As mainstream cruise lines continue to add larger ships packed with unusual amenities, river cruising has emerged as a growing trend by providing just the opposite, offering intimate settings and ports of call that are off-the-radar. Many river cruise lines have been persuading travelers to resist the temptation of hopping on the big-ship bandwagon with enticing specials like the one Avalon Waterways just announced.
Book any of their 2009 European river cruises between now and April 21, and receive free round-trip companion airfare, and those sailing solo can take 50 percent off. Travelers have a wide variety of itineraries to choose from, like the 10-night sailing through France along the Saône and Rhône Rivers, a 12-night voyage down the Danube River, and a 12-night cruise that includes France, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and Holland.
Passengers can also opt for the longer 22-night odyssey along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, or get away for the holidays on the “Christmas in the Heart of Germany” seven-night sailing.
Nearly 90 percent off the rooms on Avalon Waterways’ ships feature sliding glass doors, and French balconies, so you don’t have to upgrade to enjoy a scenic view. Prices start at $1,709.
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, sightseeing tours, and entertainment, are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes, as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.
Full air taxes must be paid by the passenger.
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