Reservations Open for Deilmann 2007 River Cruises

The cruise line will operate eight vessels on 250 sailings next year

By: Ana Figueroa

Reservations have opened for booking Peter Deilmann’s 2007 European river cruises, a full two months earlier than in previous years. The cruise line will operate eight vessels on 250 sailings next year following the retirement of the four-star Danube Princess at the end of October.

Deilmann’s eight river ships will operate on the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Rhône, Saone, Seine, Elbe, Vltava, Oder and other rivers from late March through mid-November 2007. Deilmann plans to replace the Danube Princess, which was sold to another company, with a five-star vessel in 2008.

Peter Deilmann will offer 10 different cruise tours in 2007 with more than 100 departures. Itineraries will feature special events and new destinations. Selections will include independent cruise tours sailing the Seine, Rhône, Danube and Elbe rivers, Dutch and Belgian canals.

Deilmann will have complete cruise-tour information available in October. “Discovery Add-ons,” a concept introduced in 2006 in independent cruise tours, will once again give travelers added flexibility in selecting tour options by allowing a choice of destinations at the beginning or end of a river cruise.

In 2007, the cruise line’s special interest cruises will feature new music, golf, gardens, cycling and hiking themes. This is the third year Deilmann is offering these theme cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and Elbe.

The Deilmann fleet includes the 96-passenger Casanova, which will cruise on the Rhine, Moselle, Danube and on the Main-Danube Canal; the Frederic Chopin and the Katharina, both 79-passenger ships, which will alternate one-week sailings from Potsdam (Berlin) and Prague on the Havel, Elbe and Vltava (Moldau) rivers; the 110-passenger Heidelberg, which will sail on the Rhine and Moselle; the 100-cabin Mozart as well as the Casanova will sail 10- and 11-night cruises on the Danube from Passau to the Black Sea in Romania; the 100-passenger Cezanne, which will cruise the Seine offering itineraries that feature an overnight stay aboard the ship in Paris and sailings from Rouen as well as Paris; the 140-passenger Princesse de Provence, which will call at towns on the Rhone and Saone, and the 106-passenger Dresden, which will sail on the Elbe.

Distribution of the 2007 Great Rivers of Europe brochure is scheduled for October when information on the 2007 river cruises and cruise-tours becomes available online.