Potsdam Sailings on Deilmann

Two Deilmann ships explore Berlin, Dresden and Prague

By: Ana Figueroa

Travelers to Europe can cruise from Potsdam, just outside of Berlin, to Prague and explore three historic cities Berlin, Dresden and Prague on weekly seven-night cruises on the five-star MV Katharina von Bora and MV Frederic Chopin of Peter Deilmann Cruises every Saturday through October 28. The two 79-passenger river ships sail alternately from the German city of Potsdam, 45 minutes from Berlin, and the Czech capital of Prague. The ships sail on the Havel, Elbe and Vltava rivers and provide a view through the ages from medieval times to the Baroque, from the religious reformation to the industrial revolution and from a divided Germany to today’s unified country. The route takes cruisers from Potsdam to Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen, Dresden (overnight) and Prague (overnight). The fascinating, continually evolving capital of Berlin, now 60 miles wide with the former eastern and western cities combined, and the Czech capital of Prague, with its Old World churches and spires, are departure points of the seven-night cruises. A third five-star Deilmann vessel, the 106-passenger MV Dresden, offers seven-night sailings weekly on the Elbe River, alternately from Hamburg and Dresden, that also visit Luther’s town of Wittenberg, where the Protestant Reformation movement began, porcelain-famous Meissen, stately Pillnitz Palace, the stylish sea port city of Hamburg and beautifully restored Dresden, returning to its former glory. These cruises also offer an optional full-day excursion to Berlin from Magdeburg. Deilmann offers Elbe Explorer cruise-tours on the Katharina and Chopin with departures from the U.S. through Oct. 26 that include five shore excursions, seven nights abroad the ship in an outside cabin and all meals. Cruisers from Berlin can add an optional three-night pre-cruise Discovery package with hotel accommodations at the four-star Berlin Marriott, daily breakfast, city tour and transfer to the ship or a post-cruise add-on in Prague or Vienna and Budapest packages that include first class train transportation to each city. Prague departures offer pre-cruise add-ons in Prague, Vienna and Budapest and a post-cruise package in Berlin. The Prague package includes three nights at the Intercontinental Hotel, daily breakfast, city tour and transfer to the ship. The Elbe Explorer cruise-tours are priced from $1,895 per person. The Discovery three-night packages are priced from $299 per person for Prague and $349 per person for Berlin. Air fare is additional. The deluxe Frederic Chopin and the Katharina von Bora, named after Martin Luther’s wife, are intimate vessels of just 41 outside cabins with full-length French doors on the upper deck and picture windows on the lower deck. The Chopin was newly built in 2002 and last refurbished in 2006, while the Katharina was built in 2000 and last refurbished in 2005. The ships feature polished wood and original works of art. Cabins have built-in closets, color TV, desks, dressing tables and well-appointed bathrooms with bathrobes and hair dryers available. Each has a sun deck with comfortable deck chairs and blankets, panoramic lounge and bar, beauty salon, boutique, infirmary and doctor on board. As on all vessels in the Deilmann river fleet, service is of the highest standard with one English-speaking crew member for every 2.5 passengers. Deilmann ships score high ratings for food, service and choice of itineraries from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler where they are ranked year after year as one of the best small ship cruise lines. Cruise-only rates on the Katharina and the Frederic Chopin in the value season start at $1,705 and intermediate season prices in July and August start at $1,950, per person in an outside twin cabin. There are single cabins on both ships that start at $2,110 in an outside cabin. Cruise-only rates on the Dresden start at $1,455 per person in an outside cabin. Deilmann arranges air transportation for its river cruise passengers, meet-and-greet services, shore excursions and transfers between airports and ships. 800-348-8287 www.deilmann-cruises.com