NEW YORK -- Riverboat cruising is certain to get a big boost this
year from the launch of custom-built vessels on Europe's most
According to a spokeswoman for Viking River Cruises, "U.S.
travelers are finding river travel, particularly on the Rhine, Main
and Danube, a comfortable and interesting way to visit the heart of
Viking is adding three new vessels in 2001, bringing its total
fleet to 28 cruisers:Viking Pride, which will offer 13-night cruises from Amsterdam
to Budapest, Hungary, with departures scheduled until Oct. 6. The
cruise-only price starts from $2,798 per person, double.Viking Europe, with 12-night voyages from Vienna to Amsterdam.
Departures are slated until Oct. 7 with prices starting from
$2,498.Viking Burgundy, which cruises the Rhone and Saone rivers
between Chalon and Avignon, France, for seven nights. Rates are
from $1,598 for departures through Oct. 19.
The Pride and the Europe feature 75 outside cabins (all with
private bathroom, phone, television, radio, hair dryer and air
conditioning), lounge, single-seating restaurant, library and a
covered walkway on the promenade deck. The Burgundy has 80 outside
Three new riverboats join Uniworld's fleet this season:The 140-passenger River Princess, which debuted on the Rhine,
Main and Danube rivers between Amsterdam and Nuremberg, Germany, on
April 14 for its first 14-night cruise.
The cruise-only itinerary starts at $2,598 per person,
double.The 142-passenger Amadeus Classic, which also cruises the
Rhine, Main and Danube on a 14-night sailing starting at the same
rate.The 120-passenger Rhone Princess, which embarked on its
inaugural cruise March 30, sailing through the heart of France's
Burgundy and Provence regions between Lyon and Avignon. That
program starts at $1,498.
The price of all cruises includes all meals and daily guided
If the plan is booked air inclusive, airport transfers are
Meanwhile, the five-star, 94-passenger Casanova was added to the
roster of Peter Deilmann Cruises, debuting on Italy's River Po and
cruising roundtrip from Venice through Nov. 17.
Highlights of the seven-night voyages include Cremona, Verona,
Mantua, Padua and Bologna along with a two-night stay in Venice and
The cruise-only price of the itinerary begins at $1,555 per