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Tauck’s newest vessel, the 118-guest Treasures, was christened in August by Robin Tauck, who is the godmother of the ship and the granddaughter of company founder Arthur Tauck, Sr. Treasures is the line’s fourth newbuild in five years.
“This christening marks a very special moment in the growth and evolution of our river cruising efforts,” said Dan Mahar, Tauck CEO. “Welcoming a beautiful new ship into our fleet is always a wonderful occasion, but we’re also celebrating being named the World’s Best River Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure magazine as well as the first departures of two new Tauck cruises on the Rhone River.”
Tauck’s new Rhone cruises are the 14-day French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris route (from $5,990 per person, based on double occupancy, excluding airfare) and the 10-day French Waterways & Vineyards itinerary, which starts at $4,490 per person.
Treasures’ accommodations include 14 spacious, 300-square-foot suites, each equipped with walk-in closets, marble baths and full-size tubs. The ship also has seven, 183-square-foot junior suites and 38, 150-square-foot cabins. All suites, junior suites and cabins feature new decor and bedding that Tauck has added fleet-wide for 2011.
All accommodations also feature plasma televisions, minibars, terry-cloth robes and slippers, radios, safes, adjustable air conditioning and L’Occcitane toiletries. Eighty-five percent of suites have full, floor-to-ceiling windows and French balconies. Guests onboard Treasures can also enjoy the ship’s gym, outdoor Jacuzzi, restaurant, lounge, boutique, massage studio and a second, more casual dining venue in the ship’s Lido Bar.
According to Mahar, ship design and onboard amenities are only the beginning.
“We take tremendous pride in our riverboats, and we honestly believe that we have the finest fleet on Europe’s rivers,” he said. “But the onboard experience is just half of the total river cruise experience. The exclusive access we provide to people; places and cultural traditions; our all-inclusive pricing; the service provided by our three Tauck directors; and Tauck cruise director, as well as the 86 years of tour operator expertise that we bring to our shore excursions all combine to make our river cruises the best.”