Crystal will soon bid farewell to Crystal Mozart, the ship that spearheaded its river brand. The move will position Crystal’s river fleet as the youngest in the industry. The line revealed this week that it will transfer Crystal Mozart to sister brand Genting Cruise Lines ahead of the spring 2020 season. (cruisecritic.com)
Travelers wanting to see the world need only cruise down its legendary rivers. For those interested in experiencing more of the world, there’s Avalon Waterways. And this week, Avalon is unveiling an enhanced, untethered river cruise experience for travelers on its first departure of the NEW Active & Discovery on the Rhône itinerary aboard the Avalon Poetry II.
Viking announced an expansion of its Egypt program for the 2020 season, which will include the launch of a new ship. Inspired by the design of the award-winning Viking Longships and built specifically for the Nile River, Viking Osiris is currently under construction and will double the company’s owned capacity in Egypt when it debuts in September 2020.
A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH has launched its 2020 catalogue and its new entertainment concept for the 2020 season at a live-streamed press conference in Hamburg. The new catalogue is now available from travel agents.
Fort Madison officials are considering construction of a new Mississippi River dock, to serve as a river cruise stop. Now they are looking to build a dock that will allow Viking Cruise Lines to make Fort Madison a stop when the company begins its Mississippi River Cruise schedule. (radioiowa.com)
Pioneer of luxury river cruising on China’s Yangtze River, Victoria Cruise Lines has launched a new optional excursion to experience the acclaimed “Return to the Three Gorges” live-action performance and hi-tech spectacle.
The Great Lakes may not have the shoreline views of Alaska, the warmth of the Bahamas or the history of Europe, but they are quickly becoming a destination for cruising. These are not the mega ships found in the Caribbean with casinos and waterslides. The experience on the Great Lakes is quieter. The clientele is older. The boats are smaller. (eu.jsonline.com)
European Waterways announced the return of its popular Opera Cruise as part of the company’s enhanced itinerary for the “La Bella Vita” hotel barge. This stylish vessel is the largest in its fleet with a capacity of up to 20 guests and the only one to visits three of Italy’s most iconic Renaissance cities. (etbtravelnews.global)
Now through May 31, 2019, Victoria Cruise Lines is offering 2-for-1 pricing on private balcony Superior Staterooms as well as 40% off lavish Executive Suites on its four- and five-day Three Gorges Highlights itineraries sailing China’s majestic Yangtze River in both directions between Chongqing and Yichang.