Scenic Tours said it has invested $100
million to create its own Scenic river fleet of four vessels by
2009. The inaugural sailing of its two first ships, the Scenic
Sapphire and the Scenic Emerald, will take place in June.
The Sapphire and
Emerald are scheduled for 10 departures each next year, and both
will sail up and down the Rhine and Danube rivers between Amsterdam
and Budapest, Hungary.
443-foot-long sister ships will house 85 staterooms, of which four
will be royal suites, six junior suites, 59 balcony suites and 15
standard rooms. All but the standard staterooms will feature full
balconies. The ships will also have a sun deck, spa area and a
itineraries range from $2,995 per person to $6,475 per person.
Included in the price are airport transfers to and from the ship,
all meals onboard, wine with dinner, gratuities, sightseeing
excursions and entrance fees for activities specified on the
By the end of 2008,
Scenic plans to introduce an additional ship, the Scenic Diamond; a
fourth, the Scenic Ruby, will be introduced in 2009.
tour operator has been running a charter river cruise program since
2005, but this will be its first company-owned river cruise
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