Viking River Cruises
Established in 1997, Viking River Cruises maintains the largest river cruise ship fleet in the industry with 20 ships, and a new class of six more Viking
Longships being introduced in 2012.
Viking River Cruises are all-inclusive and include all meals, port charges, wi-fi, lectures, activities and shore excursions—as well as hotel accommodations
on your cruisetour itineraries. New for 2012: Passengers can enjoy complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board, and tea,
coffee and cappuccino at any time.
Viking offer river cruises on a variety of itineraries on the waterways of Europe, Russia and Ukraine, China and Southeast Asia, and Egypt.
Viking’s new ships offer spacious staterooms, with hotel-style beds, premium bath products, television with a choice of channels including CNN, CNBC and
ESPN and, of course, those precious views. Public spaces include sun decks and promenades, inviting bars, cozy libraries and charming restaurants. Viking’s
newest ship on the Yangtze River, the Viking Emerald, features a private balcony in every stateroom and the largest suites in river cruising.
Viking offers a variety of regional cuisine that gives you a true flavor of each inspiring place you visit, all beautifully prepared and presented by their
highly trained chefs. Each night, you will be served a five-course dinner, with a menu that incorporates traditional influences as well as contemporary
cuisine. On a number of itineraries, you are also invited to dine ashore in a pre-selected restaurant included in your fare. Onboard activities include
informative lectures, interesting demonstrations, and entertaining performances.
Guests can enjoy tours led by expert local guides or explore ports on their own.
AmaWaterways has a fleet of 12 custom-designed river cruise vessels and will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012.
AmaWaterways cruises include all meals featuring regional cuisine and dinners include complimentary wine from local vintners, and beer and soft drinks. Your
cruise fare also includes guided daily sightseeing programs and entertainment on the ship featuring performances by European dancers or orchestral groups.
AmaWaterways offers itineraries on the famous Rhine, Danube, Mosel and Main rivers in Europe, through the exhilarating waterways of Russia, and on the Mekong
River in South East Asia.
The AmaWaterways ships feature state-of-the-art public areas with great art work, new amenities and services, exquisitely decorated staterooms and gourmet
dining. Their newest ship will debut in the spring of 2012 – the MS AmaCerto – and will be their largest and most imaginative ship. The ship will feature a
“Twin Balcony” stateroom design, multiple dining venues, a heated swimming pool, a stunning glass elevator and more.
AmaWaterways offers sophisticated menus comprised of wonderful soups, fresh produce, high quality choice cut meats, and fresh food and seafood. Special
activities onboard include lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music.
Each ship offers about 20 bicycles for passengers to borrow and ride into town to explore and even offer complimentary guided bike tours in select cities.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has fourteen river cruise ships in their collection, and provides an intimate atmosphere with an average ship capacity of just
130 guests. Their newest and most innovative ship, S.S. Antoinette, was introduced in 2011.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises includes all meals with complimentary European wines, draft beer and soft drinks during dinner, captivating shore excursions
hosted by the best local guides in the industry; and airport transfers on arrival and departure days.
Uniworld focuses on the great rivers of Western and Central Europe (Danube, Rhine, Moselle, and Main), but also offers voyages in Russia, Vietnam, Egypt and
China through partnerships with local businesses.
Uniworld’s ships offer luxuriously appointed riverview staterooms, many with French balconies, with handcrafted Savoir® beds draped in lavish linens, and
other modern conveniences such as flat-screen televisions with satellite, a vanity, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control
thermostat, direct-dial telephone, and bottled water in staterooms. Public areas include: Main Lounge with full-service bar, Captain's Lounge with library,
elegant restaurant, complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, sun deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard, fitness room, sauna, massage room,
boutique, guest laundry and ironing facilities, and elevator.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers gourmet cuisine inspired by the regions of your itinerary and prepared with the freshest ingredients, often brought
onboard from local farmers’ markets.
Additional ship amenities include 24-hour reception service, use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, and free Internet access and Wi-Fi. Uniworld offers
multi-generational family-friendly programs on select summer voyages.
Part of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways is one of the youngest fleets on the waterways today. It debuted in 2006 with one ship and has grown to
include nine ships, with two more being introduced in 2012 (Avalon Visionary and Avalon Vista).
Avalon Europe River cruises includes all meals onboard and your choice of complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks are included with dinner. Each cruise
includes guided sightseeing in every port (complete with headsets), engaging port lectures, VIP access into key destinations, no waiting in lines and great
cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.
Avalon Waterways offers river cruises on the waterways of Europe (Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Siene, and Saone), Asia (Mekong and Yangtze Rivers), and the Nile
River in Egypt.
Avalon’s entire European fleet makes space, comfort, and views a top priority. Avalon’s deluxe staterooms boast an outside location and a minimum of 172
square feet – a full 15% larger than the industry standard and the largest on the European rivers today. On two of the three decks of each ship, deluxe
staterooms include French balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Avalon’s newest Panorama-style Suite ships are an industry first and offer
cruisers newly designed 200-square foot Panorama Suites (30% larger than the average stateroom) that feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic windows that open to
create unique Open-Air balconies.
All meals on board are prepared by accomplished chefs and consist of local food adjusted for North American tastes. There is a full buffet breakfast, and in
Europe a buffet lunch including choice of soups and main courses with appetizer, salad or sandwich, and dessert. Some itineraries allow you to try regional
Avalon Waterways offers a variety of theme cruises featuring music, art, history, politics, or wine.
Starting in April of 2012, you will be able to explore America’s rivers again on a genuine steamboat. The American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Queen
will resume her role of taking guests on Steamboating adventures through America’s heartland.
A voyage onboard the American Queen includes your accommodations, meals, nightly entertainment, complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, complimentary
wines and beers at dinner, shore excursions, and one-night luxury hotel stay and transfers before or after your voyage.
The American Queen sails on 3-11 night itineraries on the Upper Mississippi, Lower Mississippi and the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. The ship will depart from
cities including Memphis, New Orleans, Vicksburg, St. Louis, Louisville, St. Paul, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
The 436 passenger American Queen offers a variety of staterooms and suites. Each cabin features plush bedding and fine linens, large mirrors, ample storage
space, wall-to-wall carpet and a private bathroom with shower. Decorated in American Victorian style, the American Queen features glistening woodwork,
fresh flowers and antiques throughout staterooms and public areas.
There are several dining options available on the American Queen – all included with your cruise fare. Celebrated American chef Regina Charboneau draws her
inspiration from the great Heartland and serves everything from five course dinners in the opulent J.M. White Dining Saloon, to more casual fare at the Front
Porch of America, and Calliope Grill. Activities include daily lectures, professional show-boat style entertainment, nightly dancing to swing and big band
music, and enthralling calliope concerts.
The American Queen Steamboat Company has improved cruising on the Mississippi River with luxurious accommodations, succulent dining, showboat-style
entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain’s riverside America.