Marriott Hotel. The next 10 nights
are spent on board the 148-guest MS Amadeus Diamond cruising down the
Danube River through six vibrant of old world charm – Austria,
Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Croatia.
Among the excursion highlights are a visit to a 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey; a full day in Salzburg, the city of Mozart and "The Sound of Music", a wine sampling at Dürnstein, the most famous wine-growing town in Austria’s Wachau Valley; a full day in the walled city of Nuremberg; and an exquisite meal at the Michelin-starred Stromburg gourmet restaurant. Guests can add-on three-nights in Munich and Oberammergau or three-night tour of Cologne, Potsdam & Berlin. Rates start at $4,999 per person, double occupancy (before discount).
The Rhine, Main and Mosel Rivers through western Germany offer an 11-night cruise from Cologne to Basel (with Cruise West Chairman Dick West as host) departing on October 13 or 2010. Among the cruise highlights are a Welcome Dinner hosted by Dick and Leslie West with a midnight sailing from Cologne (Koln) to view the lights of its magnificent Gothic Cathedral towers; a cruise through the exceptional Middle Rhine Gorge of medieval castles and the mighty Lorelei Rock of legends; with an upfront view of the quaint villages, vineyards and forests along the beautiful Mosel River to Cochem, home to the world’s finest Riesling wines, crowned by its Imperial Castle.
Memorable excursions include a piano concert at a 14th century castle in Koblenz; an afternoon tour in Luxembourg’s old city center, a visit to a traditional Alsatian village for fine wine tasting; a visit to the Reichsburg Castle for spectacular views of the Mosel Valley; and a tour of Luxembourg, the last Grand Duchy in the world, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Guests can add on a three-night pre tour in Berlin/Potsdam and Cologne or a three-night post tour of the Swiss Alps. Rates start at $5,299 per person (before discount).
The MS Amadeus Diamond
All three river cruises take place on board the new MS Amadeus Diamond that features generously proportioned cabins for 148 cruise guests with river-view windows, most with large French balconies, for cruising in casual elegance with amenities like a fitness center, hairdresser and masseuse. The Spirit of Distinction program with Cruise West offers an included excursion at every port, topical lectures designed to entertain and educate, and an enhanced array of delicious food and wine choices. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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