river cruising

Aussies take to river cruising

Aussies make up about 25% of those who love to river cruise – quite a large proportion when you consider our population against the US and Canada which together make up about 60%. Aussies love something new and river cruising has really taken off in the last couple of years. So when it came time to launch their new ‘Suite Ship’ Avalon Panorama on Saturday May 14, the company chose Australian television host Lisa Wilkinson. On the first cruise open to the public, due to depart Amsterdam 18 May, all but two of the bookings originated in Australasia. So you will need to get in quick if you are interested for this season… if you contact me I’ll see what I can find, but it may be next year! (martin@travelchoice.com.au)
To cater for the growing market of river cruise devotees, the company revealed that it will build another ship of the same size (135 metres long) as well as a smaller vessel 110 metres long. They are describing Avalon Panorama as a ‘suite ship’ because it consists of two entire decks of all-suite accommodation. The company says the design offers 30% more cabin space than the average competitor, with wall-to-wall panoramic windows.

Why now is the time to river cruise

Meandering through the European countryside where fairytale castles appear around a bend, historic villages perch amidst lush scenery and you retreat to your very own comfortable cabin is the perfect holiday for those who want to enjoy Europe at a snail’s pace.
Thanks to the brains behind the Rhine-Main-Danube canal which was completed in 1992 it is possible to cruise along 3,000 miles of river and canal network enjoying Europe at leisure. Today there is a huge range of river cruises to choose from including this selection which are big on service – Peter Deilmann, Amadeus Waterways, Avalon, Uniworld, Viking and Vantage.
Ships that cruise the rivers of Europe must meet certain specifications – maximum width is 11.5 metres, maximum length is 127 metres and three decks are all that is allowed – they carry between 164 and 176 passengers. Apart from these criteria you will find that every line has something different to offer – most appeal to the over-50s but there are also cruises that court families. Some focus on themes such as cuisine, wine, tulip time in Holland.
Currently many of the river cruise lines are offering some amazing specials – too many to list here. So if river cruising is something you’ve thought about but never investigated – now is the time to get in touch with us, tell us what you would like to do and where you would like to go and we’ll present you with some amazing options for you to explore European waterways.
And if cruising is something you have avoided because you get sea sick – river cruising is for you.