Michelle Baran
Michelle Baran

*logoWhen travelers take a river cruise next year, they will have a choice of Hungarian down pillows or super-combed Egyptian cotton linens, Christy towels or L’Occitane bath products, as river cruise companies continue to up the ante on cabin amenities and decor.

Tauck World Discovery is the latest river cruise operator to announce bedding and interior enhancements to its newest ship, Treasures, which will launch in August, as well as to its other three Tauck-branded river cruise vessels.

The 118-passenger Treasures, currently under construction at the Vahali shipyard in Gendt, the Netherlands, “gave us a great opportunity to reconsider some of the elements and amenities in our staterooms,” Tauck CEO Dan Mahar said in a release. “Among other things, we looked at upgrading the beds, brightening some of the color accents and even going with richer, plusher towels.”

The new decor in Tauck river cruise cabins will incorporate lighter shades to create a brighter, airier ambience, according to the company. For 2011, the bedding in each stateroom will feature two single beds that can be combined to form a fully integrated, king-size bed, and all beds will be outfitted with 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and Hungarian down pillows.

Cabin enhancements such as these have become par for the course in the ever-evolving river cruise market. For 2011, river cruise operators have all announced some kind of cabin comfort and design upgrades, whether it’s Avalon Waterways’ premiering Comfort Collection by Avalon — which gives travelers a choice of pillows, orthopedic mattresses, super-combed Egyptian cotton linens and additional bed configuration options — or Uniworld’s complete interior design overhaul of its entire fleet, being overseen by sister company the Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

And certain things, such as name-brand bath products like L’Occitane (which most of the river cruise lines carry at this point), have simply become givens.


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