Theme Cruises Highlight Deilmann European Sailings

Everything from wellness to gardens theme the itineraries

By: Ana Figueroa

For the fourth consecutive year, Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering theme cruises on its weekly itineraries on the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Elbe, Neckar, Vltava, Oder and other rivers through Nov. 10.

Cruisers can unlock stress and muscle tension in the newly designed wellness spa facilities on one-week Wellness theme cruises on the 110-passenger MV Heidelberg’s Aug. 11 sailing, and on the MV Mozart’s July 22 sailing. Wellness professionals sail with the cruises to present health and fitness sessions. New hiking programs are part of five cruises on the MV Cezanne and MV Princesse de Provence sailing on the Seine and Rhône in France with departures between May 19 and Sept. 22.

There are eight garden theme cruises on five ships with departures between May 19 and Oct. 14 and seven golf cruises on six different river ships departing between May 19 and Oct. 6. Cycling cruises are available on six vessels with multiple departures throughout the season.

Deilmann also has 15 independent cruise tour programs in 2007 including the popular 17-day package that combines Lake Como and Villa d’Este, Venice, the Orient Express to Paris and a Seine River cruise. Other itineraries focus on European capitals, northern Europe, France and the coast of Normandy and combine Seine and Rhône river cruises. The cruise tours vary in length from nine to 17 days.

The 96-passenger MV Casanova will have seven-night cruises on the Rhine and Moselle, Main-Danube Canal and the Neckar River to the city of Heidelberg and nine- to 11-night sailings on the Rhine and Danube and a 14-night grand cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. Deilmann’s “Discovery Add-ons,” provide travelers with flexibility by offering them a choice of destinations at the beginning or end of their cruise.

The MV Heidelberg will sail seven-night cruises on the Rhine and Moselle and the Main-Danube Canal. The five-star vessel will call at Rhine cities and towns in four countries visiting Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Basel, Strasbourg and the wine towns of Bernkastel, Cochem and Trier on the smaller Moselle River.

Seven-night Danube cruises from Passau in the Bavarian region of Germany, two hours from Munich, will operate on the 203-passenger Mozart, which has large cabins for a river ship, 203 sq. ft. Both the MV Mozart, most recently refurbished in 2006, and five-star MV Casanova will sail 10- and 11-night Danube cruises from Passau to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and other cities and towns to the Black Sea in Romania.

The 100-passenger MV Cezanne will sail from Paris on the Seine offering itineraries that feature an overnight stay on board in Paris and sailings from Rouen as well as Paris. Cruises call at towns and villages where the Impressionist painters lived and worked. Highlights of Rhône and Saône river cruises on the 70-cabin MV Princesse de Provence are the Beaujolais, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Macon-Villages vineyards and the historic Provencal cities of Avignon and Arles. Cruises originate in Lyon and Arles.

The MV Frederic Chopin and MV Katharina von Bora, both 79-passenger ships, will sail alternately from Prague and Potsdam (Berlin) on seven-night cruises on the Vltava, Havel and Elbe rivers. The 106-passenger MV Dresden, will offer seven-night sailings on the Elbe River, alternately from Hamburg and Dresden, visiting Luther's town of Wittenberg, porcelain-famous Meissen, stately Pillnitz Palace, the stylish sea port city of Hamburg and beautifully restored Dresden, and on an excursion, the fascinating, continually changing capital of Berlin.

Berlin and the Czech capital of Prague, with its Old World churches and spires, are the focus of seven-night cruises of the Katharina and Frederic Chopin that call at Magdeburg,Wittenberg, Meissen, Dresden (overnight) and Prague (overnight).

Deilmann’s seven-night river cruises begin at $1,375, per person twin.